Whether you are creating a greeting card or framing a digital photo, lines and borders often add the finishing touch to an image. They can also separate certain parts of your image from the rest. Adobe Photoshop CS3 provides several tools to help you create the look you want, whether it is a thick border or a thin, transparent line in a variety of colours.
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Import your image by selecting "File" followed by Open" and choosing the file you would like to modify.
Using the rectangular marquee tool found in the side panel, select the area of your image where you would like to create a border. If your area is not rectangular, you may also use the elliptical marquee tool or the lasso tool for odd shapes.
Select "Edit" and then "Stroke" to add a border. Choose the width of the border in pixels. Select a colour from the colour swatch by clicking the black box in the "Stroke" menu. If you would like your colour to match one in your image, click on the corresponding part of the image and the dropper tool will select the colour you chose.
Choose the location of your border. Choose "Inside," "Outside" or "Centre" depending on where you would like the border to be stroked on your selection.
Under the "Blending" menu, specify an opacity level between 1 per cent and 100 per cent. Select "OK" to create your border.
Import your image to Photoshop.
Select the pencil tool from the side panel. Specify a brush size and a brush shape from the drop-down menu at the top of the window. Choose an opacity level between 1 per cent and 100 per cent. For a softer line, choose the brush tool instead.
Click on the area of the image where you would like your line to begin. Continue holding the mouse button down until you have finished drawing your line. To draw a straight line, click on the area of the image where you would like your line to begin. Move the cursor over to where you would like your line to end and press "Shift." A straight line between the two points you selected will appear.
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