A simple frame
There are lots of tutorials on complicated framing with Photoshop Elements (PSE) and there are add-ons and plug-ins for doing frames. It’s all too complicated for me and I never get the desired result. So I wanted to introduce a simple technique for adding a frame to your photo.
Open up your picture and choose Image, Resize, Canvas Size.
Make sure the Relative Box is checked. I chose White for the color and 10 pixels to add a thin white border.
Choose Image, Resize, Canvas Size again and use a Gray color and a higher number for pixels. I chose 150.
You should have something like this
Now choose the Magic Wand tool and click on the gray border to select it. Go back to the rectangle selection tool, then right click on the image and choose Layer via Cut. Your layers palette will look something like this.
Now go to the Effects Palette, make sure Bevels is selected and double click on the item shown
You’re done, save the file
And one more thing. PSE has an Undo History. You can see it by going to the Windows menu and checking it. Listed below are the steps I took for this exercise. The nice thing about this tool is that, at any time you can click on one of the steps and see what the image looked like after that step.