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Making black borders in PS 6.

 
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Apr 13, 2007 22:02 |  #1

Could you point me in the right direction on how I can make the default white borders on my prints black instead of white?

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Apr 14, 2007 11:23 |  #2

No need to bother. I did a search here and found a bunch of threads about it.


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Apr 14, 2007 11:26 |  #3

the search funtion is always great ;)


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Apr 14, 2007 11:33 |  #4

Make a new file to exactly the size that you want the print to be (say 4x6 and 300dpi). Make sure your foreground colour is black and fill the layer with that. Drag your print onto the canvas - it will be on another layer - and use free transform to make it fit onto the canvas. I drag down guide marks in CS2, and I assume that they're there in PS6, in order to square up the image. Flatten the layers and save and you will have an image with a black background.

Another trick, before you flatten the layers is this: Make sure you are on the image layer and have a new foreground colour that contrasts with black, say bright yellow. Choose stroke, Inside, and make it something like 5 pixels. This will create a tool line around the image. The "Inside" selection is to keep the corners square, and of course you could choose other sizes or colours.

Do remember that you'll need to give a fairly large border area outside of the image if you are getting prints done. Many labs will not (actually can not) make prints where there is a fine border around the edge, since they can't trim prints to that tolerance. Obviously they they can make the print but they are likely to trim some of the border off, so ask your lab about this.

You should also take into account what the final use of the print is going to be. If the print is to be plaque mounted then a relatively small border can be used. If the print is to go into a mat then the mat will hide some of the print so the border so it needs to be farther away from the edge of the print.


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