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Old 08-06-2010, 11:43 AM   #1
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How to mat a photo in PSE 8.0

Ok so I don't have fancy screen shots or anything, but this is the gist of it. I use PSE 8.0, so I am not sure if this will work in other venues or not.

How to Mat a photo:
• Open your document and a photo.
• Using the move tool drag the photo onto the document.
• Move the photo into place.
• Select the photo in the layers panel. Then push CTL+click the left mouse button at the same time on the thumbnail of the photo in the layers palette (small tiny picture). This will place a selection box of marching ants around your photo.
• Then click on the create a new layer icon in PSE ( a small square box with a turned up corner at the bottom of the layers panel). Click once to create a new layer above your photo layer.
• Making sure the new layer is selected go to Edit>stroke or outline selection. Choose a width (15 pixels to start) then choose a color by clicking the color chip. This opens the color picker. You can choose a color from the box or go to your layout to use the eyedropper to pick a color from your layout (just click on whatever color you wish on your layout). Click ok. This will close the color picker.
• Then choose the radio button that says inside. Click ok.
• Then use CTL + D to deselect the item and remove the marching ants. You can clip patterned paper to the mask if you wish as well once the mask is created.
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Old 03-06-2011, 05:00 PM   #2
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Thank you for this tutorial! I am very new to doing this, and was wondering how to make a mat. Thank you!

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Old 03-01-2013, 05:40 PM   #3
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Thanks for sharing!!

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Old 03-15-2014, 05:30 PM   #4
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Just tried

Thanks for the tutorial. I have always wanted to know how to do this. Had to adapt it a little for PSE6 but it worked great!
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