Take a picture on the last day of school of your child holding a frame, open the picture in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. (I used Photoshop CS6, but the steps will work on any version just fine.)
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Is it possible that the last day of school is just around the corner? It doesn’t seem like that long ago that I was running around gathering school supplies with excited kids in tow. Now, my kids are anxiously awaiting the arrival of summer vacation and all the fun that comes with it. I can’t help but look back at the school year and marvel at how much my kids have grown.
We like to document the first and last day of school in one photo to see that growth.
For those parents that are on the ball and have a printed copy of the first day of school, throw the picture in a frame and take a picture of your child holding the frame. For those of us who always say we’re going to print the picture only to realize we haven’t printed a picture since 2004 – here’s a photoshop tutorial for you!
In the layers palette, create a copy of the photo layer by dragging the layer down to new layer icon:
Using the polygon lasso tool, draw a rectangle around the inside edge of the frame:
Uncheck the “eye” icon so you hide the bottom layer. Make sure the background copy layer is selected and push the delete key. This will erase the inner content of the frame:
Resize it using the corner transform arrows (holding shift to ensure the right proportions) and rotate it so it sits at the same angle as the frame your child is holding:
Drag the first day of school photo layer so that it sits below your background copy:
Save your file as a jpeg and just like that you’ve created a quick and easy first and last day of school photo:
This tutorial can be used for a wide variety of photo projects. Head over to www.lifewithfingerprints.com to see how I used this tutorial to document “three white dresses”: a blessing and a baptism (and one day a wedding).