Perfect Effects frames and blend modes

How to combine Perfect Effects frames and blend modes

04 Adding a second border

Perfect Effects frames and blend modes

Now I want to add a second border, so I click the ‘Add’ button below the layer thumbnails in the Effects Stack panel (if you don’t click ‘Add’ the new border will simply replace the existing one).

This time I want the ‘Sloppy Borders’ category and ‘Sloppy Border 8’. At the moment, the new border covers up the original border area underneath, but that’s because the blend mode is still set to Normal…

05 Soft Light blend mode

Perfect Effects frames and blend modes

But if I change the blend mode to Soft Light, the effect changes. The darker parts of the border darken the image below and the lighter parts lighten it. This produces a much subtler effect that preserves the original colours.

06 The finished picture

Perfect Effects frames and blend modes

By combining two frame effects and using different blend modes I’ve created a composite framing effect of my own invention. I think it’s given this picture a pleasant arty, hand-made look. And don’t forget that when you’ve created a composite effect of your own that you like, you can save it as a user preset to use again and again.

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