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How to create frames using graphic styles in Illustrator

create frame in Illustrator graphic styles
  1. Draw rectangle for the Illustrator graphic style as the start point for the creation of the frame in Illustrator

  2. Draw a smaller rectangle path

  3. Align via the align panel) so the latest path is on top of the earlier path

  4. Pathfinder panel menu followed by minus front option

  5. Select combined path

  6. Apply Illustrator graphic styles via the panel

  7. Place border above any image.

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Updated: August 2017