Getting Rectangular: a Sampler of PicMonkey Frames

Sometimes, when you’re editing a photo, you’re so focused on what’s inside of its perimeter, you forget that the border itself is something you can play with. Frames add a kick of flavor to your photos, subtly or radically. Here’s a quick sampler of frames and great effects to pair them with.

Film Edge

candy apples photo with Film Edge frame applied to it

The Film Edge frame gives you loads of great filmstrip looks that can add a dramatic or artsy analog look to any photo. All six of the Film Edge frames will crop your photo into a square, so be sure that your subject is centered.

This frame goes great with Intrepid or Urbane effects, and Special Elite or RNS Camelia fonts.

Rounded Corners

Two images with rounded corners frames

The Rounded Corners frame is an excellent modern, trendy frame. And it’s really easy to create a circle for an ultra-designy look. This frame offers sliders to adjust the corner radius, and background color options (including transparent!). To make a circle, use Crop to make your image a square, add the Rounded Corners frame, set the “Corner radius” all the way to the max, and click “Transparent corners.” A great touch to add to blog image posts and profile pics!

Add the Time Machine effect along with these rounded corners, and it’s ready for an old-fashioned locket! Sacramento or Didact Gothic are perfect fonts to use with this frame.


photo of a child with Polaroid Frame applied to it

The Polaroid frame comes with its own one-click effect, so you get a nostalgic package deal in one swift click. You can rotate the angle of your photo, adjust the fade of our Polaroid effect, and that handy dandy space below the photo is great for a little text! Click “Transparent background” to to add a tangible, real look.

Amatic Small Caps makes for an easily readable and fun handwriting font to add to your Polaroid. Another great font option would be Special Elite, for an ultra vintage feel.


spooky image with Daguerreotype frame

Daguerreotype was an early prototype of photographic imaging. It involved a long exposure time and a bunch of highly toxic chemicals! Whew: our Daguerreotype frame adds the same groovy look without all the mess and brain damage. It’s another package deal that comes with its own effects; the “Film effect” dropdown lets you choose among them. Create a spooky quality with “Brady,” just in time for Halloween, or a refined, artsy feel for any time of the year with “Shiro” or “Plumbe.” One thing to keep in mind is that there’s a fixed aspect ratio for this frame, so a square photo will get cropped.

Two great fonts that go nicely this frame are Roman Antique or Santos Dumant.

Craft Scissors

pie photos shown with two different Craft Scissors frames

The Craft Scissors frame is a great way to add a decorative, cute border, while showing off your scrapbooky style. It works particularly well in showcasing a photograph with very minimal subject matter. We love Craft Scissors because there are a million ways to cut it: six decorative designs, two color pickers, and a “Border size” slider. Play around and get a look that’s uniquely yours!

The Tranquil effect pairs well with Craft Scissors frame to make a retro 1950s look. Geo Sans Light or Rokkit are clean, simple fonts that pair with this frame nicely.


photo of a pumpkin with Sketchedy frame applied to it

Sketchedy is another fixed aspect ratio frame. This frame can be useful in conveying a rustic feel, or a painterly look to your photo.

Try this frame with Cross Process effect (faded to 50%) for a subtle artistic pairing. Coneria Script is a lovely font to combine it with as well.

  • Don Paul BySouth Snr’

    Great Program….. i use & Tutor Seniors on PicMonkey !

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  • selinayn

    Please let us use a “mirror frame” as well. It is so lovely and soft

  • Ashley

    how could I add frames to layers? I love making my own collages in the edit feature by adding layers myself to blank canvases and usually place different colored rectangles from the geometrics option but I saw someone have a framed layer under a photo, I was so jealous, how could I do this?

    • PicMonkey

      That person probably edited a photo, framed it, and then opened it as an overlay using the “Your Own” button in the Overlay tab, on top of another photo.

  • lmstephens88

    Nice Pumpkin

    • Casey Weber McCarty

      Did you save a transparent-background image as .png and/or does your blog support .png? .PNG is the file type that will give you the transparent corners.

  • Gdaiva

    when i make round corners and post those images on my blog why i still see tiny grey square frame line?

    • Don Bysouth

      Greetings PicMonkey. I am a Volunteer Tutor to Seniors on Picasa, however, as from Jan 2014 i won’t be. Instead i will be Tutoring PicMonkey. As no doubt you would know there is a good instruction book “Picasa for Seniors” available. Do you have or do you plan to have any instruction book available for PiCMonkey ?

    • PicMonkey

      That’s weird, Gdaiva. Shoot us a message at, and you can drop in an image for us to see what you’re talking about. The form will automatically tell us what browser you’re using, so that will help, too.

      • Gdaiva

        Never mind, Brenda at Flickr resolved it.
        Thank you so much!!

  • Julie Larson

    I really like Sketchedy, but I tried to use it on an image that is 1000px x 350px and it cut the ends off the image. Is there a way to use it on wide images?

    • PicMonkey

      Hi Julie. Some of our frames have a dynamic size that stretches around ANY image you have. Others are actually images and have to conform to a particular aspect ratio/shape. Sketchedy is one of the latter. Sorry it won’t work for your super wide image!

  • Anu

    Can I set the dimensions of the frame? For example, I want the frame to be a rectangle that is 3×2 inches.

    • PicMonkey

      Hey Anu,

      Most of the frames match the dimensions of your image, so as long as your image is 3×2, that’s what the frame will be. UNLESS you’re using one of the frames that automatically go to square (Polaroid, Film Edge, Daguerrotype). If that doesn’t help, email and we’ll help in more detail. And for converting pixels to images, we’ve got an article for that.