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Tutorial: How To Make Good Borders

Post  Wheen Your Strange on Sat Sep 25, 2010 11:48 pm

In this tutorial I will be showing you (mostly Stealth) how to make proper borders for digital images. There are many ways to do this, the easiest (in Photoshop) would be to add a stroke, but you do not always receive the desired results with this. We'll be learning how to make more complex and beautiful borders in this tutorial. Everything in this thread should apply to GIMP as well, but the buttons will most likely be in different spots. All the keyboard commands are also in Photoshop, but many of them will also work in GIMP

I'd also like to point out that I'm not going to use the tool located under Select > Modify > Border, as it often does not give desirable results for these types of images.

Starting Image:


Step 1:

Hit ctrl+A to select the whole canvas. Then zoom in a good bit and take the Rectangular Marquee tool. Alt+drag (Subtract from selection) over the majority of the image so that there is a border of two pixels remaining inside the selection, and all around the image. From here you have two options, go to Step 2, or ALT Step 2.



Step 2:

Making sure that your foreground color is black (#000000), hit alt+delete or go to Edit > Fill to make the outermost part of the border.



ALT Step 2:

Instead of filling the selection, we will decrease the brightness. Underneath the layers panel, there is a tool bar. Click the button which is a circle half filled black and half filled white. Then click Brightness/Contrast.



Then decrease the brightness to a fitting amount, here I used -126.




Step 3:

Now its time for the inner border. I like to leave one pixel un-filled between the inner and outer border, but thats just personal preference. Using the Rectangular Marquee tool, select the desired area of the border in the same was as Step 1, but instead of using CTRL+A, use the Rectangular Marquee tool for both selections, the result should be something like this:



From here, you have two options, go to Step 4 if you used Step 2, or go to ALT Step 4 if you used ALT Step 2.

Step 4:

In the same way as Step 2, fill the layer with white. You're now down! Congratulations on making a nice border!

ALT Step 4:

Repeat the steps in ALT Step 2, however, instead of decreasing the brightness, increase it by the same amount, for example, here I used 126 instead of the -126 I used for the outer border.

Here is the finished result:


This is my first tutorial, so if there is any clarification needed, just ask. This is an open discussion too, so if you believe there are better ways to make borders, say so!
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Re: Tutorial: How To Make Good Borders

Post  Demonicpopcorn on Sat Sep 25, 2010 11:52 pm

gimp has a tool for borders its in filters<decor<add border

Choose the thickness and color but leave the bottom one alone


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Re: Tutorial: How To Make Good Borders

Post  Wheen Your Strange on Sat Sep 25, 2010 11:55 pm

Demonicpopcorn wrote:gimp has a tool for borders

I understand, but you don't always get the desired result, it does the same thing as this:
I'd also like to point out that I'm not going to use the tool located under Select > Modify > Border, as it often does not give desirable results for these types of images.

This is just another way to do it, and IMO, it gets the best results.
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Re: Tutorial: How To Make Good Borders

Post  ginga-ninja on Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:41 am

Demonicpopcorn wrote:gimp has a tool for borders its in filters<decor<add border

Choose the thickness and color but leave the bottom one alone

You lazy bastard lol.
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Re: Tutorial: How To Make Good Borders

Post  Demonicpopcorn on Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:43 am

Thats just the fast way
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Re: Tutorial: How To Make Good Borders

Post  Wheen Your Strange on Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:43 am

ginga-ninja wrote:
Demonicpopcorn wrote:gimp has a tool for borders its in filters<decor<add border

Choose the thickness and color but leave the bottom one alone

You lazy bastard lol.

You still can't get the same results as the ALT with that. Nor can you use the double border.
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Re: Tutorial: How To Make Good Borders

Post  Demonicpopcorn on Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:46 am

thats the fast and easy way
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Re: Tutorial: How To Make Good Borders

Post  ginga-ninja on Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:47 am

Demonicpopcorn wrote:thats the fast and easy way

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Re: Tutorial: How To Make Good Borders

Post  Its_Ackbar on Sun Sep 26, 2010 1:05 am

Demonicpopcorn wrote:thats the fast and easy way

That's what she said.
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Re: Tutorial: How To Make Good Borders

Post  ginga-ninja on Sun Sep 26, 2010 1:09 am

Its_Ackbar wrote:
Demonicpopcorn wrote:thats the fast and easy way

That's what she said.

Lol. I prefer anal.
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Re: Tutorial: How To Make Good Borders

Post  Stealth on Sun Sep 26, 2010 1:40 am

im having a hard time with the second border
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Re: Tutorial: How To Make Good Borders

Post  Wheen Your Strange on Sun Sep 26, 2010 2:19 am

Stealth wrote:im having a hard time with the second border

Mind telling us what the problem is....
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Re: Tutorial: How To Make Good Borders

Post  Stealth on Sun Sep 26, 2010 2:20 am

Ok i have my first border. but then i take the rectangle tool and make the first part of the second border. then when i try to make a new border of the 2nd one it deletes the one before it.
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Re: Tutorial: How To Make Good Borders

Post  Wheen Your Strange on Sun Sep 26, 2010 2:22 am

Stealth wrote:Ok i have my first border. but then i take the rectangle tool and make the first part of the second border. then when i try to make a new border of the 2nd one it deletes the one before it.

1. Make it in a new layer.

2. You have to make the original selection with the Rectangular Marquee tool. The original border should not be in that selection.
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Re: Tutorial: How To Make Good Borders

Post  Stealth on Sun Sep 26, 2010 2:23 am

ok thanks
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