This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to apply a Photographic Border by utilising GIMP’s Add Border Script. To work along, you are welcome to download the Start Image I am working with Here. Unzip the file and open the image onto GIMP’s workspace.
Add Border Note
The Add Border Filter adds a border to your image. You can specify the thickness of the border as well as the colour. The four sides of the border are coloured in different shades, so the image area will appear raised. The image will be enlarged by the border size, it won't be painted over.
You can quickly Undo a step at any time by pressing Ctrl then Z. Alternatively, click a previous Undo History snapshot - Windows then Dockable Dialogues then click Undo History. In addition, to Zoom in (or Zoom out) of your image; from the top menu choose View then select a Zoom Tool from the subsequent drop-down list.
Launch GIMP & Organise Its Workspace & Palettes
Open your choice of Start Image onto GIMP’s workspace - File then Open - Ctrl then O.
Ensure the Layers and the Undo History Palettes are visible, and then drag them into position over your workspace - (Windows then Dockable Dialogues - then click Layers and Undo History).
Now, from the top menu, choose Filters then choose Decor and then choose Add Border. And from the subsequent Script-Fu Add Border dialogue box, enter Border dimensions of your choice into the Border X size and Border Y size boxes. Then click open the Colour Swatch, select a colour of your choice from the subsequent Colour Selection dialogue box, and then click OK.
Finish by clicking OK to the Script-Fu Add Border dialogue box.
Congratulations, you have applied a border to your photograph.
You border will be applied to its own Layer - as illustrated below.
To widen the Border, apply the same border twice - Ctrl then F.
3/ Optional: Apply A Drop Shadow To The Border
Still working on the Border Layer. From the top menu, choose Filters then choose Light and Shadow and then choose Drop Shadow. And from the subsequent Drop Shadow dialogue box, enter Drop Shadow (and Colour) settings of your choice, and then click OK.
To add a Drop Shadow to the border’s Right and Bottom Edges, open the Drop Shadow dialogue box again. And this time apply the following - (Minus) Drop Shadow settings, and then click OK.
To finish, from the top menu, choose Image then choose Flatten Image.
Congratulations, your Border Image Conversion is complete, and it is ready to save - top menu, then File then Save As.
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