Photoshop Tutorial: Create a Realistic and Fancy Digital Photo Frame

How to use pen tool, layer styles and filter in photoshop, are the major things you will learn by reading this tutorial. We are going to create a digital frame.

I will describe clearly the use of pen tool, layer styles and filter so that it will not be painful for beginners to follow and will be inspiring for advanced users to use their creativity.

Source used:
- Rush-bed

End result:
Create a Realistic and Fancy Digital Photo Frame Final Image

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Practice tutorial


Step 1

Let’s start by creating a new canvas (ctrl+N). You can make the size of the canvas as the one I created: width 1500 pixels and height 1500 pixels.

Step 2

Now take rounded rectangle tool in the tool panel. When the tool has been selected, there will be option bar above the canvas. Set the radius of the tool to 30 px. Then, start creating a shape by clicking and dragging. You should get the result as mine.

Step 3

After you have the shape, hit Ctrl+T to activate free transform tool. When the transform tool is selected, there will be transform controls around the shape indicated by small squares. Next is hit and hold Ctrl+Alt and then click and drag the squares to the directions needed to get the result as mine. Please see the illustration picture :

Step 4

Duplicate the shape (Ctrl+ J). There will be a new layer called Shape 1 copy in the layer panel. And then, with the Shape 1 copy layer selected, hit Ctrl+T to activate transform tool and then scale it proportionally to get the one like mine. The Shape 1 copy is surrounded by thin line around the shape. Please see the picture :

Step 5

Now go back to the first shape. Next is to give the first shape later styles. Go to Layer > Layer Style. In the layer style command box, choose gradient overlay and bevel and emboss. Please see the setting for them :

Step 6

In this step, we will add layer styles to the shape 1 copy. Select shape 1 copy layer in the layer panel. Go to Layer > Layer Styles. See the picture below for the setting. Next, duplicate the layer (Ctrl+J) and then set the duplication layer to color dodge blending at 65% opacity.

Step 7

Take rounded rectangle tool again ( do the steps as the ones in step 2 and 3 ) to create a new shape. This new shape will be named shape 2 in the layer panel.

Step 8

Add the new shape layer styles as set below:

Step 9

Now we will continue to make the base. Create a new layer (Ctrl+N) and place this layer below all the three layers. Take pen tool (P) in the tool panel. Start to click to create anchor points indicated by small squares. Keep on clicking to make a shape and close the path. A closed path is shown by thin line forming a shape. When the path is closed, right click the path. On the option command box, choose make path selection. Set foreground color to black and then fill (Ctrl+F5) the selection with black.

Step 10

Add the new shape Layer styles. ( see steps 5 and 6 on how to do this ). Follow this setting:

Step 11

With the new shape layer still selected, go to Filter > Artistic > Film grain. Set this setting for the grain:
Grain : 1
Highlight area : 1
Intensity : 4

Step 12

Next, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.

Step 13

Create a new layer and then with pen tool selected, create a new shape as the one I created here. ( see step 9 on how to use the pen tool )

Step 14

Add this shape layer styles as shown in the picture below :

Step 15

Next is to give the shape some grain and a bit blur. To do this, see the step 11 and 12 to determine the setting of them. We will give the amount of grain and blur as done in those steps. Finally, set the blending of this layer to color dodge at 42% opacity. This is the result so far…

Step 16

Create another new layer. Take the pen tool again to create path like the one shown in the illustration picture. Right click to make selection and fill it with black. ( see step 9 )

Step 17

Now add Layer Styles to the newly created shape. See the setting below :

Step 18

Again add this shape some grain and blur as we do in step 11 and 12. Finally, set this layer to color dodge blending at 65% opacity. This is the result .

Step 19

To complete the frame, we will make another shape as left side part of the frame. To do this, create a new layer again. Take pen tool and create path on this new layer. Right click to make selection on the path and fill it with black. ( see previous steps)

Step 20

Add this shape Later Styles. See the setting below.

Step 21

To give the frame some details we will create another shape. to define the left below corner of the frame. We do this the same way as in previous steps. Create a new layer first. Then, with pen tool, create path. Next make selection and fill with black.

Step 22

Give this layer Layer Styles. Follow this setting :

Step 23

To complete the frame, we will create another shape again to define the upper left corner of the frame. Create a new layer under all shape layers previously made. Take pen tool to create path, make selection and fill the selection with black.

Step 24

Add this new shape Layer Styles. Follow the setting:

Step 25

After finishing the shape of the frame, in this step we will create the power bottom for it. Create a new layer above all the other layers. Take the Ellipse tool in the tool panel. Create a circle filled with black like the one I created.

Step 26

Then, give it Layer Style: Gradient overlay. (see the illustration for the setting). Finally, set the blending of this layer to color dodge at 27% opacity.

Step 27

Proceed to create a little square in the middle of the circle. To do this, first create a new layer. Set the foreground color to white. Take the brush tool with size of 1 px and 100% hardness. Draw the square. Finally, set it to normal blending at 54% opacity

Step 28

Now create another new layer, take again Rounded Rectangle tool in the tool panel and set its radius at 30 px. Create a shape like mine. (see the illustration). When you have create the shape, choose Move tool (V) in the tool panel and then hit and hold Alt on the keyboard and proceed to click and drag the shape. This way we duplicate the shape. Do this step seven times. Finally merge all of these shape layers. Please see the illustration for the result.

Step 29

Finally add this shape Layer Styles : Bevel and Emboss. See the illustration for the setting and final result :

Step 30

Let’s see the result of the frame so far (1). But area inside the base of the frame need some highlight (2). Please see the illustration below :

Step 31

Now take Dodge Tool in the panel tool. Set its range to Highlight at 20% exposure. With small brush (between 20-30px) at 0% hardness, stroke the area to give it highlight

Step 32

To finish the frame, we will define some more details on it by giving it linier highlights to some areas.

Step 33

To do that, first go to the brush tool and make sure that we set it with 1px size and 0% hardness. Then, go to pen tool, with this tool make a linier path in the desired area. Right click on the path. When the option command box comes up, choose Stroke Path. Finally, choose Brush to stroke the path. Remember to check Simulate Pressure

Step 34

Repeat step 33 to make the other linier highlights on certain areas in the frame.

Step 35

Now give a very gentle highlight on the screen display. Create a new layer. Then, on this layer, make white colored triangle. Finally set this layer to normal blending at 2% opacity.

Step 36

This is the result of the frame after being added a picture:

Step 37

That’s all the tutorial. Thanks for your visiting. Happy photoshopping to all. Please see the hi-res of the picture :

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avatar cabldawg71

nice tut Author explained very well

(5 years and 1837 days ago)
avatar niks1351
niks1351 says:

Loved it.......very nicely written....its gonna b a big help....thanks for sharing

(5 years and 1836 days ago)
avatar CorneliaMladenova

Awesome tut, Dek, thanks a lot for sharing

(5 years and 1836 days ago)
avatar George55
George55 says:

Something different and very well explained. Thanks for sharing it.... good job!!!

(5 years and 1835 days ago)
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Guest says:

very cool tutorial!

(5 years and 1825 days ago)
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Guest says:

Thankyou for this very good tutorial,i tried this and it came out pretty well am happy LOL. =)

(5 years and 1823 days ago)
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Guest says: detailed...excellent!

(5 years and 1822 days ago)
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[banned] says:

You've done really awesome job! Great tutorial it is. thanks a lot for sharing this nice post

(5 years and 1735 days ago)

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