I have a vector of a few unicorns that is currently on a blue background:

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I want to put them on a white background, but when I do that, the unicorns lose their shape because they are white and don't have an outline:

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How would I add a border / outline to them without having to draw it myself?

I'm looking for methods related to Photoshop, Sketch, or Illustrator.

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    Photoshop : Layer Style > Stroke -- Is there something preventing that? Although Sketch (Or Illustrator) would be a better tool for vectors. – Scott Jan 17 '19 at 21:55
  • @Scott I have sketch and illustrator too – bigpotato Jan 17 '19 at 22:00
  • Glad I could help. I edited the question to be less application-specific. I don't know Sketch. Someone may provide a method for that app. – Scott Jan 17 '19 at 22:26

In Illustrator...

Group the Unicorn if it's not already a group.

Then in the Appearance Panel add a new stroke to the group. Click and drag the stroke in the Appearance Panel, so that it is below the <Contents> item in the panel.

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You'll then have a stroke around the entire group which you can adjust.

(Old screenshot... but the panel isn't really that different today.)

Photoshop : Layer Style > Stroke will add a stroke around an entire layer or smart object layer. Although, for vectors using Illustrator or Sketch is probably better.

  • This worked perfectly! – bigpotato Jan 17 '19 at 22:19

I think this is not possible, because the border of the unicorn is white in color and cannot be white. You can find places that offer unicorn images with black borders.

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