# Colored frame for the framed environment

I'm using the framed environement to put a text in a framed box. I'm using it because I like its formating more than fbox. Now I would like to color the frame's border and I didn't find anything on the net to do that.

How should I proceed?

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By colouring the frame you mean the border or the background or both? –  ArTourter Jul 18 '12 at 13:07
Just the border –  Joseph Elcid Jul 18 '12 at 13:13
Perhaps you should consider using the mdframed package. –  user2473 Jul 18 '12 at 13:14
Have you had a look at the mdframed package? –  ArTourter Jul 18 '12 at 13:23
You could also try the tcolorbox package. –  Claudio Fiandrino Jul 18 '12 at 13:24

As others have mentioned, the mdframed package allows you to obtain a colored frame in an easy way through the linecolor=<color> option. A complete example:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{mdframed}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}

\begin{mdframed}[linecolor=blue]
\lipsum[4]
\end{mdframed}\medskip
\begin{mdframed}[linecolor=red]
\lipsum[4]
\end{mdframed}\medskip
\begin{mdframed}[linecolor=green]
\lipsum[4]
\end{mdframed}

\end{document}


A solution using the framed package is also easy to achieve. You can define a new environment to give a color to the frame; in the following example, I defined the cframed environment to draw a colored frame around the text. The new environment simply defines \FrameCommand to use a \fcolorbox; the default frame color is blue and can be changed using an optional argument for the environment:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{framed}
\usepackage{xcolor}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\newenvironment{cframed}[1][blue]
{\def\FrameCommand{\fboxsep=\FrameSep\fcolorbox{#1}{white}}%
{\endMakeFramed}

\begin{document}

\begin{cframed}
\lipsum[4]
\end{cframed}
\begin{cframed}[red]
\lipsum[4]
\end{cframed}
\begin{cframed}[green]
\lipsum[4]
\end{cframed}
\lipsum[4]

\end{document}


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You can also use \def\FrameCommand{\fboxsep=\FrameSep \color{#1} \fbox} –  Marco Daniel Jul 18 '12 at 13:55
Thanks for your help. Your solution is to be the closest to my question. So I'll accept it –  Joseph Elcid Jul 18 '12 at 13:57
@MarcoDaniel: but your suggestion will change the color of both the frame and the contents. –  Gonzalo Medina Jul 18 '12 at 14:04
@GonzaloMedina I tried the second option you suggested and it changed the foreground color. –  Joseph Elcid Jul 18 '12 at 14:19
@JosephElcid I've updated my answer providing a modified and corrected solution with framed. –  Gonzalo Medina Jul 18 '12 at 16:10

As Claudio suggested, tcolorbox is another possibility. Here you have Gonzalo's second example, adapted to this package.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tcolorbox}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\newenvironment{cframed}[1][blue]
{\begin{tcolorbox}[colframe=#1,colback=white]}
{\end{tcolorbox}}

\begin{document}

\begin{cframed}
\lipsum[4]
\end{cframed}
\begin{cframed}[red]
\lipsum[4]
\end{cframed}
\begin{cframed}[green]
\lipsum[4]
\end{cframed}
\lipsum[4]

\end{document}


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Pretty! The thicker lines make the colors more vivid! –  Joe Corneli Dec 11 '12 at 0:50