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Awesome borders on lens intro modules

Updated on July 28, 2014

How to get an awesome border like this on your intro module

I like lenses where lensmasters have added their personality, creativity and style with sharp (or curvy) looking borders, backgrounds and other HTML tricks.

What annoys me is when their Intro Module's picture overlaps part of their lovely border with an ugly unprofessional look.

Here is how to fix that problem and have an Intro Module that looks like this one with a border around the module AND picture.

No more borders hiding behind images. Make a good first impression with these CSS tricks on the Intro Modules of your lenses.

You have to think outside the box

The "Intro Module Image inside the border" trick

Think outside the box

The trick to getting your Intro Module image inside the border instead of overlapping it is to literally think outside the box.

The CSS trick is to make the box bigger with negative margins.

When the box is bigger the border goes around the image instead of behind.

The CSS to use is to wrap your Intro Module text with this styled paragraph tag:

and close it with:

This is the CSS style used on this Text Module. The Intro Module above uses some extra CSS3 styles for the rounded border effect.

Have you got borders on your lens modules?

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Help now my title is too close!

Don't panic!

There is another neat trick to solve this.

Putting some space between the Intro Title and Module

After applying the negative margin trick above, the Intro Title might be too close to your Intro Module with the beautiful border.

The trick to fix this is to add some whitespace in the Intro Title.

And we use this CSS to wrap the Intro Title and give it more space:

and close the Intro Title with:

Where are the awesome borders?

I've shown you the basic tricks to get your Intro Module Image inside the border. Remember to use the negative margin CSS style to wrap your Intro Module content and be creative. Below are some great lenses with border ideas and more HTML tips.

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      jgelien 5 years ago

      This worked with most of my lenses but I cannot for the life of me get the border to wrap all the way around one of my intro lenses. It has a gap in the border on the bottom of the intro photo. How can I fix this?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for the negative margin tip. It's already helped me solve some other spacing problems I was having. It's great to experiment with it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you very much, I had to double check that I was doing this right because in edit you can't see the change. Be sure to save and preview. Thanks again I have been searching for this too. :)

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      bossy gal 6 years ago

      This is what i was looking for. Thank you for sharing this information.

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      alyssa87 7 years ago

      thank you so much for providing us this info.

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      tealmermaid 7 years ago

      Thanks for the tips!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks for the advice, I will try this. God Bless.

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      poutine 7 years ago

      Thanks so much for this tip.

      I just tried it and it worked, to my delight!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I needed this. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. Thanks for the inspiration to not make super long lenses.

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      tazron 7 years ago

      Thank you for solveing a problem that has been killing me. Don't know if I will ever figure out html or css

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      richDik 7 years ago

      Brilliant!! Short.. sweet & to the point :)

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      Karen 7 years ago from U.S.

      Nice tip :-) I'm bookmarking it to refer back to.

      (And I like your attitude that short lenses are best !)