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3D Pop Out Image in Photoshop

Posted on 14th June 2018
For this Tutorial, we are going to use an image with a frame in it and one or many images of what you want to edit coming out of the frame.

1 - In Photoshop, open the image you chose as “Background”.

2 - Select the “rectangular Marquee Tool” (M) and make a selection of the inner part of your Frame. Create a “New Layer” by clicking on the button at the bottom of the “Layers Panel” and making sure you still have your selection and that Black is your “Foreground” color and click “Alt/Option + Delete” to fill it with the “Foreground” color (Black).

3 - Open the “Image” you want to use in your Frame and drag it into your original document. Resize it, but make it big enough to fit your needs.

4 - Right-click on top of its Thumbnail and choose “Create Clipping Mask”. Duplicate your Layer (Command/Control + J), and lower the “Opacity” of the Duplicate to about 40%.

5 - Use the “Pen Tool” (P) and star creating a “Path” around the portions of the image that are outside of the “Frame” you wish to keep. When you make a curved path, you can hold “Option/Alt” key and click on top of your last “Point” to create a “Pick-up Path”. Keep going until you went all the way around the “Frame” and when you reach the place you wish to “Enter” the “Frame” just hold the “Shift” key while clicking on the corners of your frame to mage “Straight” lines and then, close your “Path”.

6 - Select the “Path Selection Tool” (A), right-click on top of the “Path” and choose “Make Selection”. Use a “Feather Radius” of 1 Pixel and click “Ok”. Create a “Layer Mask” of your new selection.

7 - Lower the “Opacity” to be able to see your image below for reference. Make sure your “Mask” Thumbnail is selected and that Black is your “Foreground” color, then use the “Brush Tool” (B) with a medium-soft brush “Erase” the portions of the image that need to be trimmed out.

8 - Duplicate your Top Layer, drag the “Mask” to the “Trashcan” icon at the bottom of the Panel, and choose “Delete” instead of “Apply” when prompted. Lower the “Opacity” (we used 40%), select the “Mask” Thumbnail in the Layer below and making sure the White is your “Foreground” color, select your “Brush Tool” (B) and erase some of the masked portions to bring them out of the “Frame”.

9 - Make sure you closed your outlines and use the “Paint Bucket Tool” (B) to fill the inside with White and reveal the rest of your image. If you notice some “Lines” just use a brush and paint over them.

10 - Double-click on top of your “Mask” Thumbnail to bring out the “Mask Properties” Window and play around with the settings to get some smooth edges. Once you are happy, select “Output to Layer Mask” and click “OK”. Check your outlined image, and if you need to clean the edges a bit more, use a Medium-Soft brush to do it. You may need to adjust the “Feather” again in the “Properties Panel”.

11 - In our “Artwork”, there is a portion of the “Background” that should be on top of the imported image. To cut it out, use the “Polygonal Lasso Tool” (L) to make a selection around it, “Copy” (Command/Control + C) and “Paste” (Command/Control + V) it and place the resulting Layer on top of other “Image”.

12 - Double-click on top of your “Image” Layer and apply the following “Blending Options”:

Drop Shadow:

13 - Click on top of your copied layer while holding the “Option/Command” key to make a selection, create a “New Layer” and fill the selection with Black.

14 - Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and use a “Radius” of 15 Pixels. Lower the “Opacity” to 40% and use the “Move Tool” (V) to move the image some clicks down and right. Then, select the “Eraser Tool” (E), choose a Soft brush and erase the parts of the “Shadow” that need to. Clean up the edges of the “Overlapping” image too if needed.

15 - Check out your work.

by @lornacane

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