January 17, 2016

Tutorial: Quick Mask Border

  • 1. Open the image which will be our background layer
  • 2. Unlock the image layer by clicking on the lock icon
  • 3. Make the image a smart object using the drop down menu in the Layers Panel so you can make changes to it non-destructively
  • 4. Add a new layer to the top of the layer stack
  • 5. Make a selection using the Rectangular Marque Tool
  • 6. Inverse the selection by going to Select – Inverse or by using the keyboard shortcut of Shift + CTRL + I (Windows) or Shift + Cmd +I (Mac)
  • 7. Make a Quick Mask by either clicking on the quick mask icon or hitting Q on the keyboard
  • 8. Use this Quick Mask to apply filters onto the Quick Mask itself
  • 9. Go to Filter > Blur > Gausian Blur and blur the sharp edge of the Quick Mask
  • 10. Go to Filter > Filter Gallery and choose and effect (Experiment with the effects and when you are done click OK) [I used: Sketch > Water Paper – Fiber Length: 15; Brightness: 60; Contrast: 90]
  • 11. Exit Quick Mask mode by clicking on the Quick Mask icon or hitting Q on the keyboard
  • 12. Make the Foreground Color the color you want to use for your border (I used #967509)
  • 13. Fill the selection with the Foreground Color by going to Edit >¬†Fill or use the keyboard shortcut Shift + F5
  • 14. With the fill window open choose Foreground Color under the Contents section
  • 15. Deselect the border by going to Select¬†>Deselect or use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + D (Windows) or CMD + D (Mac)

Final Render:

Quick Mask Border Final Render