PanosFX create wonderful actions, and they have just added two more to their collection.
Here I will show you the results of using these actions in Photoshop.
Both of these actions are free, however, you have to register with PanosFX to be able to download them – registration is also free.
Download the Stickers action and either install it into the Photoshop actions folder (there are instructions on how to do this on the PanosFX website), or unzip the action into a folder and load it into your actions palette at the time of using it – also explained in the same article.
If necessary, create an image that you would like to make a sticker from – it should be at least 950px x 950px
Save the image and close it
Click on the small arrowhead next to the Stickers action in the actions palette:
Make the ‘Round’ item active
Click on the run icon at the bottom of the palette:
This is the first message you will see:
Follow the instructions
When you have lined up your image as required, hit the Enter key to accept the transformation and the action will continue
At the end you will receive this message:
It doesn’t matter whether you click ‘Continue’ or ‘Stop’ as the action is now complete.
These are new actions that have been added to the old classic Border & Bends action. Download the actions – for our purposes we will only be using the Discrete Actions, not the Border and Bends action.
There are four separate actions included in the Discrete set: Top and Bottom Corners, Top Corners, Top Left & Lower Right Corners, Top Right & Lower Left Corners.
The messages you receive are the same for each action
Running the Actions
Open the Discrete Actions in the actions palette
Open your chosen action and click the run icon at the bottom of the palette
NOTE: I found that a better result is achieved if you start with your image close the the size you require your end result to be
Click Continue and navigate to your chosen image
Click Continue and you will have a transform box around and slightly larger than your image – following the instructions, resize the border if required
Hit the Enter key when you have made any necessary adjustments
In the Layer Style box, change the Color Overlay if required – this will be the photo border colour.
Also change the Stroke settings if required
Click OK when you have made all adjustments
Adjust the Gaussian Blur amount – you can see the results of your adjustments on the image, and as the previous message states, you can adjust this further once the action is complete
Click OK on the new adjustment layer dialogue
Be sure to check the Colorize box if you wish to change the background colour. Adjust the sliders as required
You’re done – don’t forget you can adjust the blur amount on the Shadow layer if required
NOTE: The last 2 actions: Top Left & Lower Right Corners and Top Right & Lower Left Corners do not include the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. If you wish to include it, just add an adjustment layer to the background layer when the action has completed: With the background layer active, click on the icon at the bottom of the layers palette and select Hue/Saturation:
NOTE: This adjustment layer can also be applied to the background layer of the Stickers action if required
Here are my results using the other 3 actions:
Top Left & Lower Right Corners
Top Right & Lower Left Corners
Panos Efstathiadis is the owner of PanosFX.com: “a site dedicated to Photoshop professionals and enthusiasts. Here you will find some of world’s best free & commercial Photoshop actions, tips and tutorials, interactive training material such as the Photoshop quizzes, and many more free resources”
Please try out some of Panos’ other actions – they are all of very high quality and produce beautiful results.
Have you tried this or any of the actions from PanosFX? If so, what do you think – please let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Acknowledgements for the resources used in this article:
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