Curved Photo Effects

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Curved photo effects are a great way to give your images a fun and interesting look. Learn about curved photo effects with help from an experienced photography expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dan Reinecke with Unknown Media, and today I'm going to show you how to do a curved photo effect. So, let's go ahead and jump into our photo editing software. Alright. So, we're going to make a curved photo effect. Now, what we're going to do, we're going to go ahead and create a new document. Let's go ahead and switch that to inches. I'm going to go 5 X 5, resolution around 240 pixels, that's good. And so we have our new document here. Now, what we're going to do is go ahead and open up our photo for the project. So, here we've got the silly little rugrat; I'm going to go ahead and select it and copy it and now, we're going to go ahead and paste it to a new layer in our document. So, this is going to be our photo that we are going to curve. Now, what we're going to do, we're going to go ahead and command select this and that's actually going to select this image itself. I'm going to go ahead and create a new layer and we're going to drag that layer below our photo. Now, with that, we're going to go ahead, we're going to go up to select, modify, expand. Now, what this is going to do, we're going to go ahead and expand it by ten pixels and this is going to give us a border. Now, what we're going to do for the border is add a new fill layer, solid color, okay and just go ahead and give this photo a white border. There we are. Now, we're going to select this two layers and we are going to merge the two layers together. So, now, we have our layers selected here with the border and the photo together and we're going to go ahead into our filter and we're going to distort it with a shear distort. Now, as you can see, I can already have that there. Now, it doesn't really matter what direction you do it, it's going to be completely up to you. I like going this way, so we will do that. So, now, our photo is curved, but to give it a little sense of realism, we're going to go ahead and add a drop shadow to it. So, with that again, we're going to go ahead and command select and that is going to bring up our selection around the photo again. I'm going to create a new layer and then, I'm going to go ahead and get our foreground color to, let's go a dark gray for our shadow. Select the paint bucket tool and go ahead and drop that in. Now, obviously, we don't want to be covering our photos, so we're going to go ahead and drag it down. And now what we're going to do; so now that that's selected, we're going to go ahead and move it over this way a bit and down, but now to really make it real looking, we are going to go ahead and transform it and flip it horizontally. I have to drag it over and down and now, we're going to go ahead and add a bit of a blur, let it set in a little bit more, yeah that will work. Alright. And now, all that we're going to have to do is go ahead and add a new fill layer for a background; let's do something along those lines. So, now, you can see we have our finished photo here; it is curved and it has a nice little drop shadow to set it apart from the page. And that's how you create a curved photo effect. I'm Dan Reinecke, take your best shot.

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