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02/11/2007 10:18:22 AM · #1
How do you decide whether to add a border or not? Just wondered how others made their choice.
02/11/2007 10:38:56 AM · #2
I add a border most of the time - to me it's a "finishing touch".

Most often it's just a plain white border, but sometimes I add a colored border, or even a frame type border, if I feel it could add something to the picture.
02/11/2007 10:41:25 AM · #3
IMO a border definately adds the final touch and if the right border is chosen, it can add to the impact of a photo. On the other hand, a badly chosen border can be worse than having no border at all!

I normally change my border three or four times before I decide on the final one. (Maybe that's just a woman thing..lol)



Message edited by author 2007-02-11 10:42:33.
02/11/2007 10:41:47 AM · #4
A SMALL and SIMPLE border will finish off your image - like the jewlery on a nice outfit. Just keep it tasteful and the voters will appreciate it.
02/11/2007 10:55:32 AM · #5
Thanks for the input. The problem I was having is this. I have a black & white photo and I couldn't decide whether a black border or a white one would look best. I changed my mind about 6 times.

Message edited by author 2007-02-11 10:58:14.
02/11/2007 10:56:57 AM · #6
I've heard of several ways of adding a border.
Obviously, using PS there's more than one way of doing everything and thus it gets confusing. Is there a preferred method here?

Cheers
02/11/2007 10:58:15 AM · #7
Originally posted by Wobble:

I've heard of several ways of adding a border.
Obviously, using PS there's more than one way of doing everything and thus it gets confusing. Is there a preferred method here?

Cheers


I like ctrl+A (select all), then EDIT / STROKE.... and choose the stroke size & color in the pop up
02/11/2007 11:01:26 AM · #8
Originally posted by hipychik:

How do you decide whether to add a border or not? Just wondered how others made their choice.

About whether to add a border or not... I add one if it helps the image by defining edges or enhancing the subject. I think that's the case here:
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I don't add one if there's already a natural border, or if a formal border will destroy the intended effect, as in:
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02/11/2007 11:06:28 AM · #9
Heed the advice. Small and simple. At least in challenges.

Here's my one attempt at a fancier border on an image in a challenge. Read the comments and you'll see what I mean:

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02/11/2007 11:10:07 AM · #10
Originally posted by dwterry:

Heed the advice. Small and simple. At least in challenges.

Here's my one attempt at a fancier border on an image in a challenge. Read the comments and you'll see what I mean:

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Yeah I see your point. :)
02/11/2007 11:34:31 AM · #11
I rarely add a border, most good photos will stand on their own.
02/11/2007 11:41:15 AM · #12
Originally posted by hipychik:

How do you decide whether to add a border or not? Just wondered how others made their choice.


For DPC - the default border. Outside of DPC - a DPC border.
02/11/2007 12:01:03 PM · #13
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02/11/2007 12:11:11 PM · #14
For competition purposes on any of the sites I participate in I don't use a border unless it is in a digital Art category. For prints and cards I sell, I often use borders.
02/11/2007 02:04:59 PM · #15
Originally posted by Kathyc:

For competition purposes on any of the sites I participate in I don't use a border unless it is in a digital Art category. For prints and cards I sell, I often use borders.


Me too :) As far as the border on a print goes, that is oftentimes a must because printers sometimes have a heavy hand and end up cutting off part of your image if you don't stick at least a 20px border on it :)
02/11/2007 03:46:40 PM · #16
I think a white border for printing is a good practice, for matting, cropping etc.
Personal taste on portfolio images, I like to use borders for larger images, mostly on my Pbase pics.

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02/11/2007 04:58:39 PM · #17
There are some awesome examples of borders I have seen lately ... but be darned if I could find one of them in half an hour ... ROFL ...

On a lot of my prints for DPC I put 50 pixels of black, 25 pixels of white, then another 50 pixels of black. Check out my Frosty Morning series in the link below ...

Message edited by author 2007-02-11 17:00:41.
02/11/2007 05:17:42 PM · #18
Nice borders Greetmir,
I found the easiest way is to create an action for certain sizes in photoshop...takes out the brainwork, works for sigs too.

Paul.
02/11/2007 05:25:44 PM · #19
I've given up on borders on DPC since too many people don't like them. However, I will sometimes add a very slight border to a photo if the photo background is too similar to the site's gray background, just to distinguish the boundary a bit more.
02/11/2007 10:56:47 PM · #20
THIS is the border I was looking for ... I love it!

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02/11/2007 10:58:45 PM · #21
Originally posted by Greetmir:

THIS is the border I was looking for ... I love it!

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Those creative borders are great for personal use and for clients -- but DPC voters don't tend to love them :(


02/11/2007 11:00:18 PM · #22
Yeah well that raggedy border went SO good with the unkempt hair!
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