Photoshop - Creating a box with a border

In some instances you may want to create a box with a border to emphasise some text or create a button. This can easily be done in Photoshop.

  1. Open Photoshop. Click on File and then New. Make a canvas of 500px by 500px.

  2. If your Layers panel is not yet open, click F7 to open it.

  3. At the bottom of the layers panel, click to add a new layer.

  4. You will see that a new layer has been created above the background layer.

  5. With the new layer selected, click on the rectangle tool on the left toolbar. Check the rectangle tool menu at the top of the page and ensure that the third option is selected.

  6. Select the colour you want the box to be by selecting the foreground colour option on the left menu.

  7. Click and drag to draw a box on your screen.

  8. You'll notice that the box has been created without a border. You will now be able to add this using the layers panel.
  9. Ensure that the layer with the box on it is selected and then click the icon that looks like an fx at the bottom of the panel.

  10. Select Stroke from the dropdown.

  11. The stroke window will launch. Here you can change the size (thickness) of the border that will appear around the box, and also its colour. Click okay.

  12. The box will now appear with a border.

  13. To save the image, click on file and then Save for Web & Devices.

  14. The save window will open. This window will help you optimise your image for the web. We recommend keeping the file type as JPEG (top right corner) and checking that the size is under 200kb (bottom left corner). Click save.

  15. Another window will launch, prompting you to select a location on your computer to save the image.

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