Add borders to your photos for free.

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

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How to add borders to your images.

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1. Select image.

Upload an image from your device or select a free Adobe Stock photo to start customising your project.

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2. Customise borders.

Drag and drop shapes, colours, text, icons, and pre-made borders to create the perfect border for your design.

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3. Continue editing.

Keep editing or instantly download your new photo with borders to share on your social channels or print out at home.

Add a border using design elements.

Start by clicking the Elements tab on the left of the editor. Many unique frames, shapes, and borders can be added to photos in seconds. Search for border, rectangle, or other design-related keywords. Add the design element, size it, and change the colour to suit your mood.

Create a border using images.

Upload your own media or use our vast library of free Adobe Stock images in your design. Expand the photo to fit your project background, then add an opaque icon shape or text box on top to create a border.

Add a border with text shapes.

Choose from several creative text shapes with borders. After adding text to your design, select Shape and scroll through to find the best fit. Formatting text lets you change colour and shape.

Design in Hindi, Bengali and Tamil.

No more language limitations! Adobe Express is now available in three of India’s most spoken languages, making it even easier to create everything from cards and social posts to flyers and video content. Design with confidence in the language that feels most natural to you.

Frequently asked questions.

Can I change the border colour and width?


Absolutely! Use our expert Colours panel to easily change your border colour. Since there are many ways to make borders, you can change their width, size, and shape to suit your creative vision.
Can I add a white border to my Instagram photo?
Adobe Express is great for making content that stands out for social media, so it's easy to add borders to your Instagram photos. Choose an Instagram-optimised canvas size for a white border. Resize lets you choose from Instagram preset sizes. Frames can be added to your photo to create a white border. You can also scale down your image and make the background white to border it. Lots of options let you achieve your desired effect in your preferred way.
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.