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Designing a Silk Scarf with a Border Using Photoshop

The total size of the scarf in pixels will be 6300 by 6300. Do you want a border on your scarf? What size border do you want? Bearing in mind that the edge will be rolled, so some of the edge will be lost in that way, I am going to set a border that is 200 pixels wide. So:

Make a New Image File

First of all, make a new image file (select File, New from the menu). Change the resolution to 150dpi, and set the size in pixels to 5900 width and 5900 height. Make sure also that the colour mode is set to RGB.
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Fill the image with your Pattern


Next, I will fill the image with my pattern. (I’ll show you how to make a pattern in another tutorial, but just quickly, you draw your pattern repeat, then select Edit, Define Pattern, from the menu.) This is the pattern image I have added to my pattern library in this way.

Make sure the layers window is open (If it isn’t then select Window, Layers from the menu). At the bottom of the layers window is a half black half white circle with a small triangular arrow pointing down.makeascarf2

Click the half black half white circle and select Pattern from the menu that pops up. Your image will be filled with the most recently used pattern. Click on the triangular arrow next to the pattern image, and select the pattern you want to use from your pattern library. Use the scale slider to scale your pattern up and down in size until you find the size you want to use. Then click OK. You will be returned to your image which will now be filled with your pattern.makeascarf3

Add the border to your scarf

First you need to mark the current area in some way, because when you increase the size of your canvas your pattern will fill it automatically.

So, in your layers menu, click on the background layer, and then use the paint bucket to fill the whole of that layer with a different colour (any colour that is not the default background colour – I am going to choose black to do this, while my default background colour is set to white).

Then select Image, Canvas Size from the menu. Set the width of the canvas and the height of the canvas each to be 6300 pixels. Click OK. You will see that your image now has a differently coloured border.makeascarf4

Now you need to rearrange the order of your layers. So, in the Layers Window, if your background layer is locked (has a little lock symbol by it) double click that layer, then click OK. This will unlock the layer so that you can move it.

Then, in the Layers Window, click and hold the background layer, and drag it up above the pattern layer.

Now use the magic wand to select the inner part of your image, the portion that you coloured before increasing the canvas size (the portion that I coloured black). Then press delete.

You should now see that your image has a patterned inner area and a plain coloured border.

Decorate your scarf border

You can use the paint bucket to fill the plain border with a different colour, or a different pattern fill. I have filled my white border with the same pattern repeat from my pattern library, using the paint bucket this time. There is no scale option with the paint bucket so the pattern comes out at a smaller size, which is what I want.

Preview your scarf at Liberty Press

Finally, save your image file, and come along to Liberty Press Custom Silk Scarf, upload your file, and that’s it. We’ll print it out for you.

In my next post I will show you my scarf being printed, and then I’ll show you how to hand roll the edges of a silk scarf.