How to Make a Simple Border for a Picture in Gimp!

Introduction: How to Make a Simple Border for a Picture in Gimp!

Ok I'm going to show you how to make a border in g.i.m.p.
First you'll Need
2 An  Image You Want To Add A Simple Border Too
5 Mins to spare :D

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Step 1: Open Your Image

Ok open gimp and open the image you want to add a border to
I will be using a sig i made for a friend.

Step 2: Add Your First Border

Press R and select your biggest layer and highliught it(were adding the border to this one ) make sure colors black
make a new layer as big as the layer your bordering
and do edit - > stroke selection... and then 10
do it again with the color white and do 7.5 instead of 10
do it again with black and make it 5
When youre done with that press Ctrl+L and click on your new layer make the mode Burn(or overlay or any other choices)

Step 3:

s what it should look like when your done with the whole proccess if you used a different mode it'll look different then this one. Because i used Burn.

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    3 Discussions


    10 years ago

    This is a great Instructable, but you need to add a main image of the final project to the intro step. Please do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Select > all (Ctrl+A) You should now have \\\'marching ants\\\' around your image. A box will open where you have options to select colour, width, location and opacity. I usually select my colour and the width but leave location set to centre. One thing to remember here is that whatever width of border you chose it will encroach on your image rather than being on the outside of it. This is not usually a problem for thin borders but it is worth bearing in mind to finish off The above method will give you a quick and simple method of putting a clean border around your image. If you want to get a little more stylish and adventurous you can repeat the above a second time but with a smaller size and a different colour, this will give you more than one colour of border but is still not that impressive. To improve on that you need to do just a little more work... Again another box will open up to show you the size of your current image. Alter both these figures to larger numbers of your choice and it will make the size of your canvas bigger by that amount but will leave the picture as it was. Depending on your Photoshop settings are you will either be left with a hatched (transparent) gap around your picture, which you can now fill in using the paint bucket and your choice of colour or it will have already been filled with the currently selected background colour from your pallet. That\\\'s all there is to it. Now get creative and use a combination of both these methods to make borders of your choice. Intraday Tips || Nifty Tips || Commodity Tips