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Can You Outline an Image in Photoshop?

Last updated on September 23, 2022 @ 11:00 pm

Whether you’re a web designer or just someone who likes to play around with photos, you may find yourself wanting to outline an image in Photoshop. Outlining an image can be helpful in many ways.

It can help you create a border for your image or it can help you make an image stand out from the rest. If you’re not sure how to outline an image in Photoshop, don’t worry. We’ll show you how.

How to Outline an Image in Photoshop

Step One
Open your image in Photoshop. You can do this by clicking on “File” and then “Open.” Find the image you want to open and click on it.

Once your image is open, take a look at the “Layers” panel. This is usually located on the right side of the screen. If you don’t see the “Layers” panel, you can go to “Window” and then “Layers” to make it appear.

Step Two
Click on the “Create New Layer” icon. It looks like a small square with a circle in the middle of it.

This will create a new layer above the background layer. You should name this layer something like “Outline Layer.”

Step Three
Now that you have a new layer, select the “Pen Tool” from the toolbar. The Pen Tool is usually located near the bottom of the toolbar. It looks like a small pen icon.

Step Four
With the Pen Tool selected, begin drawing an outline around your image. As you draw, you will notice that little anchor points appear.

These anchor points help define the shape of your line. You can add more anchor points by clicking on them with the Pen Tool or you can remove them by clicking on them with the Alt key (Windows) or Option key (Mac) pressed down. Keep drawing until you have completely outlined your image.

Step Five
Once you have finished outlining your image, go to “Edit” and then “Stroke…” A dialog box will appear asking you how wide you want your stroke to be and what color you want it to be. Choose whatever width and color you want and then click “OK.” Your stroke will now appear around your image.


So, there you have it! Now you know how to outline an image in Photoshop! Give it a try next time you need to add a border or make an image stand out.

PRO TIP: When outlining an image in Photoshop, be sure to use the pen tool and not the lasso tool. If you use the lasso tool, your lines will not be clean and may result in a jagged edge.
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