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How to create Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator?


Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Photo Frame Effect is an Adobe Photoshop effect and today we will create this effect in Adobe Illustrator. We will be using an image, Rectangle Tool, Transform Panel, Angled Strokes Effect and few other tools.

Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Launch Adobe Illustrator and create a new document of size 841.89 pt X 595.276 pt.

Now follow the below steps:

Step 1

At first, we will place an image on the artboard. Click on File in the Menu Bar and then select Place.

Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator

After clicking on Place, browse the image. Select the image to be placed; there must be a checkmark on Link, and click on Place. Then click on the artboard and the image will be placed on the artboard.

Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Step 2

Now select the image with the help of Selection Tool. Press and hold Alt key and drag the image to create duplicate copy of it.

Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Step 3

Now select the Rectangle Tool and draw different size rectangles on the image. To highlight the rectangles you can give them a stroke color.

Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Select all the rectangles with the help of Selection Tool and Shift key. Now rotate these rectangles at -45o angle.

Object > Transform > Rotate

Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Check the Preview and click OK.

Step 4

Again select all the rectangles and press Ctrl + 8 to make them a Compound Path.
After making the Compound Path, select the image and the Compound Path and then press Ctrl + 7 to create a Clipping Mask.

Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Now carefully place this Clipping Mask over the original image. The bounding box will help in placing the clipping mask properly over the image.

Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Step 5

Go to the Layer Panel and click on the drop down arrow of the Clipping Mask layer. Now select the sub-layer; the layer of rectangles, and select white color as a stroke. You can increase the stroke size in the Stroke Panel.

Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Step 6

Now select the original image which is in the background and apply Angled Strokes Effect to it.

Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator

After making required changes click OK and your Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator is ready.

Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Don’t let the image effects be limited to Adobe Photoshop, give a try on Adobe Illustrator also.

Hope you will find this tutorial helpful.

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