How do you add a border in Photoshop?

Preparing your artwork with a border and/or cut line will help ensure that your sticker will be cut exactly as you intended. The process is slightly different depending on your file format so we provided instructions for both Photoshop and Illustrator.

Step 1: Resize your image

Open your file in Adobe Photoshop and click Image > Image size... Image size dialog box in Photoshop Resize your image to the desired size in inches at 360PPI. Your size should be approximately how big you'd like your stickers to be after they're produced. Keep in mind that the size shown in the dialog box represents your entire document, so you should trim the background first.

Once your resize your image, add some padding to make room for the border. Click Image > Canvas Size... and add 2 inches of relative padding to your image.

Step 2: Create an image mask

Note: If your image already has a transparent background, skip to step 3.

Use the magic wand tool and click the background area to select it. Click Layer > Layer Mask > Hide Selection to hide the background. Your design will now be isolated on a transparent background. magic wand tool selection in Photoshop

Step 3: Add a stroke to the layer

Right-click on your layer and select Blending Options... blending options in Photoshop

Select Stroke and choose a size and color. The other settings should match the following: select stroke in Photoshop

Step 4: Clean up your border

Depending on the shape of your design, you may have some inner areas that need to be filled in or stray pixels that need to be removed. Adjust your border size to be sure that your sticker will be cut as 1 piece.

remove inner cuts in Photoshop