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Creating Borders Around a Shape in Photoshop

coverSo Christmas is upon us, this was actually recorded and posted on Christmas Eve, and maybe the eggnog has gone to my head. This application of the technique is a little seasonal and fun but it does have some practical applications too.

Here I add a border around a shape, but in a way that it matches the shape nicely.

You’re thinking Select > Modify > Expand aren’t you? Well, I think I’ve found a better way;


The text version of this video can be found on the Fotolia US blog 24/12/2014

About Eric Renno (435 Articles)
Eric’s background in video editing with Adobe Premier led to his interest, and then obsession, with Photoshop. Starting TipSquirrel.com as a hobby he is proud to have gathered together and be a part of The Photoshop Nuts. Known as only “TipSquirrel” for two years, Eric ‘went public’ when he was a finalist in The Next Adobe Photoshop Evangelist competition. He’s also been a finalist in Deke’s Techniques Photoshop Challenge. While still taking on some freelance work, Eric has recently become a Lecturer at Peterborough’s Media and Journalism Centre where he enjoys sharing his knowledge as well as learning new skills. This realisation that he loves to teach has made Eric look at altering his career path.

2 Comments on Creating Borders Around a Shape in Photoshop

  1. King Charlie // 01/01/2015 at 5:26 am //

    Seems like a great idea, wish I understood it though. Being deaf and
    trying to follow with Google Gibberish captions is totally useless :(

  2. Jon Younger // 15/07/2019 at 5:19 pm //

    Is it possible to create a traditional-looking mat around a photo in lightroom, or less preferably, Photoshop? Thank you!

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