The release of Topaz Black and White Effects 2.1 introduced a variety of new borders not found in any other Topaz plug-in. During a recent Webinar, a question was asked if it is possible to use a B&W Effects border on a color image. The answer–yes!

Here is how it is done:

*This can be achieved in any program that supports layers and overlays

1. Open the image in Photoshop and duplicate the layer (Ctrl/Cmd + J):

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2. Bring the image into B&W Effects 2.1

-Click ‘Reset’ to rid of any previous settings

-Go to ‘Finishing Touches’ on the right side of the interface and select the desired border. I selected ‘Thin Black 4’ and reduced the size to 0.18 as shown:

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3. Click ‘OK’ to bring the image back into PS:
Screen shot 2013-06-18 at 12.21.45 PM4. Next, in the layers panel select ‘Luminosity’, which will bring back the color found in the original image:
Screen shot 2013-06-18 at 12.23.35 PMAnd there you go! Which border do you prefer: black, white, or both?
Photo by Adam Tollinger
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