Using Paint To Make A Border.

Love Will Bring Us Together’s Weblog asked me how I put the border around my pictures. I use the Windows Paint program that comes for free on every computer. At least I think it does.

To open Paint, type paint in the search box on the taskbar, and then select it from the list of results.

When I upload my picture there it is huge and I can only see a portion of it. I could zoom out to make it smaller but I resize it to save space on my website.

Here is a mud puddle:


This is how I resize it:



I always check the Maintain Aspect Ratio box. That way I only have to type in the percentage in the horizontal box and the vertical will follow suit on its own. I usually scale my picture down to 20% of the original size. It can vary though. And if you mess up, you can always use the undo button. The blue curved arrow near the top left side of the screen.

I want an outline, so I click it and choose full color.

Now for the border. First choose the shape I click on the 4th one. (Rectangle) :


I want an outline, so I click it and choose Solid Color:


Then the size Size of the border. That is found beside the Shapes. I use the thickest one.

You can choose what color you want it to be too.

Once you have done that, move your mouse to the top left of the picture and drag the rectangle around your photo. Hold down your left mouse button the whole time. Lift your finger off of the mouse button when you have it just right. It can be tricky to get it right. Thank goodness there is that handy Undo blue arrow!


Hope this helps lwbut!Β  πŸ™‚

Oh, while I am still here, I just wanted to leave a link to Olen Dean’s Photography site. He is new to WordPress and I just love his style. I hope you drop by and give him a warm welcome.




  1. I can’t even remember when was the last time I used “Paint,” but there was a time when it was the only program available to me to do some tinkering. Brings back some of the old memories! Thank you! πŸ™‚ And thanks for sharing Olen Dean’s blog. I am always searching WP for photographers to follow.

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  2. Sadly this is about all Paint is good for anymore. I loved the versions of Paint from the last decade, particularly the version that came with both of my Windows Vista machines in 2009. I could draw and color like a madman in that program. The newer versions of Paint are just terrible for drawing anymore…

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  3. So THAT’S how you do it!? πŸ™‚

    I always use paint to put my monogram on my photos on my blog, and to resize my pics so they will fit into my old preferred photo ed that won’t recognise an image greater than 5 Mp! You described the process perfectly!

    I was thinking that there may be a way to add them automatically in WordPress html editor?

    Thanks very much for the tip! πŸ™‚

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      1. I’ve figured a way to save more time with the borders!

        When you put a new photo in WP you want to add a border to, first copy the image html code of the plain photo from your post in ‘Html’ mode. (Starts with the less than sign, ‘img’, blank space). Then edit from the old dashboard and add your sized and coloured border. Then compare this with the new code. You should see a section that begins with ‘style = border’ and ends with a 6 digit number (the 256 bit colour code) and a ;”. if you cut paste and save this you can insert it straight into any image code in the relevant place (usually after the ‘image class’ section and before ‘src’ – leave spaces before and after the pasted section). The beauty is it will fit any sized photo and also you can manipulate the digit code to alter the colour – i think #ffffff is for black? I’m using #eab71c – a gold colour.

        Once you’ve saved the border code you can add a new border on photos in your posts, even when using the new dashboard, in seconds! πŸ™‚

        Have fun! πŸ™‚

        Speaking of which look out for my latest post scheduled for around 9 am your time Wed.

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