Create a border

FIGURE 15

Locking transparent pixels

Lock transparent pixels button Indicates layer is partially locked icon

FIGURE 17

Border added to image

Lock transparent pixels button Indicates layer is partially locked icon

FIGURE 16

Stroke dialog box

Your default stroke width might vary

Changes stroke color

FIGURE 17

Border added to image

Border

FIGURE 16

Stroke dialog box

Your default stroke width might vary

Changes stroke color

Location options

Border

Location options

1. Click the Indicates layer visibility button ^

on the Background layer on the Layers palette.

I TIP You can click the Indicates layer visibility button to hide distracting layers.

2. Click the Default Foreground and Background Colors button

The foreground color will become the default border color.

3. Click the Chili Peppers layer on the Layers palette.

4. Click the Lock transparent pixels button LI

on the Layers palette. See Figure 15.

The border will be applied only to the pixels on the edge of the chili peppers.

5. Click Edit on the menu bar, then click Stroke to open the Stroke dialog box. See Figure 16.

6. Type 3 in the Width text box, click the Inside option button, then click OK.

TIP Determining the correct border location can be confusing. Try different settings until you achieve the look you want.

7. Click the Indicates layer visibility button on the Background layer on the Layers palette.

8. Save your work, then compare your image to Figure 17.

You hid a layer, changed the foreground color to black, locked transparent pixels, then used the Stroke dialog box to apply a border to the image. The border makes the image stand out against the background color.

What You'll Do

In this lesson, you'll create a gradient fill from a sampled color and a swatch, then apply it to the background.

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