BoxIt! Examples and Instructions

Examples
Instructions
Changing the Background Color
Creating a Transparent Background
Instructions for the Zoom Effect
 

Examples

Boxed Image

You control the color of the background, the perspective, the width of the edge, and the amount of rotation.

Boxed Golden Gate Bridge

"Floating" Boxed Image

If you choose a Background Color that's the same as the web page on which the image will be shown, you can create a "floating" effect.

For a true transparent background, we recommend that you set the Background Color to a middle-gray. When you have finished the "box," you can hide the Background layer and save the image as a PNG file.

For printing, you will probably want to use white as your background color.

Boxed Floating Ships

Fatter Box

If you select more of the image when you select the left edge, you will get a "fatter" box.
Fatter box

"Zoom" Effect

Created by selecting "Extra" background when selecting the left edge. See the instructions for the Zoom effect near the bottom of the page.
The Zoom Effect
 

Instructions

  1. First, use the Color Picker to choose a Background Color.
  2. Then, run the Box action. The action will stop several times to ask you to make various transformations to your image. Read the instructions carefully:
    • Sometimes you are asked to click "Stop," and sometimes "Continue."
    • For "transformations," you will need to double-click the image to complete them.
    • Sometimes you will be asked to restart the action from where it stopped.


Some of the Steps

Transforming the Right Side

When the action prompts you, select Edit/Transform/Perspective from the main Photoshop Menu.

After you drag down the upper-right corner, double-click the image to complete the transformation.

Then start the action from where it stopped.
Transforming the Right Side

Selecting the "Edge"

Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to select the area that you want to become the left edge of the box. Be SURE to select all of the left edge of the image. Also, be sure that the Marquee's "Feather" property is set to 0. It's ok if you select a little bit of the background.

Then start the action from where it stopped.
Selecting the Edge

Transforming the Left Edge

When the action prompts you, select Edit/Transform/Perspective from the main Photoshop menu.

After you drag down the upper-left corner, double-click the image to complete the transformation.

Then start the action from where it stopped.
Transforming the Left Edge

Adjusting the "Stretch"

When the action prompts you, drag the middle square on the right side and the left side of your background to adjust the image to your liking (depending on the version of PS you are using, these squares may be at the edge of your image, or at the edge of the background).

Then double-click to finish the transformation, and the action will automatically continue.
Adjusting the Stretch

Rotating the Box

Move your mouse cursor below lower-right square, until your cursor looks like a double-headed, curved arrow. Then click and drag to rotate your image to your taste.

When you're satisfied, double-click the image, and the action will automatically continue.
Rotating the Box

The Finished Product

The Finished Product
 

Changing the Background Color (Version 01.01 and later)

To change the background color after creating a Box:
  1. Click on the Background layer in your Layers Palette to highlight it.

  2. Set the Foreground Color in your toolbox to the new color you want (blue, in this case).

  3. Choose the Paint Bucket Tool.

  4. Click on your image.

Changing the background color
 

Creating a Transparent Background (Version 01.01 and later)

To create a true transparent background:
  1. In your Layers Palette, click the "eye" to the left of the background layer to hide the layer.

  2. Use "Save As" or "Save for Web," but save the image as a PNG file, instead of a JPG.

Creating a Transparent Background

Instructions for the Zoom Effect

The Zoom effect is most dramatic on portrait-mode images, but it will work on landscape-mode images as well.

The steps are basically the same as for regular boxes, except that you select the left side a bit differently. I'll describe the entire process.


  before zooming

Transforming the Right Side

When the action prompts you, select Edit/Transform/Perspective from the main Photoshop Menu.

After you drag down the upper-right corner, double-click the image to complete the transformation.

Then start the action from where it stopped.
Transforming the Right Side

Selecting some "Extra" at the left edge

Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to select the area that you want to become the left edge of the box. Be SURE to select all of the left edge of the image. In addition, for the zoom effect to work well, we want to select some "extra" area on the left side, as shown.

Then start the action from where it stopped.
Selecting some extra at the left Edge

Transforming the Left Edge

When the action prompts you, select Edit/Transform/Perspective from the main Photoshop menu.

Drag down the handle in the upper left corner until you get the effect you want. Then double-click the image to complete the transformation.

Then start the action from where it stopped.
Transforming the Left Edge

Adjusting the "Stretch"

When the action prompts you, drag the middle square on the right side and the left side of your background to adjust the image to your liking (depending on the version of PS you are using, these squares may be at the edge of your image, or at the edge of the background).

Then double-click to finish the transformation, and the action will automatically continue.
Adjusting the Stretch

Rotating the Box

Move your mouse cursor below lower-right square, until your cursor looks like a double-headed, curved arrow. Then click and drag to rotate your image to your taste.

When you're satisfied, double-click the image, and the action will automatically continue.
Rotating the Box

The Finished Product

The Finished Product