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Part 6. Creating Snazzy Effects > Adding a Decorative Border

Adding a Decorative Border

Aframe is just one example of the wide variety of custom, prebuilt shapes available in Photoshop Elements. To make the frame even fancier, this example applies a Craquelure filter to give the frame a rich, dimensional look.

With a picture in the active image area, choose Image, Resize, Canvas Size.

Type a Width the same as the print size and about 2 inches wider than the current image size. Do the same for Height.

Click OK.

Right-click the Shape tool in the toolbar and choose Custom Shape Tool.


Know the Image Size

In this example, the image size of the photo is about 5×7 inches. Placing it on an 8×10 canvas adds just the right amount of border for the decorative frame.

In the Options bar, open the Shape pop-up palette.

Double-click any Frame shape.

With the foreground color set to the color you want the frame to be, click and drag in the image to surround the photo with the frame.

Click the Simplify button.


Want More Custom Shapes?

To pick from a variety of frame shapes, when the Shape pop-up palette is open in steps 5 and 6, click the circular arrow button and choose All Elements Shapes from the pop-up menu.

The frame used here is just one of many Custom Shapes, which are ready-made so you don't have to do any freehand drawing. Categories include Animals, Arrows, Banners and Awards, Characters, Default, Frames, Fruit, Music, Nature, Objects, Ornaments, Shapes, Signs, Symbols, Talk Bubbles, and Tiles.

Choose Filter, Texture, Craquelure.

Click OK again.



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