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Apply pre-made borders for quick and easy image enhancements

Added on Friday 22nd of February 2008 07:09 am EST
Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2/CS3
Operating Systems:
Microsoft Windows, Macintosh

I have a black and white image border but I don’t understand how to apply it to images. Can you explain how to do this?

At first glance, image borders look like nothing more than an image themselves. But their black and white nature, as shown in Figure A, makes them prime candidates for masking.


If you want to follow along with our example, download the file from the URL at the beginning of this article and extract the file border.jpg. (Images provided by PhotoSpin. Some images modified for educational purposes.) Then, launch Photoshop and open that image plus another image to which you want to add the border.

To apply a pre-made image border:

  1. Arrange the two image windows so you can see both of them.
  2. Select the Move tool from the Tools palette and click and drag the border image over to the image to which you want to apply it.
  3. Position the border over your image so it’s where you want it, as shown in Figure B. Tip: Press [command]T ([Ctrl]T in Windows) to activate the Transform tool and scale the border if necessary.