View Full Version : image 'framing' any tips out there?

06-29-2002, 09:23 PM
i sometimes want to put a 'picture frame' around a drawing before i email it . of course im talking about a computer generated matte and frame...does anyone have any leads in regard to this..are there any really simple and hopefully free programs or links that could achieve it for me?....thanks for any pointers. regards -e.

06-30-2002, 12:40 PM
e -- I've been looking for the same thing. I've created some of my own virtual mats & frames in Photoshop, but its a lot of work. I received info in the mail for software that creates virtual mats -- looked fantastic except the price of $279! I've also looked into virtual framing software, unfortunetly its also expensive and most are not available for Macintosh.

There is an online place I've used where you can upload your own image, choose the mat and frame and even save it to a special area so you can view it later. On occasion I've done a screen capture of the final piece, but its quite small and low res of course so it doesn't work out all that well.
It is fun though...find it at

Let me know if you find another solution.

06-30-2002, 04:40 PM
Check Ebay for the same software. Perhaps you can find an older version a heck of a lot cheaper.

06-30-2002, 05:05 PM
Here's a frame I use all the time to "frame" my images.

Any software that gives you the ability to drop an image onto another image (layer) will work for you. I use Adobe Photo Deluxe Home Edition...about $50. Its a mini Photoshop take-off from Adobe....works great for a lot of effects!

Save the frame image to a folder or your desktop....then open your program. Drag and drop or use your Open File to place the frame...and your image together! If you drop the frame in first, the image will be on top. Then you can resize it and resize the image to make it look like it fits together!

I use this frame for landscape and portrait framing. With Photo Deluxe you can stretch the frame into either shape.


Laura Tasheiko
06-30-2002, 11:04 PM
Glad this question came up. I've been wondering the same thing, and just starting to look around.
Carly, thanks for the starter frame! L.

06-30-2002, 11:17 PM
Thanks for the tip, Carly! I love your framed effects and I wish I could do it as well with all my listings. Unfortunately, I'm too busy (and sometimes, too lazy) to virtually frame all my art work for my eBay listings.

So far, I have only listed two artwork in virtual mat and frame. I used a free software that came with my PC at some point. I think it's from Microsoft. I also have Adobe Home Edition (also came free with my PC package), but never tried it, so maybe I'll check that out.

07-01-2002, 07:50 AM
thanks all...some great tips there..ill see what i can do!
regards from new zealand :-)

07-01-2002, 12:33 PM
Here's a matt/mount in a sort of ivory, you should be able to change the colour (in case you like grey mounts for instance) using the hue/saturation controls in your image editing programme. Mount board (http://www.tina-m.com/art/matt.jpg)

And here's a wood frame I made from an old photo, it's not great! But would work for eBay and stuff. Simple wooden frame (http://www.tina-m.com/art/woodframe.jpg)

That was fun. :)

07-01-2002, 09:31 PM
Thanks, Tina! :)

Laura Tasheiko
07-04-2002, 02:34 PM
Experiment (made it myself), if you can use it, enjoy - L

Gold frame w/linen mat for smaller work:

07-05-2002, 01:56 AM
Thans Laura, that's great.