How To: Add a Border to a Photo
Add a little something, something to your photos by adding a border.

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Adding a border to a photo is a simple way to make it stand out more. Some pictures are particularly good for this kind of thing, but different photos may require different types of borders.

In general, you can add a border to any picture. In this guide, I’m going to show you how to add a basic border to your images in a few simple steps.


Open your desired photo in your image editor. This can be Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, GIMP or another software for photo editing you are familiar with.

Commands and tools may vary a little, but the workflow is the same.

How to Add a Border to a Photo 1


Using the rounded rectangle tool, draw a rectangular path by dragging the cursor over the image.

In this example, I gave the path’s corners a radius of 50 pixels, but this value depends on how rounded you want the border to be and the size of your photo.

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Turn the path drawn in step number two into a selection by right clicking on it and choosing “Make selection.”

Then invert the selection (Select>Inverse) to only select the area that will be part of the border.

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Create a new layer above the photo. Select the paint bucket tool and set the color to anything you want (I picked white.)

With the bucket tool, click on the selected area to add color to it. Deselect and you’re done.

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There are several online applications you can use for free if you don’t have an image editor and that don’t require downloading anything on your computer.

Besides adding borders with it, you can use it for enhancing images or adding colored filters and other effects.

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With the simple instructions above, you can create borders in various shapes, sizes and color combinations. You can add textures over the border via blend modes to match the picture’s look.

You can even use borders to combine more pictures together in eye-catching photo collages.

Stock image by lieveheersbeestje. Edited in Photoshop CC.

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2 Comments

  1. very easy thank

  2. photoshop is tough to learn but little pointers like this aver very helpful to begin to understand all the ins and outs