Hi Gang: I had so many requests yesterday about how I did the frame around my Maine images, I thought I would include it here today.

I originally did this tutorial for NAPP members, and it ran on the NAPP member Website nearly a year ago, but I’m running it here today, because if you’re a NAPP member—well…..you’ve already seen it. Anyway, there’s an extra technique in here as well (a matting technique), along with the frame technique. Hope you find it helpful. :)

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Scott is a Photographer, bestselling Author, Host of "The Grid" weekly photography show; Editor of Photoshop User magazine; Lightroom Guy; KelbyOne.com CEO; struggling guitarist. Loves Classic Rock and his arch-enemy is Cilantro. Devoted husband, dad to two super awesome kids, and pro-level babysitter to two crazy doggos.


  1. Thanks Scott, this is an awesome technique that leads to other possibilities! See you in PSW!

  2. Great tutorial! It’s 1 a.m. here but, heck, I’m gonna try it out tonight! lol

    • Well here is my result of the tutorial …


      I really like it but I’m not sure how to get rid of the white border around the frames. I saved the files as png thinking the transparent background around the frame would come through transparent on the blog. Should I have saved it as something else or just cropped close to the black frame?

      Otherwise, I love it and btw, Scott, I gave your blog (and tutorial) a plug at the end of the post, although I think I only have about 10 readers so it might not be much publicity! lol

      • Allison, I’m guessing that you still had your background layer visible when you saved the file. If your background was white, you’ll end up with that white, as you did, even if you save as a PNG.

        Trev J.

  3. Awesome post! I always like to visit your blog & read your nice post!

  4. Thanks for sharing Scott – this adds a nice touch when sharing photos. Much appreciated.

  5. Thats a great tutorial Scott, thanks. Most definitely agree to the fact it does lead to other great possibilities Ken.

    Thank you once again.

  6. That’s a great tutorial Scott, thanks. Most definitely agree to the fact it does lead to other great possibilities Ken.

    Thank you once again.

  7. Great tutorial, Scott, it gives the image very neat professional feel. Thanks for sharing it with non-NAPP members as well. :)

  8. Wow, You just sold me to NAPP! Thanks Scott aswome tut.

  9. Scott, once again good drills, thanks for the direction.

  10. Thanks Scott – that’s great! Can definately see me using it! Now waiting to see what London brings!!


  11. Scott,

    Nicely done. I’ve used a similar technique for digitally “matting” and framing photos, but added a hard-edged inner bevel to the matte to mimic the cut edge of the matte board. I even went so far as to double matte it, as you can see here:


    Trev J.

  12. Hey

    Thanks Scott, worked well even here done in Africa :P


  13. Thank you so much for sharing this. And I love your laugh when you forget to create a new layer :)

  14. May be a good idea to add one of this in front of your Mic. Nice tutorial.


  15. Amazing – I decided I needed to remember where you first posted the matting technique – however I spent quite a while yesterday looking – I think it may have been your China trip pics – love your blog and have been an avid follower for years btw – and lo and behold, today you post it again. How lucky is that! Maybe I should go buy a lottery ticket too! LOL

  16. Scott,

    2 questions: 1. When is Jeremy Cowert training video releasing?

    2. Have you heard any release dates on Nik HDR Pro?

    Thanks, Ken

  17. I learn something new everytime I visit your blog, and today was no exception. Thanks Scott for the excellent tutorial!

    Perhaps you should bundle this in a DVD with other valued tips and techniques for resale so I can upload them in my computer and practice along with you!

    Frederic in Montréal

  18. Hi Scott,

    I just wanted to take a quick moment to thank you for this little tutorial and the many other helpful hints, information, and joy you share. You’re a generous and good man and I’m grateful for your kindness and willingness to share.

    Best wishes, Jason

  19. I liked that and i am now into your new book. thank you.


  21. Hi Scott:

    I have learned so much from you, you are just a wealth of information. I’m eager to try out this tutorial.

    BUT . . . I have a question regarding Lightroom and the new noise reduction. I have a few of the Topaz programs right now and am thinking of getting of the new DeNoise5. But since I’ve heard that Lighroom 3 has nosie reduction, I’m not sure which would be might be better?

    I appreciate your comments.

    • The noise reduction in the program is worth the price of admission. The same noise reduction is available in PS CS5 Camera RAW. If I am wrong here–someone speak up.


  22. Awesome tutorial Scott. As others have echoed, appreciate you sharing with non NAPP members. I’m curious, is there a way to repeat the effect with vectors, so the template is resolution independent?


  23. Great tutorial!!! In the tutorial you used the shortcut Shift+Cntrl+Alt+click on layer thumbnail for the “Intersect” selection. This is the first time I have heard of this selection process. Would you please explain the purpose of this function? When would this type of selection normally be used?

  24. simple my rear…. I cant get this to work at all, im so fed up with photoshop its not even funny i dont have the first clue on what to do

    • Hey Brandon,
      I had 2 windows open; one with photoshop and the other with Scott’s video. Just follwed him step by step. Where did you get stuck? I did a lot of rewinding.

      I got it to work in PS 7.0 which is what I have. But I couldn’t use the Shift+Cntrl+Alt shortcut for intersect in CS5 trial though. Anyone?


      • I was having issues with this as well and then realised I wasn’t clicking on the frame layer to activate the intersect, maybe we are similar?

      • Hey richw,
        I figured it out. You have to click on the actual thumbnail picture in the layers panel. I was clicking everywhere else on there.

  25. Scott (or anybody),
    After you create the gradient light area you make a square with the selection tool “to create a hard edge? What key or series of keys do you use to make the square selection disappear? I figured on the delete key but it doesn’t work and you don’t say anything in the mic.

  26. That’s simply awesome technique, thanks you so much for this incredible post this will make my live so much easier.

  27. Scott:

    Your books are like bibles to me. They are very instructive and really helped me step up my game. This tutorial is wonderful and am glad to see you kept the flaws… aren’t layers wonderful…

    Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge.

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  29. Love your site, Jan. I’d be up for some cards!

  30. A good technique I have seen now to do that and thanking for your nice sharing.

  31. Excellent post. Thank you very much for share

  32. Amazing post .Tanks for sharing this nice tutorial.

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