File/Open to open the photo.
As we are making a border inside the picture area, remember that
it will blot out some of the edge areas. Do not cover any important
elements with a border, and you should also avoid the main
topic touching it. Choose a tasteful, smaller border width. Depending
on the size of the picture, this can be 10 or even 100-200 pixels.
We are using a relatively small image, suitable for online use,
as an example, so we have to stick to an almost minimal border width.
Ctrl+A to select the whole image. This way, Photoshop
will know that you want to make a border for the whole area. Click
Edit/Stroke to display a small dialog which allows you to
set border properties. Width is the border width in
pixels. First, we are making a slightly broader black border,
and then another one, lighter, narrower, and more emphasized. In
accordance with the size of the image, 12 px will be enough for
the black one.
Click the color square next to Color to display the color
picker dialog. Choose black.
Under Location, you can choose between three options:
Inside: Applies a border inside the marquee.
Center: Applies a border on the position of the marquee,
both inside and outside.
Outside: Applies a border outside the marquee.
In this particular case, Outside would put the border off the canvas,
Center would still display only some of it, so choose Inside.
Other properties in the dialog (Blending, Opacity) are not covered
in this topic as we don't need them for borders.
Summary: use the settings shown on the following picture.
you have a rather sinister-looking black border, but let's move
Repeat the steps above. Press Ctrl+A, click Edit/Stroke,
and use the following settings:
Make Width 1-2 pixels smaller than the last time. I have
set 10 px.
Click Color and choose white. If you want to make the color
selection a bit more flexible, don't click the color picker but
click into the photo itself instead. If you move the pointer onto
the photo when selecting a color, the cursor will change
into an eyedropper. Now you can choose a color from the photo. Choose
a typical color from the picture. I have chosen the blue of the
Once again, set Location to Inside.
Click OK to finalize the border:
Photoshop Tutorial: Applying borders II.
Photoshop Tutorial: Applying borders III.
Photoshop Tutorial: Applying borders IV.
Photoshop Tutorial: Applying borders V. (hungarian)