(Legacy) Adobe Photoshop CS3: Adding Borders

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This article is based on legacy software.

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 the Rectangle Marquee tool and select the desired shape for your border.
    rectangle marquee

  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.

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

  5. To select the color of the border, click the Color swatch.
    The Select stroke color dialog box appears.
  6. Select the desired color
    NOTE: For additional help on selecting a color, see Working with Colors.
  7. Click OK
  8. 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.

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

  10. (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.

  11. Click OK.
    The border is applied.

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