Contours are not only an easy way to create a regular snapshot for a scrapbook, but in Adobe Photoshop CS4, contours can go far beyond a simple frame for your photos. With a bit of experimentation – such as creating contours and contours around separate objects or around multiple objects in a photo or using different colors as well as animation effects – the contours can become quite complex, thus making the image have virtual depth.
To add a contour to the image, select the “Choose” menu item and click “Choose all” (“Ctrl + A”).
Click on the “Edit” menu item and select “Edit” and click “Focus …”
In the “Edit” pop-up box that appears, create a contour by specifying the properties you selected. Click “OK.”
To adjust the size of the brushstrokes, positions, mixing styles, and coloring styles, repeat steps 2 and 3 and set the values in the pop-up box “Drawing Strokes.”
Contours in layers
Select the layered object in the “Class” tab to apply a contour (click the object and mark it).
Click on the “Layer” menu and select “Layer” and select “Layer Style” and click “Stroke …”
In the pop-up box “Class Styles” that appears, select the check box for “Strokes.”
Adjust the size of the stroke, location, mixing style, and coloring by setting the applicable values. Click “OK.” The class will retain your options and can be edited and modified at any time, as long as the layer does not flatten. To make changes to the stroke style, repeat steps 1 to 4.