I wanted to create a framed matte for my photographs that also incorporated a shadow effect with the photograph. It took a little time to figure it out and create it, but now with the use of a Photoshop Action, I can recreate this effect in a matter of mere seconds!
Here are the steps to create a framed matte effect yourself:
Step 1: Open a photograph in Photoshop (I already have it resized in Lightroom)
Step 2: Duplicate the layer
Step 3: Highlight the original layer and click on Image and then Canvas. Set the width to 1 and the height to 1, and the background to white. Click on Image and then Canvas again. Set the height to 1 and then click the up arrow in the anchor, and again set the background to white. Now, click Image and Canvas and set the width and height to .0625 and set the background to black.
Step 4: Double click the copied layer and setup the drop shadow. I set the angle to 120, distance to 10, and size to 10.
Step 5: Insert a text box with your name or title for the photograph. Set the font and size.
Step 6: Save the newly created framed photograph as a jpg for use in your blog.
It actually sounds more difficult than it actually was for me to set up. Once you’ve been through the process a time or two, do it again this time recording the steps as an action. Then you will be able to repeat this process with one simple click.