Add A Faux Matte To Your Image

Paying for a custom-cut matte when framing your image is costly. However, you can eliminate that cost by applying your own electronically generated matte. I have outlined how simple this can be using Photoshop CS 5.1, however this method will work on all prior iterations and most probably on future versions as well. BONUS, we’ll add a faux frame to illustrate your faux matted image to complete the project.


SELECT > ALL
NOTE “MARCHING ANTS” AROUND EDGES
SELECT > EDIT > STROKE
STROKE WIDTH WILL VARY DEPENDING ON IMAGE SIZE > COLOUR WHITE
SELECT ALL AGAIN (NOTE MARCHING ANTS)
SELECT > MODIFY > BORDER
NOTE WIDTH WILL VARY DEPENDING ON FILE SIZE
SELECTION SHOULD BE SIMILAR TO SAMPLE ABOVE
SELECT > EDIT > FILL
FILL COLOUR OPTIONAL > BLACK IS BEST (EXPERIMENT)
SELECT > DESELLECT
COMPLETED FAUX MATTE BUT NOW YOU’RE READY TO PRINT, SO WHAT’S NEXT?

Now we’ll set the file up for printing. A very cool technique.

LET’S SAY YOU’LL WANT TO FLOAT IT ON A 20 X 16 PAPER > SELECT FILE > NEW
FILE SIZE SHOULD MATCH IMAGE SIZE (300 PPI BEST), PROFILE SHOULD MATCH ADOBE RGB 1998 BEST), COLOUR MODE RGB
HERE’S THE PAPER FOR YOUR FINISHED PRINT. CHECK: IMAGE SIZE, COLOUR SPACE, COLOUR MODE
BACK TO IMAGE: EDIT > COPY (FOR PASTING TO 20 X 16 BLANK PAPER)
BACK TO YOUR 20 X 16 BLANK PAPER: EDIT > PASTE YOUR IMAGE
VOILA! NOW FLATTEN LAYERS : LAYERS > FLATTEN IMAGE

Now lets add a faux frame so you can previsualize how great your faux matted print will look.

SELECT AND STROKE: EDIT > SELECT ALL > EDIT > STROKE
WIDTH WILL VARY DEPENDING ON IMAGE SIZE – I’VE CHOSEN 60 PIXELS / COLOUR BLACK
SELECT > DESELECT
NOW, ISN’T THIS NICE?

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