In this Photoshop tutorial I will show you how to create three Fancy Borders around your photos. I will write the first part of this tutorial for beginners and the second part for the advance users. I do not have a name for these borders so you will have to look at the images to see how they will look. I was just playing around with these borders and come up with the three fancy ones. So I thought I would share them with you.

How to Create Fancy Borders in Photoshop for Beginners

Fancy Border 1 – Please see image one for the end results

Step 1

Open your Photoshop program to begin. Click File  gt; Open at the top of your Photoshop window to open the image that you want to work with.

Step 2

In your Layers Panel you will see three tabs. If you don’t see your Layers Panel, click F7. Click on the Channel Tab in your Layers Panel. At the bottom of the panel you will see a little icon that looks like a sheet of paper with the corner curled up. Click on that to create a new channel. The new channel will be named Alpha 1.

Step 3

Click on the Rectangular Marquee Tool in your toolbar. It is the first icon in the toolbar. If you see a circle instead of a rectangle, then click the circle and hold it down until the box drops down so that you can click the rectangle. Draw a rectangle on your photo. Leave a little room between the edge and your photo so that you can see your border.

Step 4

Go to the top of your Photoshop window and click Select  gt; Inverse.

Step 5

Change your foreground color to the color that you want your border to be. To change the foreground color, click on the top color square in your toolbar.

Step 6

Go back to the top of your window and click Edit  gt; Fill. Now you will see the color that you selected for your border around the edge of your photo.

Step 7

Press CTRL + D on your keyboard to deselect your photo.

Step 8

At the top of your window click Filter  gt; Artistic  gt; Fresco. When the Fresco dialog box pops up, enter the following into the fields.

  • Brush Size – 3
  • Brush Deatil – 0
  • Texture – 3
  • Then click OK.

Step 9

In your Layers Panel click on the RGB Channel. It should be the first channel. This will show your original photo in the Photoshop window.

Step 10

Go to the top of your photoshop mac window and click Select  gt; Load Selection.

Step 11

Click Edit  gt; Fill at the top of your Photoshop window.

Step 12

Now click Select  gt; Deselect at the top of your Photoshop window.

Now you are done. That’s all there is to it.

How to Create Fancy Borders in Photoshop for Beginners

Fancy Border 2 – Please see image two for the end results

To create the next border you will need to repeat all the steps above except Step 8. Step 8 is where you will change things up a little. But all the other steps stay the same. When you get to Step 8, follow the steps below.

Step 8

At the top of your window click Filter  gt; Sketch  gt; Chrome. When the Fresco dialog box pops up, enter the following into the fields.

Detail – 4

Smoothness – 3

Then click OK

Now you will pick back up on Step 9 and continue to the end.

How to Create Fancy Borders in Photoshop for Beginners

Fancy Border 3 – Please see image three for the end results

To create the next border you will need to repeat all the steps above except Step 8. Step 8 is where you will change things up a little. But all the other steps stay the same. When you get to Step 8, follow the steps below.

Step 8

At the top of your window click Filter  gt; Artistic  gt; Dry Brush. When the Fresco dialog box pops up, enter the following into the fields.

Brush Size – 5

Brush Detail – 1

Texture – 3

Then click OK

Now you will pick back up on Step 9 and continue to the end.

How to Create Fancy Borders in Photoshop for the Advance

Fancy Border 1 – Please see image one for the end results

  • Step 1 – Create a New File.
  • Step 2 – Open the photo that you want to use.
  • Step 3 – Create a New Channel in your Channel tab.
  • Step 4 – Draw a Rectangle around your photo using the Rectangular Marquee Tool.
  • Step 5 – Click Select  gt; Inverse
  • Step 6 – Select your Foreground color for your border.
  • Step 7 – Click Edit  gt; Fill
  • Step 8 – Click Select  gt; Deselect
  • Step 9 – Filter  gt; Artistic  gt; Fresco

Enter the following options.

  • Brush Size – 3
  • Brush Detail – 0
  • Texture – 3
  • Click OK
  • Step 10 – Click on the RGB Channel in the Channel Panel.
  • Step 11 – Click Select  gt; Load Selection
  • Step 12 – Click Select  gt; Deselect.

How to Create Fancy Borders in Photoshop for the Advance

Fancy Border 2 – Please see image two for the end results

  • Step 1 – Create a New File.
  • Step 2 – Open the photo that you want to use.
  • Step 3 – Create a New Channel in your Channel tab.
  • Step 4 – Draw a Rectangle around your photo using the Rectangular Marquee Tool.
  • Step 5 – Click Select  gt; Inverse
  • Step 6 – Select your Foreground color for your border.
  • Step 7 – Click Edit  gt; Fill
  • Step 8 – Click Select  gt; Deselect
  • Step 9 – Filter  gt; Sketch  gt; Chrome

Enter the following options.

  • Detail – 4
  • Smoothness – 3
  • Click OK
  • Step 10 – Click on the RGB Channel in the Channel Panel.
  • Step 11 – Click Select  gt; Load Selection
  • Step 12 – Click Select  gt; Deselect.

How to Create Fancy Borders in Photoshop for the Advance

Fancy Border 1 – Please see image one for the end results

  • Step 1 – Create a New File.
  • Step 2 – Open the photo that you want to use.
  • Step 3 – Create a New Channel in your Channel tab.
  • Step 4 – Draw a Rectangle around your photo using the Rectangular Marquee Tool.
  • Step 5 – Click Select  gt; Inverse
  • Step 6 – Select your Foreground color for your border.
  • Step 7 – Click Edit  gt; Fill
  • Step 8 – Click Select  gt; Deselect
  • Step 9 – Filter  gt; Artistic  gt; Dry Brush

Enter the following options.

  • Brush Size – 5
  • Brush Detail – 1
  • Texture – 3
  • Click OK
  • Step 10 – Click on the RGB Channel in the Channel Panel.
  • Step 11 – Click Select  gt; Load Selection
  • Step 12 – Click Select  gt; Deselect.

If you have any problems with the borders in Photoshop please feel free to contact me using the contact button at the top of this page.