An easy guide to using Textural Borders in ON1 featuring fine art photographer Doug Landreth. Duration: Less than 3 minutes.
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Video summary: Borders are .png image files. The .png file type supports transparency so that the only part of the file that is visible is the border itself and when the file is laid over another image, the image will show through the transparent parts of the border. The borders are RGB files and can be used like any other RGB file in ON1 software, however, ON1 has made it easy to store these files within it’s program files allowing easy access to them within the programs layers module and effects module.
To import the borders into ON1:
- Use “File>Manage Extras” to open the Extras Manager dialog box.
- Select the “Borders” category.
- Click on the “Import” button in the lower left corner of the dialog box.
- In the import browse dialog which opens, steer to the folder where the borders you wish to import are located.
- Select all of the border files (all borders are .png files), and click “Open”.
- You will need to tell ON1 what category you’d like them in. I suggest choosing “Add Category” at the top of the drop down list. The folder name will populate the name field automatically which will keep the borders well organized. Select “OK” to verify that name, then “OK” again to tell ON1 to use that category. The borders will be imported and you should receive a message indicating they were successfully imported. They will appear on the right side of the Manage Extras dialog box.
- Close the Manage Extras box.
You will then find your borders in the “My Extras” folder you’ll see in the Extras Tab of the Layers Module as well as the “Borders” filter in the Effects module.
To use a border on an image in the Layers Module.
- Open the image you want to apply a border to in the Layers Module.
- Click the Extras Tab and double click the “My Extras” folder to open it.
- Double click the “Borders” folder to open it.
- Select the border category you wish to use and double click the folder to open it.
- Select a border you want to use, and just drag it and drop it onto your image.
- Select “Add as a layer” in the resulting dialog box.
- Select the Transform (Move) tool and scale the border to fit your image and select Apply.
- Select the border layer and choose a blending mode from the “Blending” drop down menu at the top of the layer stack.
To use a border on an image in the Effects Module:
- Open the image you want to apply a border to in the Effects Module.
- Click the “Add Filter” button and select the “Border” filter.
- A default border will appear. To change the border:
- Select the “Category” drop down list, and scroll down to the bottom to the “My Borders” area of the list and choose a category.
- Select the “Border” drop down list and scroll thru the borders in that chosen category. You will see each border applied as you scroll. Click to select the border you wish to use.
That’s all there is to it!