Add borders to your photos for free.

Customize your images by adding playful borders or captivating frames, and adjust the size, colors, and placement exactly to your liking.

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Make standout images with borders for free in minutes.

There are countless creative ways to add borders to your images. If you find yourself short on ideas, explore our Adobe Express template library, loaded with thousands of professionally designed examples to kickstart your creativity. Beyond an extensive template library, Adobe Express offers plenty of ways to customize your original border design. Explore the creative tools available to you that allow you to use shapes, colors, negative space, and more to make your own border. Read on for some of our favorite tricks to get you started.

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How to add borders to your images.

Upload an image from your device or select a stock photo to feature in your design.
Use shapes, colors, text, icons, and premade borders to create the perfect border for your design.
Instantly download your design to share on your social channels or print out at home.

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Add a border using design elements.

Select from the Adobe Express extensive library of icons, design assets, and graphics. Type in search terms such as border or rectangle or another keyword that relates to your design. Drop in the design element, adjust the size, and switch up the color to match your mood.

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Create a border using images.

Add an image from your library or the Adobe Express stock photo gallery. Pin the photo to the background, then add an opaque icon shape or text box on top, which uses the negative space to turn the image into a border.

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Add a border with text shapes.

There are a handful of creative text shapes available for your use, many of which feature borders. Once you add text to your design, choose the Shape option and scroll through to find the one that best fits your design. Customize your color and adjust the shape if needed by formatting the text.

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Over 100,000 templates & assets to start from.

Get inspired and save time with expertly designed templates to get you started. Adobe Express has an ever-growing collection of portrait, landscape, square, and vertical templates to create designs that stand out on any channel, any device.

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Frequently asked questions.

Can I change the border color and width?


Use our expert Colors panel to easily customize the color of your border. As for the width, since there are lots of ways to make borders, there are also lots of ways to change the width, size, and shape to fit your creative vision.
Can I add a white border to my Instagram photo?
Adobe Express specializes in making standout social media content, so you can make borders for your Instagram photos with ease. To get a white border, start by choosing a canvas size that is optimized for Instagram. You can use the Resize feature to easily select from preset Instagram sizes. Then, you can make a white border by adding design elements, like frames, to your photo. Or you can scale down your image and make the background white to create your border. There are lots of options so you can achieve your desired effect in the way that works best for you.
Can I add a transparent border to photo with Adobe Express?
To make a transparent border, make sure that there is enough space between your photo’s border and the edge of your canvas. Then, delete any other elements from the background. When you select the download option, choose PNG (transparent background) and your image will download with a transparent border.
Does the size or quality change after adding a border to my image?
You can start your project using the original size of your photo so you can then download your final design without changing the size or quality. On your desktop device, start a new project using the “From your photo” option. On the mobile app, start with a photo from your device’s library and choose “Original size” to maintain the dimensions.
Can I use Adobe Express for free? If so, what’s included?
Yes, we have a free plan available for anyone. Enjoy everything you need to stand out, including dozens of quick action tools, thousands of templates, photo editing and effects, and much more. Explore our plans and pricing for details.