Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and caring. It could be love between friends, family love of a child to the parent or romantic love between partners. On this day people share unique, romantic cards with their loved ones and there is nothing easier than to make a cute Valentine’s card with ImageFramer. That is why today’s tutorial is for those who want to make a recognizable, attractive and memorable card for those you love.
To start, let’s choose the cutest photo of you and your beloved and drag it to ImageFramer. The frame I chose is called Hearts Large (can be found between other frames devoted to Valentine’s Day in Holidays and Celebrations collection, Love set).
I’ve added a mat around the photo. I’ve picked the Manor White color in Whites set and unlocked the option for customizing the size of the mat with a click on a little lock on the top right side of the Layer Settings Tab. Then I increased the right and bottom width of the mat to the maximum by using the slider to make space for the text overlay. Moreover, I would like to add more depth to my photo, so I colorized a mat’s bevel using the eyedropper.
After that, I want to make an overlay with a text. These words are highly significant, and I am sure you will find the right way to express your feelings. I changed the size and color of the text using Fonts Panel.
Well, only one finishing touch is left. I would like to add several hearts to my Valentine’s Card to make my photo stand out by adding interesting visual elements and a bit of extra color. For this step, I need to make several text overlays. You can find a variety of Characters in the Fonts section. I decided to make the hearts of different size and opacity.
The Valentine’s card is ready, really hope you enjoy it!
Our customers are the Heart of our Business, and Apparent Software wishes you Happy Valentine’s Day!
This new release of Trickster brings some of the features that you, our dear customers, have requested. So please keep your requests coming. Visit our Trickster Suggestion forum on the support portal to start public discussions into feature requests and to vote on other people’s suggestions.
We’ve designed a Light theme for the file list. You can select it in Trickster’s Preferences.
Show icons or QuickLook preview
Trickster usually shows QuickLook previews of files in the Expanded row mode. With a new option added in this release, Trickster can now only display generic file icons. This behavior can be useful when you’re more concerned with what application will open the file than with its content. Text files can especially benefit since their preview provides little information about their content.
Did you know you could drag files from Trickster (or from Finder) unto folders in Favorites sidebar and have them moved or copied (by holding the Option key) there? If you didn’t know, try it — we created the sidebar with this use-case in mind.
Previously, though, Trickster silently failed to move or copy when the destination folder already contained a file by that name. Now Trickster will detect this and suggest to overwrite the file, if you want. The original file will be moved to Trash, just in case. Unfortunately, this behavior might fail on macOS Sierra because of increased protection of /Applications folder by the system.
File Tracking and Filter instructions
When you have no entries in a section of the File Tracking Configuration or when editing Filters, Trickster will now display a description of what this section means and how to edit it.
Play better with Sandboxing
Trickster will now fail less to monitor folders that you want it to monitor. It now correctly detects when it doesn’t have permission to monitor it. And to help you see when it fails, the File Tracking Configuration panel will mark these watched folders with a yellow exclamation mark.
In the screenshot below, Downloads and Applications are not working anymore, and their permissions need to be refreshed.
Select the folder, Downloads in this example, and a button titled “Refresh permissions” will appear (see screenshot below). Click on it. Trickster will remove Downloads from the list and will present an “Open Dialog” with Downloads folder selected. Just click the “Refresh Permissions” button on the bottom left of this dialog to add Downloads back with the new permissions.
Now you don’t need to wonder if a folder is monitored by Trickster or not, because of Sandboxing permissions.
We sincerely hope you like the changes.
May beautiful moments and happy memories surround you with joy this Christmas and always!
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are many more creatives ways you can use ImageFramer to improve the presentation of your photographs. Let your imagination surprise you!
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.
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.
ImageFramer has a variety of Halloween frames! Make your holiday photos and greeting cards unique!
Why a picture frame?
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.
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!
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:
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.
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.