How to make a one-pixel border

Digital images submitted for judging have to be 1024x768 pixels in size. Sometimes a picture can be enhanced by adding a border to it, particularly if it has large black or dark areas along one or more edges. It is suggested that the border be no more than one pixel wide and it's best to choose a muted colour and intensity so that the border does not take the viewer's attention away from the picture. It is considered unwise to use a white border at full intensity.

Here's how to add a one-pixel border to a 1024x768 image in Photoshop. This workflow has been tested in CS3 and probably works in other versions as well.

  1. Resize your original image to no more than 1024 pixels horizontally and no more than 768 pixels vertically
  2. Use the Eyedropper tool to select a colour from your image
  3. From the menu, click on Select and then All (or CTRL+A)
  4. Go to Edit and select Stroke...
  5. Set Width to 1 px
  6. Set Location to Inside
  7. Click on OK
  8. Save the image and then view it on a black background to see what it will look like when projected for judging
  9. If you don't like the result use the History box to go back and start again.

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