HOW TO CREATE A BRUSH MASK
Just decided to do a quick border effect presented by French Kiss Collections (see sidebar of my Tidbits Blog for website link) recently. Another favorite image from Epcot this year. I could have watch the Glassblower in the Mexican Pavilion the whole day – and I loved the way this family seemed to be just as interested.
This tip I learned this week from French Kiss Collections’blog called Using and Embellishing Photo Masks on how to use a brush to create a nice border effect. She also has some very nice painted masks that can be bought. I did a blog called How to Paint with a Texture Brush from Your Image that can be used to create your own brush and patterns for the border. In this case a square brush was created and a matching pattern using French Kiss Collections Atelier Georgia texture. Then followed her basic steps in her blog to get a rather interesting border for this image. Basically opened a new document and added a New Layer. Painted with black into the New Layer to get a rough border. Then placed the image on top layer in the document and clipped it to the New Layer (ALT+click between the two layers to clip image layer) . You will see the border in the color of your bottom layer, which can be changed using any color you want or changing it to a texture or pattern. In the above case, a darkish brown color was used – it actually gave some texture to parts of the image I did not want to remove. I did not do much to this image – just used French Kiss Chalkboard texture as a background color (this is a free download from her Facebook page).
These are just some flowers painted in Corel Painter earlier this while practicing. Wanted to try the workflow of French Kiss – could not get the overlay to stamp into the layer mask, but I do not see the need for it. I just stamped her FrenchKiss Artiste Savoire Faire Overlay on top and then added a layer mask to remove any text that appears on the flowers. Also used her Tableaux Aurora texture for a background and Shadowhouse Creations free Grunge Frame Brush Set Frame 8 for the mask brush.
Think this is a really nice way to get a unique border effect and pretty easy to do. Hope you get a chance to try it – it can make a boring image interesting!…..Digital Lady Syd