How to add frames to a picture using Microsoft Paint

Sometimes subtle changes to an image can make it appear different. In this way, adding a frame to an image changes its view and separates it from the background. This will help if you plan to use this image on a website, professional brochure, or social media. The idea is not to let the background of the image overlap the actual background of a website or social network.

There are several ways to add frames to an image, from free online tools to mobile applications. Windows users can get the most out of native tools like Microsoft Paint to add borders to a picture.

Adding frames to a picture using Microsoft Paint

One tool that is often overlooked in image editing is Microsoft Paint. However, the tool offers free and easy-to-use features. And adding a frame to a picture is easy. This is how it works:

1. Using shapes for borders

This involves using the shapes in Microsoft Paint to draw frames around the picture.

Step 1: Press Windows Key + S to start Windows Search, type paint and press Enter to start the app.

Step 2: In the upper left, click the File tab.

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Step 3: Select the Open menu.

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Step 4: Browse through the image that you want to import and click the Open button.

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Step 5: After importing the image, on the Shapes tab, select the rectangle. Once you select the rectangle, your mouse pointer should change its appearance.

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Step 6: Click the Outline tab to the right of the Shapes tab and choose Solid Color.

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Step 7: Click the Size tab to the right of the Outline tab to choose a preferred thickness for your rectangle.

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Step 8: Place your cursor in the top left of the imported image and draw a rectangle filling all of the edges of the image and you should have a border.

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2. Change the color of the frame

When you click a shape in Microsoft Paint, the default outline color is usually black. However, if you prefer a different color, you will need to change the shape outline before drawing your frame. You cannot change the border color after it is drawn around the picture and saved.

There are two ways to change the color of the border. You can use the default colors or create a unique color using the following steps:

Option 1: standard colors

Microsoft Paint offers a palette of different shades of primary colors. You can easily choose any color for your border using the following steps:

Step 1: Repeat steps 1 through 3 marked under the heading titled “Using Shapes for Frames”.

Step 2: Under the Colors tab, there should be two tabs titled Color 1 and Color 2. Color 1 represents the color for the outline of a shape, while color represents the color for the shape fill. In this case, choose color 1.

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Step 3: Choose your preferred color from the color palette and the fill in the Color 1 box should change.

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Step 4: Draw your rectangle around the picture and your frame should be your chosen color.

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Option 2: use the color picker

If the default colors in the palette are different from what you want to use, here are some steps to create your color:

Step 1: Repeat steps 1-2 highlighted in option 1 above.

Step 2: Next to the color palette, click Edit colors.

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Step 3: Enter your color scheme numbers in the red, green, and blue boxes and select OK.

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Step 4: Draw your rectangle around the picture and your frame should be your chosen color.

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3. Use an image as a frame

If spot colors aren’t suitable for your borders, you can also use pictures to add texture or pattern to your borders. This is how it works:

Step 1: Make a copy of the picture to be used as a frame. This is to prevent the original image from being destroyed.

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Step 2: Paste it with a new name so that it can be identified as a copy.

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Step 3: Start Paint.

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Step 4: Stretch out the paint canvas to make sure it’s big enough.

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Step 5: Click the arrow under Insert and select Insert.

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Step 6: Select the picture you want to insert and click Open.

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Step 7: Once the image is imported into Paint, it should be surrounded by dotted lines. Hover your cursor over the dashed line on the edge to get a resize arrow.

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Step 8: Drag the picture to cover the top of the painting area. The size should correspond to a typical border.

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Step 9: Repeat steps 5 through 8 again, but this time place the picture frame on the left, right, and bottom of the canvas and you should have a full frame.

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Tile image

Aside from adding frames to a picture, you can use Microsoft Paint for other purposes. This includes tiling pictures to add effects to pictures. The best way to discover the capabilities of the Paint app is to use it all the time.

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