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 Photos.app 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.


Download ImageFramer from http://www.apparentsoft.com/imageframer.

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

Your ImageFramer Team

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!

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.


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.


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.


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!

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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