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

 

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:

Trickster

ImageFramer

Cashculator

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:

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