The Perfect Frame: A Guide to Digital Border Options for Canvas Prints

Adding a digital border to an image can often transform its overall appearance in intriguing ways. By incorporating border effects, over time I have discovered how they can enhance even the simplest canvases, enabling me to conceal distracting backgrounds and draw attention to the focal point at the center of the image.

The utilization of digital borders offers an array of creative possibilities. These borders can be customized to align with the specific theme or mood of the image, serving as an extension of its visual narrative.

For instance, a sleek and minimalist border can imbue an image with a contemporary and refined aesthetic, while a vintage-style border can evoke nostalgia and add a touch of timeless charm.

Adding Digital Frames in Palleon editor

For this example I’m going to use the frames option that are available in my Palleon Photo Editor. I will emphasize that this is no Canva killer. It’s just a simple editor that you don’t need to sign up for.

The FRAMES tab can be found along the left hand side. You’ll be required to upload your image first.

Depending on the style you choose (and the color scheme of your image) you will find something that will appeal and compliment your photo.

Some frame themes have quite a few variations while others are simplified.

I’ve often used grunge borders for that paint splatter effect. While a grunge border doesn’t really suite this particular image, I wanted to add it as an example.

Once you reach the stage of downloading the final image, you’ll be presented with a range of options that allow you to tailor the file according to your specific needs. Among these options, two key adjustments worth considering are renaming the file and modifying the DPI resolution—both of which I highly recommend. Additionally, you’ll have the flexibility to choose between saving the image in either JPG or PNG format.

Adjusting the DPI (dots per inch) resolution is another crucial consideration. DPI refers to the level of detail and quality present in the image, particularly when it comes to printing or displaying it on various devices.

Higher DPI values result in sharper and more detailed prints, but also larger file sizes. On the other hand, lower DPI values reduce file size while sacrificing some level of detail. Depending on the intended use of the image, such as printing for physical display or sharing digitally on the web, selecting an appropriate DPI resolution is essential for achieving optimal visual representation and efficient file management.

In addition to choosing the desired resolution, you can select between saving the image in JPG or PNG format. JPG (or JPEG) is a commonly used compressed image format that offers a good balance between file size and image quality. It is suitable for general purposes, including web sharing and digital displays, as it efficiently reduces file size while preserving a satisfactory level of visual fidelity. PNG, on the other hand, is a lossless format that retains maximum image quality but typically results in larger file sizes. PNG is particularly advantageous when it comes to images with transparent backgrounds or graphics with sharp edges, as it supports the preservation of fine details and accurate color representation.

Choosing a color frame that aligns with the color theme of your digital image establishes a strong visual connection between the frame and the content within. It creates a sense of unity and cohesiveness, allowing the frame to seamlessly integrate with the image and become an integral part of its overall composition.

The color frame acts as a visual border that encloses and defines the boundaries of the image. It serves as a framing element that draws attention to the content within and guides the viewer’s gaze towards the focal point. The frame becomes a subtle yet effective tool in directing the viewer’s attention and emphasizing the key elements or details of the image.

Moreover, the color frame can contribute to the overall aesthetic experience and evoke specific emotions or associations. Colors have the power to elicit certain moods or psychological responses, and by selecting a frame color that harmonizes with the image, you can enhance the intended emotional impact.

The choice of a color frame also provides an opportunity for personal expression and creative experimentation. Different colors can evoke different visual effects and impressions, allowing you to explore various aesthetic possibilities. You can opt for a complementary color frame that creates a striking contrast, or choose an analogous color scheme that generates a more harmonious and balanced composition. By consciously selecting the color frame, you can infuse your personal style and artistic vision into the presentation of the image, making it unique and visually captivating.

Mirroring the Borders in Photoshop

Mirroring the edges with a border can still be an issue if it has patterns. Similar to what I experienced with this post regarding mirroring people close to the edge.

Strange patterns might become visible if they are not stretched right.

With the example above I have used the Rectangle Marquee Tool and created a duplicate layer for both the top and bottom of the image then stretched them to the edges. While the edges will be cut in the final canvas, most people would not notice the pattern being excessively stretched, especially that it is along the top and bottom of the canvas edge.

These example canvases that I’m using have a 1.8cm edge. If you were using the thicker 3cm edge canvas frames, you would need to make sure that the pattern was the only visible item. Otherwise it will be noticeable and look terrible.

Patterns with lines can be another issue when it comes to mirroring. A straight line will mirror fine, but the moment the lines are angled, the mirrored layer will reverse that angle. Lining up the edges when wrapping will be crucial.

When attempting to stretch a pattern across the edges of a canvas, the challenge lies in aligning the pattern seamlessly to create a continuous flow from the front face of the canvas to its sides. Patterns, especially intricate or complex ones, require precision to avoid any discontinuities or misalignments that might compromise the overall aesthetic.

This intricate nature of pattern stretching makes it a fiddly task, requiring a delicate touch and a meticulous eye for detail.

Something that I have failed in numerous times!

Digital Blending Appearances

Common digital border blending options will look like the following.

Plain color backgrounds are the easiest to use as a digital border. The only issue (if any) is to align the canvas frame underneath before commencing wrapping.

Patterns with lines may require the fiddly readjusting but the advantage they have is they do make it easier finding the frame edge to align with.

Gradient color schemes are similar to solid color borders. Finding the even space around the canvas may take a little time to make sure it is perfect.

Patterns can help align the framing of the edges. Surreal or unusual patterns you may be able to get away with minor mistakes but if you have patterns with alphabet or numbers, you might want to really refine the edges when wrapping.


Choosing the right border option for your canvas print is essential to maximize its visual impact and complement its style. Whether you opt for a grunge splatter design, or colored border, each option offers unique benefits and aesthetic appeal. Consider the artistic style, display location, and personal preference when making your decision. By selecting the perfect digital border, you can elevate your canvas print into a stunning piece of art that transforms any space.