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How To Add a Border To a Picture in Photoshop

Add a simple black border to a black and white photograph or make your pictures pop with a colorful border.


  • TIP: Use the Shift key to lock the Marquee tool into a square or circle.
  • Step 1: Go to Edit and click Stroke. Set the thickness of your border, select whether you want it on the Inside, Outside, or along the line of the selection. Then set the color. Click OK to apply the stroke and add a border to the selection.
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  • Step 2: Add a border within the canvas size. With the Rectangular or Elliptical Marquee tool, select the part of the image that you want to have a border.
  • Step 3: Resize the image back to its original dimensions by going to Image, Image Size, and changing the Width and the Height.
  • Step 4: Change the canvas size by going to Image at the top, and then clicking Canvas Size. Expand the Width and Height to the number of pixels you want the border to be.
  • Step 5: Click the square to the far right of Canvas Extension Color to adjust the color of the border. When you're finished, click OK.
  • Step 6: Open the image in Photoshop and double-click the Background layer in the Layers menu to unlock it.

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