Design Feeds Instagram Photo editing

How to add border to a picture (with free apps or on Photoshop)

Hey guys! I was in doubt whether to post or not about how to add border on the photos, because I don’t know if there are many people with this doubt. But I think it can be interesting, because I thought the same thing before making the post about the grain effect and I was very surprised by his reach 😊😊

[A nice update is that I had this post written in half saved in the draft here on the blog and I received a message on Instagram yesterday asking exactly this. Then I said, let’s post! hehehe] I was very surprised by his reach 😊😊

Borders (or frames, or margins), are used on photos to make the Instagram feed cleaner. Others like to make the effect in different layouts just to give a different touch. It’s a super cool design feature with many uses.

Some of the instagram feeds that I created and that are most successful on my Pinterest have white borders, and I notice that they highlight images a lot. Everything is cleaner and organized, looks like ✨💖

Some examples:

In the fifth post of the series I made here on the blog about organized feed [here] I talk a lot about the use of borders in images. Take a look there, which I commented on the edges of different sizes and orientations in each photo, which I don’t particularly like because I think it takes away the unity from the posts. But depending on the style of the feed it may work.

Apps to add white borders to pictures

Several applications offer the option to border photos only in their paid version 😭. I’m not even going to talk about these cases, because I know that whoever is looking for info on the subject and is willing to pay, by now has found some hehehe. But if that’s the case, I suggest the premium version of VSCO.

Within the free options, the best option to border the photo in an easy and beautiful way as I see it is the APRIL app. Just download and look for the option you prefer, it has several beautiful models, including simple, white, square, traditional. Ah, just for the record. April is a delicious app that is worth having, if you like design and are investing in a cool feed 💚💜

But it can also be done at MEITU, my fav hehe. However, on Meitu you have to crop the photo in square format before editing in the app.

Abrir o Meitu, clicar em Editar, escolher a foto e seguir os passos acima!

Add white border on Photoshop

On Photoshop is soooo easy! I do this several times a day every day.

Basically: Open your image, click on the lock to unlock, make two clicks on the layer, choose “stroke” and select the “internal” position and adjust color, size, etc. sometimes many times a day.

💡To save, don’t forget to select .jpeg or .png in the file type! If you don’t, you won’t be able to use the image, okay? Because it will be saved in .psd, which is an open Photoshop file.

If you guys have any doubts, please let me know 🙂




By Lu Amaral

Aesthete: One having or affecting sensitivity to the beautiful especially in art - That's me! 💕 Graphic, digital and web design are my livelihood and my favorite hobby. That's how lucky I am.

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