How to Put a Border Around an Image

Making your photography captivating is a powerful tool in today's digital world. Whether you're using images for social media posts, website displays, or other visual marketing materials, putting a border around an image can significantly elevate its impact.

In this tutorial I am going to teach you how to easily add a border around your image using a program called Photoshop. If you haven’t got Photoshop don’t worry, you can download a free trial by clicking here. Using Photoshop allows you to add drop shadows, signature logos, use different colours and be much more customizable with the borders you can produce. I’ve been doing this for years and I can tell you that if you want a quick, easy and customisable way to put a border around your photos, then Photoshop is the program to use.

So, download the free trial, go through this tutorial, and impress all your followers with unique  borders around your images!

Why are borders around your images important?

Before we get into the how to add borders, let’s look at the why to do it.

Enhances Visibility: A border around an image can act as a frame, drawing the viewer's eye towards the central image. It creates a clear separation between the image and the surrounding content, making the image stand out and increasing its visibility.

Provides Breathing Space: A white border adds negative space around the image, giving it room to breathe. This can prevent the image from feeling cramped or cluttered and allows the viewer to fully appreciate the details and composition of the image.

Creates Contrast: The contrast between the border and the image can make the colors and details of the image pop, adding depth and dimension to the overall visual presentation. This can make the image more visually appealing and captivating to the viewer.

Enhances Consistency: If you're using multiple images in a social media post or a gallery display, adding a consistent white border to all of them can create a cohesive look and feel. This can help create a unified aesthetic and brand identity, making your visuals more memorable and professional-looking.

Boosts Branding: If you're using images for marketing purposes, adding a white border can provide an opportunity to incorporate your brand's color palette or logo. This can help reinforce your brand identity and make your visuals more recognizable and memorable to your audience.

Sunset image with border around it with branding

Image with branding in the border


From drawing attention to your images to creating a cohesive aesthetic, an image border can be a simple yet effective way to make your visuals stand out. Let's dive into the step-by-step process of creating a photo border and unlock the potential of this often-overlooked design technique!


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Step 1: Open Image and Adjust size

It’s recommended to reduce the image size before posting on social media. This is to make it easier to upload and to avoid having your full resolution images held on websites where people can download them.

  • Go to File > Open > Find you image and open it.

  • Go to Image > Image Size.

  • Next to Resolution > Add 72 Pixels/Inch

  • Along the longest edge of your image (in my example below it is the width) add 2000 Pixels

  • Tick Resample: Automatic

  • Click OK to apply the changes.

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Photoshop panel showing how to change size of image

Changing size of image in Photoshop

Step 2: Unlock the Background Layer

In the Layers panel, you'll notice that the image is on the Background layer. We need to unlock this layer so we can add other layers below it. To unlock it, simply click on the lock icon. If you're using CS6 or earlier, you can double-click on the layer. This will remove the lock icon and rename the layer to "Layer 0".

Photoshop panel showing a locked layer

Locked Layer

Photoshop panel showing an unlocked layer

Unlocked layer

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Step 3: Add an edge around your image

Next, we need to add an edge to the image which will become our border. In my example I add a 200px border. If you want a bigger border simply increase that number or, for a smaller border, reduce it.

  • Go to Image > Canvas Size.

  • Make sure Relative is ticked.

  • Click the centre of the Anchor box so the dot is in the middle square.

  • Put 200 Pixels in the width and height.

  • Click OK to apply the changes.

Photoshop panel showing canvas size settings

Canvas size settings in Photoshop

Image on Photoshop with increased canvas size around it

Image with increased canvas size ready to fill with colour of your choice

Step 4: Add Solid Colour Fill Layer

Now we can fill the border with a colour. In my example I use the colour white.

At the bottom of the Layers panel click the Adjustment Layer.

Photoshop panel showing the adjustment layer button

Adjustment layer Icon at the bottom of the panel

Choose Solid Colour from the list.

Select the colour you want your border to be > Click Ok

Photoshop panel showing solid colour picker

Solid colour fill panel


Drag your colour fill layer to the bottom in the Layers Panel.

Photoshop panel showing colour fill being dragged to the bottom of the layers

Colour fill dragged to the bottom of layers

Step 5: Save your image

Then you need to save your image as a jpeg so it can be shared all over the web!

  •  Go to File > Save as a Copy.

  • In the drop-down box, select Jpeg.

  • Rename your file and chose a location to save it > Click Save.

  • In the Jpeg option box > Type 8 in quality > Click OK. NB you will not save over the original as long as you rename the file.

Sunset image with border around it

Final image with a border


That's it! You have successfully created a photo border in Photoshop. But it doesn’t end there. There are many other options to customise your border and make it unique. You can add a signature logo to your image, add a drop shadow, border edge and much more. Please see our examples below:

Professional Landscape image with a white border and signature logo

Square crop example, with border, drop shadow and signature logo on the image

Example with branding within white border

Professional portrait of a woman, image has a white border

Portrait example with a white border and drop shadow

Professional black and white cathedral image with a white border and signature logo

Black and white example with border, drop shadow and signature logo at the top of image.

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Hi, I’m Marc Newton and I’m a photographer, educational speaker, author, teacher of photography and the founder of The School of Photography. Follow my personal work on Facebook, Instagram.