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    Borders

    I've noticed that with 99% of border techniques you build a border from your pictures outer edge inwards.
    Is there a way to do a border (any type...being a simple white border with drop shadow or artistic brush stroke border) that you can build out from the edge of your picture.
    I ask only because its silly spending time and effort lining up your photo for that perfect composition, and then having to factor in a border that will eat in an inch or so from your pictures edge.

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    what's wrong with building a border edge outwards?
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    What software? In Photoshop it is easy to create a single shade/colour border:

    * Open your photo
    * On the menu : Image > Canvas Size
    * Pick a colour using the 'canvas extension colour' box
    * Look at the current dimensions and make them bigger, so say your photo is 36cm wide and 24cm high, make it 36.5cm and 24.5cm to add a 0.5cm border right around.
    * Click OK
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    If your still having problems , have a look in the Tutorial Thread, I've posted a Tutorial on Framing and drop shadow using PS
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    thanks guys....my problem was centered around the fact that i wanted a border bigger than my photo and not built in from my photos edge...i never thought to start with a canvas and simply make the canvas size larger than the photo by however big i wanted the border.....brain dead after too much work

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    Gee, only after too much work? You're lucky. However, note that IF you do enlarge your border AND you want to keep the image dimensions constant, then use a percentage enlargement. Then your result will have the same dimensions as your original image, say 3:2 or 4:5 or 7:6, etc. The only thing is that your border will not be the same width horizontally and vertically. For low dimension ratios it is not very noticeable, but for 6:4 and 16:9 it will be.

    (But who says you must have equal width borders anyway?)
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    William's tutorial is very good, your image will come out like this (minus the black frame, I added that with a second Canvas operation, as described by Rick, after the drop shadow steps):


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    There is a filter in GIMP that creates a border without chewing into your image i.e. it adds the border to your image. You can manipulate the x and y border size and its colour. This method changes the image dimensions much the same as enlarging the canvas would.

    I would have thought PS would have this capability too but since I haven't used it for years I wouldn't know any more (It was a copy of a friend's PS3 and I felt so guilty using pirated software that I gave it up after a couple of weeks!).
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