Using Photoshop CS6 to frame your pictures
Here is the simplest way I have found to use Photoshop CS6 to frame your pictures.
Decide which picture to frame. This might be the hardest step. I’ll use a picture of Zoey the Cool Cat waiting for Santa Claus to deliver a mourning dove under the Christmas tree:
Do all of your photo editing work before framing. Your final picture is the one you want to frame. So that you can keep up with me here, resize your picture to 600 pixels on the longest side, the horizontal side. You can do that many ways, but I’ll show you how to do it here using Photoshop CS6.
Click on Image ► Image Size. In the Width box, type 600, hit tab, and make sure the box now highlighted in blue reads Pixels. If it doesn’t, click on the down arrow and choose Pixels. Then hit Enter or click on OK.
Now that we have a 600-pixels-wide picture, we’re set to go. I wanted you to use the Image ► Image Size command because right below it is the command that controls our framing, the Image ► Canvas Size command. If your picture is small on your screen, hold the Control key down and hit zero on your number keypad; do not use the top row of numbers (If it doesn’t resize your picture, make sure your number lock key is on and try again).
Let’s put a thin white border around our picture. I always use a thin light-colored border, either white or gray, to separate the picture from the thicker colored border that we’re going to create and which adds that certain pizzazz to the framing, just like at the framing shop.
Click on Image ► Canvas Size. That gives you this window:
In the Width box, change 600 to 610. Make sure the box next to that says Pixels. Since we want an even border around the picture, change the 399 to 409 and make sure the box next to that also says Pixels. Change Canvas extension color to White:
Now you should have a white border around your picture. I used WordPress to put a black border around my white-bordered picture here so that you could see the white border:
Now let’s put in our colored border. Again, click on Image ► Canvas Size. Let’s make it a 50 pixel colored border. Change 610 to 660 in the Width box, and change 409 to 459 in the Height box. Click on the down arrow in the Canvas extension color box and choose Other. That brings up the Color Picker (Canvas Extension Color) box.
Here’s where you can really have some fun. You can choose any color by using the color box, the color strip, or HTML number codes for any color imaginable. However, what I like to do is pick a color from my picture. The way to do that is simply to move your cursor out of the Color picker window and over your picture. Notice that your cursor turns into an eyedropper. Click your eyedropper anywhere on your picture and you’ll see that the color you clicked on magically appears in the Color Picker window. Everything you ever wanted to know about the color you clicked on is now in the Color Picker window:
Click on OK, and then click OK again. Hold the Control key down and hit zero on your number keypad to resize the picture to fit on your screen. Here’s my picture:
Now let’s add our final border, a white border, to separate the purple mat from our final frame, which will be black.
Click on Image ► Canvas Size and change the Width box to 760 and the Height box to 559. Change the Canvas extension color to White. Click on OK. Hit Control and zero on the keypad to resize your picture to fit on the screen. I’ve used WordPress again to put a thin black border around my picture so you could see the white border we just added.
Now we’re going to add an extension just to the bottom so we can add a title and our company logo.
Click on Image ► Canvas Size again. Do not change the width. Instead, change the height to 659 pixels. Now we need to anchor that 100 pixels to the bottom of the canvass. In the Anchor box with all the arrows….
….click on the top center arrow. What that means is that you want to anchor your picture in the top center, forcing your new 100-pixels canvas extension to go to the bottom center. Your Canvas Size box should look like this:
Click on OK. Your picture should look like the following (I again used the WordPress function to put a thin black line around my picture here).
Our last border will be black, to act as a black frame around the picture and the white and purple mat frames.
Click on Image ► Canvas Size and change the Width from 760 to 810, and the Height from 659 to 709. Change the Canvas extension color to Black:
Lastly, add text and your company logo.
If you don’t know how to add text and your logo, let me know in a comment. If there is enough demand, I’ll do a tutorial on that. If you have any problems, also let me know in a comment. Meanwhile, happy framing!
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