Friday, April 29, 2011

Making a Solid Colour Border

As promised last night I'm going to show you how to make a simple solid coloured border in Photoshop Elements.

original graphic

At the top menu is SELECT click on ALL. You will have the marching ants around the perimeter of the graphic.

Then, on the same top menu click on EDIT and pull down to STROKE (OUTLINE) SELECTION. Here's a screenshot.

Notice the selected border.
When you do that a SELECTION box will pop up. Don't stress, it's very straight forward.

This is the SELECTION box.
Let's start from the top of the box and explain.

-Width-how many pixels wide do you want your border. Between 10px and 15px makes a    nice border.

-Colour-If you click on this box it will open up the colour dialog box.

Choose your colour.
To have a border that matches your graphic you can use the eyedropper tool  to Select  a colour. I used the eyedropper tool to choose the colour of the girl. If you do this you can ignore the colour menu.  (just cancel)

-Location-Select centre.

-Blending MODE- Just leave it at Normal. There is a pull down menu here, but don't worry about that now.

-Opacity-Pay attention to this. You want it to be at 100% for a solid border.

-Transparency- Make sure it is unchecked.

Click on OK.

Then to get rid of the marching ants, go to the SELECT menu at top of page and choose DESELECT from the drop down menu. Or you can use Command-d

Matching, solid border.


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