After yesterday’s competition I was asked about how I had added the keyline to my image.
… and that is just the sort of keyline that works well, you can see it but it is not bright and not too wide, it is not drawing our attention away
Photoshop offers many ways to achieve the same results and we all chose the way that works for us. This is how I add a keyline to an image for club competitions.
1. Export the image from Lightroom within the dimensions that are required for the competition.
2. Open in Photoshop, and using Image > Image Size take note of the pixel size of the image
3. Create a new image using File > New and set the width and height to be FOUR pixels greater than the original image.
4. Optionally I would fill the resulting image with the colour that I would like the keyline to be.
Usually I leave it as my foreground colour of white.
5. Using the Move tool I now move my original image to the larger new image.
Photoshop helpfully puts horizontal and vertical lines when the moved image is centered. When I have the two lines I know that I am centred with a 2 pixel keyline around my original image.
This is the trickiest part of the of the whole process.
6. Now I have to resize the new image to match the original image.
Using Image >Image Size I alter the size back to the original pixel sizes noted in step 2. I also un-check the link between Width and Height before I click OK.
The new image now has a keyline and is back to the size of my originally exported Lightroom image.
7. Save the image.