Add a Border and Stroke to a Print

  1. Open up the image file in Photoshop CC.
  2. Double click on the background layer.  A new layer window opens. The layer is now called “Layer 0”. Click OK. The name can be changed if required.    
  3. Go to image/canvas size.  Enter a value into both the width and height boxes.  Click the box next to “Relative” if it isn’t already checked. Click OK.
  4. Add a new fill layer. (second icon from the right at the bottom of the layer section, which looks like a page with the corner turned up.) Shift+Ctrl N
  5. Click on a new adjustment layer and select “Solid Colour”.  Choose a colour from the “Colour Picker”. Click OK.
  6. Click and drag the adjustment layer down beneath “Layer 0”.  The image should now appear with a coloured border around it.
  7. Select Layer 0, click on fx, at the bottom of the layers pallet.
  8. Select the Stroke option.
  9. Click on the “Colour” box to bring up the colour picker window and choose a colour.  If the cursor is moved over the image it will change into an “eyedropper” and a colour can be selected from the image.  Enter the number of pixels that the stroke is required to be. N.B. to give the stroke sharp corners make sure the position is “Inside”.  Additional strokes can be added by clicking on the “+” and new parameters entered.
  10. At this stage a drop shadow could also be generated by clicking on the box and then on “Drop Shadow”.  The drop shadow can be positioned quickly by clicking and dragging with the mouse until it is in the desired position.
  11. Other adjustments can be also be made to the shadow characteristics at this time.  Click on OK to set.
  12. A texture can also be added to the image.
  13. Open up the required texture image. Select the image, copy and then paste into the orginal file.  Ctrl A/Ctrl C
  14. Then Ctrl V (to paste)
  15. Go to edit/free transform drag out the corners to fit the canvas size. Return to save changes. Ctrl T.
  16. Change the blending mode to multiply, and then change the opacity to desired effect.
  17. This layer could also be masked out if required or the texture layer dragged down below the main image layer so that it only has an effect on the coloured “background “ layer.

There may well be other ways of doing the above, but this is one which I find quite flexible.

Submitted by Liz Barber on Fri, 23/11/2018 11:07