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This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to create a painterly photographic border using GIMP’s Quick Mask Tool. To work along, you are welcome to download the Start Image I am working with HereUnzip the file and open the image onto GIMP’s workspace.

Notes
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
Complex Masking (Background Removal) Utilising GIMP’s Quick Mask

1/
Open your choice of Start Image onto GIMP’s workspace - File then Open - Ctrl then O.

Note
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).



2/
Now, create a New Transport Layer by clicking the following Create a new layer tab. And from the subsequent New Layer dialogue box, name the Layer something like Frame, and then click OK.

           



3/
From the left-side Toolbox, activate the Rectangle Select Tool.



And enter the following settings into the Options Box.



Then (still working on the Frame Layer), left-click and drag out a Rectangular Selection Marquee Frame. And resize the Rectangular-shaped Selection Marquee by dragging one of the Repositioning (Corner) Handles - as illustrated below.



4/
Now, left-click to activate (turn on) GIMPs Quick Mask by clicking the Quick Mask button . (Alternatively, press down the Shift Key, and then tap the Q Key).

Quick Mask Button
The Quick Mask button resembles a dotted rectangle, and it’s situated along the workspace’s bottom-left.  Quick Mask turned off Quick Mask Off - Quick Mask turned on Quick Mask On.



Quick Mask Button Turned On


Once activated, the Quick Mask button will display a red square.
 


And your photograph will display the Quick Mask’s Red Overlay (Rubylith).





Filter Notes
I am demonstrating how to distort the border using GIMP’s Waves Filter, however, for personal results, experiment with different Filters, and discover a look that suits your requirements.

Spread Filter Example - (Filters, Noise Then Spread).





5/
From the top menu, choose Filters then choose Distorts and then choose Waves. And from the subsequent Waves dialogue box, experiment with the settings, and then click OK.



      

6/
Now, turn off the Quick Mask by left-clicking over its button - as illustrated below.



Turning off the Quick Mask leaves a frame-shaped Selection Marquee.



7/ Invert The Selection Marquee
From the top menu, choose Select and then choose Invert - Ctrl then i.



8/
And set the Foreground Colour Swatch to a colour you would like to fill the border with.   I am selecting Solid White. (Tap the D Key and then tap the X Key).



9/
Then from the left-side Toolbox, activate the Bucket Fill Tool.



And enter the following FG Colour Fill and 100.0 Opacity settings into the Options Box.



And still working on the Frame Layer, left-click over the Selected Edge to fill it with the Foreground Colour.





10/
Now, from the top menu, choose Filters then choose Blur and then choose Gaussian Blur. And from the subsequent Gaussian Blur dialogue box, enter a Blur Radius of your choice, and then click OK.





11/
Then from the top menu, choose Select and then choose None.



Drop Shadow Tip
You may want to apply a Drop Shadow to the Frame Layer. If so, my
Tutorial Here demonstrates how to apply a Drop Shadow - Filters then Light and Shadow then Drop Shadow.
 
Tip
If you would like to utilise the Frame at a later date, (before merging the Layers), preserve your Layers by saving your work as a
XCF File.

12/
To finish, from the top menu, choose Image and then choose Flatten Image.



Now you are more familiar with this technique, you can have lots of fun creating unique photographic edges.

Optimise & Save Images

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