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Border Effects

Here's an interesting concept that's been making the rounds—using identity plates as border effects. The basic concept is pretty simple: Create a document in Photoshop that's the size of your print, create the border, and save it with a transparent area. Then, load it as an identity plate and apply it in the Print module.

In this example, we created an 8 x 10 document in Photoshop and used PhotoFrame Pro from OnOne Software to create a border on a new layer. By deleting the background layer and leaving the center area transparent, you can create a border that will overlay a photo, letting the center of the photo show through.

Next, in the Print module, turn on the Identity Plate. From the pull-down menu, choose Edit. In the Identity Plate Editor, use the Locate File button to load your border graphic. Click OK. If necessary, use the Scale and Rotate controls to fit your border to the image.

In this example, we created a Photoshop document with a thick white border, a black stroke, and some text. We then deleted the center portion to make it transparent. Using the same technique to load the graphic, we then saved both of our border graphics so they'll appear in the pull-down menu for identity plates.

Once the graphic was positioned and scaled, we clicked the Add button to create a template that includes each identity plate with borders.

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