How to Add Borders and Frames in Affinity Photo iPad: Tips and Tricks

Adding borders and frames in Affinity Photo for iPad to photos can give them a more polished, finished look. Affinity Photo for iPad makes it easy to add borders and frames of all shapes and sizes, with a wide variety of customization options.

In this blog post, we’ll show you how to add borders and frames to your photos using Affinity Photo for iPad with shape tools such as the Elliptical Marquee Tool. Then, let’s delve deep into using custom frames and borders, as well as custom effects. We’ll also show you some tips and tricks for getting the most out of this powerful photo editing app!

What are borders and frames?

Borders and frames are graphical elements that can be added to photos to give them a more finished, polished look. Borders can be solid or dashed lines, while frames can be solid or outlined shapes. Affinity Photo for iPad offers a wide variety of border and frame options, making it easy to find the perfect way to style your photos.

Borders are a great way to add a simple, yet effective, design element to your photos. They can be used to highlight a particular area of the photo or to draw attention to the overall composition.

Frames are more versatile than borders and can be used for both aesthetic and functional purposes. For example, frames can be used to crop a photo or to create a vignette effect.

Let’s look at how to add a border to your photos in Affinity Photo for iPad.

How to add a border in Affinity Photo for iPad

In this blog post, we’ll show you how to add borders to your photos using Affinity Photo for iPad. We’ll also show you some tips and tricks for getting the most out of this powerful photo editing app!

Use a border, for example, to make your titles stand out more prominently in photos. The most popular options are solid or dashed lines on a white background. On iPad, Affinity Photo gives you a lot of border and frame choices, making it easy to find the perfect way to style your photos.

STEP 01:

If you want more control over the border or frame, you can use Affinity Photo’s Shape tool to draw a custom border or frame. To use the Shape tool, select it from the toolbar and then use your finger to draw a shape around the edge of the photo. You can also tap on the “Options” button in the toolbar to adjust the thickness, color, and other properties of the shape.

Initially start up with an empty canvas and insert an image through Affinity Photo for iPad. Drag the image to adjust the size and position as per your requirement.

STEP 02:

Now select a shape and this example is about using a rectangle, but you can use any shape you want. Also, place the shape on top of the image.

Next, you have to adjust the size of the shape layer and the image to be the same. To do that task select the image layer, select the Transform Studio and make a note of the width and the height and change it for whole numbers to make it convenient.

STEP 03:

Next, select the shape layer, select the Transform Studio and change the width and height as it is of the image layer.

STEP 04:

Choose the Move tool and place the shape layer precisely over the image layer. If you still can’t see the image switch the shape layer to the bottom and the image layer to the top from the layers panel. There you go with the amazing look!

You can change the color of the border from the Colours Panel as well.

With Affinity Photo for iPad, adding borders to your photos is easy and fun! Be sure to experiment with all of the different options available in this powerful photo editing app to find the perfect way to style your photos.

Next, let’s check out how you can customize frames in Affinity Photo for iPad.

How to customize frames in Affinity Photo for iPad

To customize frames, choose an empty canvas and add an image. You can fit the image to the canvas by resizing it.

Next, choose the Layer FX option from the right-hand side and tap on the Border option to add the border to the image.

Adjust the Blend mode, Opacity, Radius, alignment, Fill Style, and Color of the border as per your requirement.

Use the color option to use the color wheel to change the color to the desired view.

How to Add Borders and Frames in Affinity Photo iPad: Color wheel

Use the alignment option to choose an alignment as per your requirement.

Opacity can be used to make the border more or less visible.

You can use the Radius option to change the thickness of the border.

Fill style Option can be used to select whether the border should be solid, gradient or hatch.

After customizing the border, hit the check mark to save it.

Once you’ve added a frame, you can use Affinity Photo’s editing tools to further customize it. For example, you can use the Eraser tool to remove parts of the border or frame, or you can use the Transform tool to resize or rotate the element.

That’s it! Next time you’re looking to add a little extra something to your photos, be sure to try out Affinity Photo’s Borders and Frames feature.

Let’s look at how to utilize shapes as borders.

Using shapes as borders in Affinity Photo for iPad

Shapes as borders are used to make your photos and editing stand out more prominently in photos.

To use shapes as borders, initially start-up by opening a new document to bring out a basic panel to work along.

Next, add a layer. To add a layer tap on the layers icon, and tap the “+” icon to add a layer. We can use a pixel layer here, so choose a pixel layer.

So over that layer let’s add a shape. Click on the shape icon from the left toolbar and choose the desired shape and drag it along the document view as per your requirement.

For example, you can choose a rectangle, a rounded rectangle, or even a triangle and much more per your requirement like the picture displayed below.

Adding Borders using Shape tool

Next, let’s add a border but ensure the shape is selected to apply the adjustments further. Go to the “FX” icon on the left side of the screen. The options in Layer FX are drop-down such as scale with objects, Gaussian Blur, Outer Glow, Inner Glow, Outline, SD, and more!

To add a border around a shape tap on the Outline option to enable it. At the bottom of the screen, you can check out multiple options to adjust the border.

Adjust the radius option for a thicker or thinner border and change the color by choosing color through the color wheel.

Try to adjust the alignment as well from the drop-down menu too…

Draw custom frame in Affinity Photo for iPad

You may wish to create a frame from scratch to complement your photo. Affinity Photo for iPad makes it easy to do just that! Custom frames can be drawn using the Pen tool.

To draw a custom frame, start by opening the Affinity Photo app and creating a new document. Then, select the Pen tool from the toolbar on the left side of the screen.

How to Add Borders and Frames in Affinity Photo iPad

Next, use the Pen tool to draw a custom shape around your image. To do this, simply click and drag your mouse around the edge of the image to create a path.

Once you’ve created your custom frame, you can use the various Affinity Photo editing tools to further customize it. For example, you can use the Eraser tool to remove parts of the frame, or you can use the Transform tool to resize or rotate the shape.

That’s it! Now you know how to add custom frames to your photos using Affinity Photo.

Be sure to experiment with these options to find the perfect look for your next project. Next, let’s look at how to use border effects.

Border effects in Affinity Photo for iPad

Border effects are a great way to add a little extra something to your photos. There are different border effects available in Affinity Photo for iPad.

Let’s use border effects using the Filters Studio. To start up you need to switch to Selections Persona and select Elliptical Marquee Tool and then drag along the view to make the selection.

Next, you need to create a new pixel layer. To accomplish that task switch to Photo Persona and select the Move tool to transform the selection.

Choose the Filters Studio and fill a desired selection for the selected area.

Tap two fingers on the screen to view the short menu and tap deselect.

Next, choose an effect as per your requirement from the Filters Studio.

Next, set the Blend mode of the Ellipse layer among the drop-down as per your requirement.

You can also change the border effect from the Halftone Filter. You have several border effects such as Diffuse, Line, Circular, Colour, Pixelate, Ripple, Twirl, and much more!

Make sure to experiment with the border effects to get a better understanding.

I hope this blog post has given you some helpful tips for adding borders and frames to your photos using Affinity Photo for iPad.

Conclusion

We hope this blog post has given you some helpful tips for adding borders and frames to your photos using Affinity Photo for iPad. We discussed how to add and customize borders, using shapes as borders and drawing custom frames as well as using border effects to derive notch photos. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below! Hope this blog brushed up your skills.

Thanks for reading!

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