For this tutorial I am going to work at actual size. If you want to create a larger than life photo negative, follow steps 1 to 14 which create the frame. Then re-size the frame to the size you want and drop in the photo at the larger size.
Start with a canvas of 400×400
Use the marquee tool at a fixed size of 174×160 pixels to highlight an area of pixels in the centre of the screen.
Draw the guides across from the top and left and place in line with the selected area. To do this you will need the rulers showing at the sides (Apple R / Ctrl R toggles this on and off).
Draw a rectangle with the rectangle shape tool to cover this area.
Use the marquee tool again to section off with guides the top and bottom 24 pixels and 4pixels on the left and 5pixels on the right.
With the rectangle vector mask thumbnail selected in the layers palette and the rectangle tool selected. Choose subtract from shape area from the shape options tool bar. Draw the smaller rectangle to the inside guide lines.
Use the marquee tool and guides to create a rounded rectangle at the size of 10px wide by 14px height the corner radius of the rectangle should be set to 3pixels.
Ctrl J / Apple J the rounded rectangle to duplicate the shape. Use the arrow keys to re-position the new shape. If you want to eventually create multiple slides that are is a strip together. The rectangles will need to be moved 22pixels across so that the combined slides will be seemless (12 pixels in between) To move the I use the arrow keys (Shift combined with the arrow key moves the shape 10pixels, single arrow key 1pixel). Continue to duplicate the rectangles until the top is full.
Select all the rounded rectangles in the layers palette. Right click and choose ‘duplicate’ from the menu. Whilst all the new rectangles are selected move the new set of rectangles to the bottom strip. It is important that they line up with the top rectangles, so either use the arrow keys or press shift as you drag them into a new position to keep them inline.
To make the rounded rectangles part of the slide background so they are cut out of the background rather than seperate. Select each rectangle one at a time and select the path points with the direct selection tool (if the vector mask thumbnail is selected in the layers palette and the direct selection tool is selected in the tool bar you will be able to click and drag over the selected shape to select all the points at once). Once the points are selected Ctrl C / Apple C and Ctrl X / Apple X (click ok to delete the shape if you are presented with a pop up). Choose the main slide background shape, select the pen tool and Ctrl V / Apple V and choose subtract from shape area from the options toolbar whilst the shape is still selected to subtract the rounded rectangles from the slide background shape. Repeat this process with all the rounded rectangles.
All elements should now be combined within 1 shape area.
Next for the text. At the top of the slide add some text to the slide. I have used Arial 8px bold CAPS with tracking of 130.
Add the number 24 to the bottom of the slide. (This is to represent how many slides are in the reel) For this I have used Arial Bold 10px tracking 130. Also add 23A to the left at 7px.
Using layer styles, set the layer opacity of the frame to 63% and apply a gradient to the shape to give a slight hint of shine.
The next steps will need to be completed in a seperate document before they are added to the slide background that we just created.
Open the photo that you want to use as the negative and desaturate the image. To do this select it in the layers palette and choose Image > Adjustments > Desaturate (Shift Ctrl U / Shift Apple U). (Remember not to save over your orignal!)
The original photo that I am using for this tutorial is by Jorge Royan and can be found here.
Open the channels panel (Window > Channels) and hold Control / Apple whilst you click the top channel (Which should be labelled either RGB or CMYK dependant on which colour mode you are working in). This will select the black areas of the picture.
With the selection still active create a new layer in the layers palette (Ctrl Shift N / Apple Shift N) and fill the selected area with black. To do this go to Edit > Fill and choose black from the drop down menu.
Delete or hide the original photo layer and you are left with your photo negative effect.
Drag the photo negative effect layer that you have just created on to the negative frame border that we first created and resize it to fit the inside rectangle. Use the transform tool and marquee tool to crop the image to the correct size if needed. You should now have your final photo negative.
To create a strip of negative frames simply copy and paste the frame layers and reposition on the end of the the first negative and add a new image.
Please note some of the effects below will rasterize the frame, so save the vector format as a psd before you continue so you can go back to it if you wish.
To make it look realistic try combining all the layers and adding a transparent gradient to the whole image to add a shine across the negatives. Use the transform wrap feature to slightly lift the middle of the negative at the top and bottom so that it doesn’t sit flat on the page. Also add a slight soft drop shadow. Below are the settings that I used to create the complete negative strip.