How to use Textural Borders in Photoshop

NEW! Easy video guide to using Textural Borders in Photoshop featuring fine art photographer Doug Landreth. Duration: Less than 2 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. These files are RGB image files and are opened in Photoshop like any other image. We suggest storing these files on your hard drive in a place where it’s easy for you to access them, such as a “Resources” folder.

To use a border on an image in Photoshop:

  1. Open the image you wish to apply the border to in Photoshop.
     
  2. Use 1 of several methods to add the border to the main image document as a layer over the image:
     
    • a. Select the border image, make a selection of the image, then select “File>Copy”. Select the main image and then select “File>Paste” to create a new layer with the border on top of your image.
       
    • b. Or select the border image. Control/Right-Click on the border layer and select “Duplicate Layer”. In the resulting dialog box select the main image name in the destination drop down menu, and fill in the name of the border in the name space. This will create a new layer with the border on top of your image.
       
    • c. Or select “Window>Arrange>Tile” to display your images side by side, then just drag the border layer and drop in on top of your main image. This will create a new layer with the border on top of your image.
       
  3. Use the “Edit>Free Transform” command to scale the border layer to fit your image.
     
  4. Select a layer blending mode to get the look you want.

That’s all there is to it!