How to Create Simple but Beautiful Borders in Photoshop (3)

How to Create Simple but Beautiful Borders in Photoshop (3)

For a third time in a row we are going to create simple but beautiful in appearance borders around images. This time border, which we are about to create is inspired by some good, old frames I have seen recently. It is very easy to create this kind of borders and best of all, everything is in vector format, reusable and resolution independent.

Step 1 Create a new document
First,create a new blank document from File > New. Type 1000px for Width and Height if you want to follow along. I will go with 72 resolution, RGB Color, 8 bit and Profile sRGB IEC1966-2.1.
Create new document in Photoshop

Step 2 Set guides
If you do not have Rulers displayed, press Ctrl/Cmd + R. Right click on the ruler and choose Percent to set percentages as measurement units. Drag horizontal and vertical guide to 50% of the document.
Set guides

Step 3 Draw first shape
Grab Rectangle Tool from the toolbox and click once in the center of the document (guides intersection point). Type 1000px for the Width and Height and check From Center then confirm on OK.
Draw first rectangle

Step 4 Add layer effects to the shape
Now lets stylize our shape. Double click on layer or go to Layer > Layer Style > Pattern Overlay. Set Gray Granite as overlay (a Grayscale Paper collection which ships with Photoshop). Switch to Color Overlay tab and change Blend Mode to Multiply. Click on Set color of overlay rectangle and type in the Color Picker following numbers:

H: 75
S: 5
B: 95

Click OK twice to confirm and exit Layer Style dialog.
Add layer effect to the first rectangle

Step 5 Draw second rectangle
In this step click again in the center of the document with the Rectangle Tool selected and type 950px for the Width and Height. From Center option is checked again. Give a white color to the shape from Properties panel or Options bar or simply use Color Overlay > White color and Normal blending mode if that's easier for you.
Draw second rectangle

Step 6 Draw third shape
Time for our third shape. Repeat same process as in the fifth step with click in the center of the document and type 900px for Width and Height.

Step 7 Copy/Paste Layer style
We already have a layer style applied to the first rectangle. Let's use it with simple right/Cmd + click on layer > Copy Layer Style. After copying style, paste it on a third rectangle in the very same way: right/Cmd + click > Paste Layer Style.
Paste layer style

Step 8 One more rectangle
It is boring, but it is worth to repeat these steps. Draw another rectangle in the very same way as previous three with difference in Width and Height, this time type: 780px.Set color for this rectangle to:

H: 55
S: 10
B: 90

Step 9 You already know, rectangle
Should I say it loud? It is fifth, by the way, and dimensions are 700px for both: Width and Height. Color is White.
Draw fifth rectangle

Step 10 In this step we will draw one rectangle
The rectangle should be any color with dimensions 650x650px. Give a name placeholder to this layer. Add an Inner Shadow effect (Layer > Layer Style > Inner Shadow). I will recommend you 5px for Distance and Size.
Draw sixth rectangle and add an Inner Shadow effect

Step 11 You can skip this step
I will draw one more rectangle in the same size as previous, convert to Smart Object and clip it from Layer > Create Clipping Mask. I will also name this layer with the name: image. This is layer for the image which will be clipped to below the rectangle. You can skip this one and place image directly on top of the layer stack then to clip the image.
Rectangle for the image (Smart Object)

Step 12 Place Image
I will use right/Cmd + click on Smart Object on top (image) and to choose Replace Contents command. If you do not have last one rectangle created, then use File > Place Linked (smaller file size in Photoshop CC).

Surprise! Download free action
The main reason why I am using the Replace Contents command is because I have recorded action along with the tutorial. Surprise, you can download action from here (Adobe Creative Cloud–no sign in required). At the beginning you have a chance to set document size, resolution and so on. Action is recorded for flexibility and you can type really any dimensions and resolution but best results (appearance) will come with square documents. Please ensure that you have loaded Gray Granite seamless tiling pattern before running action. Here is tutorial: How to Manage and Work with Presets in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.


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