Create Your Own Digital Picture Frames!

Would YOU like to create digital picture frames for your digital photos?

When you create that special photo gift or poster from your digital images, a photo frame really makes the finished product stand out.

If you aren't sure of how to create these frames for your pictures, here is an easy step by step lesson.

I prefer using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 for all of my photo editing.

There are so many tools available that you will be able to create a different look and feel, several times over again, from one just one photo.

First start by opening up a photo in your editing program (Adobe Photoshop 7.0, of course!) and size the photo to a good size to work on the photo with the sizing tool. I like to work with 10x8 or 8x6 at 300 DPI (dots per inch).

Crop the picture using the cropping tool until you get the exact part of the picture you want to stand out in your frame. This also gives the picture a closer up view than the original.

After you crop the picture, it will automatically size down, so resize the picture to the workable size. The DPI will still be the same at 300.

After you have cropped the picture and enhanced it the way you like it, as a watercolor or dry brush print, for example, then you are ready to frame your digital photo.

In the tool bar select image and then canvas size in the drop down menu. Resize your canvas 2 inches larger for width and height (more or less depending on what size frame you desire) and you will see a white frame around your photo on the canvas.

By using the rectangular markee tool, put the markee tool at the corner and widen the markee around the edited photo.

Go to select in the top tool bar and choose inverse. This will create a dotted line markee frame around the outside of your picture on the white part of your canvas.

Now go to the top toolbar again and choose layer. Then choose new fill layer in the drop down menu. A New Layer box appears, go down to color and choose a color.

It won't matter which color you choose at this point, because when you place your curser back over your actual picture, an eyedropper tool will appear and you can click on any part of your photo to match the frame color that you like best. (This is the really neat part of framing your picture to just the right color to make your photo-art pop out!)

Once you have decided on the perfect color, hit okay in the color picker box.

Your picture is now framed!

Once you are satisfied with the picture and the frame, you can go to the toolbar again, choose layer and choose merge visible in the drop down menu. Your frame will be part of the picture and not a separate layer. You can then add text to your photo with the text tool or save the picture. If you are going to be printing your photo or uploading it to a poster making website, like then keep the picture at 300 DPI, for the better quality output.

I have added some demo pictures so you can see some of the steps taken for photo framing.

The top left photo is not cropped and the top right photo is cropped.

The left photo is framed, but not centered, and the right one is framed and centered. Both have a disappearing framed edge at the top.

I, personally like to create disappearing digital frames for a unique framing effect, like the bottom two pictures.

After you have edited your images a few times and used these steps to frame your work for posters or enlargements, the process becomes easier and easier and you may find that there are other unique ways to frame, just by trying different strategies of your very own.

Digital Picture Frames Will Make Your Photo Art Explode with Style!