Creating an arty border for your photo

I thought you might like to know how I created this border for my tulip image …

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I felt inspired to create this after looking at some fab flower photos on Reyk Schiering’s photostream … https://www.flickr.com/photos/re-yk/

I processed my original tulip photo in Lightroom 5, producing a square image (about 3500px).  I went on to create two reduced-sized images, one 1900px in size and the other 1800px*, in Photoshop Elements (Ctrl + Alt + letter I).  As regards the larger one, I blurred this … Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur (setting radius at abt 50px). I then used the Graphic Art preset in the free basic version of Topaz Studio as regards the smaller image. I brightened up the resulting image using Levels in Photoshop.

Blurred image:
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Topaz result …
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I then used Photoshop Elements to copy and paste the smaller image on top of the larger one …
Select image: Ctrl + letter A.
Copy selection: Ctrl + letter C.
Paste selection: Ctrl + letter V

To add some drop-down shadow in Photoshop Elements, click on the Fx icon at the bottom right of the interface, double click on the last icon (drop shadow with a soft edge),
then click on the small blue cogwheel (top right) and reduce the opacity to your liking – I chose 25%.  Finally, flatten the layers in the image … Layer > Flatten Image.
Add your logo if you so wish.

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Now SAVE your work … Shift + Ctrl + letter S.  Rename it, and save it at maximum quality.

That’s all, folks!

* P.S. I think the size I used was 1830px.

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