Simple Border Technique in Photoshop

    ●   Even if you have a border on your work already, try adding this border style on a different layer and see which one you like better.

Learn About:

Select Inverse Filters Lasso Tool Blending Options

  •   This tutorial is part of a series:

  ●   153-map-template-ai.htm   ●   150-road-maps-ai.htm   ●   274-coastline-brush-ai.htm
  ●   180-image-trace-symbols-ai.htm    ●   158_border_Ps.htm    ●   320-map-text-ai.htm

  •   This tutorial is part of the Renaissance Poster and the What in the World? Projects.

Other People's Work:

Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.


Step #1: Open your Project in Photoshop ~

Open your Project in Photoshop



… if you're working on the Renaissance Poster,
open that …





… if you're working on
the What in the World? Map, open your
Illustrator map in
Photoshop …




… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be applied to YOUR PROJECT) …

Step #2: Make a New Layer ~

Make a New Layer by going to: Layer > New > Layer …

… or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+Shift+n.

cmd key + shift key + n key

Step #3: Rectangular Marquee Tool ~

Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool

… and drag a box slightly INSIDE the margin of your picture.

Step #4: Select the Inverse ~

Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd (⌘) +Shift+i or go to: Select > Inverse

… and fill the area with a color that matches you project.




Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+D
    to deselect the marching ants.

Step #5: Filters ~

Go to: Filter > Distort > Ripple and adjust to your tastes …




Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘) +F a few times to repeat the filter if you want.

Step #6: Layer Styles ~

Go to: Layer > Layer Styles and apply Bevel and Emboss

… and also try Drop Shadow

Adjust the settings to your taste.

Try all the Blending Options!

final example

Last Step: Save and Attach ~

Go to: File > Save as … and save your file and attach it.


  •   ALWAYS save your projects like this:


  •   DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.


  •   NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.