Creating Borders for PhotoTrophies
Start by creating a completely Black background image sized for the border
you are creating. For 5X7 prints a 600X840 image is fine, for 8X10 prints
increase the size to 960X1344.
Open the image you would like to use for the border, Select All from
PhotoShop's Select menu. Copy the selection <Ctrl + C> and paste it into
your black background. This will create a new layer (Layer1) containing the
background image. It is best if the image has been cropped and resized to
match the size of the black background prior to incorporating it into your
Determine the size and location of your photo cutout and use the Lasso or
Rectangle Marquee tool to select your cut-out area. After you are satisfied
with the selection press the Delete key to delete the selected area.
You can stop at this point and start adding additional graphic elements and
text or continue working on the border to add depth to the cutout. You can
add as many layers as desired or simply add a bevel.
To add depth to you cutout first click on the Layer menu and go to
Layer->Layer Style->Bevel and Emboss and gave it an Inner Bevel with a depth
of 181, Size 5, Angle 120, Altitude 30. Then select Drop Shadow and give it
Angle 120, Distance 0, Spread 7, Size 3.
Now, duplicate the layer (Layer 1 copy) and click the "Lock Transparency"
block (at the top of the Layers pallet). Paint it white Edit->Fill. Then,
put Layer 1 copy under Layer 1. Layer->Arrange->Send Backward
Go to Edit->Transform->Scale and pull the Top-Left and Bottom-Right corners
in just a little to make the open area just slightly smaller. I found it
easier to type 98.0% into the edit windows for Height and Width then center
the layer in the window. Now move the new layer 2 pixels to the right and
two pixels down (Hold CTRL and hit the arrow keys to move one pixel). On
Layer 1 copy keep the same Bevel, but change the Drop Shadow to 100%,
Distance 0, Spread 13 size 3.
You are now ready to insert additional graphic elements and add text.
Open the image in PhotoShop, use Select->Color Range as needed to separate
the logo from the background, copy the selection <Ctrl + C> and paste it
into your Border. Position and scale as desired.
Add text as desired, sometimes depending on the color and background, adding
drop shadow to the text layer will make it stand out better.
Once you are satisfied with your new border save it as a PhotoShop file for
future editing and as a JPG for PhotoTrophies.
All that's left is creating a mask image for PhotoTrophies. To create the
mask open the JPG file saved above in PhotoShop. Using the Magic Wand with
the Tolerance set to 10 or less, select the photo cutout area.
Invert Selection, Select-> Inverse. Save the Selection, Select->Save
Selection. Set Document to New, Channel to New and enter a Name. Convert the
image to gray scale, Image->Mode->Grayscale. Now Invert the Image,
Image->Adjustments->Invert. Save as JPG. File->Save As, or File->Save for
You should now have two JPG image files, one for the Border and one for the
Mask. As explained in the PhotoTrophies help file the file names of these
two files should conform to a standard naming scheme such as "MyFunFlyBorder.jpg"