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[GIMP] Making a border with a preexisting part

  • Author : Ishimaru Chiaki
  • Posted on : 2013-10-24 03:40:45
  • Updated on : 2013-10-24 03:47:20
  • Comments : 0
  • Type : Photomontage
  • Level : Intermediate
  • Version : 2.2.x

If you want a nice fantasy-like border around your fantasy avatar or banner, from an existing border piece, this tutorials explains, step by step, how to make it.  It is strongly recommended to have solid bases in layer and selection manipulation to follow this tutorial.

(Special thanks to Blood for the translation to English)


  1. Cropping and collage
  2. Enhancing


Seen as our border contains symbols that could eventually bother when stuck together, we're going to have to reposition them and use the Clone Tool.

Reposition your parts so as that at a junction, it falls in between two symbols like this:

Do this for all sides.

Now, we'll need to remove the symbols that are going to bother us using the Clone Tool.
Select it in the tool box.

Then choose a small fuzzy brush (Fuzzy 5X5 or 3X3)

Now, go to your image, and zoom to 800% and start with the upmost layer, which should be the left border. Using Ctrl+clic, select an aread between two symbols and then, go over the symbol a few times until it doesn't show anymore.


Once the top part done, do the bottom part, selecting a new zone in between the symbols. Do the same with both sides, don't forget to make invisible top layers where necessary so as you can see your work ^^

Once your eight bits are done, make all your layers visible.


It's starting to look good, but we still need to edit one more thing to make it a proper border and not just an bunch of parts. For this, we're going to have to select and remove the bits in extra.

Still on 800%, take the Rectangular Selection Tool, an in the options, choose "Add to the current Selectioin".


Still on your image, start yet again with the upmost layer (with the left border), with the top corner. You will have to do a selection as follows so as that the borders join in the corners. To do this, you'll need several selections.

Here's what your selection is supposed to look like:

Once completed, erase the bit selected (Edit > Clear).

This is what it gives:

Do this again for each of the other three corners, being careful that you're on the correct layer.

Here's the final result:

Note : Depending on the border used, some can be more difficult to work with because of variations of the coloring on the edges or in the middle, which could cause breaks when it's incorrectly positioned or badly edited.

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