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The link below is to a "low resolution" layered PSD file. The printable file is more than 200 MB. This file is crunched down to "only" 20 mb requiring only 10% of the patience. Consequently, the textures and scaling is not as good as on the full size file. But the layers, layer masks, effects, and textures behave as expected.

Venice-01.psd

At the 2007 Photoshop World convention in Las Vegas, George Lepp demonstrated a Faux Matte technique illustrated by Peter Gilbert. It was way cool!

A Year ot two later I had a use for the faux matter. Try as I might, I couldn't find those notes! So I decided to recreate the technique.

Recently, thanks to Peter Gilbert, I found it was a little different different then George Lepp's technique in that I recreated the chiseled look of a real matte.

Below is the finished image we are creating. Also added is a simulated black frame that would not be in the final print.

 

Here is the initial image. "the Picture". Double clicking on the background layer created Layer 1. Though not necessary it was converted to a "smart object".

 

Here is the inner matte. It is the bottom layer. Some texture was added using a filter from the Filter Gallery shown in the next image. It was converted to a "smart object" so "smart filters" could be used. The huge advantage of using "smart filters" is they can be changed as many times as desired until a satisfactory image is created. This flexibility was a huge benefit when I downsized the picture to only 500 pixels wide. All the filter effects needed to be reduced accordingly.

 

Here is the added texture. There are a wide variety of textures available. Also, images taken of real mattes can be used also. A pattern stamp could be used to make a large enough matte.

 

Now the beveled edge of the inner matt is added. An inner bevel must be used to create tight, square edges. Outer bevels create rounded corners. The red X indicates the layer mask is disabled for this demonstration. A really deep bevel is used to help get the shading right. In the room this picture was going in, the light came predominately from the upper left. Getting the shading right is a nice touch. Notice a layer mask was used to reveal the inside matte on the layer below.

 

Here is the texture used for the paper behind the matte.

 

The inner matte layers are temporarily disabled as is the layer mask on the Outside Matte Folder. The red X denotes a disabled layer.

 

Here is the outer matte.

 

Now the beveled edge of the outer matt is added similar to the inner matte. Once again, a layer mask is used to reveal the outside matte layer.

 

This is an image for the layer mask forthe "Matte Paper". To show it simply hold down the alt key and click on the mask.

 

Here is a similar display showing a red overlay for the mask. Hold down both the "Shift" and "Alt" key then click on the layer mask to get this display. It should be noted that both this and the display above can be modified with a paint brush selecting and filling the desired areas with lasso, marque, and all the other selection tools.

 

Here it is without the mask displays.

 

Again an "Alt" click for the matte folder mask.

 

And the "Shift" + "Alt" display

 

Here is the finished picture for print.

 

And a temporary picture frame added for evaluation purposes.