A Poster frame may be downloaded as a Photoshop action. Before execution resize and sharpen the image — no need to flatten layers. The action creates the following layers:
After running the action choose the Move tool and adjust the Photo slightly upward with the Arrow keys to give a base to the picture and allow space for a title. A Lithos font was used for above image. Consider running the Black Border effect, after running the Poster action, for added separation from the background when posting on the internet.
There is a border that goes to the edge of the poster and within that border a translucent stripe surrounds the image. Thin lines are drawn on both sides of the translucent border. The following calculations that must be done before you run the action.
PW = Poster Width PH = Poster Height IW = Image Width IH = Image Height BW = Border Width TW = Translucent Width LW = Line Width TH = Title area Height When running the action you will be prompted to enter the following information: (2LW, 2LW) (TW) (LW) (PW, PH absolute)
Two sample calculations, using the image of Antarctica (4261 x 2841 px), are detailed for both a small and large poster.
A Small Poster
PW = 840 PH = unknown IW = unknown IH = unknown BW = 10 TW = 12 LW = 1 TH = unknown PW = IW + 2LW + 2BW solving for IW and IH: IW = PW - 2LW - 2BW = 840 - 2*1 - 2*10 = 818 IH = (2841/4261) * IW = (2841/4261) * 818 = 545 Let's see how much vertical space we are using: IH + BW + 4LW = 535 + 10 + 4 = 549 Let's add 100 pixels for a title. TH = 100 PH = 549 + TH = 549 + 100 = 649 With this information we can resize the image and determine the responses required for the action: image size = IW x IH = 818 x 545 (2LW, 2LW) (TW) (LW) (PW, PH absolute) = (2, 2) (12) (1) (840, 649)
A Large Poster
The same image of Antarctica will now be used to create a 24" x 30" print. At 300 PPI a 1-pixel line hardly be visible so 3 pixels were used. A 1/2" border requires 1/2" x 300 PPI = 150 pixels. A 1/4" translucent stripe was achieved with 75 pixels. A poster height of 24" as assumed. Let's run through the calculations to see if there will be enough room for a title.
PW = 9000 (30" x 300 PPI) PH = 7200 (24" x 300 PPI) IW = unknown IH = unknown BW = 150 TW = 75 LW = 3 TH = unknown IW = PW - 2LW -2BW = 9000 - 2*3 - 2*150 = 8694 IH = (2841/4261) * IW = (2841/4261) * 8694 = 5796 Let's see how much vertical space we are using: IH + BW + 4LW = 5796 + 150 + 4*3 = 5958 Deducting this from the poster height yields the amount of space for a title: TH = PH - 5958 = 7200 - 5958 = 1242 px / 300 PPI = aprox 4" (got lucky!) With this information we can resize the imageand determine the responses required for the action: image size = IW x IH = 8694 x 5796 (2LW, 2LW) (TW) (LW) (PW, PH absolute) = (6, 6) (75) (3) (9000, 7200)
After running the action the poster was exactly 24"x30" at 300 DPI.
A selection for the translucent rim is made. After selection a dark layer is blended with a Darken blend and a stroke applied to yield the border. Finally a background layer is added.