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Tutorial I--How to Create Simple Borders Using MS Paint

Updated on October 14, 2016

Intro

Welcome to this tutorial which will show you how to create simple borders using Paint. I will cover using both the paint tools as well as using a picture of your choosing.

I hope this helps inspire you to create custom borders to spice up your page.

Thank-you for taking the time to read this Hub. Please feel free to comment; suggestions are always welcomed.

How to Start Paint

Step One: Click on the Windows button at the left hand bottom of the screen.

Step Two: Click on All Programs.

Screenshot: All Programs
Screenshot: All Programs

Step Three: Click on the Accessories folder.

Screenshot: Accessories folder
Screenshot: Accessories folder

Step Four: Click on Paint.

Screenshot: Accessories folder select Paint.
Screenshot: Accessories folder select Paint.

Note if you have Window 95/98/2000/XP: If Paint does not show up in the Accessories folder you will need to add it to your Accessories folder. Each Windows Operating System is a little different, however the idea is basically the same.

  1. Click on the Windows/Start button on the bottom left hand of the screen.
  2. Click on Control Panel.
  3. Click on Add Remove Programs.
  4. Left hand of the screen, Click on the Icon Add/Remove Windows Components .
  5. Make sure Accessories and Utilities is highlighted.
  6. Click on Details button.
  7. Make sure Accessories is highlighted.
  8. Place a check mark next to Paint.
  9. Click on OK button.
  10. Follow any further instructions.


Simple Border

Step One: Choose your colors.

You can click on the Colors then click on Edit Colors then click on Define Custom Colors.

Screenshot: Colors
Screenshot: Colors
Screenshot: Define Custom Colors
Screenshot: Define Custom Colors
Screenshot:  Select Line and Line Thickness.
Screenshot: Select Line and Line Thickness.

Step Two: Select the main color you want to use.

Step Three: Select the Line from the toolbox on the left hand side.

Step Four: Select the thickness of the Line.

The smaller the thickness, the thinner the line will be. The larger the thickness, the larger height of the line will be.

Screenshot: First Line
Screenshot: First Line

Step Five: Select a starting point of your first line by clicking on the left side of the canvas.

Step Six: Hold down the left mouse button and then drag the line across the screen.

Note that the line does become uneven if not straight. Simply move your move up or down to fix the line. Then release the mouse button when you are satisfied.

If you make any mistakes, simply click on Edit then click Undo as many times as necessary.

Step Seven: Draw a second line below the first line you created by following the same steps above.

Screenshot: Second Line
Screenshot: Second Line

Step Eight: Choose a second color.

Step Nine: Click on the paint can icon from the toolbox on the left hand side.

Step Ten: Click on the area in between the two line you drew. This will fill the area with your second chose color.

Screenshot: Paint filled in between two lines.
Screenshot: Paint filled in between two lines.

Step Eleven: Click on the Dashed Selection tool.

Step Twelve: On the left hand side, click right above your first line.

Step Thirteen: Holding down the left mouse button, drag the selection over both lines.

Screenshot: Using the square selection tool to outline just the border.
Screenshot: Using the square selection tool to outline just the border.

Step Fourteen: Click on Image and then select Crop.

Screenshot: Image Crop
Screenshot: Image Crop
Screenshot: Image is now cropped.
Screenshot: Image is now cropped.

Last Few Steps: Select File, then Save As, name the photo and choose where you would like to save the border.

Now you just need to import the photo of the border onto your page.

The below picture is the border I created and imported on this page.

Definitely play around with other colors and line thickness to create the border that is unique to you or your page. This was just a general way of creating a simple border. There are many other tools you can use to create a border that is right for you.

Using Your Picture to Create Unique Borders

Source: This is a painting my daughter, Chrishell, had painted.  I do have her permission to use this painting.
Source: This is a painting my daughter, Chrishell, had painted. I do have her permission to use this painting.

Notice throughout this Hub, I am using a textured border to separate the different sections. To do this I used the picture to the right.

This section will cover how to create borders using your own pictures.

Please note that you should only use your own picture or pictures you have permission to use so that you do not violate any copyright laws.

Screenshot: Make a Copy of Picture.
Screenshot: Make a Copy of Picture.

Step One: Choose the picture that has vivid colors, a lot of movement, or just an area that you feel is unique.

Step Two: Very Important, right click on the photo, select Copy!! You do NOT want to change or ruin your original photo.

Step Three: Click on your desktop, right click and then select Paste.

Please Note: The reason I state click on desktop instead of using the picture folder, prevents mistakes or accidents to the original photo.

After you are done using the copy of the picture to create a unique border, you can always move the picture to a folder or area that you choose without the fear of damaging the original photo.

Step Four: Start up Paint.

Step Five: Click on Edit and the select Paint From.

Screenshot: Edit and then Paste From.
Screenshot: Edit and then Paste From.

Step Six: Choose the picture location.

Screenshot: Select Image Location
Screenshot: Select Image Location

Step Seven: Click on Open.

Note on the screenshot that the picture did not fill the canvas area. The reason for this is the size of the canvas I am using I want to target just a specific area of the painting to use as the border. I am using this specific example so if this happens to you, you will know what to do.

Screenshot: Picture not in Canvas, however surrounded by a light blue dash line.
Screenshot: Picture not in Canvas, however surrounded by a light blue dash line.

Step Eight: Click in the area surrounded by the light blue dashed border, hold down your left mouse button and drag the picture into the canvas, until you arrive at the area you want to use.

This is the area I targeted for this demonstration.

Screenshot: Targeted Area I am going to use.
Screenshot: Targeted Area I am going to use.
Screenshot: The selection I am using to create the border.
Screenshot: The selection I am using to create the border.

I want to create a black border around the area that I want to use.


Step Nine: Select the color that you want to use.

Step Ten: Click on the solid square located below the line tool.

Step Eleven: Select the rectangle with the clear center.

The other options will fill the area with the color and not create a border.

Step Twelve: Select the thickness of the border.

Step Thirteen: Select the area you want to start with, holding down the left mouse button, drag the mouse and select the area of your choice. When satisfied, release the mouse button.

Screenshot: Black Border on area I targeted.
Screenshot: Black Border on area I targeted.

Step Fourteen: Use the dashed selection tool, holding down the left mouse button, drag the mouse until the border is highlighted.

Screenshot: Using the selection tool, highlight the border.
Screenshot: Using the selection tool, highlight the border.

Step Fifteen: Click on Image and then select Crop.

Screenshot: Image and then Crop
Screenshot: Image and then Crop
Screenshot: Cropped Border
Screenshot: Cropped Border

Last Few Steps: Select File, then Save As, name the photo and choose where you would like to save the border.

Now you just need to import the photo of the border onto your page.

Be sure to play around with different border thickness, colors, as well as pictures to find the perfect combination to create a unique border for your page.

Conclusion

Creating borders using paint can be fun and enhance your page with ease. In this tutorial I just covered the basics, however using your imagination and creativity as well as playing around with different tools, colors, as well as pictures, you will be able to easily create a one of a kind border that is sure to enhance the page.

Thank-you again for taking the time to read this basic tutorial. If you found this tutorial helpful, please be sure to check out my other Hubs. HAVE FUN and ENJOY!!!

Please note I am still searching for links to add to this page that may be useful!

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      Lin 3 years ago

      I have done this before and yes it makes for a very easy border. I found it out on my own when playing around in paint.

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      agilitymach 4 years ago

      I did try it and referred to your page. :) I made a lot of unique boarders that I am using in my hubs now. Thanks so much for the help. My hubs are looking a lot more "cool." :)

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      frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

      Well I had no idea! Now I am going to have to try this...will need to refer back to your page I'm sure. Thank you so much for your info!

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      Hello Patty, thank you so much for this, it gave me some great ideas, and am trying it out. Voted up, interesting and useful.

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Nick, Thanks for taking the time to read this and comment!! I always appreciate your encouragement and support!! By the way, I like the new profile picture!!! THANKS AGAIN!!!

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      You are very welcome, Patty. I voted up again. That is so useful.

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      nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I like to use Paint sometimes. This is very well organized, with clear instructions. Great job!

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      A K Turner, I too use word with paint when working with certain projects. If your website is posted, I will be sure to take a look!! Thanks for taking the time to comment!!! I do appreciate it!!!

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      Joseph A K Turner 5 years ago from West Yorkshire

      great article, very useful, I use paint a lot, I find it is most effective when used with Microsoft word, I have created some gorgeous looking pieces like that. I used them to construct the top part for my website. Although it is not finished yet, should be up tomorrow!

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      unknown spy, Thank-you soooo much for your kind comments!!! I truly do appreciate it!!! I too like to read tutorials even if I am familiar with whatever the tutorial is about because I usually do find out something new!! Thanks Again!!!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      perfect tutorial Patty. I always love to read hubs like these, you can always gain something new.

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      rajan, Thank-you soooo very, very much for your comments and votes!!! I truly do appreciate it!!!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Patty, thanks for this wonderful tutorial. Now I know how borders can be made.

      Voted up, useful and interesting. Shared this hub on facebook.

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Alancaster, Thank-you for your comments!! My oldest daughter painted the picture that I used!! Paint is a versatile simple program that with time and practice can be used for many different things. I am terrible at drawing, however I have used Paint to put collages of different pictures together to come up with a drawing. And I have used it to create diagrams.

      If you are strictly looking for a program just for diagrams, you may want to check out Microsoft Visio but it does cost money. Also for drawings as well as pictures, Photoshop is another program that does cost money but versatile in use. I use Paint because it is versatile and free!! :)

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      Alan R Lancaster 5 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Interesting item, possibly useful as a starting point for something else. I'd like to do 'drawings' and 'diagrams' as well as experiment with book covers. Impressive picture you started the border from, by the way.

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      belleboy, Thank-you soooo much for you comments!! I hope that it helps you. There is a ton you can do with just using a simple program. I have asked a few friends what programs they use or where they get their borders, some use Photoshop and others purchase borders. If I find more information, I will let you know!! Thanks Again!!

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      belleboy 5 years ago

      Fantastic tutorial Patty. It's cool how you created a border from your daughter's great painting. I'll use this hub when I try to make my own borders. Thanks again for sharing your tips.

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      IntegrityYes, Thank-you sooo much!!! I do appreciate your support as well as your encouragement!!! Thanks Again!!

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      Patty,you are magnificent. I definitely voted up. That is fantastic information.

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Mhatter, Thank-you for your comments as well as your continued support!! I do appreciate it!!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for taking the time to teach us this.

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      mckbirds, Thank-you for your comments; I do appreciate them!! Thanks Again!!!

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      You did a nice job with this. I agree that the Hubs that insert interesting borders have a much more complete feel to them.

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      agilitymach, THANK-YOU soooo much and glad that you found it useful!! It does take a little time to master but it is a free to use program that has many benefits!! I wish you the best of luck and if you get stuck, let me know and I will do my best to help!!

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      agilitymach 5 years ago

      SUPER helpful with great step-by-step instructions. I'm writing a bit of a detailed Hub now that will be greatly helped by these line breaks. Thanks so much. I'm bookmarking this page. :)

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Ron, Thank you soooo much for your comments!!! Creativity is how I survive in life...lol...Thank-you for your continued support and encouragement; I truly do appreciate it!!! Thanks Again!!

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      Ron Hawkster 5 years ago from United States of America

      Patty,

      You're so creative! And the instructions are flawless. Great job.

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Josh, Thank-you soooo much!!! I wanted to help out fellow Hubbers with way of adding content to their pages!! As always, thank-you for your encouragement and support!!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Patty,

      Wow, what detailed, informative and very clear presentation! Excellent job Patty!