Creative Team Member, Linda Davis, shares a tutorial on Frame Focus and Extraction, i.e. how to focus the eye with a frame in Adobe Photoshop.
This is an excerpt of a post on her blog. You can find the full post here.
Framing helps focus the eye on what is important on a page, in this case my granddaughter as she played in the sand with the toy truck. Below are highlights of the steps that I followed to create this page as I worked the new MultiMedia Frames No. 3.
Frame Focus and Extraction
1. Drag the layers of 3.psd from MultiMedia Frames No. 3 onto a new document. Clip the photo to the FotoBlendz mask and a copy of the photo to the stain layer. Add preferred Adjustment Layers as needed to correct photo exposure. Clip SolidPaper6.jpg from ArtPlay Palette Swell to each photo layer using the clipping mask function in Adobe Photoshop (CTRL/CMD + ALT /OPT + G) and Elements (CTRL/CMD + OPT) and apply a Normal Blending Mode at 50% Opacity. Mask out what you do not want covered with sand using a Layer Mask technique of choice.
More about Frame Focus and Extraction. By using a frame on my page, I have focused on my granddaughter and hidden what was distracting in my photo. You might be wondering why I didn’t simply erase portions of the frame to achieve the out of bounds effect. One reason I prefer working with an extraction is because that allows me the option to add shadows to part of the photo and create more depth on my pages. As I explained in previous posts, Inspiration and Changing Focus and a Tip for Extractions, the effects created with shadows are not possible by erasing parts of a frame or blending.
I am not especially fast at creating my pages, but I finished this page in under two hours even with the extraction. Practice helps, especially if you know the different tools in Photoshop or PSE that are available for extractions.
Knowing how to extract from a photo, the selection tools available as well as how to refine extraction edges makes what appears difficult really very easy. Anna is offering a new course, ExtractTHIS LIVE, which is available at a 50% discount if you also sign up for Flipping Clipping LIVE. Register for both classes here.
I don’t think that there is one best way to extract from a photo. My process depends on the photo, what I am trying to achieve and my comfort level with different options. Anna’s class is a wonderful opportunity for me to continue to refine my skills, especially important to me as extractions are definitely characteristic of my current style.