Metuchen High School: GIMP
Adding a Frame
This is an exercise intended to show you how adding a frame works. It is not an exercise that you are asked to do. The exercise you are asked to do is discussed below.
In this exercise we'll add a frame around an image. The colors for the frame will come from the image. As an example, we'll work with this image of a monument to Ramses II from ancient Egypt:
To add 2 frames:
- Enlarge the canvas to make room for a frame:
- Choose Image > Canvas Size and increase the canvas size to create space around the image.
- Click Center. Choose Resize Layers > All Layers. Click Resize.
- Open the Layers dialog (Windows > Dockable Dialogs > Layers)
- Right-click on the layer holding the photo. Choose Alpha to Selection.
- Choose Select > To Path
- Choose Select > None
- Choose a color for the first (inner) frame:
- In the Toolbox, click on the foreground color. The
foreground (black) and background (white) colors are visible in the lower-left
hand corner of this image of the Toolbox:
- In the Change Foreground Color dialog, in the rightmost column, click on the Eyedropper tool. The Eyedropper changes the foreground color to a color that you choose by clicking on the image. With the Eyedropper tool, click on the photo until you have a color that you want to use for the frame. Choose OK to close the dialog.
- Add color to the frame:
- Choose Edit > Stroke Path. Set Stroke Line to a value
larger than the width of the frame.
- Click on Stroke. You may want to use CTRL-Z to undo this effect, adjust the Line Width and then click Stroke again until you get the desired effect.
At this point, this is the result:
To add a second (outer) frame with a different color from the image, repeat the steps listed above. Start with the "Alpha to Selection" step.
Here is the final result:
Alpha to Selection: docs.gimp.org/en/gimp-layer-alpha-selection-replace.html
Select to Path:
Putting a border around an image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mVg7TjmOgE (has sound)