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★ Owner: Kayla
★ Opened: 06/09/17
★ Program: Photoshop CC 2020
★ Version: 13
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border psd v1 tutorial

This tutorial will NOT teach you specific border designs (like checkers, zebra, ect) but it'll teach you setting up a border. If you want to learn how to do specific designs on borders than look at my tutorials on them.

What you'll need:
this psd (click me)
♥ These brushes (or your own!):

♥ If you want to use the color scheme I used in this border tutorial, or the one I used in the border psd tutorial preview.
(One is from my old website candylace and you can find the old content here (clickie))

The Steps

The color you use for the "grey block" that's between designs: #eaeaea
Pixels used over colored areas should be white or black: #ffffff or #000000

If you do not know how to create fill layers than learn how to here (click here) because I'm not explaining that for this tutorial.

1. To save time and the hassle, download the psd that's linked above. The psd has the actual border part done. This is what you'll see in the layers when you open the psd. Yes, the PSD includes the gradient stroke. ;)

2. I always start with the top and finish the top first. You could start with the side, you could do half of the top and half of the side. There's seriously so many ways to do this. I won't be doing anything fancy to the corner of this border so I don't confuse anyone. Ok pick one of the brushes I provided (hopefully you've defined them) or use your own, create a new layer, zoom in...

Use the brush, but DO NOT USE THE BRUSH TOOL FOR THIS. Use the pencil tool!
This is the difference. The top is with the pencil tool, the bottom is with the brush tool.

I'm placing mine randomly on the top just to show you what I mean. I also did a simple corner pixel brush.
(this is zoomed in)

3. Create 3 new layers. Put one on each of them. Use the move tool to move them and make sure there's an even space between each. I labeled mine 1-4 just so you see that each l ayer has ONE square per each color of my color scheme on it (get it 4 layers because 4 different colors of my color scheme?)

4. Create a new layer. Use the "grey block" colors (eaeaea) to place this brush down on both sides of the squares. Keep in mind that your grey block can be any size you want.

What I have so far

5. Turn all 4 of the color layers into fill layers. If you don't know how to do fill layers, find my tutorial on it and then come back. This is what my layers look like now.

6. Ok now figure out what you want to do for your next section of the border. You can use one of my tutorials brushes or one of your own. This next part is kinda weird. Click the little layer mask thumbnail on the fill layer.

Click on the pencil tool. You should notice that this color selection area looks like this now. That's good. That's what it should look like.

Now use the brush (don't forget to use the pencil tool for this, NOT the brush tool) you want and the color should AUTOMATICALLY be the color of the fill layer you're using.

7. Click the layer mask thumbnail of the second color fill and do what you did last time. Repeat for the 3rd and 4th color fills. Make sure everything is even! Yes, I added some pixels over the colors ;) This is what I have so far

8. Now do a grey block again. Put it on the layer with the first 2 grey blocks. This is what I have now.

9. I am dangerously close to the middle of the top of my border. Once you realize you're close to the middle, STOP! (you'll see why later) Use the fill layers to continue down the top left side until you get dangerously close to the middle of the side.

10. PAY ATTENTION - REREAD THIS A FEW TIMES IF YOU NEED TO! Duplicate ALL of the layers. Select the duplicated layers, click "Edit >> Transform >> Flip Horizontal" and now the designs should be flipped and ready for the opposite side. Click on the Move Tool, Use the arrow right key on your keyboard to move them directly to the right. Make sure they're lined up perfectly.
This is what my border AND layers look like now. Double sets of layers since they were duplicated!

11. Merge all of your extra crap together. (color blocks, pixels, zebra, that kind of stuff) I named my layer for them "extra." Merge the two color 1 layer fills together.

Merge the two color 2 layer fills together.

Then merge your two 3 together. Merge your two 4 together.

12. Duplicate ALL layers again.
Click "Edit >> Transform >> Flip Vertical." This should've flipped them to where they're ready for the bottom of the border. You'll notice this also flips the pixels upside down. There's ways around this (like keeping pixels on separate layers and dragging them down or over yourself). Or keep them upside down. It's whatever you want.
Merge your two 1's. Merge your two 2's...and so on. Now I have 5 layers again.

13. Figure out what you want in the middle of the top. This part can be EXTREMELY ANNOYING! You have to make sure whatever you do fits evenly (or atleast mostly evenly). It's a total pain in the ass. If you're adding something that requires color (as in it's not a black or white pixel or a zebra pattern or something) than I strongly suggest using a regular layer and NOT a fill layer. This is because you have to evenly put stuff in the middle and you don't want to have to go back 50 million times to get it right. Also, it's easier for people who don't know exactly what they're doing, and it's easier to duplicate them and drag them to the opposite side. if you're use to borders than the middle isn't that big of a deal and you can turn the layers back into fill layers and just use the fill layers

If you used regular layers than you're gonna have to duplicate them and drag them down to the bottom. If you used layers than hopefully you know what you're doing.

Now do the middle of the side.

14. Now if you have a bunch of regular layers (not fill layers) than merge your 1's together, your 2's, and so on. Merge all your extra stuff layers together. Turn them into fill layers

Finished Product: