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I did a word search on transparent frame but couldn't find what I was looking for. I hope I can explain it in words...The frame I'm looking for looks like an inset stroke around the photo with everything outside the frame
softer than inside the frame. I hope there is a tut that covers this.
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Chas, are you looking for something along this line? -- is it too blurred?
Edit: a bevel & emboss was added after reading Geoff's post below
inset frame w.jpg
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Win 8.1, PS CC, Canon bridge P&S
I don't have an example any more, but.......

1. Open your image.

2. Hit Ctrl + J to duplicate the layer.

3. Click Select > All...........( Ctrl + A )

4. Click Select > Modify > Border.

5. Depending on your image size and resolution. Type between 50 and 200 pixels in the box provided.

Experiment with this part............Click OK

6. Click Layer > New > Layer Via Cut.....( Shift + Ctrl + J )

7. Click Enhance > Adjust > Adjust Hue/Saturation to bring up the Hue & Saturation dialogue......( Ctrl + U )

8. In the Hue/Sat dialogue window. Move the Lightness Slider as far to the left as it will go.
Click OK.

9. In the layers palette. Click on the middle layer, to make it the active layer. ( Layer 1.

10. Now from the Styles and Effects palatte. Choose Layer Styles > Bevels > Scalloped Edge.

( Check out the different bevels for yourself )

11. In the layers palette, click back on the top layer to make it the active layer. ( Layer 2 )

12. Hit Ctrl + A to select All.

Click Select > Modify > Border. Type in 60 pixels, and Click OK.

13. Hit the Delete Key on your keyboard.

14. Hit Ctrl + D to loose the marching ants.
PSE6 on WinXP, Pentax K10d...... and now a Canon G10.

after reading Geoff's post, I remembered seeing something like this somewhere. (It's not exactly as Geoff explains.) Is this anything like you have in mind? If so I'll post the steps.
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Thanks Geoff and Betty. The first example is pretty much what I had in mind.
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f/16 on a sunny day.....:)
Chas, if you decide to make a frame similar to ex 1, here are the steps used. (I don't know of a tutorial.)

dup the background creating the 2nd layer

using the marquee tool, select the part of the image which will be the focal point from the 2nd layer & control J it for the 3rd layer - apply a bevel, emboss, etc to it

return to the 2nd layer & apply a blur & whatever is needed. adjust opacity of 2nd layer to taste

if satisfied with the result, flatten

hope this helps
Win 8.1, PS CC, Canon bridge P&S
Thanks again,Betty. Your instructions and Geoff's worked out just fine.
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