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Chapter 10. Creating Layer and Channel M... > Creating Unique Layer Mask Borders

Creating Unique Layer Mask Borders

Layer masks can create more than simple vignettes around an image. In fact, with the right filters you can create some very interesting and fun-looking borders. For example, when you create a selection using one of Photoshop's standard selection tools—rectangle, ellipse, lasso—the selection has a sharp, definable border. The secret to creating unique borders is to create a general selection around a portion of the image you want to preserve, create the layer mask, and then use some of Photoshop's creative filter effects, such as the Artistic or Distort filters on the mask. Using filters on the image mask creates eye-catching borders, and it's only a filter away.

Create a Layer Mask Border

Open a document.

Click the layer you want to use in the Layers palette to apply a unique border.

Create a rectangular selection around a portion of the image.

Click the Add Layer Mask button.

Click the layer mask thumbnail.

Click the Filters menu, point to Brush Strokes, and then click the Spatter filter.

Adjust the Spatter filter options to change the edge of the layer mask.

Click OK.


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