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I promised to put up a simple tutorial on borders in CS2 (the basic principle is the same for Adobe Elements), well here goes. I took this image on Wedneday night (Image 1)
Open up the photograph you want to frame. Press D on your keyboard to set your foreground/Background color to their default.
Press Control-J to create a new layer. Go Under image menu & choose Canvas Size or press Alt-Ctrl-C (Mac:option-command-C), When the dialogue box appears, turn on the relative checkbox, set the canvas extension color to white and enter 1 inch for both width & Height. Then click okay
In your Layer Palette at the bottom, that little f sign you been wondering what it does, click and select stroke. ( Do not just click on the checkbox but click on the word stroke itself, this gives you access to all the functions). When the dialoge box appears, change your colour to black, set size to 9 and position to inside. A black border will appear around the outside edge of your image.
Now lets add a little bit of shadow to the image creating that illusion it's floating above the page. Click on Drop Shadow (remember to click on the word drop shadow to display all it's function), uncheck the Use Global Light check box, set the angle to 131 degrees and increase the Distance, Spread & Size as desired, if you have your preveiw box ticked you can watch the changes been made real time. This will add a small shadow between your image and the white background. Press OK when you are satisfied with the results.
Now for me, I have created an action that I simply click that does this for me in about a second. This is just the basics of framing your images. Master the basics and you will be surprised how easy even the complex borders are. Image 2 takes it a little further.
Poster Framing your image. (Image 2) We will start from step two above, (do not forget to implement step one please)
Only difference here is you enter 2 inches for both width and height (please feel free to experiment with the settings, the settings I use here work for me, that does not mean it will work for everyone), when done, press okay.
Then go back into the canvas size dialogue box by pressing Press Alt+Ctrl+C again, We are now going to add an inch or 2 of canvass to the bottom of your image. Change your dimensions to inches and add 2 inches in the height box only, now (important part here) in the anchor grid, click on the top-center anchor, this will extend only the bottom half of your canvass. Click okay and the additional inch or 2 of white is added below your photo.
You can decide to add a black, or whatever colour border around your image here. Click on the pesty f in your layers palette and select stroke, click on the colour picker and set your colour to your hearts desire, I normarly use black or white. Set size to 9, position to inside and if you want to add a drop shadow, I guess you know how to do that now. Then press okay.
To add the texts, Just click on your background layer and add whatever texts using your desired fonts, as easy as that.
But what happens you dumb guy if I want to change my background to Black and have the border around my image as White I hear someone ask???
Well fear not, if you blink you will miss this. (Image 3)
Go back to your duplicate layer, you see that pesky f sign on it, yes that one on the right, I want you to double click on it and what happens? Yes the layer style dialogue box pops up again, click on stroke and simply change your color to white, then hit ok. Now ensure your foreground and background is set to it's default colour by hitting the D key on your keyboard, click on your background layer then simply hit Alt-Backspace (Mac-Option-Delete).
Feel free to call me a genuis here LOL, but have to say all this either learned from reading soo many Photoshp books and hours using the darn program.
Please remember my image resolution and size are very big, you may find you have to reduce the figures I have provided you guys above when trying out these tutorials. The aim is for me to point you in the right direction and for you to experiment with what you have learnt. I gurantee you these are very easy to achieve. Good luck and if anyone one has any questions, please feel free to ask.
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|camera||Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II|
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