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!


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!

ImageFramer 3.3 Upgrade

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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)
  • Fixed “Show shadows” check box in Design Settings
  • Fixed calculation of sizes for cropped images
  • Added Printing support

For more information and inspiration for how to use ImageFramer, visit our Facebook page and join our community, and don’t forget to rate ImageFramer on the Mac App Store!

Update instructions:

Mac App Store customers should update ImageFramer in the Mac App Store.

Direct customers should choose “Check for new version” in their “ImageFramer” menu or download ImageFramer from our web site.

How to Produce an ImageFramer Design Report

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, to find a photo for this example and dragged it right into the app in my menu bar.

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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)

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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:

ImageFramer ReportThis 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!

ImageFramer showcase gallery added

Link to gallery

I have added a new section to the ImageFramer site, called gallery. I currently display 13 different framing designs using the same original image to display the different abilities of ImageFramer. I hope this will clarify ImageFramer features in addition to the available screenshots

You can also see other people’s designs or post your own framed images in the Showcase forum of ImageFramer.

ImageFramer 2.0 released

After a long developemt and beta testing period ImageFramer version 2.0 is finally released. So, what’s new in version 2.0? A lot. Here are some of the changes:

  • Support for photorealistic frames. The frames are handles like a frame shop would handle a wooden frame. The program cuts them in the corners. Over 60 designs included.
  • The frames can be adjusted for Hue, Saturation and Brightness. In addition, the frames can be colored. So, you can create multiple variation out of the same basic frame.
  • The textured frames are organized into a hierarchy ofCollectionsSets and Frames.
  • Graphical watermarks can be added with easy but powerful controls.
  • Color profiles and photo metadata, like EXIF will now becopied from the source image into the destination image.
  • Fast operation using Mac OS X Tiger’s Core Imagetechnology.
  • Auto update using Sparkle framework. No need to manually check our website for new releases.
  • Flexible Variations support for fast preview of multiple framing design variations. Can be saved, loaded in viewed in the variation drawer.
  • Full User Manual is available with the program.
  • Japanese localization
  • Bug fixes.
See the screencast and screenshots to understand some of the new features.
Version 2 is now working in demo mode until registered instead of the time based limit that there was on version 1.x. Free upgrade to all 1.x version users.

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