Add a textured border to an image

Photoshop ONLY. In a previous post we have shown and provided Actions for you to add a coloured border to an image based on the Average Colour of an image, or by you selecting a specific colour. This Action is aimed at showing you how to go one step further and add any ‘texture’ as a border, yet retain all the original content of the image.

The steps are really very simple :

      1. Identify a ‘texture’ to act as a border for your image.
      2. Extract the Action from the ZIP file.
      3. Run the Action and when it stops it will open your file browser.
      4. Select the required ‘texture’ file.
      5. Make sure it is equal (or bigger) in size to your image – resize it if necessary, this post will help if you are unsure of how to do that.
      6. Once you are satisfied with the placement, press the tick (check mark) in the top centre of the main Photoshop panel.
      7. It will then run to completion – switch the Image Border Group on to see the result.
      8. If you want to manoeuvre the frame you can always, assuming you made it bigger than the image initially, use the Transform Tool (Edit > Free Transform or press Cntrl or Cmd T).
      9. Again, once you are satisfied with the placement, press the tick (check mark) in the top centre of the main Photoshop panel.

If you have any actions, presets, tips, worked examples  you would be happy to contribute and help others off to a good start with their photo processing, pay your knowledge forward ! We are happy to help with putting material together.

Illustrations for fun only but they really do show how the choice of border can affect the perception of the image.

granite
Granite Border
sand border
Sand Border
wrapping border
Xmas wrapping

 

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