TTV Photoshop tutorial

Here is a step by step tutorial on how to add a TTV boarder to a photo in Photoshop!

First find and upload a TTV boarder. You can find a wide selection HERE. By the way… TTV stands for “Through the viewfinder!” This effect is trying to replicate a style of photography that you get when you take a photo through the view finder of a specific camera! Thought you might be interested!


Open the photo you would like to work with in Photo shop. Use the crop tool and crop it down to a square size.

Now open a new file and add the TTV that you uploaded.
You should now have two open files on the screen, one cropped photo and one TTV.

Click on the TTV.
Press Ctrl A and then Ctrl C

Now click onto your photo and press Ctrl V. This will now place the TTV onto your photo and it should look like this… Next click your “Move tool” and now you can stretch and adjust the TTV to fit the photo perfectly by stretching the corners. The TTV should now cover your entire photo. Click the move tool once more and click “apply.”

You won’t be able to see the photo behind the TTV until you do one last thing. On the right hand side where you see all your layers and the history you should see a drop down menu that reads “Normal.” Click that open and change it to “Multiply.” And there you have it!

If some of the TTV flex or dust pieces are covering a place you don’t want it to, simply use the “healing brush tool” to correct it.

Have fun people!!! Let Me know if this works for you! I guess more so if it doesn’t. I’m pretty sure I explained it correctly! By the way I use Photo shop 7.0



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    AnieCooper says:

    That's awesome! I'll have to put brent's photoshop program on this computer :) Thanks for the info! mwah!

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    Brenda, Bryan, and Chelsey says:

    Rebecca thank you! I have no idea how to use photo shop. We just got it and I would love to do cute stuff. Now I've learned something! Thanks

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    Brittany says:

    That's a different way than I do it – love it! Thanks for posting! I love the new layouts for all of your blogs. Where'd you get the template for the header – it's exactly what I've been looking for for mine!

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    Elise Norwood says:

    I always feel so inspired and crafty when I read your blogs. Thanks for the tip! Now I need to get photoshop. It is now on my "wish list."

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    Becca, I just want to say thank you for this tutorial. I discovered TTV a few months ago and have tried searching for tutorials, but I hadn't found any that worked for me….until yours. It is wonderful and so very easy!!! And thanks for the link to the Flickr site with all the frames. I have already posted a few of my TTV Photos on my blog. Again, thank you so much.


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