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Adobe Photoshop CS3

Adding Borders

You can specify the color, location, size, and opacity of your borders in Photoshop. This document explains how to add customized borders to your Photoshop images.

  1. Right click Rectangle Marquee tool and select the desired shape for your border
    Marquee tools

  2. Click and drag the mouse until the marquee is in the desired shape for your border
    A moving dashed line appears around your selection.

  3. From the Edit menu, select Stroke...
    The Stroke dialog box appears.
    Stroke Dialog Box

  4. Under Stroke, in the Width text box, type the desired pixel width

  5. To select the color of the border:
    1. Click the Color swatch
      The Select stroke color dialog box appears.
    2. Select the desired color
      NOTE: For additional help on selecting a color, see Working with Colors.
    3. Click OK

  6. In the Location section, make the desired selection
    Inside: the border appears inside of the dashed-selection line
    Center: the border appears centered over the dashed-selection line
    Outside: the border appears outside of the dashed-selection line

  7. In the Blending section, from the Mode pull-down list, select the desired mode

  8. OPTIONAL: In the Blending section, in the Opacity text box, type the desired percentage of opacity
    NOTE: 100% opacity is solid coloring. Lowering the opacity makes your border transparent.

  9. Click OK
    The border is applied.

  10. To remove the dashed line within the border, press [Ctrl]+[D]
    The dashed line disappears.

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