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Old 10-08-2003, 07:39 PM
greg greg is offline
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Default Frames, for Porteplume

My favoured way for framing is this:

-finish all image adjustments, including resizing, sharpening, and flattening any layers

-change the PS background colour (that's the underneath one of the two on the panel) to the colour you want for your frame (I usually choose black by clicking the tiny boxes beside the main ones, and then the 'swap arrows' on the other side)

-add the frame by choosing 'image-canvas size' and adding 20 to each pixel dimension.

-then I add a single pixel line around the image in some other colour. To do this:

-zoom in really close on the top-left corner, until you can see the pixels

-take the rectangular marquee tool, and click in the top-left pixel of the image (not the frame), and drag all the way down to the bottom-right pixel. Sometimes it takes a few attempts to hit the exact pixel you want. You should be left with 'walking ants' exactly outlining your image.

-pick the approximate colour you want for your line with the eyedropper.

-create a new layer with 'layer-new-layer...'

-then choose 'edit-stroke...' from the menu, and select 1 px and 'outside'

-press ctrl-D to get rid of the ants, then zoom back out to see everything.

-now you can fine-tune the colour by choosing 'image-adjustments-hue/saturation...' and playing with the sliders. I often take a colour from the image and here desaturate and lighten it slightly.

-flatten and save!


If you want just a white line, you can shortcut this by picking white for the background colour, increasing the canvas size by 2 pixels in each dimension, changing the background colour to black, and then increasing by 20.
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Old 10-08-2003, 07:59 PM
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Porteplume Porteplume is offline
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Default Merci Greg!

Wow! I didn't expect such a "speedy" answer. ;o)
Merci beaucoup Greg!!!
I've printed this right away. And I'll have time next weekend and try it out...

Amicalement - Viviane
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Old 10-10-2003, 09:54 PM
yuricle yuricle is offline
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Default single-pixel frame

There's a quicker method (to my taste) to add a single-pixel frame in second step using shortcut.
After adding this black frame with canvas size...

First method:
1. Choose a forground colour of your taste
2. Press Control-A to "Select All"
3. In menu Choose "Edit - Stroke" then your width in pixels and "inside"

Second method (allowing to modify border colour later):
1. Create new layer
2. Press Control-A to "Select All"
3. In menu Choose "Edit - Stroke" then your width in pixels and "inside"

Now you can modify colour by any image adjustments or:
lock transparency and fill it with any colour of your choice just by pressing Ctrl-Backspace.
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