Create Seamless Frames with ImageFramer

Adding the right frame to your artwork or photograph can enhance it by providing a sophisticated look. A good picture frame also creates a focal point by separating the image from the outside world. The best way to achieve this is to use a frame that has no gaps or spaces between one part and the next.

In this blog post, you will learn how to create a seamless frame, which is smooth and continuous, and how to add it to ImageFramer to use it with your art.

Creating the graphics for the custom frame

Choose a design and open it with an image-editing program such as Adobe Photoshop. To the right is an example of a wooden frame.







Use the rectangular marquee tool to select a portion of the design where the pattern repeats.








Copy and paste the selected section into a new document.






Double the width of the overall design document.




Duplicate the design and move it beside the existing one to fill the space.




Flip the duplicated portion of the design horizontally so that the pattern repeats evenly and export it as a PNG or JPEG.


Creating a frame from the graphics in ImageFramer

Open ImageFramer and navigate to Frame Editor by clicking it in the File menu.


Once you see Frame Editor, create a new frame by clicking the drop-down menu on the bottom left.


Click the “+” button under the image library on the right of Frame Editor and upload your design.


Drag and drop your design into the frame properties panel under “Moulding”.


Exit the Frame Editor window and enjoy your new custom design!


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Leather, paper and glass frame for a photograph

Recently we published a photo of Chicago on Facebook, with a three-layer frame created in ImageFramer. Here it is:

The design for that is interesting because it uses a colored glass frame and a crinkly paper mount under a stitched leather one. It may not be necessarily the best frame for the photograph but it is a good example of what’s possible with ImageFramer.

The design in ImageFramer

It looks like that in ImageFramer (with a different photograph):

ImageFramer screenshot with glass paper leather frame

One of the tricks of this design is the setting of 100% of frame over image for both the glass and the paper frames.

The other is colorizing the glass frame in blue, which fit well with the photograph.

Download the frame design template

You can download the template by clicking here. Make sure to unzip it, if your web browser doesn’t do so automatically.

After that, use the “Import Design Template…” command in the menu (⇧⌘D) to import into your ImageFramer’s Templates tab, or double-click on it to apply the template to the current unedited photo in ImageFramer (or it’ll open as a new window). You can modify the template, if you wish and then press the + button below the Templates panel to add it to your templates.

Loading Templates requires ImageFramer version 4.0 or later (if you use ImageFramer 3, it’s a free update). You can also try it out with the trial version by downloading ImageFramer from our site.

Import Design Template menu

How to Create and Add Custom Frames in ImageFramer

Watch the short video below to learn how to create custom frames and add them to ImageFramer. Steps are also outlined below the video. Adding frames requires the Pro license for ImageFramer.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Use any drawing software. (Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW, SketchBook, Sketch).
  2. Create a custom design. For designs type of moulding with corners, prefer a square size. (for example 400 x 400 pixels)
  3. Save the design as a PDF (for vector frames), PNG, JPG, or some other format.
  4. Open ImageFramer and select Frame Editor menu item in the File menu. Or hit Command-Shift-F on the keyboard.
  5. Once Frame Editor is open, navigate to the set where you want the frame to be added and click the “+” button located on the bottom right and select New Frame.
  6. Navigate to the top of the Frame Editor window and choose a type of frame style. (Colour Mat, Moulding with corners, Moulding, Full frame)
  7. Drag your graphics files from Finder to the right panel of the frame editor to import them into ImageFramer. Or use the + button below the images.
  8. Drag your images from the Images panel on the right and drop them onto the relevant frame property rows that say “Bottom Image”, “Left Image”, “Top Image”, etc.
  9. Test your design in a regular ImageFramer window.

Summer Frames Pack for ImageFramer 4

We’ve happy to announce that we’ve released a special pack of frames for the summer season for ImageFramer.

This frame pack has 80 frame designs in various styles and it’s available for purchase for only $4.99.

More information and purchase link can be found at this page.

Summer Frames


What’s new in ImageFramer 4.1

ImageFramer 4.1 is a small release that focuses on two new user-suggested features and on fixing some bugs:


New Features:

  • User suggestion (thanks, Gary): Hide and show layers from the filmstrip by clicking on the “eye” in the layer icon
  • Lightroom plugin shows a combo box for template name, to choose from a list, in addition to typing. Requires update to plugin. Download latest version from

Bug Fixes:

  • Lightroom plugin didn’t handle paths with apostrophe

Previous release notes can be found in See whats new in version 4.0.

Canada Day and Independence Day sale

Canada Day and Independence Day sale

We celebrate Canada Day and US Independence Day with a 34% discount store-wide. The sale runs through July 6th. No coupons are necessary.

Select the product you’re interested in:




But there’s more…

Download these special frame sets designed by us for ImageFramer 4 with special festive designs for this occasion!


Click on the icons below to download the frames. Then double-click on the downloaded files to import them into ImageFramer. Have fun and show what you’ve done on our ImageFramer FaceBook page.


Become a supporter of ImageFramer

If you enjoy ImageFramer and would like to support its further development, we now offer a way for you to express it and get additional benefits.


Introducing ImageFramer Supporter Silver and ImageFramer Supporter Gold programs.

In addition to the warm feeling of helping a small indie software company succeed in making an application that you use better, supporters get special benefits, as follows:

Silver Supporters:

  • A special collection of frames, called “Colorize”. This collection has four sets. One set has 15 “grunge”-style full-size designs that can be colorized to any color, user with opacity, layers, etc, to create interesting grunge-style effects for your photos. The other set has 20 doodle-style frames that can also be colorized, scaled and layered, for additional effect. Perfect for family photos, scrapbooking and social media. Two additional sets have the same frames, but as mask frames, which is especially handy with the grunge frames. This collection will not be available for non-supporters until 2018.
  • A 25% discount coupon for any ImageFramer license to share with your friends and make them happy. Valid until the end of 2017.

ImageFramer Gold Supporter

Gold Supporter:

  • “Colorize” collection, as explained above.
  • Receive new frame packs that go on sale for free
  • A 30% discount coupon for any Apparent Software application (ImageFramer, Trickster or Cashculator) to share with your friends (or maybe for you).
  • A special personalized surprise envelope in your mailbox.

Supporters may receive additional benefits in the future. Silver support level is priced at US$19.95 Gold support level is priced at US$49.95 To become a supporter, click one of the buttons below:

What’s new in ImageFramer 4.0

Also, see what’s new in ImageFramer version 4.1.

We’re happy to announce the release of ImageFramer 4.0. We’ve worked long and hard to make it happen. We also have big plans going forward.

ImageFramer 4.0 release focus

ImageFramer 4.0’s main focus is in these areas:

  • Better workflows for photographers
  • Exporting and importing of both frames and whole design templates for better collaboration and workflows for everyone
  • Usability improvements

Better workflows and integrations

To better suit professional and amateur photographers, ImageFramer 4.0 introduces the following additions:

  • Batch Processing. Available in the Pro version, the built-in Batch Processor can apply a Template to multiple images. You have control over the format and size of the exported photos.
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Plug-in. This plugin integrates with the Export flow in Adobe Lightroom. It allows to post-process exported photos with an ImageFramer template. We have detailed instruction for Installing the Adobe Lightroom Plugin and for using it.
  • Apple Editing Extension. You can now invoke ImageFramer right from Photos app on your Mac. We’ve written instructions on how to enable and use ImageFramer’s Photos extension.

Importing and Exporting of Frames and Templates

With these improvements, we open ImageFramer for better collaboration between all our customers and for more robust workflows in professional environments.

Exporting and Importing of frames

  • Export individual or multiple frames, Frame Sets or entire Frame Collections. These stand-alone files can be shared, sold, or backed up.
  • Export is available in the Frame Editor (requires Pro license). Import of frames is available to all.

This opens the door to true collaboration between ImageFramer customers and between you and Apparent Software! Note: Apparent Software’s frames can’t be exported.

Exporting and Importing of Design Templates

  • Current design can be exported to a file. An exported design can optionally include the actual image being framed. This provides a one-stop solution to load an editing session back. These saved designs can be shared between ImageFramer installation s. Make sure the other ImageFramer installation has in its Library all the frames that are used by the Template.
  • Designs can also be exported from the Templates sidebar. These will not include any image but will include all the keywords assign to the template.
  • Template files can be opened from Finder to immediately apply them to the current open design.
  • Template files can also be imported into the Templates sidebar for reuse.

These two features make sharing and collaborations easier. You can design your own frames and designs that go with them and share them with others, free or not. To make sure you don’t miss new frames and templates from Apparent Software, subscribe to ImageFramer Newsletter or follow our Facebook page.

Usability improvements

This is a longer list of individual changes in version 4.0 that are either new features, improvements or bug fixes.

New Features

  • Snapping of text and image Overlays to the edge or the center of the design with ease.
  • New “Scale” control to full-frame frame types. This allows some frames, like those with a small opening in the middle, to be more useful.
  • Design option to save framed images with their external shadow intact.
  • ImageFramer Library panel adds a “Recent” tab, which lists frames that were either recently used by design, or edited in Frame Editor, or imported. A real time-saver.
  • ImageFramer “Recent” and “Favorite” tabs in the Library panel now contain a “Show in Library” pop-up menu item to quickly navigate to the frame in the “All” tab. Another time-saver!
  • ImageFramer “Library” panel can now filter frames in the current list by their name. Saving you time, once again!
  • ImageFramer “View” menu saves preferred presentation settings (background colors and zoom). These settings will be used for all new windows and be quickly restored.
  • Sharing extension to open images in ImageFramer from any application that allows sharing. Should be enabled first, from a More… action of a Share panel or from Extensions System Preference.
  • A “Welcome to ImageFramer” screen.
  • A new set of default frames.
  • A new set of default templates.
  • Added “Duplicate As Mask” command in Frame Editor.
  • Added A4 and Letter paper sizes to Aspect Ratio list.


  • Allow saving opened images in-place with Save. Helps with editing from external tools like Lightroom and is more conforming to the expected behavior for macOS applications.
  • Support saving to PSD (Adobe Photoshop) images. Saves a simple PSD image, no layers or effects. (Please take necessary precautions if you open a PSD image in ImageFramer and save over it.)
  • In Text Overlays, background color automatically adjusts based on the color of the text to keep it visible. No need to manually toggle between light and dark backgrounds now.
  • Changing the text color is now simpler, with a new dedicated Color button right by the text field.
  • We’ve added “Page Size” and “Copies” to the Print dialog.
  • The images used in image overlays are now embedded within their design templates. No need to keep the original image.
  • Templates in the Templates panel are now sorted by name. This allows you to find them easily and better manage their order by adding prefixes to names.
  • Removing, adding and renaming of Templates in the Templates panel can now be undone via the Edit menu (or Command-Z).
  • Layer-strip icon for text layer will now use the same background color as the text field, providing better contrast.
  • Mouse Scroll-wheel (or two-finger up/down swipe) resizing of frame layers will now work for the currently selected layer in the strip, (instead of the layer under the cursor) making scrolling work more predictably.
  • Molding frame layers now add a new attribute in Frame Editor called “Mirror images.” This allows for easier creation of repeatable frame patterns by “mirroring” the image of the frame on each subsequent repetition, forcing the edges to align. For some frame types (like wooden and other textures) it saves you from having to spend a lot of extra time in a graphics editor working out the frame graphics by hand. Mirror images can also keep the graphics file size smaller, saving space and memory.
  • Color Mat layers will display actual colors of the mat in the filmstrip, instead of their original color in the Library, if the latter was modified.
  • Cancel eye-dropper with Escape key.
  • UI refreshments.


We want everyone to enjoy the benefits of the new ImageFramer. ImageFramer 4.0 is a free upgrade for ImageFramer 3 customers. Note that it requires macOS 10.11 (El Capitan) or later.

That being said, if you appreciate our work and would like to support ImageFramer’s further development, we now have some options to help us, and get some special benefits as a result. Read the details in this article on our blog. Please take a look.


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Lastly, enjoy this short 1-minute video of ImageFramer in action.

Your ImageFramer Team

Happy Easter!

Wishing you an Easter that is bright and happy! Have fun making your Easter greeting cards special with ImageFramer!

How to make a unique Valentine’s card

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!

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