SUBJECT: Adding a border around the perimeter of a photo
PROGRAM: PSE8 (can be adapted for other versions of PSE)
PREREQUISITES: Familiarity with layers and the layers palette
Open Photoshop Elements and a photo. If the layers palette is not visible go to Window>Layers to open it.
Next go to Layer>New>Layer from Background.
Give your photo layer a name and click ‘ok’ to close the dialogue box.
Hold down the control key and click on the photo layer icon in the layers palette (see arrow below). You should have ‘marching ants’ around the perimeter of your photo.
Go to Edit>Stroke (Outline) Selection.
The Stroke dialogue box will open. The width setting controls the thickness of the border. I’m using 25 px for this photo. Clicking on the color box opens the color picker. White or off white are the best choices for a traditional snapshot look, but you can use any color. For Location check ‘Inside’. Leave Blending Mode at Normal and Opacity at 100. Click ‘OK’ to close the stroke dialogue box.
A border should now be visible around your photo.
Keystroke Ctrl+D to deselect the photo and you are done.