Open the Color Range palette (Select > Color Range) and using the default setting of Sampled Colors, click on the Add to Sample eyedropper under the Save button. Use the eyedropper to sample the colours in your image, creating the mask you’ll use to create your final edge shape. Leave some small artifacts in your image, so that it looks more authentic and distressed.
A new selection based on your colour-range work is now loaded, so create a new layer (Shift + Cmd/Ctrl + N) and fill (Shift + F5) the new transparent layer with black. Note the degraded edge with subtle distressed detail you’ve created. You now have your base art done and can design whatever type of edge motif you’d like.
In this project I created a 8.5 x 11-inch frame using my edge. I cloned the edge layer (Cmd/Ctrl + J), rotated it (Edit > Transform > Rotate), and positioned it along the sides, to form the edged frame. Use the Clone Stamp tool (S), to alter some of the detail on three of the sides, so it doesn’t look as though you’re using the same edge.
This shows a photo of mine masked within the framed edge I created. It’s fun to find new uses for mundane things. In this case we took something disposable and recycled it into a creative and unique design tool.
Who: Von Glitshcka is principal of Glitschka Studios, and has worked in the communication arts industry for more than 23 years. His work reflects the symbiotic relationship between design and illustration – he describes himself as an ‘illustrative designer’, and is always looking for an excuse to be creative.
Software: Adobe Photoshop
Time to complete: 1 - 2 hours