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The .zip file you just downloaded includes folders of the templates including .psd format and jpeg previews. The fully layered .psd files of each border are there so that you may go in and apply the borders without using the actions”¦but, trust us, you will want to use the actions. The only files you will probably want to concern yourself with are a set of actions for automatic application of the borders, and a .pat file that consists of the borders themselves. Please make sure that you also read through the ever-so-lovely copyright text file. You should be relatively well-versed in the concept of “Actions” and “Batch” processing in Photoshop before attempting to use these files. If you need more help please see our highly informative tutorial section at http://designaglow.com/tutorials-search/. We are always updating so if there is something you have a question about that is not listed there, please let us know about it and we will add it to the list. You will most likely want to sharpen your images after you are finished adding your borders to make them look a little more crisp when you go to print.
Follow these instructions EXACTLY to install proof borders and actions; the entire setup process will take less than 10 minutes:
1. Save the compressed .zip folder to a convenient location on your hard drive. The desktop works great for this.
2. Unzip the compressed files using a program such as WinZip, or equivalent.
3. Inside of the unzipped folder, locate the files “4x6.atn”, "5x7.atn", "8x10.atn", "10x10,8x8,5x5.atn" and “KISS_AND_TELL_BORDERS.pat”.
4. Double click each of the action files and the pattern file (separately) and they will load into Photoshop. To help the patterns load a little faster when you are bordering a large group of images, you may want to clean out your patterns in the Preset Manager.
5. Choose Edit> Preset Manager
6. Choose “Patterns” from the drop-down menu.
7. Select all the patterns that are not from the “Kiss and Tell” set and choose “DELETE”. (Make sure you have a copy of these patterns on your hard drive.)
8. Click “Done”. *Phew* We are now all done with that”¦and now the fun part. Good news is, you will only have to do this once. Your border actions are now installed and ready to go”¦Now let's border some pictures!
2. Select the “Actions” tab and choose the border you would like to add to the image. Please note, that you will have to use the Horizontal templates for horizontal images, and vice versa.
3. Click “Play”.
4. Sit back and relax while all the magic happens and then save your file.
BE SURE TO ALWAYS “SAVE AS” SO THAT YOU DO NOT LOSE YOUR ORIGINAL!!!!
NOTE: For the 4x6 actions, you can leave your image in the original 2:3 ratio that it comes in straight out of camera. For the 10x10, 8x8 & 5x5, you will need to crop your image to 10x10 first. For the 8x10 and 5x7, you will need to crop your image to 8x10 and 5x7, respectively.
To Apply the Borders to an entire folder of images you will need to crop your images first to the desired size. For the 4x6 actions, you can leave your image in the original 2:3 ratio that it comes in straight out of camera. For the 10x10, 8x8 & 5x5, you will need to crop your image to 10x10 first. For the 8x10 and 5x7, you will need to crop your image to 8x10 and 5x7, respectively. If your images are not already cropped to the correct size, the action will not work properly. To apply the borders to an entire folder of images we will run a “Batch” on the folder.
*****Unfortunately, you must separate out your horizontal and vertical images into their own folders so that the batch may be run with the right orientation. Photoshop cannot tell the difference between horizontal and vertical images. There are a number of ways to separate out images according to their widths and heights. In fact, the techniques are so numerous, I recommend sticking with whatever you know, and go with that. I will list the simplest technique I know below*****
Navigate to the folder of images you would like to run the batch on and open the folder in Adobe Bridge.
1. Click to View Thumbnails.
2. Choose “View”“> Arrange Icons ”“> By Dimension” . This will separate out the vertical and horizontal images.
3. Highlight all of the horizontal images and place them in a new folder called “Horizontal” or whatever name you would like. Do the same for the verticals.
4. Open Photoshop and choose “File”“> Automate ”“> Batch ”“>”
5. Choose Set “4x6.atn” and insert the appropriate border action into the drop down menu (remember to choose horizontal or vertical appropriately).
6. Choose the “Source Folder” of the images you would like to apply the borders to. For example, we just made a folder called “C:weddings/lisa_and_jon/horizontal” that we'll use.
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” 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. After the batch has run you may merge the horizontal and vertical images back together, or keep them separated... it's up to you. I prefer to merge them back into the same folder so that everything is together, for simplicity's sake, and that they are back in chronological order. 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.
Inserting your own images into the PSD templates is very easy. Perform the following steps once you have opened the desired PSD border template from the "PHOTOSHOP_FILES" folder:
1)) Select the image layer you would like to populate in your LAYERS palette (It will be called “IMAGE LAYER”).
2)) Open your image and drag it onto the template using your MOVE tool (Keyboard shortcut “V”)
3)) Your image will be placed above the IMAGE LAYER, but right now it will probably appear quite large.
4)) Choose “Create Clipping Mask” from the “Layers” menu at the top. (This will contain your image with the IMAGE LAYER)
5)) Use the FREE TRANSFORM tool (Keyboard shortcut Control+T) and drag in the corners of your image to position it correctly within the frame. (Hold SHIFT while you drag to constrain proportions, so your image won't get “smooshed”.)
6)) Press Enter to apply the transformation. Repeat this step with any subsequent images.
DO NOT CHANGE ANY OF THE NAMES OF THE TEMPLATES, ACTIONS, OR PATTERN FILES. DOING SO MAY CAUSE THEM TO MALFUNCTION. ALWAYS KEEP A BACKUP OF THE ORIGINAL .ZIP FILE SO THAT YOU MAY RELOAD EVERYTHING IN THE FUTURE SHOULD SOMETHING GET MESSED UP. IF ANYTHING STARTS MISBEHAVING, STOP IMMEDIATELY AND SIMPLY RELOAD THE .ATN AND .PAT FILES ACCORDING TO THE STEPS ABOVE