We’ve created a workflow that integrates Trickster‘s latest files list into the fabulous productivity tool for the Mac –Alfred.
If you’re using both Trickster and Alfred, you should appreciate it. A hotkey, ⌘⌥Z, will show 30 most recent files from Trickster in Alfred’s own list, so you can use your familiar Alfred interface for opening, browsing or other actions that you like to do in Alfred.
If you continue typing text, the query will be used to filter the latest 100 entries in Trickster for files that include the query in their path or file name. This is similar to how Trickster’s own filtering works.
Default action for the workflow is opening the file and the Command key modifier will switch to Browsing it in Alfred, which is handy for folders.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
So there’s one example, but what if we wanted to change things up a bit? Let’s focus instead on keeping things monochromatic.
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:
So far we’ve tried some pretty “safe” experiments – now let’s try something really crazy!
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!
We’re excited to announce that the latest version of ImageFramer is now available!
Here are some of the features included in the ImageFramer 3.3 upgrade:
Allow setting “Real-world” size for the image being framed. With this you can:
ImageFramer displays total real-world size of the framed result
Generate Design Report (Pro version only). A Design Report (pictured above) produces a PDF with sizes for frame layers in real-world sizes (based on real width set in Design Settings). Find it in Design Settings panel and in the File menu.
ImageFramer now accepts images dragged from Photos, Safari and other applications
Support loading grayscale and non-8-bit-per-channel input images
Allow zooming with zoom gesture on the trackpad (10.10+)
Click on mat and molding-type layers to select them
Click on the image itself to select the image layer
Resize mats and molding-type frames using the Scroll Wheel over the frame or the up/down scroll gesture on the trackpad)
Change frame overlap with Command Key + Scroll Wheel over the molding-type frame
Change mat bevel size with Command Key + Scroll Wheel over the mat
Share button added to the bottom bar to share using standard OS X share providers (Facebook, Twitter, Messages)
One of the great new features included in ImageFramer 3.3 is the ability to generate PDF reports called Design Reports, which are reports that show all of the specific sizes and style elements that you’ve added to your photo. By allowing you to adjust the size of your photo to “real world” sizes (inches, centimetres, etc) you can generate reports unique to your project and reference the work you’ve done when you take your art to a print shop or framer, ensuring that you always get the results that you planned for.
Let’s go through the steps to produce an ImageFramer Design Report!
The first thing I did was drop a shot of a newly-married couple into ImageFramer. Another great new feature is that you can drag and drop an image directly from a website, so I used one from one of my favourite stock image sites, stocksnap.io to find a photo for this example and dragged it right into the app in my menu bar.
I wanted to make this photo pop a little bit, so I added a Mat layer called Pompano Beach to highlight the soft light, and then a nice, sleek black frame (this one is located in Monarch Moulding, and is #5555)
The last step before generating the Design Report is to enter the image size. This setting is changed in the Design Settings panel, located on the right.
Since ImageFramer defaults the size to 10 inches, I changed it to 7 inches, which is what I need the image size to be in order to fit on my wall with the added mat and frame. Once the Framed Size has changed accordingly, I clicked on Show Design Report and a new window opened with my newly-generated report:
This is what the Design Report looks like. It opens in Preview automatically and is print-ready!
As you can see, it’s pretty straightforward and really easy to read. It tells me the photo file name and gives me what the “real world” size will be once it’s printed, as well as the details of the layers I’ve added in ImageFramer.
By generating a Design Report you can print out the details of the style choices that you’ve made in ImageFramer in sizes that you can then take to a printer or a framing shop. Because you can adjust the image size to meet the specifications of your project the Design Report allows you to make sure that you get exactly what you planned for when getting your art framed for yourself, your loved ones, or your customers.
We want to see how you use ImageFramer! Join our Facebook community and share your art with us!
Did you know that you can add a droplet (such as one created by an FTP application or with AppleScript) to the Favorites sidebar and then drop files over the droplet to execute the droplet with this dropped file? With FTP droplets this will upload the file to the servers, as you’d expect.
In fact, you can add any application the Favorites sidebar and drop files over them to open them in that application.
Dropping files over folders will move them to the folders, by the way.
To add something to the Favorites sidebar, you should first see them in Trickster’s main list and then move from there. To add something to Trickster’s list you don’t have to open the file, you can even manually drag the file over the window and drop there to add it. Then drag it from the list to an empty space on the sidebar.
A recent post on The Grumble that caught our attention was “Framing Animal Hides – Help!” In it, OP (the Original Poster) was discussing the best mats and threads to sit it on, and which options are available to frame animal prints and skins.
Textured photos, pieces of actual for or stretched skin, and images with a lot of fine fur-like detail can be quite tricky to frame properly and can often cause a lot of hassle for the artist or framer, as we saw in the Grumble forum discussion. Mostly artists resort to simply stretching the skin with cords over a canvas, but there are so many more interesting options that people don’t always realize are available!
This post got us wondering:
what sorts of frames would look good around animal prints and skins?
Here’s what we came up with:
Putting a subtle border around a very busy, print-heavy piece of art helps give this it balance.
On the other hand, this piece of cow hide is pretty plain, so we chose something with a bit more attitude in order to really make it pop. Using a heavier frame to complement a less complicated piece can really make a statement!
A simple black frame accents this leopard-print piece nicely, and doesn’t detract from the beautiful spots. When selecting a frame for a strong piece like this one, it’s important to try and find one that doesn’t try to compete with the actual art itself.
Using a two-tone frame and a wood with a similar warmth to the white of the zebra’s stripes, we’re able to help balance out this zebra-skin print really nicely.
As we can see, ImageFramer provides us with lots of opportunities to enhance our photos, and to figure out framing solutions for pictures of all kinds without having to take a trip to a gallery or framing store right away.
What about you? Let’s see your favourite framed animal prints!
For those of you celebrating Easter and taking pictures of your family during the celebrations, ImageFramer has you covered.
There’s a variety of Easter-themed frames available in ImageFramer’s Holidays collection. These can add an even more festive mood to your photographs. This is in addition to the large amount of other frames which can also add the need punch to your holiday photographs.
ImageFramer has themed frames for more holidays and we’re working on additional sets to add to our growing collections.