Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create a Filtered Border

Photoshop is an extremely diverse program that can allow you to do many things. Whether you’re a Photoshop beginner, intermediate, or advanced user, there are numerous things you can do within the program to edit your photos, create web graphics and logos, and much more.

One thing you can do in Photoshop adds a border to your photos. Photos look great with borders. In fact, it makes them look sharp, sleek, and professional. While many people opt to make just a solid colored border, there are tons of other neat borders you can add to your photos as well.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to add a filtered border to your photos. You can choose absolutely any photo to work with. Additionally, you can choose absolutely any filter at the end. I went with the Stained Glass Filter, but there are literally dozens of filters to work with!

So let’s begin!

Step 1) Open up your picture in Photoshop by going to File > Open and searching for your photo like you would any old document. If you’re copying and pasting off the web, go to File > New. The canvas size will automatically adjust to the size of the picture on your clipboard. After the canvas is open, go to Edit > Paste, this will paste your picture on the previously blank canvas.

Step 2) Once your picture is opened up in Photoshop, we need to designate the area that is to be the border. Do this by choosing the Rectangular Marquee Tool on the vertical menu bar. Choose the inside of the picture, leaving a space around the photo, about 10% of the photo’s size inward.

Step 3) Invert the selection by going to Select > Inverse. This will make the selection around the soon to be border instead of the inside picture.

Step 4) Next, feather the selection by going to Select > Feather and choose 10 pixels.

Step 5) In this next step, we’ll be adding the filtered border. Now this is the point where you can add any filter you want. In my picture, I used the Stained Glass filter by going to Filter > Texture > Stained Glass. You can choose any filter you want to get the desired effect. In the newer version of Photoshop, you can zoom out and get a nice preview of what you’re going to get.

Step 6) When you’re happy with the filter you have chosen, click OK and the filter will be applied to your Photo around the border.

Step 7) Once you’ve got your filter selected and applied, we need to deselect the photo. Do this by going to Select > Deselect.

And there you have it! A filtered border in 7 easy steps.