Fixing Photos – Borders

You can use borders as “frames” to help unify the photos on a slide or across your entire presentation. This technique is simple but useful. Of course, you will use your presentation color scheme/theme and size and crop your images appropriately (see previous post).  Remember not to overdo this – you want consistency, not distraction.   Here are some examples to inspire you.

Original image –

orig sm

Outline color (use a line weight that can be seen, at least 2.25pt) – the examples show a solid and a gradient line  –

color border sm

Compound and dashed outlines –


Gradient rectangle “underlay” with a light line color on the original image (you could also apply a shadow to the image) –


Pattern filled rectangle underlay (you could also use a patterned line – missing in PowerPoint 2007?) –


Two-color underlay –


(A more elaborate version of this series of posts is at

So – simple ideas to make the photos in your presentation more consistent with each other and with your color scheme.  A touch of class.

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