3 Best Ways to Add Bor­ders to Images and Videos Using Canva

Pankil Shah

Adding borders to your images or video gives them an extra flair and helps them stand out. While there’re plenty of editing tools like PicsArt and Paint 3D that can help you add borders to your images, Canva catches the attention as a complete editing package.

Best Ways to Add Borders to Images and Videos Using Canva

Canva is a popular online destination for creating graphics and simpler things like making logos and watermarks. Also, the service offers an extensive library of elements, templates, and a drawing tool, which you can use to add borders to images and videos. We shall talk about all three of those methods and more in this post. So, without further ado, let’s get right to it.

1. Use Elements

Canva offers you several elements to add borders to the images. There’re plenty of ready-to-use elements in Canva's library that can be used as borders. Here’s how.

Step 1: Open Canva in a web browser. Click on the cloud icon next to the search bar to upload your image or video.

Upload Photo or Video

Step 2: Once uploaded, open the image and click on the Use in design option to continue. Your media will open in a new project window.

Use Image or Video in Design

Step 3: Click on the Elements tab on your left and type in border in the search box up top, and press Enter. Scroll through various designs and click on the one you wish to add.

Alternatively, you can also search for lines, squares, rectangles, and such to bring up similar results.

Elements Tab in Canva

Step 4: Once added, use the borders around the element to adjust it.

Add Border Using Elements Tab

Step 5: Next, click on the lock icon on the toolbar to freeze it.

Lock Border in Canva

You can use the toolbar at the top to flip or change the color of the border. If it’s a video or a GIF, then you can also animate your border to make it more interesting.

Animate Border

2. Use Templates

Another neat way to add borders to your photo or video is by editing one of the existing templates in Canva.

Step 1: Open Canva in a browser. On the site, you can manually explore various templates yourself or use the search box at the top to look for a specific template.

Search Canva Templates

Step 2: Once you find a bordered template you’d like to use, click on it. That will open the template in a new project window.

Step 3: Remove all the unnecessary elements that you don’t need by selecting them and clicking on the trash icon at the top.

Remove Unwanted Elements form Canvas Template

Step 4: Next, navigate to the Uploads tab on your left and use the Upload media option to add your image or video.

Upload Media in Canva

Step 5: After uploading it, click on the image to add it to your template. Once added, move it to a corner of your template.

Move the Image

Step 6: Right-click on the border in your template and select Bring to Front option from the resulting menu.

Bring Border to Front

Step 7: Lastly, select your image and resize it using the borders around it.

Use Templates to Add Borders in Canva

Again, you can use the toolbar at the top to edit your image and borders around it.

3. Drawing Tool

Canva has now introduced a drawing tool that you can use to draw borders around an image or video.

Step 1: Open Canva in your web browser. Now open your image or video in Canva’s project window.

Step 2: Next, click on the More option from the left toolbar. Under Apps and Integrations, select the Draw tool.

Draw Tool in Canva

Step 3: You can use a pen, marker, or glow pen to draw a border around your image. You can change the size and the transparency of your pen by using the corresponding sliders below it.

Draw Border in Canva

Once you're satisfied with your creation, you're all set to download your file from Canva.

Download Your File

After adding a border to an image or video, click on the download button in the upper-right corner. Use the drop-down menu under File type to pick from the available formats. Lastly, click on the Download button to get your file.

Download Image in Canva

Besides downloading, you can also share your photo or video directly from Canva to your Facebook, Instagram, and Google Drive accounts.

Add Borders For a Classy Look

Be it your images or videos, Canva certainly feels like a complete package for all your editing needs. It also has a wide array of features that you can use to make eye-catching Instagram posts, presentations, and more.


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Pankil Shah

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Pankil Shah

Pankil is a Civil Engineer by profession who started his journey as a writer at EOTO.tech. He recently joined Guiding Tech as a freelance writer to cover how-tos, explainers, buying guides, tips and tricks for Android, iOS, Windows, and Web.