In this tutorial I’ll be showing you how to create a decorative frame around your images using a vector mask. This technique can be especially handy because you can use the same decorative frame on several different images with just a few clicks of the mouse.
Nik Software's Silver Efex Pro 2 plug-in is "King of the Hill" when it comes to processing black and white images.
The human eye does a great job of compensating for the dark and light areas in a high contrast scene. When these light or dark areas reach the extremes, we need to reach for a flashlight or dark glasses, but for the average high contrast scene, our eyes do a great job of automatically compensating.