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Scalloped edges

Veronica Reeve , Aug 13, 2008; 01:20 a.m.

Hi, I'm doing some engagement photos and the bride-to-be wanted to know if there was any way I could print her photos with those scalloped edges like those cabinet cards from the late 1800s. Does anyone know a printer that prints photos with something similar? Any other ideas of where to look?

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Steve Swinehart , Aug 13, 2008; 09:15 a.m.

Do you want the edges of the paper to have deckle edges or the edges of the image to be scalloped?

You can make the paper have deckle edges with a deckle edge ripper available from a number of sources. If you want the edges of the photos to be scalloped there are number of Photoshop plug-ins that will give that effect.

If you want a plugin - search through this directory: (link)

Jen Lambert , Aug 13, 2008; 11:14 a.m.

If you want the physical print to have the edges, simply print the image as usual, then do the edges yourself. You can find scissors used in scrap-booking that are wavy, scallops, zig-zags, everything under the sun, for less than $10 a pop. Check craft stores and you'll find a surprising variety.

If you want the image to have scalloped edges on a white (or whatever color) background and the physical print to be a regular edge, use photoshop. Create a new document in PS. Drag (or 'place') your image on the background you want to use. Add a layer mask to mask out the edges of the image to give you the scalloped look you want. Flatten and viola! You can add to this by adding a paper texture to your background then adding a slight drop shadow on your image layer. Double click the layer to bring up the layer effects dialog and it will give you lots of options.

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