Decorative Borders

There are many different styles of border available and just as many ways to combine them with your photograph.

Below are a selection of images with borders added in different ways and below them you will see a selection of the most popular borders.

Please note that what you are choosing here is not the style of the portrait but the way the border has been combined with it, the framing method. It is probably a good idea to note the framing method and the number of your chosen border for when you go to the order page.


"Black Dress"
Framing method No.1

Probably the simplest method of combining the border is to keep the hard edge of the image and place it straight in the centre of the frame. The lines of the image remain clean and the choice of a simple border gives this portrait quite a modern feel.

The number of the border used here is AN.126 Mod.



"Wedding Day"
Framing method No.2

Here the image has the edges softened which adds a dreamy quality. Also the border has been given a colour instead of being black which can sometimes look too harsh and overpower the portrait, especially with light or delicate styles.

The number of the border used here is AN.094



"The Gardener"
Framing method No.3

This image has been given a soft vignette and a border added that overlaps part of the picture area.

The number of the border used here is AN.007


"The Gardener 2"
Framing method No.4

Here we have the same image and border but a slight blur has been applied to the border. As the portrait has a slight soft focus this border seems to sit more comfortably without detracting from the subject.

The number of the border used here is AN.007


Framing method No.5

This image fades out towards the edges in a rectangular shape and the border is placed over the faded areas.

The number of the border used here is OF.075


"Friends 2 "
Framing method No.6

The same image and border is used here again and combined in the same way but the border has a colour itself and has been outlined. This seems to work well with the watercolour effect used on the portrait and gives the impression that the border also has been painted.

The number of the border used here is OF.075


Framing method No.7

This image was treated with the watercolour effect and a paper texture added. The border was superimposed so the texture shows through and changed to a colour that compliments the portrait.

The number of the border used here is AN.036


Framing method No.8

This image has a soft oval vignette and decorative corners have been added. Corners work well with circular and oval shaped portraits as they add interest to areas that are usually plain.

The number of the corner used here is DC.100


Framing method No.9

The framing method used on this image is really the same as that above but this example shows how some of the corner designs are more suited to a square or rectangular shaped portrait.

The number of the corner used here is DC.065


Framing method No.10

The addition of these corners were completed in the same way as the image above but the sharp edge of the photo has been retained and the border area changed to a blue to harmonise the image. The watercolour effect used on the subject has been allowed to bleed off into the border.

The number of the border used here is DC.134


"Mother's Pride"
Framing method No.11

Here the photograph has been softly faded towards the outside edges and a pink tint added. This image shows that the decorative corners do not always have to be added to all four corners but could be added to one, two, opposite corners or both top or both bottom corners. The choice is yours, but does largely depend on the original and, in the method shown here, where there may be areas of space or unimportant detail.

The number of the border used here is DC.073


"Danielle 2"
Framing method No.12

This final image shows that a border can be combined by being overlaid onto the picture area itself which in turn has been blurred. This method probably works best with bold or heavy designs of border.

The number of the border used here is AN.126 Mod

Below are some different designs of border for you to choose from.
The rotating arrows symbol that is often seen under the border number indicates that
that design could be rotated so as to be suitable for a landscape format portrait,
that is one which is wider than it is tall.
Also most of these type of border can be flipped horizontally as well
if they are not already symmetrical.
When choosing your border try to imagine which ones would suit your photograph,
particularly if they are of a wide or heavy design or overlap the picture area,
then you would need sufficient space to place the border without interfering
too much with the subject. If you would like a border but are unsure of
which one to choose you could always opt to leave the decision to the artist.

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Decorative Corners

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