Frames and Borders in Affinity Photo

Adding frames and borders to photos can give them a unique and polished look. Affinity Photo makes it easy to add frames to your photos with its comprehensive set of tools. In this blog post, we will explain how to add frames in Affinity Photo and show you some of the different types of frames that you can create. Let’s get started!

Borders and Frames explained

Borders and frames are essentially the same thing when it comes to photos. A border is simply a line or overlay that goes around the edge of a photo. A frame is a more decorative border that can be made up of different colours, patterns, or images.

These additions can help to add visual interest to your photos and can be used to highlight certain elements within the photo. For example, you could use a frame to draw attention to the subject of your photo or to make a statement about the mood or theme of the image.

How to add a frame

In Affinity Photo, there are many ways to add borders and frames to your photos. The simplest way is to use the “Frame” tool, which can be found in the “Draw” menu.

One way would be to open your image and then click on the ‘Document’ menu. From there, select ‘Resize Canvas‘ this will open up a new window where you can resize your image.

Beforehand, we have to unlock the aspect ratio by clicking on the padlock icon. Don’t forget to click on the middle point of the ‘Anchor’ box so that your image stays in the centre of the frame. Then, you can change either the width or height and Affinity Photo will automatically adjust the other dimension.

To add a frame, simply enter in the amount of pixels you would like to add around your image. For example, if you want to add a frame that is 30 pixels wide, you would add “60” to both the height and the width field.

Once you’re happy with your settings, click ‘Resize’ and Affinity Photo will add the frame to your image. This method allows you to create a more precise frame that fits the dimensions of your photo. Take a look at the image below to see how this works.

Another way would be to use the Crop tool (see image below). The Crop tool is found in the toolbar and it looks like a square with a diagonal line inside it. Adjust the preferred cropping ‘Mode’ from the Context toolbar.

To add a frame, simply click and drag the corners of the crop box out of the image until you are satisfied with the border. Affinity Photo will automatically create a frame for you based on the size and shape of the crop box. This method allows you to preview how the frame will look on your image before you add it.

Customizing the borders

There are various ways how you can customize borders in Affinity Photo. For example, you can pick the colour and add a texture or pattern to the border. You can also add an image to the border or use a gradient as the frame. You can also add your own textures and patterns if you want to get creative.

To fill the border with a particular colour, simply click on the ‘Edit’ menu and select ‘Matte’. Matte will fill any transparent areas in the image with a selected colour. A window where you can select the desired colour will appear.

You can pick either a custom colour, the primary colour or the secondary colour. When you are happy with the border colour, click on ‘Apply’. Affinity Photo will automatically fill the border with the chosen colour. See the image below for a better understanding of this procedure.

Affinity Photo also allows you to add borders without permanently altering the image. This is done by adding a ‘New Fill layer’ from the ‘Layer’ menu and then dragging it underneath the image layer with the transparent border.

Converting shapes into frames

Affinity Photo also allows you to convert shapes into frames. You can fit an image within any shape imaginable by clipping it to the shape.

To do this, select the ‘Shape’ tool from the toolbar and then click and drag on the canvas to create a desired shape. You can set the width, colours and other details of the shape in the context toolbar. Use the Move tool to reposition and resize the shape if needed.

When you are happy with your shape, open up the image you wish to set within the frame. Now, you can select your photo and then drag it onto the shape. Affinity Photo will automatically clip the image to the shape. You can once again resize and reposition the photo within the frame or the clipped layers together using the Move tool.

This method is great for creating unique frames that are specific to your photo. You can also experiment with different shapes and sizes to create interesting borders. Affinity Photo makes it easy to add borders and frames to your photos, so you can have creative control over the final outcome. We have provided an example of how to create a shape frame in the images below.

Creating custom frames

Creating custom frames is extremely easy in Affinity Photo. All you need to do is to draw a custom shape using the Pen tool. The Pen tool can be found in the toolbar and it looks like a pen nib.

To create a custom shape, simply click and drag on the canvas to draw your desired shape. Affinity Photo will automatically create a path based on your drawing.

You can also trace the outline of a particular object in your photo. When you are happy with the shape, open up the ‘Stroke’ panel from the ‘Window’ menu. In the Stroke panel, you can select the desired width, colour and other details of the frame.

Once you are happy with your custom frame, drag the image layer onto the text of the frame layer. Affinity Photo will automatically clip the image to the frame. You can then use the Move tool to reposition and resize the frame if needed. Feel free to experiment with different shapes, sizes and colours to create interesting borders.

In the following images, we have traced the head of a teddy bear using the Pen tool to create a custom shaped frame. Subsequently we opened the image layer and then dragged it onto the text of the curves layer. As you can see, the custom shape has been transformed into a frame.

Applying Effects to borders

In Affinity Photo, you can also apply effects to borders. To do this, simply select the frame layer and tick the desired effect from the ‘Effects’ panel. You can also apply multiple effects to the same layer.

There is a wide range of effects that can be applied to borders. For example, you can add a drop shadow, inner glow or outer glow to the border. You can also add a bevel and emboss effect or apply a gradient overlay. Experiment with different effects to see what looks best with your photo.

Conclusion

Adding borders and frames to your photos is a great way to add creativity and style. Affinity Photo makes it easy to create custom frames and apply effects to borders. As we have discussed in this blog post, there are many different ways to add borders and frames to your photos. With a little bit of experimentation, you can come up with some really unique looks for your photos. So have fun and get creative!

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