How to make 'Corner Tabs' for a Picture

Clive R. Haynes FRPS


Creating the next (Upper Right) 'Tab'

Click on the 'Upper Left' tab layer and drag it to the 'New Layer' icon at the base of the Layers Palette

Label the new (copy) Layer, just created' as 'Upper Right' See 'Screen Grab' below

Next, we're move the 'Upper Right' tab to its correct position and rotate it. This is what you do:

With the 'Upper Right' Layer active:

Use the Move Tool to drag the 'tab' across to the approximate location at the right top corner -Tip: hold down the Shift key before and during 'dragging', it will move in a straight line

Edit > Transform > Rotate 90 clockwise
Click OK

Use the Move Tool again to accurately position the 'tab'


Creating the Lower 'Tabs'

This is a matter of copying the two existing 'tab' layers, re-naming them 'Lower Left and Lower Right' as appropriate then 'flipping' them both vertically to be the correct way around at the base of the picture. There are several ways by which this may be done, I'm going to describe a method which uses Layer Groups to do this

Activate both 'Upper Left' and 'Upper Right' Layers and drag the combined layers to the Layer Group icon - this places the Layers inside a Group Layer folder. See 'Screen Grab' below:

Name this new Group 'Upper Tabs' - See 'Screen Grab' below

Drag the newly created 'Upper Tabs' Group to the New Layer icon to create a copy group. Name this copy 'Lower Tabs'.

As an option / refinement, click on the down arrow on this 'Lower Tabs' Group layer and to reveal the Groups within and rename the two 'inner Groups', 'Lower LH' and 'Lower RH' as appropriate). To close the Group, click on the down arrow again

As a refinement and for easier logic, move the 'Lower Tabs' layer to beneath the 'Upper Tabs' layer in the Layers palette See 'Screen Grab' of Layer Structure below:

Use the Move Tool to drag the 'Lower Tabs' to the approximate location at the base of the image (again use the Shift - drag technique)

We need to invert the 'tabs' for this lower position

With the 'Lower Tabs' Group active:
Edit > Transform > Flip Vertical

Use the Move tool to accurately position

You should now have 'tabs' at all four corners.

Above: All four 'Corner Tabs' in position

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