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Probably the easiest way to make a border would be to expand the canvas.

Make the border color that you want the secondary color.

Then, open up the Canvas Size dialog: Image>Canvas Size (or Ctrl-Shift-r).

'Maintain Aspect Ratio' should be checked, then, add to the width or height accordingly.

Remember, if you want a 20px border, increase the canvas size 40px.

Oh, and, make sure that it is set to expand from the center outwards (the little Paint.net logo should be in the center with arrows pointing outwards from all sides).

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Hi, thanks for explaining borders.

I used it to make a black somewhat thin border around a photo. I want to test out different ideas on how I want do the majority of my photos so I was wondering if you could tell me what the easiest way to add on a 2nd & 3rd border (like a thin white and then a 2nd thin black border)

Thanks!

Sarah Davis

Probably the easiest way to make a border would be to expand the canvas.

Make the border color that you want the secondary color.

Then, open up the Canvas Size dialog: Image>Canvas Size (or Ctrl-Shift-r).

'Maintain Aspect Ratio' should be checked, then, add to the width or height accordingly.

Remember, if you want a 20px border, increase the canvas size 40px.

Oh, and, make sure that it is set to expand from the center outwards (the little Paint.net logo should be in the center with arrows pointing outwards from all sides).

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Slight adjustment to this procedure;

> 'Maintain Aspect Ratio' should be checked, then, add to the width or height accordingly.

If you check Maintain Aspect Ratio the software will (obviously) control one of the dimensions, i.e., if you specify height it will dictate width, if you specify width it will dictate height. Many users simply want to add a thin border to an image - and you want the border to be of uniform width. The above procedure will work for a square, but will often add varying width borders to adjacent sides to maintain that ratio. The following procedure works for rectangles *and* squares (we reiterate the entire procedure);

- Make the border color that you want the secondary color.

- Then, open up the Canvas Size dialog: Image > Canvas Size (or Ctrl-Shift-r).

- Select radio button "By absolute size"

- 'Maintain Aspect Ratio' should NOT be checked

- Set Anchor to Middle and on lower right set it to expand from center outwards (the little Paint.net logo should be in the center with arrows pointing outwards from all sides).

- Add twice the border width desired to the height and the width (for 1 pixel border add 2, for 2 add 4, etc.)

- And to answer the last question posted, for multiple borders you should repeat this entire procedure!

So, for example, if your original image is Width:125 and Height:200, then for a thin 1 pixel border add 2; set Width:127 and Height:202.

Of course, the ultimate answer is please Donate to Paint.NET and they'll add the "border" option that those other expensive packages have! (Our thanks to all prior posters in this thread!)

(I'm using Paint.NET v3.5.1)

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