Border or No Border?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by M@lew, Apr 13, 2007.


Border or No Border?

  1. Definately border

    4 vote(s)
  2. Don't need a border

    12 vote(s)
  3. Both, but most of the time a border

    5 vote(s)
  4. Both, but most of the time no border

    12 vote(s)
  1. M@lew macrumors 68000


    Nov 18, 2006
    Melbourne, Australia
    For photo's, do you take the time to put your photo into an extra application (e.g. Photoshop) and give it a nice little border? Or do you just upload it as is? (Including any adjustments made)
  2. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    i don't, but i'm thinking i will. It frames the image nicely, and gives more room for signatures, etc.
  3. FrankieTDouglas macrumors 65816

    Mar 10, 2005
    No border. It looks cheesy with that around images. If I want to see a border on my photos, I'll print them out and put a matte around them.
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I like the way it looks, so I take the time to matte them. :)
  5. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    I don't add borders to photos that are part of a group; but I do add them to individual photos being used as part of a web page (much, not all, of the time). However I generally use simple borders that are put in place with CSS rather than modifying the image.
  6. EastCoastFlyer macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2006
    North Florida and Northern Delaware
    I often use borders, drop shadows, and cut-outs to provide contrast to a whole image or offset portions of an image for emphasis or effect. Many examples on my flickr site (link in signature, below)...
  7. -hh macrumors 68020


    Jul 17, 2001
    NJ Highlands, Earth
    It really depends on what you're doing and what impression you're trying to achieve. Generally, for webpages, I rarely use borders, but for prints to hang on a wall, I invariably frame them with matts.

    For example, all photos had borders back in the 1960's and earlier. As such, if you're trying to reproduce a "period" look (particularly with B&W), then you'll want that on a webpage or whatever:


    Similarly, sometimes a shot can benefit from sort of added border by creating a contrast:


    When you're only spending electrons, it pays to experiment.

  8. jayb2000 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 18, 2003
    RI -> CA -> ME
    I voted no.
    Partly because I don't have PS and partly because for posting in the POTD thread, it seems like overkill.

    I think if I was doing a print or a "showcase" webpage, I would do it.
  9. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    I hate borders. To me, borders cheapens the photo... reminds me of photos that IKEA/Walmart sells.

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