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How to Create Key-lines (Boxes) in Photoshop & PSE
Several weeks ago, a reader emailed me to ask how to create a thin box around the inside edge of her layout or around a photo. In desktop publishing, these boxes are known as key-lines and they are very easy to make in Photoshop and Elements.
Begin by opening your project in Photoshop or Elements.
Target the top layer and then click the Create a new transparent layer icon in the Layers Panel.
Get the Rectangular Marquee Tool and click/drag out a rectangle on your page. Holding the Shift key as you click/drag will give you a perfect square.
Marching ants will surround your selection.
Choose Edit > Stroke to activate the Stroke dialog box.
Select a size and color. Set the Mode to Normal and Opacity to 100%. Uncheck the Preserve Transparency box. Click OK.
Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to remove the selection from your key-line.
You can use the Move tool to reposition and resize your box, since the outline is on its own layer.
Using key-lines gives your project a tidy, finished look.
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