One of the distinguishing marks of heritage photos is the deckle edge that
so many of them have. I'll show you a fast way to get the same
look on a modern photo by using a filter in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
Here, for example, is a photo of my husband Charlie when he was quite young.
When I scanned the photo into the computer I placed a black piece of paper
on top of the photo to provide a contrast to the deckle edge so I could
select it out of the background more easily.
To add a white mat on a separate layer behind the photo:
Select the Rectangle Tool (one of the Shapes).
Click on the layer in
the Layers palette that's just below the photo.
Press the letter "D" and
then the letter "X" to make
the Foreground color white.
Click on your document and drag an
outline around your photo the size you want the mat to be.
you let go of the mouse, the outline will fill with white.
click (Mac: Ctrl click) on the mat layer in the Layers palette
Layer" from the menu. (Photoshop:
choose Rasterize Layer.)
To give the mat a deckle edge:
Get the Rectangular Marquee tool and click and drag an outline slightly
bigger than the white mat.
Choose Filter > Distort > Wave.
Use these settings as a starting point:
Here's the result of using the Wave filter. The key to getting a good deckle
is to make the Maximum settings slightly bigger than the Minimum
settings, and the Vertical slightly larger than the Horizontal.
Notice, also, that I used "Triangle" for the Type in this case.
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