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Photoshop CS4 - border around edges of layer / canvas?

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What is the easiest way to put a border around the edges of a layer AND / OR canvas (whatever makes more sense)?  And I (hope) to be able to increase or decrease the width of the border.

Many thanks for your assistance.

I tried drawing 4 lines and then placing them around the edges of the layer, but this seems hokey / silly / non-good-practice way to be doing it.
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Question by:Tom Knowlton
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by:Dan Craciun
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Just right click on the layer, choose Blending Options, then Stroke.

The plus in this method is that it works regardless of the layer's shape (see image) and is editable (you can modify/tweak it any time)
blending stroke
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Dan
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by:Tom Knowlton
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For some reason, nothing seems to be happening.

See attachment.
flyer.psd
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Dan Craciun earned 1600 total points
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1. The layer you're applying the stroke needs to have non-transparent pixels. If it's empty, no stroke will be applied. So just fill that layer with a color, then set Fill at 0% if you want it transparent.

2. If the layer is the same size as the canvas, you have to choose "Inside" at stroke's position, or the stroke will be set outside the canvas, thus effectively being invisible.

strokeSee attachment.
flyer.psd
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by:Paul Sauvé
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Another approach is to create a layer below the layer you want the border on.

First, increase the canvas size of your original image: image -> increase canvas size. use the Relative checkbox and simply rut in the number of pixels (ex. 150 75) and make sure to click the Center anchoring position.

Now create a new layer, add color and put it below the original image.Edges
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by:Tom Knowlton
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Thanks!
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by:Dan Craciun
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Glad I could help!
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