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How to make OUT of BOUNDS pop out effect in Photoshop

September 11, 2019

How to make OUT of BOUNDS pop out effect in
Photoshop Hey Cafe Crew, it is Colin Smith here from
Photoshop Cafe and today, I am going to show you how to create a really cool Out of Bounds
effect inside of Photoshop. So the Out of Bounds effect is a really cool
effect that maybe you have seen before where something is just leaping out of a photograph. So basically what we do is we make it look
like the photo is in a frame and the object is actually bursting out of the frame. It just adds a bunch of 3 dimensionality and
also just a lot of visual impact is there. The object just appears to be leaping right
at you out of the screen. I am going to show you how to do that. And the kind of thing that lands itself well
to that is things like these, sports images, action images look really good. So here is a photograph I got of kayaking,
I got this from Adobe Stock. So don’t forget to check out Adobe Stock
by the way. You can grab 10 free images from there, just
check out the link underneath and also, if you are a photographer, you want to contribute,
get your photo in front of millions of people and also make some extra money, check that
out in the link underneath. So let’s start on this tutorial right now. Okay, so the first thing we want to do is,
we want to cut out our kayak but there’s a new feature that was actually added yesterday
inside of Photoshop CC under the Selective Mask option and that selects subjects. So if I click on there, it is going to use
Adobe Sensei which is artificial intelligence to figure out what the subject is and make
the selection around it and look at that! It did a pretty good job. Now there’s a few little things to know
about that. I am going to be making anew tutorial tomorrow,
so check that out. I am going to be talking more about these
new selection features. Now, if you don’t have that just use your
quick select tool and go around there, you can see, we have got a good start there. Now we are going to choose Select and Mask
and there’s one little refinement I want to do to this. It is looking pretty good but one of the things
I always love to do is to turn on Show Edge and then I am going to turn this Edge detection
up just until we start to see that edge, see that? And we are going to turn that back off again
and what that is going to do is that’s going to clean it up and make it sharper edge for
a better selection. So we are just going to go down here and we
want the output to a new layer with layer mask. And then we just click OK, and now we have
got a new layer with a layer mask. Now, if you have Photoshop CS6 or earlier
and you don’t have access to this feature, just use you know, the Quick Selection tool
or other selection methods. I have got tons of tutorials on selections. Just check out my channel or
for detailed tutorials on how to cut the things out. So, what we have got now is we have got this
guy on his own layer and then, underneath we have got the photograph itself. Okay, so what we want to do here is let’s
turn that back on, I am going to create a new layer in between. And what we are looking to do is to create
a rectangle around here and this rectangle is going to look like the photographic frame. Now here’s a thing I want to do with this,
I want to make this frame look more alive and more dynamic than just a rectangle. So I am going to create a rectangle and then
I am going to skew it and warp it so it looks more 3 dimensional and then I am even going
to give it a little bend to just really make it feel like it is flexing. So let’s do that right now. So the first thing we want to do is grab our
Rectangle tool and then that’s right there you will see it is hiding under the line tool. Make sure we choose Pixels. The color doesn’t matter, right now we have
got white, it is completely irrelevant. We are just doing it for the selection. Make sure we are under new layer and then
what we are going to do is we are going to just click and drag around to define the area
that we want to be the picture frame. So that’s pretty good and you can see it
ready, you can see how it is bursting out but this is nothing compared to what we are
going to do. So I am just going to hit the V key to get
back to the move tool. And then we want to transform this rectangle
making sure the rectangle is still selected, we are just going to hit Command T and that
would be Ctrl T on Windows to activate Free Transform. Free transform enables us to start dragging
these little corners and doing different things. Now we are going to do little bit more than
that. So if we hit the Right Mouse Button on Windows
or we Ctrl Click on Mac, it brings up a menu that gives us other things that we can do
with the Transform. And what I want to do is I don’t want to
use perspective although that would seem like to be the best option. I am actually going to use Warp. Because when I choose Warp, I can grab these
corners independently and notice it kind of bends and that’s what I am sort of going
forward with this. So I want to kind of make it bend a little
bit. So let’s kind of drag that down a little
bit. And here and we just kind of want to pull
this up so that we have got perspective going on. Maybe up a little bit more. You can see how we are kind of getting this
bend. Now we can grab this ones in the corner here
and we can do that to get a nice kind of a warp, just kind of you would give with a sail,
imagine. You can also click on these regions and manually
do it. So we are just looking for something that
seems to be bending and flexing a little bit. That’s pretty good. Maybe drag it down a little bit more. The more we pull these edges, the more dramatic
and extreme that is going to get. So we don’t want to get too extreme. But that’s pretty good. So I am just going to hit enter to apply that
and now what I want to do is, I want to make a selection around there. So I am just going to Ctrl Click to make that
selection. And all we are going to be doing now, we are
just going to be using this selection, there are couple of ways we can do, in fact, let
me show you another way, is if I drag this underneath and we just turn that Padlock up,
we drag that layer above it, now if I go in between, the two, see this image and our background
where we made our square and I hit the Alt or the Option keys, see this little arrow,
tap and what it will do is it will clip in there. And this is actually a good way of making
that selection, if we want to make it non-destructive because within here, I can actually move this
around, see that? I can recompose this. And it is completely non-destructive. Now, I can also move this layer around, that
is going to mess if we don’t do the top as well. So, if I hit the Shift key, I can move these
around as well to recompose this shot exactly how I want to have it, bursting out of the
frame. Okay, that’s looking pretty good. Now there’s a couple of things I want to
do. I want to put a little white outline around
there. So the way I am going to do that is I am just
going to make a selection, notice I have done that there. And then I am just going to create a new layer
and then what I want to do is just contract this a little bit. So I am going to choose Select, Modify and
everything to do with Modify selections are there and we are going to choose Contract. And let’s contract this by, I don’t know,
let’s tract 15 pixels and see how it looks. Maybe a little bit more. So we are going to choose Select again, Modify,
Contract and maybe let’s do another 15. There we go and that’s going to give us
a pretty good area. But remember this area selected, we want to
select everything else. So we are going to Command Shift I and that
would be Ctrl Shift I on Windows to inverse [Inaudible 06:57] marching ends around here
and marching ends around here. So now, we have selected this region and we
just want to fill that with white. So there’s a couple of different ways of
doing this. You know, actually there’s many different
ways of doing this but I am going to take advantage of this Clipping Group. So I am just going to fill the whole thing
with white. And notice we have got white for the foreground
color. Just make sure you have got white selected. And then just hit Alt Delete, that would be
Option Backspace or actually Option Delete, Alt Backspace on Windows. And then what it has done is it just filled
the area with white and if we also clip it, we can see now we have got out white outline
around it. Now we could have done a stroke, there’s
many different ways and you know, why don’t you drop in the comments how you would have
done that. Because Photoshop is million different ways
of doing anything and this is just kind of a way we are doing things right now. Excellent. So what we have done is we have kind of done
the out of bounds, we have got a little bit more to go though. We are going to add some shadows to give it
that depth and realism and we are also going to drop something in the background, so that
we don’t have the transparent area around there though, well, it doesn’t look too
bad. So why don’t we try that first. Let’s create a new layer and we are just
going to drag this to the bottom and I just want to kind of create a gradient. So why don’t we grab something, maybe this
blue is kind of nice, we will base it off there. We are going to reduce that saturation, maybe
make it darker. And we are going to hit the back key there
and I am just going to tap on there. So what I am doing is selecting the same color
again. So we have selected the background picker
rather than the foreground packer to bring our background. Notice that and by tapping that with the eyedropper,
we have selected the same color for the foreground and the background. So what I am going to do now is I am just
going to make it brighten up a little bit and reduce the saturation. There we go and now we have got that foreground
background, grab our gradient tool, set to linear and just drag it down and just play
around until we get something that makes us feel good. You know maybe something a little bit more,
maybe even more abrupt, maybe something very abrupt like that so that it kind of looks
like a desktop. Or the other way, meh, I think I like it the
other way. That way, that looks good. Excellent, so now we are just going to do
our shadows and this is really what is going to make the whole thing pop right now. So I am just going to add, on the very top,
I am going to add a [Inaudible 09:11] type frame. Why don’t we add a drop shadow to our frame. So we are going to select it right now and
what we are going to do is grab this actual area that we are clipping to, because this
is where we are going to add our shadow and we are going to create a drop shadow. Let me just drag that out of the way. Now one of the things with the drop shadow
is you can drag this around manually and I think I want to get it this way a little bit. We are going to drop down the opacity quite
a bit and also the size. So there we go. Now we hit the size a little bit, just to
kind of soften it. There we go. Now looks like it kind of popping. Maybe give it a little bit more of a shadow. So like 50%, that’s not bad. Click OK. So that’s looking good. Now we just want to add a shadow on this. Now there’s so many different ways of doing
this. Just like you know, everything else, there’s
a ton of ways of doing it. And what I am going to do is I am just going
to create a new layer. And I am going to pop that new layer under
beneath here. And I don’t want it to be clipping. So let me just hit the Alt or the Option key
and pull that out. So we have got a new layer right there. And now what I want to do is I just want to
paint my shadow inside. So I am just going to grab a black brush,
grab the Brush. Make sure we have got a soft brush which means
the hardness goes all the way down. Drop that size down a little bit. I am going to go up a little. I want it to kind of match there. That’s not bad. And also I am going to hit the D key, to reset
the foreground background colors. So now we are going to be painting with black. Now remember the light direction is coming
down here. So what I am going to do is I am going to
start under there and I am just going to paint, now don’t worry if it is too dark. We are going to adjust this in a minute. And we went too far there, just go here. Just do it like that. Let’s drop the size down a little bit. So that we can get a little bit of shadow
there, I think that’s going to be interesting. And let’s increase the size of that shadow
again, we are going to drop it down here. Now we are just going to kind of paint that
by hand. And the reason we are doing that is because
if we apply it to here, it is just going to kind of look weird. It’s not going to work. So anyway, what we are going to do now is
we just want to adjust our opacity so that it matches the rest of the shadow. So let’s just play around with that a little
bit. Slowly bring it down. We have got a pretty good match there. And if we want to smooven that out, we can
add blur, just choose Filter, Blur. Give it a Gaussian Blur. There we go, notice it just smoves out some
of our moves there. And there we go guys! There we have it. There’s our out of bounds effect. I hope you have enjoyed it. Once again, if you want to grab some free
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  • Reply photoshopCAFE January 29, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    I hope you guys enjoy this little tutorial

  • Reply Beth Wulfeck January 29, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    I love this effect, so much fun. I need to try it on a basketball photo of my son and his buddies. Thank you!

  • Reply Doume Patrice January 29, 2018 at 7:38 pm


  • Reply Jim Cole January 29, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    Excellent tutorial Collin. Glad that someone like you is doing this.

    I have a totally unrelated question for you though. I just bought the Wacom Intuos Pro Medium and am having a little issue you might be able to help me sort out. It might even be helpful to others as well. When I am using Illustrator and the pen tool, I somehow end up with anchors being placed before I even get the pen to touch the surface of the tablet. What setting would I need to adjust in order to prevent this characteristic from happening?

  • Reply Michael Sutton January 29, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    Awesome tutorial, I've​ watched many people do tutorials on Out of Bounds and this is by far the best and easiest one to follow that I have watched.

  • Reply OLALA DAVID January 30, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    THANKS !!!!!! Very nice effect

  • Reply J.D. Small January 30, 2018 at 8:39 pm


  • Reply Tony H January 30, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Why didn't you lock the 2 layers of the kayaker together so that when you move 1 it always moves the other

  • Reply Charles HUBY January 31, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Hi Colin, Thanks again for this fantastic tutorial ! I'm just wondering why you choose to draw a white rectangle at 3:30 rather than make a copy of the original image. I think doing this would have allowed you to "distort" the waterfall in the background while warping the "photo print". I suppose this would also have demanded a little stamping to avoid a double image of the kayaker.

  • Reply Luciano January 31, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Muito bom, legal, obrigado.

  • Reply Wim Veen January 31, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Very nice and good tutorial. Looking forward to the next one.

  • Reply Brenden Hirst February 1, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Awesome tutorial as usual Colin. Who is your guitar signed by in the background.

  • Reply Frank Gaitan February 2, 2018 at 4:20 am

    just wanted to know what keys did you use on Time reference 5:36 to 5:40 to make the background checkered again?

  • Reply skymanBG February 2, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Hello! I’ve watched your videos for both 2016 and 2017 MacBooks and I have one question. I have a great PC but I want a Mac for almost six years and now I need a laptop too. So do you think the 15 inch 2018 MacBook will be a good choice for a first Apple computer? And also what size of iPad do you prefer- 10.5 or 12.9? Thank you and sorry for the stupid questions! 😊😊

  • Reply José Melis February 3, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    Thank you! I nice and good tutorial.

  • Reply A camera and a Drone February 6, 2018 at 1:18 am

    I used this technique and posted a couple of the pictures to my Instagram and have had 6 people ask about it so I just pasted the link in to them. Love your videos.

  • Reply Pam Wiggins February 11, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Thank you so much for this. This is the first "out-of-bounds" tutorial that actually worked for me. Thank you so much!

  • Reply Sandra Henderson-Williams February 13, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    S Henderson-Williams

  • Reply PhotosRFun4Me March 10, 2018 at 4:41 am

    Great tutorial. I just saw a similar effect on another video and they used a vector mask. This allowed them to do the box and stroke at the same time. I have seen the term vector mask, but have never used it or seen it in use. But, I love your tutorials and this concept! Please come back to Dallas sometime soon!

  • Reply Shirley Jackson Pecan Tan March 22, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Would you be so kind and give me the link to the program that you was using love your work and your review are so easily to follow thank you and I am subscribing

  • Reply Sue Winsley April 28, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    I’ve just discovered your channel.. it’s fantastic.. you explain everything so clearly.. thank you! 😃

  • Reply Paul Todd May 29, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Love your tutorials, very concise and succinct. I am trying to comprise an image of a building coming out of a CAD Plan any ideas how I can make it look as if the 3D house has come from the plan?

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