Picture Slider Photoshop Tutorial

Another tutorial for displaying your photos a little differently. This is ideal for scrapbookers, for making photo slideshows, or just for an unusual way of displaying your photos. It is a very easy but time-consuming tutorial, good for Photoshop beginners. We will be using no external resources – just your own image and Photoshop’s built-in tools.

Picture Slider

Step 1

Open a new file using the following settings:

New File Settings

Step 2

Create a new layer

Set the foreground colour to red #EF1C1C

Select the Rectangle tool

Hold down the Shift key to maintain the proportions and drag out a large square on your canvas.

Ctrl+Click on the thumbnail in the layers palette to select the pixels

Select>Modify>Contract – set to 60px, click OK

Hit the Delete key

Rename this layer ‘frame’

Step 3

Double click on the layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Inner Glow, Bevel and Emboss and Satin settings:

Frame Inner Glow Settings

Frame Bevel & Emboss Settings

Frame Satin Settings

Step 4

Create a new, empty layer above the frame layer

Merge the two layers together to rasterise the layer style

Make sure the merged layer is still named ‘frame’

Step 5

Add a layer mask the frame layer by clicking on the icon at the bottom of the layers palette

Set black as the foreground colour

Mask out all of the black bevel inside the frame – this means you will also have to mask out some of the bevel on the left-hand edge to make the top left corner correct

Your frame should end up looking like this:

Frame

Create a new, empty layer above the frame layer and merge the two layers together

Make sure the layer is still named ‘frame’

Step 6

Open the image you are using

Select the Rectangular Marquee tool

Hold down the Shift key and drag out a square at least the size of your frame, and containing the part of the image you want to use

Edit>Copy (Ctrl + C)

Make your project active

Make the background layer active

Edit>Paste (Ctrl + V)

Using the Transform tool (Ctrl + T), resize the image to be slightly larger than the inside of the frame

Rename the layer ‘image’

Duplicate the layer – keep this layer named ‘image copy’

Step 7

Turn off the visibility of the frame layer

You now have to do some calculations:

Analysis>Ruler Tool

Place the cross on the right edge of your image

Hold down the Shift key to keep the line straight and drag a line across the width of the image

Take the width measurement from the top of the screen:

Image Width

Divide that figure by 4 – as you can see from the screenshot, the width of my image was 669px, divided by 4 gives me 167.25 – but I need an integer, so round down to 167.

Select the Rectangular Marquee  tool and apply a Fixed Size, using the figure from your calculations, as shown below:

Rectangular Marquee Fixed Size Settings

Step 8

Make sure you are viewing your image at 100%

Place the cross at the top right corner of the image and click once

Make sure the image copy layer is active

Edit>Copy (Ctrl + C)

Edit>Paste (Ctrl + V)

Step 9

Turn off the visibility of both the image and image copy layers

Place the cross (rectangular marquee tool) right next to the existing image-part and click once.

If necessary, move the selection into place using the arrow keys

Restore visibility to the image copy layer and make it active

Edit>Copy (Ctrl + C)

Edit>Paste (Ctrl + V)

Repeat Step 8 for the whole image – so you end up with 12 ‘tiles’

If necessary you can adjust the size of the frame to fit the tiles by using the Transform tool (Ctrl + T)

Step 9

Decide which corner piece the image can do without, and delete the layer with that tile on it

Step 10

Make any of the tile layers active

Double click on the layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Bevel and Emboss settings:

Tile Bevel & Emboss Settings

Copy and paste the layer style to all tile layers

Step 11

Select the Move tool

Rearrange some of the tiles so the picture slider is not showing the image correctly

Step 12

Turn off the visibility of all layers except the tile layers

Right click on any visible layers and click on Merge Visible

Now merge this layer with the frame layer

Restore visibility to all layers

Step 13

With the frame layer active

Select the Magic Wand tool and click anywhere outside the frame

Select>Inverse

Select>Modify>Contract – set to 10px, click OK

Create a new layer below the frame layer and fill the selection with very dark grey #332828

Merge this layer and the frame layer together

Step 14

With the frame layer active

Ctrl + T to transform the object

Holding down the Shift key to maintain the proportions, reduce the size of the image by about half

Step 15

You can now either delete or turn off the visibility of the image copy layer

With the image layer active

Select the Rectangular Marquee tool – make sure it is still set to the fixed size you used earlier

Place the cross on the corner of the image where the missing tile is in your picture slider

Click once, hit the Delete key

Step 16

Fill the background layer with black

Move the image layer to the top left corner of the canvas

Move and rotate the picture slider in the position of your liking

Step 17

Double click on the frame layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Drop Shadow settings (NOTE: if you have arranged your picture slider in a different position, you will have to change the angle to suit):

Frame Drop Shadow Settings

Optional Step

In this step we will apply a white border to the image

Ctrl + Click on the thumbnail of the image layer in the layers palette to select the pixels

Select>Modify>Expand – set to 15px, click OK

Create a new layer below the image layer

Set the foreground colour to white and fill the selection

Zoom well into the image

Select the Eraser tool, Mode – Block

Erase the border from the missing part of the image

Now you can flatten the image, crop it and resize as required

The finished project:

Picture Slider


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and I hope you think the end result is worth the time taken to complete it. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Image Credit: Butterfly Image from sxc.hu
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