Adding Borders and Frames to your Images

A simple border or frame can add style to your image. And it’s very easy to do. Let’s start with this image of Urn and Fruit.

In Photoshop, click Select/All then click Edit/Stroke. This opens up the Stroke dialogue box where you set the Width to (say) 15 pixels and the colour to White. make sure the Location is set to “Inside” and the Blend Mode to “Normal” .

Now click OK and a white border/frame will appear round the edge of your image. You may want to try a different Width setting if your white frame is too small/large.

Now with the “marching ants” still showing you have selected all the image, repeat the Edit/Stroke/ procedure but this time set the width at a smaller amount, say 6, and the colour to Black. Click OK and you now have a black edge to your White frame – a nice effect on this image?

A very simple technique- but it’s just the start. Just Google “Photoshop Borders” and you’ll discover a cottage industry of free frames and borders to experiment with. Lets try a couple……..

Go to the Digital Camera World website and download your choice of free frames and borders.They are jpg images and you can save them on your hard drive.

Select one of these frames to suit your image, say this one:

Open this jpg image up in Photoshop and Drag it onto your original photo. It will show in the Layers palette as a separate Layer on top of the original image.

At this point you should change the Blend Mode to either Darken or Multiply; this allows the original image to show through the white centre of the frame image whilst retaining the black frame edge.

You will probably need to resize the frame to match your photo; with the frame layer selected, click Edit/Transform/Scale and then drag each of the small “handles” to the edge of your original image – to produce this:

Alternatively, try a different “look” with this frame.

Going back to the original image, simply repeat the Drag and Resize process but this time set the Blend Mode to “Screen”. This allows the white edge to be retained but allows the image to show through the black centre.

The choice of frame and its effect depends on your original image. In this case I don’t like the second one above – it’s too dark – but the first and third example are better.

These are illustrated in Photoshop CS but will work equally well in later versions of Elements (which have the Layers palette).

You may of course hate the very idea of corrupting your original image in this way (many competition judges seem to) but if you have never tried the technique – have a go.                                                                                                                               Gary

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