Easy Photo Effects is probably the most easy to use photo editor you will ever find. With just a click on a button you can convert your images into black & white artworks, give them a vintage sepia look or apply a cool movie effect. Each effect can be tweaked and you can combine different effects for an unique look. Easy Photo Effects is freeware which means you can use it for free and make as much copies of the program as you want to give to your friends and family members.

Effect/Function: Borders Effect

Description:

Common photo frames are custom made a few mm larger than standard photos, like they needed borders inside the frame. Have you notice that? Do you know why?

Painted images – the original, old-fashioned photos, dating since Sumerian antiquity, some 7,000 years ago – were portraits to be shown to the crowds. When rulers could not be present, their image had to be exhibited in public places in a way or another, and it would reinforce their almighty authority. This was not the original intention, because the first portraits were painted on walls, but those images somehow “hanged” over the crowd, at a height where they could be seen but not touched by masses. In order to be easily distinguished from the wall background, these portraits were surrounded by borders painted in different, contrasting colors.

The contrasting borders tradition went on in centuries – see ancient Greek black pottery with white characters on black background, ancient Roman mosaics with black edges, Dark Ages iconography with characters surrounded by empty colored spaces. Borders were there, explicit or implicit.

During the Middle Ages, painting – oil on canvas – flourished. In fact, 50% of the most expensive tableaus sold in auctions are from that period. One of the common features of Renaissance paintings – a tradition that still holds – are the borders of the paintings, the picture frames.

Approximately in the same period, as a consequence of Guttenberg’s printing press, engravings were invented. Beautiful images printed on sheets of paper to be hung allover the place. Paper has the bad habit to roll. What did engravings need? Frames. And, since the engraving mold was smaller than the paper sheet, another element was added to pictures: borders. The passepartout, the contrasting borders added now to a photo to give it the look of a painted portrait.

Now that you know the origins of picture borders, you should also know that Easy Photo Effects gives you the possibility to have them on each and every photo you want framed.

By pressing the border button you can apply a border to your picture. Most common is a small black or white border around a photo, but you can give it any color you want in the border settings. You can achieve special effects by changing the border settings and re-applying the effect. Check out this stylish border example.

Settings:

- Border color: Click on this square, select a color in the color dialog and press "Ok".
- Border thickness: Move the slider to the right for thicker borders.
- Border transparency: Move the slider to the left to make the border more transparent.

Examples:

village normal  village borders

castle normal  castle transparent red borders