Add a Quarter Inch Border
in Photoshop Elements

You can add a quarter inch border or any other size border to your photos with Photoshop Elements.

The default unit of measurement to stroke a Selection in Elements is pixels. But you can easily change that to inches.

This tutorial will show you how easy it is.

Photo by Jeffrey Wegrzyn on Unsplash

Click on the video below to see exactly how it's done.

Under the video is an illustrated step-by-step guide showing how to add a quarter inch border in Photoshop Elements.

Here's a link to a tutorial that shows how to put a simple, basic border around a photo:

Add a Border around a photo.

The Step-By-Step Guide

STEP ONE- Duplicate The Background Layer.

Start by making a duplicate Layer of the Background Layer.

To do that press Command+J on a Mac or Control+J on a Windows PC.

Now we have an exact duplicate of the Background Layer and it's named Layer 1 by default.

STEP TWO- Select The Whole Photo.

Next we want to Select the entire photo.

To do that press Command+A on a Mac or Control+A on a PC.

The entire photo is now Selected as indicated by the marching ants around the edge of the photo.

A Selection Marquee (often called "marching ants") appears around the edge of the photo.

STEP THREE- Add A Quarter Inch Border.

Next we'll add a Stroke to our Selection.

Go up to the Edit menu and choose Stroke (Outline) Selection... by clicking on it.

The Stroke dialog box appears.

The Stroke Dialog Box.

Make sure the text inside the Width field is highlighted in blue.

If it's not highlighted, click-and-drag over it to highlight it.

The text inside the Width field is highlighted in blue.

Now type the size and unit of measurement that you want your stroke to be. In our example we want a quarter inch border.

So I'll type ".25" (for 1/4) and then "in" (for inches).

Also make sure that the Location is set to "Inside". That will make sure that the four corners of our border will be nice and sharp.

If you use "Center" or "Outside", the corners will be slightly rounded.

The Location refers to the location of the stroke in relationship to the Selection.

Now click "OK" to close the dialog box and accept the changes.

STEP FOUR- Deselect.

Now we can see our new quarter inch border around our photo.

We still have an active Selection around our photo as indicated by the marching ants so we'll want to get rid of that to finish up.

Just press Command+D on a Mac or Control+D on a PC to deselect.

The final image with a quarter inch border around it.

And that brings us to the end of this tutorial on how to add a quarter inch border in Photoshop Elements.

Until next time, this is Rick saying . . . Take care!

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