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A lot of you keep asking me how I'm doing this nice retro-grungy-polaroid-like borders and frames around my images. So, here are some explanations. :aww:

First, I don't use any plugin: I consider that borders, like pictures, should be designed by yourself using your own tools - they're part of your own creation. Mine are painted with Photoshop brushes made of pictures of old walls, skotch tape, etc... It's pretty easy to create your own. Just carry a camera with you and keep looking around at the walls. You'll notice interesting patterns, for instance, in broken windows. Shoot them, then convert them to B&W, ensuring that the background is white and the "grunge brush" element is black. Define a brush. And paint with it ;) !

I'm (kindly ;)) providing you two sets of brushes ( www.deviantart.com/deviation/1… www.deviantart.com/deviation/1… )... if you would like to use mine. They're very large, as I'm currently dealing with 2000x3000 pixels pictures. I don't even ask you to credit me, you can freely use them in your own creations. I would appreciate a link to see what you've done, but, once again, feel free of any constraint. If you find them useful, I would like to read your comment on them ;)
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White-Light-Filter Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008
Thats ridiculous. I'm, without any doubt, on your side.

Intellectual property rights (such as with art) are such a weakly enforced and crassly treated issue. Because its so easy to do and the world of google image searches etc people get use to the idea of having some kind of right to use other peoples work without any permission. Even my University (which threatens to expel people for not referencing/crediting text properly has no equally harsh rules about the use of photographs. In fact when I have done drafts of of my essays and but images greyed out with a note saying "awaiting copyright approval" over them I've been told not to bother because it doesn't matter.

Beyond that is stealing work and claiming it is yours and even trying to sell it (which I assume you are referring to) which is very simply and un-negotiably a crime. And to do it when you give them (them being anyone who wants help) access to brushes, tutorials, etc beggars belief! I don't understand who are the kind of people who would do it... I can only presume that they are remarkable sad, socially inept individuals, with not creative talent of their own and who are too lazy and undriven to actually try and produce something of their own. And probably so insecure in themselves as to be frightened of any honest feedback they may get back on anything that their seriously limited abilities might be able to produce. And maybe it gives them some sense of power and achievement. Or somehow they try to convince themselves that, somehow, they can take credit for any compliments or sales of the work.

Unbelievably, it also happens with architecture! There was a company recently who had put together a portfolio of famous buildings from a number of different renounced architects. Including the new extensions of the Reichstag, St. Mary's Axe ("The Gerkin") London, and a shocking number of others.
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Professional Photographer
Yeah, I do agree. But being stolen and abused doesn't mean that we've got to stop sharing either ;)
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White-Light-Filter Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008
No, not at all.
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degothicangel Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
Thank you so much for the free stuff thats always good, lol. :)

I would love to know a bit more about how to create a brush. And if I take a pic and make a brush I can't just drag it and do stuff with it can I ?
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thanks. Look on the web, you'll find tutorials on that.
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degothicangel Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008
thanks bro
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UsmanBaloch Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007
Thank you Sir, thanks for your kind support i`ll use thoso brushes :) i`ve done a series Named Ramkali - inspired by your work ,it was not actually like your kind of work because i am not that good photographer like you :) i really love your work , i saw your work at soheb akhtar`s Room [link] 2 years back . then i decided to do photography :) Sir i really need your critiques .
Thanks
Usman Baloch
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007  Professional Photographer
^_^ excellent work (but you'll see my feedback on the pics directly)
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UsmanBaloch Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
thank you so muchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i dont have words i`m speechless :D i`m glad :D thank again Sir :)
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Professional Photographer
:)
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