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Vicki Snow
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/24/2008

adding a border

© Vicki Snow
Olympus Evolt E500...
I have a customer who wants a 16x20 image printed poster size. He wants a white border around the image. Here's what he wants:
Layout the 20x16 on 31x25 poster with 5.5" border on each side, 3" border on top, and 6" border at bottom.

There is room to put brand and location below the picture.

In Corel I put those dimensions in and this is what I got. but it just doesn't look right to me...what am I doing wrong?...

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5/8/2011 5:19:25 PM

Karim Abiali
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/8/2005
  the borders are too large, decrease them to about 0.5".

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5/9/2011 2:47:07 AM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  For one thing, the dimensions he gave you are out of whack. A 16x20 on 25x31 only gives you 9 inches to make borders. That's 4.5 on each side. The long side dimensions are off too. 11 inches of space but he wants 9 inches of border?
I used to have a version of Corel and didn't like how with Photoshop I could simply drag the crop outline and hit 'enter' and it would crop. But I couldn't do that with Corel.
Some used to Corel will have to explain what you do, but with Photoshop you crop the image to 16x20, then increase the canvas size in two steps since it's not going to be a centered image. Increase the top border, then go back and add the bottom border.

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5/9/2011 8:16:25 AM

Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
  Gregory, I think you got your math backwards, as her photo will apparently be a "landscape" orientation, slightly wider than tall. So, 20 wide + 5.5left + 5.5right will be 31 total width. 16 high + 3top + 6bottom will be 25 high.
Vicki, 'fraid I don't know Corel, but Greg's comment on canvas size is super easy to do in PS; I'd have to think Corel offers something sorta similar?

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5/10/2011 5:29:15 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003

I think Corel would always have a window pop up that kept asking if I wanted to make or keep a layer as a raster. I can't remember, just that photoshop you hit 'enter' and it'd do what you wanted. Corel had to have an extra step for things it shouldn't need.

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5/11/2011 4:39:42 PM

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