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    Posted: 11 June 2007 at 10:10
I recently posted an entry in DPC 33, my first entry into a photo contest on this site. I really like the photo entries that are framed and signed, I think they look better and make the photos stand out. I use Photo Shop elements to store and process my photos. I can find no way to frame a photo in PS Elements. Is there a way to do this using PS Elements I am not aware of? If not is software available or something I can download that I can use to frame and sign my photos? Any help will be greatly appreciated, Thanks.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dilettante Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 June 2007 at 10:36

I'm in exactly the same boat, and was going to ask the same question. PSElements (I use PSE 5) has some fancy framing functions, but they seem so limited - no obvious ability to define custom frames, and getting the built-in ones to use different aspect ratios is non-intuitive, though I did find it does support this, kind of.

I'd love to be able to add frames easily, and with a consistent style, before publishing here.
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One free program worth checking is FxFoto. It also has a relatively cheap "full" edition.

Once you have prepared a pic for web use, import it into FxFoto and add frame and text.

2 variations I have tried are:





and my final choice



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For simple, effective borders (first border in any width and colour, drop shadow option, second border around/behind that, watermark/copyright, batch processing) then this free program is rather good: Framefun.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote RosieA100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 June 2007 at 23:23
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Thanks "jstartin" I downloaded Framefun and have posted two framed and signed photos in the Flowers forum and they look good. Will have to play some more to get the look I want but am very pleased with the results so far. Thanks again!
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I found THIS "gallery frame" that I like the look of. Lot of actions and tutorials on this site.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Turerkan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2007 at 19:39
i never used PSE but i assume it retains the basic drawing/designing features of the full blown PS. If its like that, learning those functions may pay off.

I usually add frames using the Canvas Size option in Image menu (those are PS, i think would be same under PSE)
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I was experimenting trying to create a kind of "gallery" frame, I have all layers in a PSD file that I can post (and you can change the name, colors, etc).

Here



Just tell me if you would like to have it.
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Ops, I didn't sign it, I do not like to sign my images, but is easily done in an extra layer.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rmscustom Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 June 2007 at 06:27
Thanks GBW I've checked out the site and it does seem to have a lot of info to digest, I've saved it to favorites and will be doing a bunch of reading.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rmscustom Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 June 2007 at 06:32
Thanks for the help Turerkan, PSE does work to make a border like you said, actually I like the canvas thing a lot, but how do you sign the frame after adding it? I couldn't find a way to do that, how do you add a signature to your photos?

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rmcustom: i think the problem is drawing your own signature somewhere.. pasting it afterwards will be easy.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dilettante Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 June 2007 at 10:46
Originally posted by rmscustom rmscustom wrote:

Thanks for the help Turerkan, PSE does work to make a border like you said, actually I like the canvas thing a lot, but how do you sign the frame after adding it? I couldn't find a way to do that, how do you add a signature to your photos?


If by signature you really mean a signature, you'll have to add a layer with a graphic of your signature. But if you just mean some text like "(C) Joe Bloggs", then just use the text tool after you've added your frame with the canvas size thing. Or am I missing something?

But it's all rather manual - I wanted a way to have some saved template I could just attach to any photo (or vice versa) to add a consistent frame and signature.

I did download FrameFun last night and it does enough of what I need easily, so I'll see how I get on with that.
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