How to Create a Window in Photoshop

Written by helen jain
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How to Create a Window in Photoshop
Windows are sometimes made in Photoshop for effect. (window image by Anna Chelnokova from

Photoshop is an interesting program made by Adobe which allows editing of photo images and the creation of artistic images. Creating a window using Photoshop is an example of the artistic qualities of the program. Though there are several versions of Photoshop available, the basics of making a window is the same for every version. Windows are basic art on Photoshop, though complicated artwork and changes are sometimes made to the basic window.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Open a new page. Go to "File" and then "New." Select a transparent background and enter the desired width and height of the window.

  2. 2

    Click on "Layer" and then select "New Layer" to place a second layer in the document. Use the rectangle tool to create a rectangle for the window. Pick a colour for the window frame. Any preferred colour is appropriate.

  3. 3

    Open a third layer and create a second rectangle. Leave the second rectangle as white in colour. Place it inside the first rectangle. The second rectangle is smaller than the first and fits inside while allowing a margin of the second rectangle around it.

  4. 4

    Select the Rectangle Marquee Tool and then press "Control" and click the coloured rectangle. Press ALT and hold it. Draw a rectangle as large as the white rectangle while holding the ALT key and then click on the white rectangle.

  5. 5

    Click on the layer with the coloured rectangle and then copy it. Copy using "CTRL" and "C." Open a new layer. Press "CTRL" and "V" to paste the coloured rectangle to the new layer.

  6. 6

    Draw a rectangle in the frame with the rectangle tool. The colour should match the colour chosen for the original frame colour. The height is slightly smaller than the frame and the width is no larger than the frame's width. Press CTRL and then click on the new rectangle. Place the new rectangle in the centre of the frame. Click on the layer with the new rectangle and select "Rasterize Layer."

  7. 7

    Select the layer containing the window frame and then press CTRL and click on the layer with the new rectangle. Both layers are now selected.

  8. 8

    Merge the layers by right clicking on the top layer and selecting "Merge" or "Merge Layers."

  9. 9

    Delete the original coloured rectangle by right clicking and selecting "Delete." It is no longer needed for the window.

  10. 10

    Create the window. Right click on the layer with the white rectangle and select blending options. Change the general Opacity to 25 per cent and the Blending Fill Opacity to 64 per cent.

  11. 11

    Select Gradient Opacity and click the Gradient Overlay button. Select a black and white colour and change the Opacity to 70 per cent. Use a linear style at a 125 degree angle.

  12. 12

    Open a new layer and place any preferred object as seen out the window. Clouds, blue sky, scenery or anything else is appropriate as preferred. Resize the object or picture as seen out the window so that it fits within the coloured frame. Adjust the layers so that the frame is on top, the white rectangle is below the frame and the picture is located at the bottom. The final product is a window.

Tips and warnings

  • Using a picture of a frame, like a picture frame or a wooden frame, is an option for making the frame. It is easier to insert the picture into a layer and adjust it and then make the window.

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