Adding Print Borders

Print borders have two important roles in prints.


It acts as a buffer to reduce the chance of fingerprints when the print is being handled for framing. It also reduces the amount of the print that’s covered by the matte during framing. Larger prints need more of the print behind the matte to stabilise the image when framing.


It frames your artwork or photographs to present in a particular way. The border around the print draws the observer into your work, bringing it out from the surrounding background. You can frame your print with larger borders with or without a matte.

How to add print borders in Photoshop

Print border guidelines

There are no rules when it comes to adding print borders to your files. The guidelines below primarily take into account print handling, reducing the chance of your clients damaging your their new artwork prints.

A Size CM Minimum Border
A5 14.8 x 21 cm 1 cm
A4 21 x 29.7 cm  1.5 cm
A3 29.7  x 42 cm  2 cm
A2 42 x 59.4 cm  3 cm
A1 59.4 x 84.1 cm  5 cm

Our recommended print borders for framing at specific sizes differ based on the ratio of the original work.

2cm border on an A4 print

2cm border on an 21cm x 21cm print

Updated on May 10, 2022

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