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Old 07-28-2003, 08:45 PM
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Question Black Frame / White Matting

I need to know how to create a black frame with white matting for some photos I am redoing for a client. I can do this the old fashioned way step-by-step, but I thought there may be a more updated way to do this. I have many photos to do and would appreciate finding a action or plug-in the would help automate the process of doing this. I would appreciate any help you can give to me. PLEASE HELP ME!
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Old 07-28-2003, 11:39 PM
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fotofreak, if you know how to do what you want step-by-step, then you should be able to just create the action yourself. Is there a reason you don't want to record your own action?

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Old 07-28-2003, 11:42 PM
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You could also try this action. It will probably create more elaborate frames than you're looking for (wood grain, etc.), but you can probably modify to suit your needs - or just modify afterwards to get the black frame you want.

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Old 07-28-2003, 11:44 PM
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Question Black Frame with White Matting

I need something that looks really professional and I need to do this with a short turnaround time. I do not have allot of experience with creating actions in Photoshop; that is why I do not create one myself. I have several hundred photos to do and I really do not want to do them all by hand. I just thought maybe someone had created an action like this or they knew where I could get one, or maybe they knew of a plugin that would achieve this same result.
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Old 07-28-2003, 11:46 PM
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OK, try the link I provided and see if you can make it do what you want. I think it creates professional looking frames. The only trick for you will be adjusting the frame after it's been created (there's a separate step in the action for that) to make it black. But, I think it should work.

Sorry, I don't know of any others.

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Question Black Frame with White Matting

Thanks for the info on the action, but I have tried that action and it doesn't seem to work on Photoshop 6.0 - I tried it earlier today and it doesn't work. Thanks for the suggestion though. I do appreciate it.
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Old 07-28-2003, 11:55 PM
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Are all of your photos the same size? If so, just for kicks, start recording your steps as an action when you make a frame for one of your photos. Then stop recording when you're done making the frame. Open another photo and then try running the action on it. You may be pleasantly surprised - it could be that simple.

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Old 07-29-2003, 12:08 AM
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Unfortunately the photos are not of the same size. This would present itself as a problem when recording the action for one, because it would not be right for another. The answer is out there somewhere. I just hope I find it soon. Worst case scenario is I do it all by hand. I took the contract for a reduced price because I thought I could do this with a pre-made action or plug-in and not have to do all of it by hand. I guess I wasn't really thinking at that time. I guess I should have found the action or plug-in first then agreed to the contract for the reduced price. Another contributing factor is that it is my friends company. I usually only deal with major corporations. I guess this is what I get for straying from the norm. Live and learn. Thanks for all your suggestions. I do appreciate them.
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Old 07-29-2003, 10:19 AM
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Is that the same as that was suggested earlier? If so then I have tried it with PS 6 with no luck. Thanks for the suggestion. I am going to have to do these by hand. I appreciate everyones help. Next time I will check with everyone here at Retouch before committing myself to something like this. Thanks again......
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Old 07-29-2003, 01:28 PM
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I tried it and all I get is a my photo turned all black. It tells me that the it cannot continue because the key is empty. What is that all about? Maybe I do not know what I am doing with regards to these actions, but they seem not to work for me. Can you please help me to figure this out? I would really appreciate it. Thanks for you help..........
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