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:

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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 http://dl.apparentsoft.com/ImageFramer.lrplugin.zip

Bug Fixes:

  • Lightroom plugin didn’t handle paths with apostrophe

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

Happy Easter!

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

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.

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