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While iPhoto doesn't really support third-party plug-ins within the editing space, there is a useful export plug-in that can be used to add stylized borders. If you head over to iborderfx.com, there is a free plug-in you can download. Now, it's donationware, so if you use this plug-in, and you like it, I recommend making a donation to them to fund future development. With the images selected in your album or library, you could choose File > Export. This will add the Border FX tab, and open up different options.
Notice here that we can go ahead and change what type of border we want. Here we have an Edge Sharpen. I really like, though, some of these other options, like Film Edge, or the ability to add a blurred border. You see that it puts a gentle border over the top that's a white effect, but it defocuses. This is a very popular magazine effect. You also can get in here, and do some basic flipping of the images, and center the photo.
Another option is the Desaturated Border. And all of these, if you play with it -- in this case, it's making a slightly saturated, or a completely black and white border on the image itself. Remember, these are a lot of fun, and as you're looking at this, you'll see that we do have options. We can introduce textures into the border, we can actually create soft edges on our border, and this can create a whole new look. You'll find drop shadows, gradients, a wide range, including strokes, and patterns.
So, feel free to explore this, and when you click Export, it will save the border out to the image. They are applied on export, which is fine, because then when you post to social media networks, or frame the images, you can have a stylized matte.
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