ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Make a Border with Photoshop - A Step by Step Tutorial to Help Your Photos Stand Out

Updated on September 22, 2012
Framing your photos with a simple border created in Photoshop can really help your images stand out and get you noticed!  This simple step-by-step tutorial teaches you how!
Framing your photos with a simple border created in Photoshop can really help your images stand out and get you noticed! This simple step-by-step tutorial teaches you how! | Source
Source

Great Photos Can Draw Readers into Your Blog or Hub, or Bring Customers into Your Online Shop!

As an Etsy seller, I have come to learn the importance of having good photos as one of the key factors in getting more views and therefore, more sales. If you think about it, your photos are often your site's ambassadors to the outside world; a well composed, professional-looking photograph is a representation of what your site has to offer.  Item photos are displayed as 1 inch square thumbnails on the Etsy search pages, so if you want to draw customers into your shop you have to make the most of that square inch!

The same is true for blogs (or hubs) or any online venue where your photo can show up in a list of search results. Once someone clicks on the photo, you've got 'em through the door, and your content or product will hopefully do the rest of the work for you. (You're on your own there, though...sorry.)

A perfect way to make your thumbnail stand out from the masses is to add a border! The following is a detailed step-by-step series of instructions for creating a simple border for your photos using Photoshop. My version is Photoshop CS3, and I use a Mac, but I will try my best to make these steps applicable to any version of the software and for use on a PC.

⌘ is the symbol I will use for the 'command' or 'apple' key for Macs, and CNTRL references the 'control' key for PC users.

original untouched photo
original untouched photo | Source

Let's Get Started!


After opening the file in Photoshop, the first thing to do is select the entire photo: choose Select All from the Select menu or use keyboard shortcut ⌘ + A (or CNTRL + A for PCs).

You will see the 'marching ants' around the edge of your photo.



Then, from the Select menu again, choose Modify>Border. Here, you set the pixel width for your border. For this demonstration, I am using 65 pixels. (For comparison, the photo above has a border width of 35). After you click OK you will see the line of 'marching ants' move inward, representing the width of the border you just indicated. To change this, repeat this step using different pixel widths until you are pleased with the size of the new frame.

For continuity's sake, when adding a border to all 5 of your photos for your Etsy listing, I recommend that you use the same size border for all of them. It is perfectly acceptable to apply the border only to your main photo, or only a few of your pictures. Keep in mind that the width of the photos (image size in pixels) should be the same as well; the same pixel width border will look different on different sized photos. I use 1000 pixels as the size for all my Etsy photos.

From the Edit menu, choose Fill (or use keyboard shortcut Shift + F5). Choose black, white, or color and make sure your Opacity is not set to zero (I use 100% but you can play with this to fade the border as you like it). If you choose color, the color palette window pops up, and you can use the eyedropper to select any color from the spectrum provided. Click OK.

Great Job!

You have successfully created a simple border on your photograph!

Choose Deselect from the Select menu, or use keyboard shortcut ⌘ + D (or CNTRL + D for PCs) to make the 'marching ants' disappear.

Save your photo and it's ready to post! Be sure to use the Save As option from the File menu so that you can give the new file a unique name, choose where to save it on your computer, and keep the original photo intact.

Congratulations on learning how to make your photos stand out from the crowd. Wasn't that easy?

*****************************************************************************************************

Thanks for reading! You may also be interested in some of my other articles, which can be found below the 'Vote Up' button or by clicking on my profile.

Would you like to write for HubPages? You can find out more about joining here.

Other Great Resources for Digital Photography, Digital Editing with Photoshop, and Success in Online Sales for Craft Businesses

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)