A nice picture frame – how to create borders for your photos

The question isn’t “why a border or a frame?”, but rather, “what kind of a border or frame?”. Simply because a picture looks better with a border and because different photos look better with different borders.
First of all, you should know that border color depends on the photos colors. A photo with warm colors works better with a white border, while a photo with a black border will have cold colors. However, don’t take this as a rule: If the contrast between the border and the photo is not strong enough, you are free to use a different color.
Black and White
Second, the size of the border: If you have a landscape or any other kind of picture with lots of elements, or one element made of many pieces, the border should be simple and thin. A simple minimalistic picture asks for a bigger border or a more complicated, double border. The two basic colors (black and white) can be used mixed together and in a variety of tones. If youre still not sure what kind of border to use, I have one more suggestion: a transparen’t border!
Yellow flower

Now lets begin the “how to make” these borders:
1. create a copy of the layer called background
2. select the content of the initial background and cut it
3. give the background the color you want for the border
4. move to the “copy of background” and in the menu “Edit” go to “Free Transform” or just press “CTRL+T”
5. How holding “Shift” resize the image from a corner, then resize the opposite corner
6. Double-click to make the resize if you are sure you got what you wanted. You now have a simple border

7. After resizing, go to the menu “Layer” -> “Layer Style” and select “Stroke”. Modify the size and color as you wish. You now have a double border

For a transparen’t border you need to follow different steps.
1. Create a copy of the layer called background
2. For the initial layer (background), modify its opacity to 40%
3. Now go to “copy of background” and resize the image
4. Its recommended to add a stroke to “copy of background”

There are other ways to make the borders and you are free to discover and use other methods. When about borders, the result is what matters.




I started photography as a hobby in 2005, during college. My passion slowly became a more important part of my life since 2008. Because of using a combination of my photographic knowledge, with those of internet marketing, I like to call myself a "photomarketer".

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