Make matting interesting with ImageFramer

In this tutorial, I want to show you a few ways to use matting with ImageFramer.

A mat can enhance, or even radically change, the impression of a picture.  With a mat, a piece of art can look far more impressive than without it. To show you some matting tips I have chosen a nice autumn photo with a bright accent on blue shoes. Hope you like it.

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Simple matting

First of all let’s choose the frame that enhances the picture and doesn’t distract us from our main purpose. The frame I chose is called Legion (can be found in Real collection, Wooden set). The width is set to 8%.

Then I’ve added a mat around the photo. In general, neutral colors are always a safe choice. Playing a background role, they help a picture to dominate the space around it. For this reason I’ve picked the Toasty mat in Beige and Yellow collection. I recommend making the mat twice as wide as the frame. I increased the width to 14% by using the slider on the right, in the Layer Settings tab.

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Double matting

In this variant I want to give the effect of more depth to the picture. For this reason I added Fussil mat from the same collection and put it to the inner side of the photo. The inner mat creates a thin line of a slightly lighter color. Where a double matting is used, the color of the inner mat can enhance the bright accent on the picture or be just slightly darker or lighter than the main mat color.

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Choose your own color

But let’s try something different. Don’t forget that you can choose a color of a mat from the picture itself. The picture is full of warm yellow and red colors, so I clicked on the eyedropper and decided to go with a deep orange color from one of the leaves in the photo. To make it even more interesting I did the same thing with the bevel and chose a dark purple color for it.

This makes the photo stand out by adding interesting visual elements and a bit of extra color.

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There are many more creatives ways you can use ImageFramer to improve the presentation of your photographs. Let your imagination surprise you!

Trickster brings support for Touch Bar

Version 2.5 of Trickster adopts the new Touch Bar in the 2016 MacBook Pro models.

The Touch will now always display a button to open the “File Tracking Configuration” dialog. In addition, it’ll allow to quickly visually change current filter and, when a file is selected, has a handy button to reveal the file in Finder.

Hopefully, the happy customers of the new MacBook Pros will find this integration handy.

Trickster Touch Bar

The update is available both from the Mac App Store and from our site. If you already have a direct (non-Mac App Store) version of Trickster, you can use the built-in auto-updater.

Educational articles on framing and matting

Are you interested in the history of picture frame? Or perhaps you need some tips for choosing the perfect frame for your art work? What are the main rules of framing the photo?
We are pleased to inform you that we have started publishing educational articles on framing and matting. Take a look at our Picture Framing Articles page.
Every month we will add articles with interesting facts about framing, as well as sharing tips to mount your artwork. Let us introduce our first article – Why a picture frame?

Why a picture frame?

A frame for a picture is like a beautiful dress for a woman. It serves to emphasize the important details, hide the disadvantages, and create a complete, perfect image. Many private owners and art galleries exhibit their paintings without frames, but this is a huge mistake. An unframed picture looks far less impressive than it could because the painting itself is rarely self-sufficient and lacks a complete form. In most cases the right framing is necessary to complete the image…
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10-Year Anniversary sale

We’re celebrating 10 years of operation with an unprecedented 10-day half-price sale of all our Mac application lineup.

The sale runs until October 15, 2016.

Anniversary sale

The applications on sale are:

  • ImageFramer — a professional-grade framing design and visualization software for artists, framers, professional and hobby photographers. Ten years in the making, ImageFramer is the first product that Apparent Software started with. All version upgrades are included in the sale.
  • Cashculator — a personal finance application geared at families and small business. Cashculator focuses on high-level planning and tracking of finances, and on “what-if” scenarios to evaluate possible financial outcomes.
  • Trickster — a menu-bar productivity application to access recently used applications, files and folders. Trickster is designed to save time for people who work with files on their Macs.

The sale prices are:

  • Trickster: $4.95
  • Cashculator: $14.95
  • ImageFramer Lite: $14.95
  • ImageFramer Standard: $19.95
  • ImageFramer Pro: $34.95

Don’t miss this rare opportunity!

Trickster version 2.4.2

We’ve updated Trickster with a new feature and some bug fixes.

Specifically, we’ve added a preference that can disable Finder folders from showing in the “All Files” list. Some users don’t like it that folders appear in the main list when they navigate in Finder. Note, Folders will still appear in filters that are set to show folders.

This new option is selected by default:

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Other changes:

We removed the dialog that would sometimes appear when Trickster detected potential problems with its watched folders (related to Sandboxing). If you don’t know what it means, don’t worry. Some users experienced a stuck Trickster because of that, and it’s not something we’d want you to experience.

We also fixed the sometimes disappearing text after editing text in filters and in Tracking Settings

Thanks to the customers who gave the suggestions and reported the issues.

Lastly, we’ve added a note that “Watch Folders” also includes all the subfolders of these folders. We’ve added this everywhere it made sense, including in the User Manual.

Productivity articles

Not really related to the release, but we’re adding articles sections to our site and one section is about Mac Productivity, where we’ll post some tips related to the topic. Click to read the Mac Productivity articles we have now.

Cashculator 1.3.7 Release

We’ve released an update to Cashculator that fixes some bugs and improves some aspects of usability, especially the state of the application after it restarts.

Update is available both directly from our site and from the Mac App Store. If auto-update through the application doesn’t work, you can download the new version.

If you’re a Twitter user, it’s also a good time to connect to Cashculator’s Twitter account. While it’s kind of new, it might surprise you.

Full release notes:

  • Use default system fonts
  • Fix rare corruption of total categories names
  • Remember and restore active screen between launches
  • Remember and restore Scenarios sidebar state between launches
  • Remember position in grid between launches

Saving time with Trickster and Scanner Pro

Watch the video below to learn how you can easily share scans from your iPhone to your Mac and have them appear automatically in Trickster for further processing. This workflow is something that we often use ourselves and it can save a lot of time.

In this “how-to” video we demonstrate how to watch iCloud Drive folders for specific apps in Trickster, using Scanner Pro by Readdle as an example.

You can use similar approach with other apps on your iPhone that share data through iCloud Drive. Of course you can also do the same when sharing files between your Macs through iCloud Drive.

New Celebration frames in ImageFramer

Celebration FramesWe’ve added about 60 new celebration frame designs. They can be found in “Holiday and Celebrations” Collection, in “Celebration” Set.

They are part of the Standard frames and are available for free to all the customers.

To see the list of all the frames in this set, take a look at our “Celebration Frames” page.

ImageFramer should alert you about the additions in the library when it launches, if you have the options enabled. If not, you can force to check it manually from the ImageFramer menu.

Enjoy the new designs!

 

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