Aspect ratio locking in ImageFramer 3.4

Latest ImageFramer update brings time-saving improvements to some workflows and some user-interface changes.

Perhaps the most visible change is that “Watermarks” were renamed to “Overlays”. The origin of the name “watermark” was in the initial intended use for these layers — adding copyright signs or artist names on the framed images. Over time, though, we’ve found that the name was confusing because “watermarks” have a more specific meaning, so we decided that “overlays” is a clearer name for these special layers.

Another addition to the interface is the lock button on the right side of the bottom bar, near the aspect ratio button.

Lock Button

One of the repeating support questions that we receive is people taking an image that is, for example, in a 3:2 aspect ratio (think of a 6″ by 4″ photograph), then adding a frame on the outside and then expecting the framed result to also be in a 3:2 ratio for printing.

Of course, adding an outside frame makes the result more square, closer to 1:1 aspect ratio. The solution to getting output in a specific aspect ratio is to crop the image layer in such a way that the result becomes in the desired ratio. ImageFramer already provided some help with this by displaying the current aspect ratio. But manual cropping is too time-consuming, hard to get exact and needs to be repeated after every change to the frame size, which is annoying.

Luckily, computers are quick at math, if you teach them how. So that’s what we did. We programmed an algorithm for ImageFramer to automatically crop the image to get desired final aspect ratio. The “lock” button enabled this behaviour. When the lock is locked, ImageFramer will apply the minimal crop that will keep the framed result in the target aspect ratio.

But what is this target? That’s where the two-arrows button comes into play.

Aspect ratio drop down

Without a lock, it behaves as previously, as a hint to the aspect ratio value that’s displayed to its right. With the lock, though, it selects the aspect ratio that ImageFramer will keep locked. You can use any of the presets, select the new option “Same as Image” that will keep the output in the same aspect ratio as the input image (before cropping), and the top options, “Automatic”, will lock to the current aspect ratio, which can be handy sometimes.

So ImageFramer will crop the image but by default it will crop to the center of the image. What if you want to change which part of the cropped image to show. With ImageFramer 3.4, cropped images can now be repositioned when dragged with the mouse.

This will automatically adjust the crop parameters for the image layer. This works not only when the lock is enabled but also when you crop manually. But when the lock is enabled, the automatic cropping will keep the visible portion of the image the same, instead of cropping to original center of the image.

Watch this short video to see it in action (full-screen viewing recommended):

Hoarfrost photo with a little ImageFramer touch

This morning’s beautiful hoarfrost needed just a little touchup from ImageFramer to add some more of the frosty mood.

The frame is called Chaos (can be found in Artistic collection, Oval set). It’s a monochrome frame that was colourized to a purplish colour and made half transparent to make it blend better with the rest of the photo.

Speaking of ImageFramer, a new update is in the works with some nice improvements to workflow and some new frames as well. Stay tuned.

Hoarfrost

Have a warm day, everyone!

Pluto has been framed

Pluto has been framed

To celebrate New Horizons‘ #PlutoFlyBy, we framed its best photo of Pluto yet with a simple frame.

The selected frame is called Straight from Artistic collection, Various set. We color matched it to Pluto’s heart and made it a bit darker so it didn’t draw the eyes too much. The width is set to 8%. The main feature of the photo is Pluto of course, so frame should try to only add to it and not distract too much.

Can you come up with a better frame for the original photograph from Nasa?

Post to @apparentsoft on Twitter or on ImageFramer’s Facebook page.

Make Gift Photos Unique with ImageFramer

Summer is a busy time for everyone, and for many of us that means lots of birthdays, parties, family get-togethers and the like where gifts are exchanged.

One of the most meaningful gifts that you can give to someone is a nicely-framed photo of themselves or their child, but just because you’re printing out a photo and putting it into a frame doesn’t mean that it has to be boring.

Today we’ll look at a few options that ImageFramer offers you to make photo gifts much more memorable!

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Here’s a really cute photo of a little girl blowing on a dandelion puff. This is nice, but how can we make it really memorable?

To start, I’ve added a mat around the photo to give it some padding – this is because I want to use a fancy frame, but I don’t want the design to obscure any of the actual photo. I’ve picked the French Buff mat and increased the width by 16.46% by using the slider on the right, in the Layer Settings tab.

Now it’s time to add our fun frame!

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To keep the floral theme in the photo I’ve selected the Sunflower frame. As we can see, it really makes the photo stand out by adding interesting, fun visual elements and a bit of extra colour. Now this regular photo makes an interesting and memorable gift!

Let’s try something a bit different. Here we have a photo taken of a couple at a wedding celebration, so how can we make this photo stand out even more?

Since there are already a lot of strong colours in this photo -the red of the woman’s nails and dress, and the grey and black of the man’s suit- I’ve decided to tone it down a bit by adding a very muted being frame. As you can see, this is a “wedding” frame and because of the way that the frame “cinches” in the middle it pulls the focus of the photo to the champagne glasses instead of the strong colours. This frame also helps tell a story about what the photo is from – because of the “wedding” theme of the frame it’s easy to tell that this is a photo from a wedding.

I’m sure now you’re getting the hang of things, but let’s do one more together to see how ImageFramer can help you customize photos for your loved ones!

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This photo is super cute – a couple, obviously kidding, with the girl giving the  token “foot pop” as she embraces her beau. There’s no way we can make this more special, right? Of course there is! With ImageFramer there are so many ways that we can make our photos even more special.

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For this photo I’ve kept it pretty simple – I’ve selected the ‘Valentine Letter’ option. Even though Valentine’s Day is far away, this super-cute frame helps amplify the love that we see in this photo. By adding this ImageFramer frame we’ve made this photo into the perfect gift for the lovebirds in your life!

By adding personal touches to photos in ImageFramer we can make photos even more unique and special when we give them to people that we care about.

Now it’s your turn! Join our Facebook community and show us your favourite frames!

Use ImageFramer to Make Still Life Photos Pop

If you’re a photographer looking to sell your still life prints online, it can often be difficult for potential customers to picture how your photos will look framed in their homes.

Luckily ImageFramer allows you to experiment with different varieties of mats and frames in a variety of textures which accentuate and highlight various aspects of your still life photographs.

In this tutorial, we will see a few ways that ImageFramer helps turn an unremarkable still life photo into something spectacular, and how it can provide your customers with an opportunity to see how versatile your photographs can be.

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Let’s make this still life photo pop!

To start, I’ve dropped my still life photo into ImageFramer. It’s a pretty simple photo: lots of white items and a few accent colours from the strawberries and croissant in a brightly-lit room, but by adding a mat (I’ve selected ‘Pure White’) we can see how the whites in the photo become much more prominent.

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Now that we’ve made the whites in the photo stand out, it’s time to select a frame. Because this photo has some earthy colours in it from the croissant and the paper in the coffee Chemex in the background, I decided to go with a nice ‘Wood and Gold’ frame to balance it out.

Here’s what the finished product looks like:

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So there’s one example, but what if we wanted to change things up a bit? Let’s focus instead on keeping things monochromatic.

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For this example, I started with my regular still-life photo and decided to add a Fadeout Mask to it; this softens the edges a bit and makes the photo look warmer. I’ve also changed the opacity to [opacity goes here] which softens the photo even more.

Next I’ve selected my frame. This time I decided to go with something a bit fancier, the Texture frame. I’ve chosen this frame because it’s a bit heavier, which balances out the mask I added earlier, and because the tight weave texture of the frame brings out the pattern in the placemats in the photo, which also have a ‘woven’ look to them.

Let’s see what I’ve come up with:

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So far we’ve tried some pretty “safe” experiments – now let’s try something really crazy!

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Starting with my original photo I’ve added the Floral Lines mask, which makes the photo look much more whimsical than a simple still-life photo. To balance out all the curly lines I’ve added the Ko mask and the Spray 2 mask, which create an interesting buffer around the original photo.

To finish this version I’ve selected a frame with a warmer, more reddish tone to bring out the strawberries in the centre of the photo. The Red ‘n Gold frame does this nicely. By combining this simple frame with some fancier effects the photo takes on a totally different look and feel.

As we’ve seen, experimenting with ImageFramer’s options, you can show your customers the wide variety of ways that your photo can be framed, and how something as simple as the right mat or a frame in a different colour can add to the value of your still-life photo.

Now it’s your turn! Join our Facebook community and show us how you use ImageFramer to make your photos pop!

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