anyone know of a plugin or something to add film borders to images? when i was doing my own b&w prints with an enlarger i just took a dremel tool to a negative carrier and used the border from the film I shot. I always loved the look for offbeat portraits etc. I was thinking maybe just have some of my old negatives scanned to show all the edge like that and cut out the image, saving it as a file and then just using it as a layer, but it seems like ALOT of work to get the resolution to match and image cropping etc, and the local lab I talked to said they dont have anyway to scan the full negative like that. I am not very experienced with PS (using version 7 right now) so any help appreciated.
I am sure there is a plugin for Photoshop that has the sprocket hole frame surrounding the film frame, but finding the right company, possibly FX Software, and package and then paying for it is another matter.
If you have a flatbed scanner with film scanning capability, dismount a color slide and place it in the 120 holder, and scan it at max resolution. Then save the scan as an archive TIF file and you can use it over and over again. PS 7.0 will do this, so it may be a good lesson in how to use some of the PS tools and processes. Make and save copies of what you do, and you can't loose anything but a little time.
Most Royalty-free image companies have a bunch of film frame borders. I regulary use Fotolio (cheap!) at work and although most of the pictures are cheesy as hell there are some gems hidden among them:
As for free, try websites like deviantART:
I happen to have a filmstrip border which, when superimposed over a photo, makes it look like a neg frame (but not in negative of course !!) All you do is resize the border on over your photo, paste down and "save as", and bingo !! I'll send it to you if you want.