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#1 Thecharmingquark

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Posted 28 February 2015 - 01:23 PM

I subscribe to Sky and Telescope magazine, and every month TeleVue and SBIG advertise in the first two pages with beautiful full-page adds. SBIG always frames their images with a simple yet elegant border: 

 

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How could I replicate this for my images? It seems simple, I'm just not sure how to perfectly center the framing. 



#2 josh smith

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Posted 28 February 2015 - 01:27 PM

What do you use for processing?

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Posted 28 February 2015 - 01:28 PM

What do you use for processing?

I'm starting to get into PixInsight



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Posted 28 February 2015 - 01:31 PM

I'm sure someone else can chime in on PI birders then since I haven't figured that out yet, but for PS you can just increase the canvas size and fill the canvas with whatever color you want and use a soft glow filter for a nice transition.

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Posted 28 February 2015 - 01:33 PM

Thanks, I'll try that out. Your images are fantastic by the way.



#6 David Ault

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Posted 28 February 2015 - 02:35 PM

I use the Crop tool in PixInsight.  I vary the margins to add area to the image (this does the same thing as the canvas size Josh mentioned) changing the fill color with each pass.  Here's a sequence of crop settings I used to add a border to an image (applied in the sequence upper left, upper right, lower left, lower right):

AddingBorders_Figure01.jpg

 

You can also add these to a ProcessContainer so that your border pattern is easily repeatable (and only has to be applied once):

AddingBorders_Figure02.jpg

 

Here's the lower left corner of an image after applying those crop functions:

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#7 Goofi

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Posted 28 February 2015 - 04:12 PM

Elegant solution as always, David   :)



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Posted 28 February 2015 - 08:15 PM

I had no idea you could do that in Pix Insight David!



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Posted 28 February 2015 - 08:35 PM

Ooooh very slick David! 



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Posted 28 February 2015 - 08:53 PM

Took about three minutes to set this up in PI and "save selected process icons." Works just as well on my previous Fits that are now jpg's. Thanks.

#11 David Ault

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 01:34 AM

Thanks guys.  Glad it helped.  :)

 

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Posted 02 March 2015 - 04:26 PM

I updated my website with this same information.  I expanded on it a bit to more to cover desktop icons and how to save and re-loading them along with using project files to keep desktop icons around.

 

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Posted 02 March 2015 - 07:40 PM

Great, David, thanks for putting that together!




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