If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you may have noticed that virtually all my photos have a simple black border. Such a simple thing, but in my opinion makes all the difference in making things look more pulled together and professional. Today I thought I’d demonstrate a quick way of doing it in Photoshop*.
For years I used to make the borders using Picnik after I had uploaded my photos to Flickr, but because Picnik is web based it often ran slow, particularly at peak times. This is so much quicker!
So anyway, let’s get started with the tutorial.
Here’s the picture I want to add the border to. I’ve chosen it because it’s light round the edges and therefore looks a bit washed out on a white background, which means it will really benefit from a border.
Adding the border is easy:
1. Click Ctrl + A to select our photo
2. In the edit menu at the top, go to Edit/Stroke
3. Enter the number of pixels you want your border to be. My pictures are 3000 by 4000 pixels big, so I usually add a 30 pixel border, ending up with a 3030 by 4030 canvas size. It’s worth playing around with different thicknesses. I find a border that’s about 1% of the image width usually works best.
4. Select the colour you want the border to be by clicking on the field where it says color. You can change the colour using either the mouse, the box with all the swatches in the top right hand corner of the screen, or the six digit hexademical (?) code (in the field with the hashtag). I used black, which is the swatch at the end of the second row, and code #000000. Once you’ve selected the colour you want, click OK.
5. Leave everything else as preset. Click OK. Your picture now has a border.
6. Click Ctrl + D to deselect
7. Save your picture.
So there we are – simple! Here’s my photo with the border, it makes a big difference on the white background, don’t you think?
I hope you found that useful!
* if you looked at this tutorial earlier, you’ll see I initially had a slightly longer version if achieving the same thing up. Massive thanks to Tricia at bits and bobbins for setting me straight!