I’ve had so many emails asking me how to put that little black and white frame around my pictures – and if I have an action for it. Well, I hate to give away my secrets, but alas – I’m just too kind hearted to let all of you suffer with borderless photos. *sigh* LOL! I’m not sure if you remember a while back (in July) I did a tutorial on how to add a border, however I am lazy and frankly I did save the steps as an action so I can batch a large number of photos and have it run the frame action on all of them at once. Since I’m such a nice person, I’m letting you download my frame action here for free! (pat on the back). Boy – aren’t I just congratulating myself today? LOL!
So, to download the black frame action, click here:
Click on the blue button that says “Download Now”. After about 10 seconds or so another link will appear that says “Click here to download this file”. Click on that. A small screen will pop up – make sure you click on the dot beside where is says “Save File” then click on OK. You will need to remember where you saved it, so make a note of it.
If you have Photoshop 7.0 or higher, you can follow this tutorial HERE to see how to load and use an action. It’s so easy, and it will save you a lot of time in editing your photos.
Good news for elements users – I tried this action in my photoshop elements 5.0 program and it worked! The trick is, after downloading the action file, you will need to copy and paste it into this folder on your computer:
If you’re using Photoshop 4 or an earlier version, you need to save the folder containing your actions in Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\Previews\Effects.
In Photoshop 5, save the folder in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\5.0\Photo Creations\special effects.
Now, before the your actions can appear in the Styles and Effects palette, you must delete the cached files. Go to Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\Previews\Cache\Effects and delete CacheCatagoryCache.che, ListCache.che, and ThumbNailCache.che (not the folders, just the files in them) Then restart Photoshop Elements.
In Photoshop 5, this step isn’t necessary. Now when you start up Elements, you should see a square under the Special effect pallette that says “frame”. Open your photo, double click on the box that says “Frame” and it will automatically add a frame to your photo. Now, the size of the frame will depend on the size/resolution your photo is at – so if the frame looks HUGE, it’s because the resolution of your photo is small. But, it’s free- you take what you can get, right? LOL!