Photoshop Tutorial – Creating a Mirror Edge for a Gallery Wrap

Photoshop Tutorial – Creating a Mirror Edge for a Gallery Wrap


Welcome to the Breathing Color video discussing
how to create a file for gallery wrapping. A brief overview of gallery wrapping would
be a canvas print stretched onto a frame that also includes the print on the stretched portion
of the frame. In Photoshop, let’s make sure that we have
our layers palette open. In our layers palette, we want to select the menu options and select
“duplicate layer.” You have the ability to rename this layer, but in this case we’re
going to leave it at “background copy.” Click “Okay.” This duplicate layer is
going to be the layer that will allow us to create the extra image that we need on the
stretched portion of the frame. First thing we need to do now is we need to
adjust our canvas size. Go to “Image” select “Canvas Size” – we notice our
current canvas size, or our actual image right here, is 22 inches by 16 inches. Let’s say
that we needed to add two inches all around our image to create that gallery wrap effect.
We’re gonna change our width to 26 and we’re gonna adjust our height to 20 inches and hit
“okay.” Now, go to your tools palette and select the
rectangular marquee in the top left corner. Now, starting on the top left of the image,
we are going to click and drag the mouse to go across the entire image and select the
white area that’s above the print. Now that we have our selection, with the same tool,
let’s click and let’s drag this down over the image. A trick to dragging this straight
and evenly is to hold the “shift” key on the keyboard. Click on your “Edit” menu and select “Free
Transform.” We’re gonna drag the bottom middle button. Let’s click and hold this,
and let’s drag it to the top of the screen. And this is gonna create our gallery wrapped
effect for the top portion of the print. We’re gonna release our left mouse and we’re gonna
hit “enter” or “return” on our keyboard. Now we have our duplicated section. Let’s
now do the same thing for the bottom portion of the print. Let’s start in the bottom
left corner and we’re gonna click and drag to the right side. Once we have it where we need, we’re gonna
release the left mouse and we’re gonna go into our “Edit” menu and select “Free
Transform” again. Go ahead and click and hold, and we’re gonna drag to the bottom
of the screen. When you have it where you need to, release the left mouse and select
“enter” on your keyboard. Now that we have the top and bottoms, we need
to do the sides. But before we do the sides, let’s flatten this image. In your layers
palette, select the menu options and go down to “flatten image.” The reason why we
need to do this, is when we originally create a duplicate layer, the layer behind it still
shows the white. So when flattening the image, now this is our one image to edit from. So
we’re gonna go back to step one in the layers palette, and we’re gonna go to our menu
options and we’re gonna select “duplicate layer.” Hit “okay,” now we have our
duplicate layer in which to add the sides onto. Once we have our selection, let’s move it
over. Now that we have that, we’re gonna continue the same process. “Edit” menu,
“Free Transform.” Select the right middle box and drag it over to the left. Hit “return”
on the keyboard. Now we have our left side. Let’s do the same for our right side. Now that we have our area, let’s drag it
over while holding the “shift” key again. And for the last time, we’re going to “Edit”
and “Free Transform.” Hit “return” on the keyboard and we have our gallery wrapped
image. Let’s go back to our layers palette and let’s select from the menu options “flatten
image.” And that concludes the video on gallery wrapping
for images.

15 thoughts on “Photoshop Tutorial – Creating a Mirror Edge for a Gallery Wrap

  1. Thank you for the comments! There are many ways to achieve mirrored edges including Photoshop actions, shortcuts and dedicated Plug-Ins/Software.

    We do realize there are faster methods for achieving this process, but our goal was to provide a step-by-step tutorial that would be easy to understand and follow for even the novice user.

    We do appreciate your feedback!

  2. I must be missing something…looks so simple but while in CS5 I click on Rectangular Marquee tool and go to corner and for one thing, no black square like I see here and no rectangle goes above shot. I can get one on top of the photo and bring down but when go to edit and free transform nothing moves up like yours either. I'm on the background copy we made and brought up show rulers but must be missing something. Any help would be so great, [email protected] Thanks again, Ben.

  3. Wow this would also work if you need to add a little edge for full bleed cutting. This is going to make my job SO much easier! Thank you!

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