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Jul 29, 2013 14:04 |  #1

I need to put two photos side by side and have even borders. Also,I want to add a 2 pixel stroke to separate the two images. What's the best and fastest way to accomplish this?


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Jul 29, 2013 18:42 |  #2

What version of Photoshop are you using?

I can't guarantee this is the fastest method but here's how I would approach it if it were my project.

This assumes the two photos are the same size, or at least they are the same height otherwise putting them together with an equal/even border would be impossible.

1. Add the pixel widths of the two photos together; this will form the basis of a new canvas you will create. If for example the two photos are 1024 (H) x 683 (W) you know that the new canvas must be 1024 x 1366 at minimum. Start Photoshop and click on File > New and create a file with dimensions of 1100 x 1400 pixels.

2. Open the two photos in Photoshop; select the Move tool from the toolbar, and drag and drop each photo to the newly created blank file. The Move tool is tricky to learn; in the newer versions of Photoshop that automatically create tabs, you click directly on each image to select it, then drag it to the TAB of the new file. When the TAB is highlighted/turns white, release your mouse and your image will be added to the file as a new layer.

3. Once both photos are added as layers to the new file, you can align them by first selecting each layer in the Layers palette, then using the Move Tool to move them around. For fine adjustments select the Move tool, then use the arrow keys on your keyboard to nudge the images into place. At this point you can close the two photos that you dragged to the new file to save on memory.

4. If all goes well, at this stage you have two photos aligned next to each other with a white border created when you made the new file. Now click on Image > Trim and choose to Trim the extra pixels based on the one in the upper left. Also make sure the four boxes below are all checked. Once you hit Enter, Photoshop will remove all the extra white pixels in the border.

5. To create an even border, click on Image > Canvas Size. A dialog box appears with the current image dimensions. So if you want to add an even 300 pixel border, add 300 pixels to the Height and Width shown in the dialog box. Press OK and you'll get the two images perfected centered in the new borders.

6. To make the two-pixel stroke between the two photos, select the Ruler Tool from the toolbar. The Ruler tool is under the Eyedropper tool so you may have to press the I key repeatedly to select it, or use the flyout from the tool bar. Click the Ruler tool at the top where the two images meet, press the SHIFT key, then drag to the bottom (the Shift key ensures that the Ruler draws a straight line). Now click on Edit > Stroke, select a width of 2 pixels, a color, and Center location. Click OK and you'll have the two pixel stroke dividing the two photos. Once complete, press the Clear button in the Options bar to remove the line placed by the Ruler tool and you're done.

You can do other things like Merging the two photo layers into one but that's not absolutely necessary. There are also other methods to do such a project like using the Rulers and Guides but that would take a bit more Photoshop knowledge.


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Jul 29, 2013 19:28 |  #3

Thanks for your suggestion. I did manage to do it, but i can seem to get the borders to be exact. I think it's because I'm using the rectangular marquee tool select and then did a stroke of 2 pixels. After that I inversed the selection and then deleted that selection, then all enter to fill with foreground white color(color I wanted for the borders) it looks even but I don't think it is.


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Jul 30, 2013 06:31 |  #4

Here's what I'd do (assuming both images have the same size). Takes a lot longer to type out then to do.


  1. Open bridge, select both images.
  2. Go Tools > Photoshop > load files into Photoshop layers. This will create a new file with the two images as separate layers.
  3. Now go Image > Canvas size.
  4. Choose "Percent" and tick the "Relative" box.
  5. Depending on whether you want the images next to each other or side by side, enter "100" in either Width or Height. Click the top left box in "Anchor". Click "Ok".
  6. Go Image > Canvas size again. Choose "Pixels" and tick the "Relative" box, and enter twice the amount of pixels you want the border to have. Leave "Anchor" in the center. Click "Ok"
  7. Select the move tool. Click and drag the image on the top top layer to the position you want (next to or below the image on the bottom layer). Press Command (Ctrl)+Shift, click and drag is easiest for this. The layer will snap into position on the edge of the canvas. You now have a border on all sides but one*.
  8. If you did want a border in between, you'll need to create the last border. Go Image > Canvas size again. Choose "Pixels" and tick the "Relative" box, and enter the amount of pixels you want the last border to have. Put "Anchor" on the opposite side of the missing border. Click "Ok".
  9. Create a layer below the two image layers (click bottom image layer once, Cmd (Ctrl) click the "new layer" icon in the layers palette), and fill it with whatever color you want the border to have.


*: If you don't want a border in between, you can at this point let the image snap to the side of the other image and add a 2px stroke (Fx icon) to both image layers. You're done.

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Jul 30, 2013 07:06 |  #5

Rene, I tried the approach of loading the files into layers from Adobe Bridge several times and I couldn't get Photoshop CS6 to change the Canvas size; in fact the option to increase the canvas size was greyed out. That's when I came up with the workaround of creating the canvas first, then adding the images.


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Jul 30, 2013 08:16 |  #6

PixelMagic wrote in post #16165987 (external link)
Rene, I tried the approach of loading the files into layers from Adobe Bridge several times and I couldn't get Photoshop CS6 to change the Canvas size; in fact the option to increase the canvas size was greyed out.

Huh? That's weird. The entire command grayed out?

(I assume you know the Background color is grayed out, as to be expected if there's no "Background" layer…)

Works here (just tested to be sure).


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Jul 31, 2013 17:09 |  #7

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Do a new that will be the size of your images side by side. Pull the two image onto the blank doc. They will be on different layers, add an inside stroke of 2 pixels to each layer. Done. You can easily change the size of the stroke.

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Jul 31, 2013 20:40 |  #8

thanks all. i ended up doing it by using the marquee tool and eye balling the stroke. just not sure if all the lines are equal., but looks good enough for now


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Aug 01, 2013 09:02 |  #9

Easyest way...
Create a slide in Powerpoint, then save it as *jpg


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