Best Shot Monday – 1/21/08 – Waiting for spring

Best Shot Monday – 1/21/08 – Waiting for spring

It’s been bitter cold here the past week (the high is only in the teens today) and we all are dreaming of warmer days for playing outside, especially Julian.
Julian gazes out the window - 1/17/08

In the past I’ve had a few people inquire as to how I put the white frame around most of the photos I share online. A few months ago I said that I was going to type up step-by-step instructions and now I’ve finally done it. Sorry it took so long. It’s very simple once you know what to do. :)

How to frame your photos with a border in Photoshop:

  1. Open the image that you want to frame
  2. Go to Select > All (or Control A)
  3. Go to Edit > Stroke
  4. Choose the width of your stroke depending on how thick you want the border to be right next to your picture. I generally use 1 pixel. Then select the color. I use black. For location, use “inside.” For mode, I leave it at “normal.” And opacity, I leave at 100%. Click OK.
  5. Go to Image > Canvas size.
  6. This is where you adjust the width for how wide you want the border to be. You can play with it until you find the size you like best. I prefer to use the same proportions for the width and height, but that doesn’t mean you have to. Select what color you want the canvas extension to be. I usually use white. Click OK.
  7. Go to Select > All again.
  8. Repeat steps 3. and 4. Again, I usually use 1 pixel and black.
  9. Go to Select > Deselect.
  10. Resize image if you like.
  11. Save.
  12. That’s it. You’re done! :)

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  1. Great photo and tutorial. Spring seems so far away at the moment.

  2. lol – my kids are also gazing out and hoping to play outside. it’s pretty darn cold tho…. great shot and thanks for the tutorial. do you print your pics with the borders that way? i’m off to try it…

  3. Thanks so much for that Amy. I am just starting to teach myself Photoshop and I will definitely use your tip!
    I can’t wait for spring! I hate running in 15 degree weather!

  4. Beautiful photo. We can’t wait for spring either. It’s been single digits here, and even below zero. Ugh.
    Re: frame around photo, if you hit record new action, then follow all those steps you mentioned, then hit stop recording, you can make an action to place a frame around the photo. Then in future you can add the frame by pressing one button. I love photoshop actions.

  5. I love the way kids just can sit and look outside! Beautiful!!!

  6. I love that photo!
    Thanks for the tip, I use layers, and it’s a lot more work. Gonna try your way now.

  7. Awww…I love gazing-out-the-window shots. It was so cold this weekend our windows were frozen on the INSIDE. I guess our central humidifier actually works…

  8. What a great picture of J. I hope he can get out soon. Looks like he is just craving it!

  9. I really love the lighting in this shot – it makes it even more adorable!

    And thanks for the photoshop tutorial too – I need all the help I can get!

  10. What perfect natural light you had. It’s just beautiful.

  11. That light is gorgeous! I love the texture of the glass, too. Julian is looking so grown up!

  12. that great window light! even if it’s cold, light from the window always makes great pics!

  13. Beautiful lit up by the window. Great shot of your handsome little man! :)

  14. I love the tutorial! I would love more! I am not great at photo shop….I do trial and error but I don’t have the time to play around! I need all the help I can get!
    Your baby boy is beautiful…it was chilli in CA too in the 60’s hehe (sorry not funny)
    I may be moving to KS…I better shut my mouth!

  15. He does look like a guy who needs to romp outdoors…he’s so cute!

  16. GORGEOUS! Love the lighting, it is so beautiful and his longing little look…

  17. OHHH I love you for posting how to do that! I am still learning PS… and I love the borders! yay!

  18. That shot of Julian is fantastic! What a little doll.

  19. Great photo and thanks so much for the tutorial. I’m trying to learn how to use Photoshop more. :)

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