How to Create Borders and Edges in Photoshop CS6

An attractive border from Photoshop CS6 can give your image an edge. If you want an edgy look or want to take your work right to the edge, you can apply this technique faster than you can say, “Overworked metaphor!” Photoshop lets you apply deckled looks and other effects to the borders of your image by using any of several plug-ins built right into your trusty Filters menu.

Follow these easy steps to the edge of image immortality:

  1. Choose a photo that you think could use a decorative border and open it in Photoshop.

  2. With the Rectangular Marquee tool, select the portion of the image you’re framing.

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  3. Double-click the Quick Mask Mode icon in the Tools panel. In the Quick Mask dialog box that appears, choose Selected Areas in the Color Indicates area.

  4. Click OK to enter Quick Mask mode.

    Photoshop highlights the rectangle you selected.

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  5. Choose Filter→Blur→Gaussian Blur, set the Radius, and click OK.

  6. Choose Filter→Brush Strokes→Sprayed Strokes.

  7. Adjust the Stroke Length and Spray Radius sliders to acquire the desired effect.

    The higher the resolution, the higher the value you may need.

  8. Select your desired Stroke Direction from the drop-down list.

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    After application, the edges of the quick mask overlay (highlighted area) appear frayed.

  9. Press Q to exit Quick Mask mode.

    A selection border with ragged edges appears around the selection.

  10. Press Ctrl+J (Command+J on the Mac) to copy the selected area and create a new layer from that area.

  11. Create a new layer and fill it with the color you want for the background.

  12. In the Layers panel, move the colored background layer underneath your deckled image.

  13. Choose Layer→Flatten Image.

    The finished image appears.

    [Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/cgbaldauf Image #6349076]
    Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/cgbaldauf Image #6349076
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