|Neat effect huh? With the bubbles? It’s the “Xtremely Xtreme” logo as seen in the GhostHouse movie “Xtremely Xtreme.” How did I do this?|
- Make a new layer for your border.
- Make the shape that is roughly the dimensions you want the core of the “toned” border.
- Select the shape… I usually use the magic wand.
- Invert the selection (Select : Invert).
- Hit “Q” to switch to mask mode. Everything should turn your highlight color, for example pink.
- Use the halftone filter in the menu bar: Filter : Pixelate : Color Halftone.
- Mess with the radius and angle settings a couple of times. I find it easier to use a solid color that is a single key, like say black. That way you are only changing the offset angle of a single channel.
- when you get the effect you want, you should have a selection with a lot of bubbles… while on the selection tool, do a “fill.”
- just to be anal, invert the selection and fill with a different color.
- Alternately, choose one of these and just hit “delete” (backspace on the PC). This will make this a big mask, so for example if you want some complex pattern on a layer underneath to show through the bubbles, or be the background underneath the bubbles.
Since I’m using this for video, I need a thin border in a contrasting color around the halftone bubbles- I don’t have control over the background, because it will be constantly changing.
- Select the mask you made by using the magic wand with a large tolerance (for example 30).
- Grow the selection uniformly by choosing Select : Modify : Expand in the menu.
- Now you have a background mask for your mask! Without changing the selection:
- Pick a foreground color which is contrasting to the mask body.
- Make a new layer and make sure it is active for editing.
- Use “fill” on this grown selection.
- Make sure the layer is the immediately next one from your first “border” mask.