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How do you add a border in Illustrator?

Last updated on December 1, 2022 @ 9:12 am

Adding a border to an Illustrator file is a simple process. First, open the file in Illustrator and select the objects you want to border. Next, select the Rectangle tool from the toolbar and make a border around your selected object.

NOTE: The Shape tool that you will be using depends on the shape of the object that you want to have a border. Use it accordingly.

To design your border, click on the “Window” option from the top menu and select “Brushes”.

In the “Brushes” window, click on the three dashes at the top right corner, then select “Open Brush Library”.

Click on the “Borders” option. From there, select the type of border you want to create. You can choose from a wide variety of borders such as dashed, decorative, frames, geometric, and many others. For this example, we will select the decorative border.

A pop-up window of the Decorative Borders will appear. Scroll down to see all available choices, then click on your preferred border.

NOTE: Make sure to use the “Selection tool” to click on the rectangle border you created earlier first, to immediately apply your selected border.

Now you have a border around your design!

If you want to change the color of your borders, just select “Recolor” from the “Quick Actions” window in the “Properties” tab. From there, you can either move the handle in the color wheel to select a color or double-click on the handle to open the “Color Picker” window. Once done, just click on the “Recolor” button again to close the pop-up window.

And that’s it! When you’re happy with the style and color of the borders of your design, just click on save to download a copy.

PRO TIP: Adding a border in Illustrator can be tricky. Make sure to use the right tools and practice beforehand to avoid any mistakes.

To add a border to an object, first, select the object and then click on the “Rectangle tool” to make a border around the object. From there, go to the “Brushes” window and open the “Brushes Library”, then select “Borders” where you can find a wide variety of borders to select from.

Madison Geldart

Madison Geldart

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