Let's add a few more finishing touches. On a new layer, we'll be adding a soft border around the image.
Creating a New Layer
Up until now, we have been working with layers, but we haven't created any new ones. This is easy to do from the Layers panel. On top of all our existing layers, we'll add a feathered frame to our image.
Let's make sure that the new layer we create appears on the top of all the layers.
Step1. To activate the topmost layer, in the Layers panel,
Click the topmost layer
Step2. To create a new layer, at the bottom of the Layers panel,
Creating a Border
Now let's create a soft border around the edge of the picture. We will use the Rectangular Marquee tool to select the area and the Feathering tool to soften the border.
Using the Marquee Tool
The Rectangular Marquee tool is a selection tool that allows us to select a rectangular area.
Let's use the Rectangular Marquee tool to select an area about a 1/8 inch from the edge of our picture.
Step1. To activate the Rectangular Marquee tool, in the Tools panel,
Step2. To select an area around the edge of the image,
Press & Drag the area 1/8" from the top-left corner
to 1/8" from the bottom-right corner
Inverting a Selection
The part of the image that is selected is inside the selection boundary. We need to select the area outside the marching ants in order to create a frame along the edge of the image.
Step1. To invert the selection, on the Menu bar,
Click Select, Click Inverse
Feathering a Selection
To feather a selection is to soften its edges by building a transition boundary between the selection and its surrounding pixels. We will apply feathering to the edge of the selected area. We can do that by refining the edges of the selection.
Step1. To begin refining the selection, on the Options bar at the top,
Click Select, Click
Step2. To enter a value, in the Feather field,
Press & Drag the value, type: 7, Click
Filling a Selection
We have already learned how to select a color from the Swatches panel and the Color Picker. Now, let's choose a color using the Fill command for the image border.
Step1. To begin to apply a border color, on the Menu bar,
Click Edit, Click Fill...
Step2. To fill the border selection, in the Contents drop-down list,
Click, Click Foreground Color, Click
Step3. To deselect the area, press:
NOTE for MacOS Users: To deselect the area, press: Command key+D.
NOTE: If you see the girl's reflection above the border, make sure toPress & Drag the border layer to the top in the layers panel.
Step4. To save the file, on the Menu bar,
Click File, Click Save
Saving as a TIFF
We are working in a Photoshop document, and up to this point we have maintained all the layers. Since this image is intended for print, we want to reduce its file size by merging all the layers and saving it as a TIFF.
Step1. To begin saving as a TIFF with no layers, on the Menu bar,
Click File, Click Save As...
Step2. To enter a file name, in the File name field, type:
Step3. To choose the TIFF file type, on the Save as type drop-down list,
Click, Click TIFF (*.TIF, *.TIFF)
Step4. To merge all the layers into one,
Click the Layers checkbox
Step5. To save the file,
|Image Compression||Controls whether and how image will be compressed; compression makes files smaller but often slower to open and print.|
|Pixel Order||Controls how the colors in pixels are arranged. The Per Channel option offers better compression.|
|Byte Order||Optimizes image for PC or Mac|
compatibility; in most cases, either
option works on both platforms.
|Save Image Pyramid||TIFFs sometimes saved at multiple|
resolutions: a low-resolution version is saved for previewing in page layout programs, while a high-resolution
version is saved for actual printing.
|Layer Compression||Affects how Photoshop handles multiple-layered TIFFs, pros and cons of each method listed in parenthesis ().|
Step6. To accept the default TIFF options,
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