Photoshop Frame Edge Effects

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Photoshop Frame Edge Effects
Add a border that fades out around your photo. (frame image by Fata-Morgana from

Using Adobe Photoshop, you can give images a customised appearance with easy frame edge effects. A digital frame enhances the beauty of a photograph. More importantly, it gives the photograph a finished look and grabs the attention of the viewer. Or, you can use the frame edge effects when creating a banner for a home page or a special print for a scrapbook. Photoshop lets you create attention-grabbing frames with a few simple techniques and effects.

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Solid Color Frame

One of the simplest frame edge effects is the addition of a solid colour border. You can add a solid colour border by stroking the perimeter of the image. This is easily done by making a copy of your image in the "Layers" palette, double-clicking on the layer and adjusting the "Layer Style" options. Add a solid colour border in any hue in the "Stroke" menu. Select the pixel width of your border, and set the position to "Inside."

Multiband Solid Color Frame

Take the solid colour border technique one step further by adding multiple solid borders to one image. Expand the canvas in width and height to a number that equals twice the width of the solid colour border you want to apply to the image. Fill the empty area with the "Paint Bucket" tool, expand the canvas again, and repeat the process, until you have as many bands of colour encircling the image as you require.

Faded Edge Frame

Create photo edges that fade softly into another colour. This easy framing technique includes the placement of the base colour, like black or white, beneath the image layer. Use the selection tool to draw a selection around the inside of the image, 1/4 inch away from the edge of the image. Choose "Select Inverse," and then click on "Delete" to create the faded edges.

Burnt Edge Frame

This dramatic effect requires you to duplicate your image layer and trace a messy line around the inside of the duplicate with the "Lasso" tool. Cut out this selection, and delete the surrounding "scraps." Give the edges of the photo a burnt appearance by grabbing the "Burn" tool. Gradually paint around the edges of the photo to create the distorted colour effect that resembles burning. Pay close attention to areas that you want to appear very charred.

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