Add Border and Change Color on the fly

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Wendi, Jul 1, 2003.

  1. Wendi

    Wendi Guest

    What is a good way to add a border to an image, so that it I can change the
    color (of the border) on the fly?

    I increase the Canvas Size by whatever pixels. The problem with this
    approach is the added border will pick up the current background color. If
    I later want to change the color, I use the bucket tool which is not 100%
    foolproof. It (bucket tool) sometimes bleeds into the image.

    Another approach I tried is more tedious...
    1. Make a copy of the background image.
    2. Increase the Canvas Size to add the border (the current background color
    is used).
    3. Insert an empty layer underneath the the copy of the background image
    made in Step 1.
    4. Fill the empty layer above with the whatever color you want the border to
    be. The original background image is now hidden.

    With this approach, I can easily change the border color by filling the
    empty layer with the color desired.

    Any other suggestion?

    TIA,
    -w
     
    Wendi, Jul 1, 2003
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  2. Wendi

    Craig Flory Guest

    Hi Wendi;
    Try this ...make a dupe layer by dragging the image
    thumbnail to the bottom of the layers palette and dropping it in the new
    layer icon. Now use the rectangular marquee tool to draw a border inside the
    image. Click Select > Inverse. Now you can click on the color you want your
    border to be and click Edit > Fill > Foreground. That is ok but what I like
    instead is to double click a style and then click Edit > Fill > Foreground.
    That will make your border the same as the style. Since I have made around
    220 of my own styles, I have a lot to choose from. Either way ...solid or
    style, once it is filled, flatten the image . Oh ...your methods increase
    the image size. If I want to have a border on an 8"x10" ...I still have an
    8"x10" when I'm done so I keep a photos size whe done Good luck ;
    Craig Flory

    "Wendi" >>>>>>>> What is a good way to add a border to an image
     
    Craig Flory, Jul 1, 2003
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  3. Here is another way of doing it.

    Add a new layer
    use the marquee tool to draw the frame
    add a stroke of a color and size you want "edit->stroke"

    with this you can always change the color and even make a gradient frame.
    ctrl+"click layer" and use a gradient of you own choise.

    Good luck
    Steen
     
    Steen Alexandersen, Jul 1, 2003
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  4. Wendi

    Wendi Guest

    Thank you all for your suggestion. However, I need a way to add a solid
    border w/o losing the edges of the photo. I want to preserve every bit of
    the photo.

    thx,
    -w
     
    Wendi, Jul 1, 2003
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  5. Wendi

    Wendi Guest

    Wendi, Jul 1, 2003
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  6. Wendi

    robert Guest

    robert, Jul 1, 2003
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  7. Wendi

    Wendi Guest

    Okay... I found out that I can turn the background layer into a normal
    layer which would allow me to add a transparent border layer underneath it.
    Then just do whatever I did before -- Increase Canvas Size and then
    Fill/BucketPaint the border layer.
     
    Wendi, Jul 1, 2003
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  9. Wendi

    ElDee Guest

    After increasing your canvas size, just select the transparent area
    with the magic wand. Then create a new layer and make it the active
    layer. With the selection still there, just use alt-Backspace to fill
    the selection with the foreground color. With it on a separate layer,
    anytime you want to change the color of the border, just ctrl-click on
    the border layer and alt-Backspace again to change to a different
    color.

    Regards,
    Duane
     
    ElDee, Jul 2, 2003
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  10. Wendi

    Wendi Guest

    Yeah Warren.... I found that out yesterday (see my reply above) that I can
    double click a background layer and turn it into a normal layer....
     
    Wendi, Jul 2, 2003
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