How to Draw a Rectangle With a Border in Photoshop

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How to Draw a Rectangle With a Border in Photoshop
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Adding a border to a shape makes it more prominent and helps it stand out in your image. With Adobe Photoshop, it is possible to add a border to any shape you create. Borders include customisable elements, such as width, colour and transparency. Change these elements to create a border that best fits your needs. Transparent shapes and shapes that are filled with colour are capable of having a custom border.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Select the "Rectangle Marquee Tool" from the tool bar on the left side of the application.

  2. 2

    Click and hold the left mouse button on the canvas, then drag your mouse to create a rectangle. A dashed rectangle shows your current selection. Release the mouse button when the rectangle is the correct size and shape.

  3. 3

    Click the "Edit" menu at the top of the application, then click "Stroke." This opens a new window.

  4. 4

    Enter a width for the border in the "Width" text box.

  5. 5

    Click on the colour swatch, then select a colour for the border of the rectangle.

  6. 6

    Select a location for the border. Apply the border to the inside of the dashed lines, centred over the lines or on the outside of the lines.

  7. 7

    Select the blending mode and opacity.

  8. 8

    Click "OK."

  9. 9

    Press the "Ctrl" key and the "D" key on your keyboard to remove the dashed rectangle.

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