Give your pics the edge with an arty bor­der

Use our free, easy-to-use cre­ative bor­der pack to en­hance your images and give them ex­tra ap­peal

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On this month’s disc, you’ll find no fewer than 20 cus­tom-made photo bor­ders. Each and ev­ery one has been crafted by hand to add an artis­tic edge to your images. Whether you choose to make prints or post them on­line, the ef­fect will set your shots apart from the com­pe­ti­tion!

The bor­ders have been de­signed to work with all kinds of images, from por­traits and macro shots to still life and land­scapes, and you can fur­ther cus­tomise them to give a va­ri­ety of ef­fects. Even bet­ter, they’re re­ally quick and easy to use, so find your favourite pics, and trans­form with an artis­tic new look in just a few min­utes.

Here’s how you can use them. The steps are de­scribed in Pho­to­shop, but you can ap­ply the same prin­ci­ples in any image-edit­ing soft­ware that sup­ports lay­ers.

Paste your pic into the bor­der

Open the bor­der of your choice from the Cre­ative Bor­der Pack folder in the Re­sources folder. All the tem­plates are sized to A4 at 300ppi for ease of print­ing; to make an A3-sized print, go to Image > Image Size, set the units to Cen­time­tres, and en­ter a Width of 42 and a Height of 29.7. Next, open the image you want to use. Press Ctrl/Cmd+A to se­lect it, Ctrl/Cmd+C to copy, and Ctrl/Cmd+W to close it down. Your bor­der image will be back on-screen. If the image you’ve cho­sen is hor­i­zon­tal, leave it as it is; but if it’s ver­ti­cal, go to Image > Image Ro­ta­tion > 90° Clock­wise. Now press Ctrl/Cmd+V to paste in your image.

Choose a white or black edge

With the white edge, your image will be all set for print­ing, and the pic­ture will bleed out of the base pa­per in an ap­peal­ing way. If you want a black edge in­stead, per­haps for on­line use or if it suits your image bet­ter, do this…

In the Lay­ers panel, make sure the pic­ture layer is ac­tive by click­ing on it, and change the Blend­ing Mode from Screen to Mul­ti­ply. You’ll see the pic­ture re­vealed around the edges. Now click on the Back­ground Layer (the bor­der) and press Ctrl/ Cmd+I to in­vert the image and re­verse the colours. You’ll now have a black bor­der sur­round­ing your image.

Re­size your image to fit

The image will sit on top of the bor­der, so to make both vis­i­ble, open the Lay­ers panel (Win­dow> Lay­ers) and click where it says Nor­mal. From the drop­down list, se­lect the Screen Blend­ing Mode. This will al­low the bor­der to show through.

Your image is un­likely to be the right size for the bor­der; to make it fit, press Ctrl/Cmd+T and zoom back with Ctrl/ Cmd+Mi­nus un­til you can see the whole bound­ing box. To rescale, hold down Shift and drag the cor­ner han­dles un­til the image fits neatly. Make sure the edges of the image are cov­ered by the bor­der’s white sur­round, and press Re­turn to con­firm.

Change shape and save

You can change the bor­der’s shape – ideal if you want a square­for­mat image. To do this, click on the bor­der layer to make sure it’s ac­tive, and press D then X to re­set the colours so you have black as the back­ground colour. (If you do this with a white­bor­dered image, just press Ctrl/Cmd+D). Now press Ctrl/ Cmd+A fol­lowed by Ctrl/Cmd+T, and pull in the side han­dles.

To save the bor­dered ver­sion of your image as a new file, go to File > Save As and choose JPEG as the for­mat. Re­name the image, and click Save. In the JPEG Op­tions di­a­log box, set the Qual­ity to 10, and click OK.

Jon Adams Jon is a pho­tog­ra­pher and writer, and pro­vides tu­ition in dig­i­tal SLR and Pho­to­shop skills.

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