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How to Put a Border Around an Image in Photoshop

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Tutorials Photoshop Tips 1988 Views February 22nd, 2018

In this tutorial you will learn how to add a border to a photo in Photoshop in just a few steps. This is a quick step by step Photoshop tutorial for beginners to add borders or frames to your images.

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Add Your Image in a New PSD File

First you have to open your image in a new PSD file.

Resize the Canvas Size

Go to Image > Canvas Size and choose pixels from the drop-down list. Also make sure you check the Relative option. Choose the thickness of the border by typing the same size for the Width and Height.

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Create a new layer and call it Border 1. Press Shift-F5 to Fill the layer with any gray color.

Set the Fill of the Border 1 layer to 0%.

Add a Stroke layer style to create the border. Make sure you choose the Position Inside from the list. Choose the color; I use white color for this first border.

add border to an image in photoshop

To add another border, press Control-J to duplicate the Border 1 layer. Rename the copy layer Border 2.

Open the layer style window and modify the Stroke. Choose a lower size for the second border. Also modify the color; I use black color for the second border.

How to Add Decorative or Fancy Borders in Photoshop

If you want to create more decorative and creative borders you have to convert each Border layer to a smart object. Right click on the layer and choose Convert to Smart Object.

To make fancy borders simply add layer styles to the smart objects. That way you can create realistic picture frames.

You can also use textures and layer styles for the frames. Wood Textures looks great for picture frames. Add the texture over the Border smart object, right click and choose Create Clipping Mask.

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Download the PSD File

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