This tutorial will familiarize you with how this product works and answer any questions you may have regarding its application. The Elegance Borders consists of a set of five lovely photo borders designed especially for Photoshop. In order to use this product, you must have either Photoshop or another program that can open these, you are all set to go.
Before we begin the tutorial, let's take a moment to go through what came in your download folder, as each of these things is important to the correct use of your product.
(( 1 )) Action Files: These are the instructions you will load into that will make the entire process of applying your borders completely automatic.
(( 2 )) Border Files: These are the actual files that each action will tell Photoshop to insert around your photograph.
(( 3 )) JPG Files: These are tiny previews of each border style.
(( 4 )) PSD Files: These are un-flattened Photoshop files that you may use instead of the border files. Inserting your images into these files will be done by hand, but will allow you greater control over the final image. Use these if you would like to come back and edit your artwork later or if you need to do significant cropping or other adjustments.
(( 5 )) INDD Files: These are layered InDesign files that you may use instead of the border files. Inserting your images into these files will be drag and drop, but will allow you greater control over the final image. Use these if you would like to come back and edit your artwork later or if you need to do significant cropping or other adjustments.
How the borders work
There are five styles of borders that came in your download. The automatic borders work like this: the action file (.ATN) tells Photoshop which border file (.PAT) to add to your image based on the style and orientation you have selected. Then, you run a separate action to automatically resize your image, making it ready for print. That's it! LET'S SAY YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE AN IMAGE THAT LOOKS LIKE THIS:
YOU WOULD USE THESE FILES TO DO SO: ELEGANCE_BORDERS.pat ELEGANCE_COLLECTION_BORDERS.atn RESIZING ACTIONS.atn Before we run the action, we must first “load” these files into Photoshop so that when the action runs, Photoshop will know where to find the border file. This only takes a few minutes to do, and we will only have to do it once.
TO "LOAD" YOUR ACTIONS, DO THE FOLLOWING:
1. Open Photoshop, if it is not already and navigate to your ACTIONS tab. If you cannot see your ACTIONS tab, choose Window--> Actions from the top menu.
2. Click the little black triangle at the top right of your ACTIONS tab and choose “Load Actions...”
3. Find ELEGANCE_BORDERS.atn, choose it, and click "Load". *Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the RESIZING ACTIONS.atn.
4. We must also “load” the pattern file before we can use it. This we will do from our PRESET MANAGER. Choose Edit--> Preset Manager from the top menu in Photoshop. When the window opens, choose “Patterns” from the drop down menu. Now, on the right you will see a button that says “Load”, click this and choose ELEGANCE_COLLECTION_BORDERS.pat. We are now ready to apply a border to a photograph! Let's move on and do so...
Applying a border to an image
There are a few things to keep in mind when applying borders automatically. If any of these conditions are not met, it may cause the action to malfunction.
1. Your image must be in Standard PRO SLR format, which is a 2x3 proportion, and should be at it's original size. Although, smaller sizes will work, the results may not be satisfactory. If your image is not in 2x3 format, it may come out stretched in the final version, so be sure to crop the image to 2x3 format before running the action.
2. Your image should be flattened. The action works the best on images with no layers or layer masks. If your image is not flattened, be sure to do this before running the action.
TIP: You may edit the action and add a “flattening” step to the beginning to make this step automatic as well. To apply a border to an image, simply open your image and navigate to your ACTIONS tab. Remember, that you must select the vertical action if your image is vertical, and the horizontal action if your image is horizontal. Now, press “Play” and watch the magic happen! When the border is added, be sure to save your image as a copy to avoid writing over the original. Your bordered image is now 10x10, so you will need to run the RESIZING ACTION to resize to 4x6, 5x5, 5x7, 8x8 and 8x10. Simply press "Play on the corresponding size action.
Applying borders to an entire folder of images
To apply the borders to an entire folder of images we will run a "Batch" on the folder. Batch processing is one of the best features of Photoshop and is basically when Photoshop runs a single action on a whole folder of images. So, for example, if you want to apply the Style 1 border to a few hundred images, it would take forever to open each image, and play the action. This is where batch processing comes in very handy. To run a batch, you must first separate out the horizontal and vertical images so that the action with the correct orientation is run, as Photoshop cannot tell the difference between horizontal and vertical images. So, basically, we will run a batch on the horizontal images, and another on the vertical images. But, don't worry, it's very easy to do this once you get the hang of it. To keep your actions palette a little cleaner, we made a separate resizing action set, so you will need to run two types of actions, one to apply the border, then a second to resize the final image. There are a number of ways to separate out images according to their orientation. In fact, the techniques are so numerous, we recommend sticking with whatever you know, and go with that. We will list the simplest technique we know below: First, let's open up Adobe Bridge. 1. Open the folder of vertical and horizontal images that you'd like to add the Finishing Touch borders to in Adobe Bridge. 2. Choose "View--> Sort --> By Dimension" . This will separate out the vertical and horizontal images. 3. Highlight all of the horizontal images first. 4. Choose "Tools--> Photoshop --> Batch -->" 5. Choose Set "ELEGANCE COLLECTION BORDERS" and insert the appropriate border action into the drop down menu (remember to choose horizontal or vertical appropriately). (For a horizontal image and Border_1, you would choose "1-HORIZONTAL"). 6. Choose the "Source Folder" of the images you would like to apply the borders to. In this case, the source is "Bridge" (because we are using the images we've selected in Bridge.) 7. Choose the Destination Folder. This is where Photoshop will save your proofs after doing its magic. I like to send all my proofs to a central folder called "proofs holding - verticals (or horizontals)" and then move them after the entire batch of vertical and horizontal images is done. 8. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND RENAMING YOUR FILES IN THIS STEP SO JUST LEAVE THAT PART BLANK. 9. Double check everything and click "OK" and Photoshop will go to town. Remember to run the batch again on your vertical images to complete the job. Depending on how many images it has to process, the time it will take for the batch to run varies. If you have hundreds or even thousands of images, do this step at night before leaving so that its done in the morning. 10. Once you have run the batch border action on both your horizontal and vertical images and you have two folders (one vertical and one horizontal containing all the bordered images, you'll need to run the RESIZING ACTION to make them all a particular size. 11. Open the folder of horizontal images in Bridge, highlight all of them, then choose "Tools--> Photoshop --> Batch -->" 12. Choose Set "RESIZING ACTIONS" and insert the appropriate size action into the drop down menu (remember to choose horizontal or vertical appropriately). (For a 5x7 horizontal image, you would choose "5x7-HORIZONTAL"). 13. Choose the "Source Folder" as Bridge, and the "Destination Folder" as Save and Close (to overwrite the files where they are.) Then click "OK". 14. Repeat steps 11- 13 for the vertical images. 15. You can now combine your horizontal and vertical folders together to make one final folder. That's all there is to it...enjoy your new photo borders!
Editing your borders
At some time you may want to change something about the borders to customize them for a particular project. This is very easy to do thanks to the enclosed PSD files in your download folder. The PSD files are unflattened Photoshop files that can be edited to change their color, shape, etc. The most common edit to the borders is a color change, so let's briefly go over how to do that: Let's say we want to make border 3 bright pink for use in a little girl's album. We can do this in under 10 seconds by: 1. Opening the file BORDER 3.psd. 2. Navigating to our LAYERS tab and choosing the layer BORDER. 3. Double click on the little box of color next to the layer's name. 4. When the color dialog box appears, choose the new color for your border. That's it! Now you can apply your image by hand after saving your new border PSD under a new name. ALSO - As an added bonus, we've included InDesign files for those who prefer this method.
Applying a border to your image by hand
Sometimes you may have to apply a border by hand, such as to a custom border you made or for an image that doesn't conform to the 2x3 format, and may need a little tweaking. To do that: 1. Open the border file you would like to apply to your image. 2. Open your image. 3. Select the layer "BORDER" by highlighting it in your LAYERS palette. 4. Using your MOVE tool (Keyboard Shortcut "V") drag your image over onto the border file. 5. Now, to confine your image within the border, choose "Create Clipping Mask" from the top right side of your LAYERS palette. Your image will now be within the layer. To move and resize your image, simply choose its layer and then Choose EDIT -> FREE TRANSFORM -> SCALE. Because we made a Clipping Mask, your image will stay within the boundaries of the border.