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Posted 10 April 2006 - 04:50 PM

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Borders

Borders add dimension and interest to artwork. Boarders can be as a simple straight line framing the piece or very complex works of art in themselves. Listed below are links to detailed tutorials explaining how to make borders and examples of various types of borders that can be created.

Helpful hints:
The shift key is your friend. Holding it down while using the Polygonal Lasso Tool creates nice
straight lines.
Turn on and use the rulers (from the View Menu).
The Marquee Tools and the Polygonal Lasso Tool are best to cut out/add shapes.
Create multiple layers when adding extra lines, objects and shapes.
Add texture, funk, and personality to the borders by manipulating the Blending Options: Blend Mode,
The Beveled Tool (and textures), Pattern Overlay, etc, and the Filter Gallery.

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Posted 10 April 2006 - 06:07 PM

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Simple Borders

Borders can be as simple as a straight line framing the work:

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I made this signature, the artwork is so busy, I felt a simple straight line boarder fit it best.

Variety can be added by using the Blending Options:

1) Such as the Beveled and Emboss and stroke option:

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Using the beveled and emboss option added depth to this border. Manipulating the structure of the bevel and emboss (style, technique, depth, etc) creates many different simple but interesting effects.

2) Such as adding texture or patterns:

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Banaani from Metpage.org created this signature, adding texture to the simple line boarder, created a rock like look to the boarder. I also like how he made the artwork extend past the boarder, creating a very nice effect.

How to make simple borders:

1. The simplest way to make a border is to use the stroke option in the blending options. This effect will add a nice straight simple boarder around your work.

See this Three Simple Borders Tutorial for detailed instructions.

2. Using the Marquee Tool:

a. Created a new layer, plaing it on top of all the preceeding layer.
b. Fill it with a color.
c. Use the Rectangle Marquee tool to draw a retangle within the new laywer.
d. Use the Delete key or the Clear option from the Edit drop down menu, leaving a border framing the work
on the layers below.
3. Manipulate the Blending Options to add bevels, embossment, textures or patterns.

Detailed Tutorials for Creating Simple Borders using these and various other techniques can be found on these links:

Simple Borders

More to be added later. :)

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Posted 10 April 2006 - 06:48 PM

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Cutout and Tech Borders

Cut out borders can be every effective as seen in these examples made by Spawn of Cthulhu:

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Cut out borders can be more complex using shapes and adding multiple layers as seen in these examples:

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Tutorials

There are so many different ways to achieve these effects. The key to making cool looking cut out borders is to remember to use the rulers, grids and other guides and to hold down that shift key while using the lasso tools to get nice straight lines. Here are a list of tutorials to use to learn to make these types of borders:

Cutout/Tech Borders One

Cutout/Tech Borders Two

Cutout/Tech Borders Three

Cutout/Tech Borders Four

Cutout/Tech Borders Five (advanced)

More Border Techniques

While searching for basic border tutorials, I found these tutorials to make a variety of interesting and appealing borders:

Fancy Photo Borders

More Cool Photo Edges

Tribal Edges

Torn Edges

Gothlooking Borders

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Posted 14 May 2006 - 01:53 AM

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Here are two signatures made by jaymz72 that have interesting looking cut out borders. The types of boarders that can be made is limetless:

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