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Creating Framed Backgrounds for your Rusty Summer Photos

Updated on July 4, 2013

Rust can be Art. Frame it and Hang it on your Wall!

One of my favorite things to do during the Summer is to drive around and find unusual photo subjects.

My favorite subjects are old things and generally, old rusty objects. Something about the color of rust is beautiful to me.

While I leave most of the images in my files for later use, I also create projects for myself and others using these photos.

Many think these old rusty objects are just junk. However, when I look at them and think of their origins and ties to people, my imagination unfolds with the stories that could've been connected to them.

I like to put a frame or background on or behind my photos. It not only makes the objects look better, it can make them very unusual or unique. I have learned some Photoshop techniques for you to try below and you can frame or outline your old photos.

Please enjoy my photos and tips and please leave some feedback. If you send some along some of your framed works, I will include them on this website.

All of the photos on this website were taken by myself during my Summer travels.

Photo taken by author, tvyps

Background border - Flickr Commons

Rusty Car
Rusty Car
Antique frames
Antique frames

Crafty Creative Photo Frames using Photoshop

If you are creative or crafty, then you probably have Photoshop.

While there are many versions available, all of them have the basic tools necessary to crop, copy and paste objects either out of a photo, or into them.

I also use the eyedropper to match colors and to pull colors out of one object into another to make them blend together better.

In addition, the sharpen image tools are also good when a photo or parts of a photo are blurrier than you would like.

When matting or framing rusty objects, I will try to find a frame or border than is similar to the rusty object, itself. This draws attention to the actual object in the photo. If you have blue eyes and wear a blue shirt, do you notice that the blue in your eyes is much more pronounced? This is the same principle. The large blue item draws your attention to other blue items that you are wearing.

Take a look at some of the photos I have matted and framed below and try to identify the color and pattern matching scheme that I have used. These examples will make it easier for you when you want to match your own colors.

Have fun and experiment to make that excellent photo item for a craft project, or just to hang on your wall.

Flickr Commons

Learn how to be a Picker of "Rusty Gold"

American Pickers Guide to Picking
American Pickers Guide to Picking

I've been picking since I was young.

A few years ago, the show "American Pickers" emerged and taught many people how to find and appraise "Rusty Gold."

This book teaches the new picker how to find and sell old things.

In an economy where many cannot find jobs, why not buy and sell someone's old junk?

 

If you've never seen "American Pickers," here is a Classic Episode with Hobo Jack

Step by Step Instructions to Frame or put a Background behind your Photo using Photoshop - Use the finished creation in a crafty project!

  1. Locate the photo that you are going to frame.
  2. Find a frame background that you would like to use. It does not need to be a frame but can be any photo in which the edges would look good around your photo. I select by color palette and try to pick a color in my photo that matches the frame. To locate backgrounds, I used Flickr Creative Commons. Creative Commons has free-use images. Right click and select "save as" and name your frame background to your photo album. Remember where you saved it as you will be opening it in Photoshop.
  3. Open the frame background and the photo you want to use into Photoshop.
  4. Go to your photo and using the square outline feature, make the photo the size or shape that you want it. When done selecting the area, select "crop" from the "edit" menu.
  5. Once your photo is cropped, it will still have the outline around it. Select the "copy" command from the "edit" menu.
  6. Move to your frame background and go to the edit menu and select "paste." Your photo will paste on or over your frame or background image. The pasted photo will not fit perfectly.
  7. Hold down the "Ctrl" button on your keyboard and tap the "T" button. You will now see a frame around the photo that you just pasted.
  8. Around your photo, you will see little marks. Move your cursor over these marks and left click and drag the edges until the size of the photo fits either into or over the frame that you want to show in the background. Resize the photo using these frame marks until the frame or background photo has an even border.
  9. On some of my photos, I use the Photoshop "line" feature to outline the photo that I placed over the frame or background.
  10. Go to the "File" menu and save your creation. Save as a JPG and not as a PSD (Photoshop Document).
  11. Print your creation the size you would like it to be or save it in a folder and do something creative or crafty with it, such as using it in a collage.

If you don't have Photoshop, you can get it Here!

Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 [OLD VERSION]
Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 [OLD VERSION]

Everyone should have Photoshop.

For basic photo editing and manipulation, this is a good version.

It doesn't have all of the high tech filters that some of the more expensive versions have, but I used a basic version for many years without all the extras.

This is a good gift for yourself or any other crafty friend or family member.

 

The Rusty Gallery

Please browse through my photos that I have "Rusted-up" by using frames or background images.

Below each one, please let me know what you think about the matches that I have chosen.

A Rusty Caterpiller

Rusty Caterpiller
Rusty Caterpiller

This rusty caterpiller is crawling through the photo, what do you think of this frame match?

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A Rusty Jellyfish

Rusty Jellyfish
Rusty Jellyfish

Do you like the colors and textures in this frame match?

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A Rusty Painting of Christ

Rusty Painting of Christ
Rusty Painting of Christ

How do you feel about this photo and frame match?

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A Rusty Leaf

Rusty Leaf
Rusty Leaf

How do you feel about the framed leaf and the frame & photo match?

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A Rusty Roof

Rusty Roof
Rusty Roof

How do you feel about this rusty roof match? Say "Rusty Roof" ten times really fast!

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A Rusty Tractor

Rusty Tractor
Rusty Tractor

What are your thoughts about this tractor photo and frame match?

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The Rusty, Rusty Tractor - A children's book that will spark their imagination about rusty stuff!

The Rusty, Trusty Tractor
The Rusty, Trusty Tractor

This little boy learns the connection between his Grandfather and his rusty, trusty tractor.

This book will give a child a connection between people and old things.

Old rusty things may not mean much to everyone, but there is a connection and a story behind them.

A fun book and very highly rated.

 

A Rusty Fly

Rusty Fly
Rusty Fly

Your thoughts on the rusty fly.

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A Rusty Train

Rusty Train
Rusty Train

Do you like this rusty train photo match with frame?

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A Rusty Ring in the Ground - An old gun placement for the West Coast during the Cold War

Rusty Ring
Rusty Ring

Do you like the matchup of the rusty ring and its frame?

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A Rusty Tree

Rusty Tree
Rusty Tree

Do you like this tree with a forested background?

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A Rusty Caboose

A Rusty Caboose
A Rusty Caboose

What are your thoughts on this caboose photo and its matching frame?

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Are you ready to take some Rusty Photos of your own and Frame Them? - Even if you aren't, please leave some comments.

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      tahirmahmood 4 years ago

      nice

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My favorite is the rusty truck and the mailbox. What an awesome topic and very inspiring!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My favorite is the rusty truck and the mailbox. What an awesome topic and very inspiring!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Oh boy, I love rust, too. Your rusty frames are genius!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      I love this. You have given me so many new ideas, now can I have your camera! :) Really great insight. Sharing this ...

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      Very nice lens. Lots of super ideas of what would really make a nice picture, stuff we wouldn't give a second thought to.

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      RazzbarryBreeze 4 years ago

      I enjoyed this and the voting was lots of fun. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love these. Hope Photoshop Elements has this collection of frames.

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      GameHelp 4 years ago

      These all look awesome. Great lens!

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      sweetstickyrainbo 4 years ago

      nice rust

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love your artistry and am sharing with others.....congratulations on your purple star and home page honors...delightful and I can tell you were sure having fun creating this masterpiece!

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      mina009 4 years ago

      From time to time I remind to myself that I want to learn how to handle photoshop but let's see if the right moment will ever come, hope so! Thank you for the suggestions.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Congrats on your Purple Star!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I've always thought the framing is a key part of the artistic process. Enjoyed seeing the process through your eyes. I love using Photoshop and can spend hours and hours doing what you describe. I, too, love rusty things with a history.

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      Anthony Altorenna 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Your color matching and framing techniques really add to the visual appeal of your photos. The rusty subject matter is very interesting, and the photos look great!

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      hmommers 4 years ago

      I like your subjects and the colormatching of pictures and frames.