Computer Tricks: Frame a Photo

by Jessica Sprague

Do you have all your photos printed in a lab? Don't worry! It doesn't need to stop you from dipping your toes into the great world of computer-infused scrapbooking! In this tutorial, I'll show you how to add a frame to a photo before printing it. Best of all, all of the photos we used in this month's column are standard sizes (4" x 6" and 5" x 7"), which you can easily print at your lab or on the smaller (and cheaper!) sheets of photo paper at home. Also, don't forget to check out the beautiful frames below that you can download and play with for free!

I mentioned previously that I'm a liner-upper. As I thought more about that, I figured, why not line everything up and then give the whole thing a little tilt? I really love the results here, and the best part is that all of my photos are printed on standard-sized papers.

 

 

Today scrapbook page by Jessica Sprague

 

Today by Jessica Sprague. Supplies Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0; Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper and heart tag: Colorbök; Decorative border punch: Fiskars; Chipboard: American Crafts; Bookplate tab: 7gypsies; Digital Frames: Artistic Photo Frames by The Gypsy Chick; Rhinestones: My Mind's Eye: Stamp: Heidi Swapp for Advantus; Printer: Epson R1900; Photo paper: Epson Premium Semi-gloss; Ink: Staz-On; Font: Century.

 

Check out my tutorial for step by step instructions on placing digital frames on your photos using Photoshop Elements.

 

Be sure to download these adorable free frames made by The Gypsy Chick from ScrapArtist.com. Place them on the photos for your next layout!

 

 

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Computer framed photos
Your layout about is really cute! I'll have to scraplift it soon! Thanks for the free downloadable frames too.
Trouble moving the frame
I have Photoshop Elements 4.0 and am having trouble moving the frame over the picture in the photo bin. I have cropped the picture and switched over to the frame, then clicked on the move icon, but every time I attempt to move the frame down, it makes a box inside the frame document (like a crop box). Is this not something that can be done with my version of Photoshop Elements?
Recolor the Frame
Janet-to recolor the frame, click on your foreground swatch in the lower left of your screen, select the color you want to use and click on your paint bucket tool. Then click on the frame to recolor the frame (you may need to move around the frame because of the "grunginess" of the image). HTH!
MAC & Preview
I'm on a MAC with Firefox and the link opened for me. re previewing a brush - These frames are .png files not .abr files. Otherwise, I don't know a way of previewing a brush unless it comes with a duplicate .png. Most brushes come in sets so...I'd say you have to load them first, then preview in your 'brush' icon tool.
Can't download frames
When I click the link for the free frames, a new browser window pops up but it's blank. I'm on a MAC, does that make a difference? So, how do I get the frames? Thanks...
Computer Tricks: Frame A Photo
Thanks for the wonderful frames. And best of all, thanks for the wonderful layouts in the May Creating Keepsakes. Love your classes, love your work and would love to be able to do "Today" like you did. You area real inspiration.
Good Adobe Photoshop Elements Turtorial
I learned the basics of Photoshop elements by purchaising Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Photoshop Elements 6.0 and 7.0 from scrapgirls.com. The information covered is perfect for beginner digital scrapbookers. An instructor walks your through each step and makes it very easy to learn.
Photoshop Elements
Can you suggest a good tutorial for beginners in Elements. I loved your tutorial and thought it was easy to follow - I just haven't figured out how to get my picture into elements - no laughing!!!
Gypsy Chick frames
Is it possible to change the colour of the frames?
previewing brush files ABR?
Is there anyway I can preview an ABR file in PSE6 w/o loading it as a brush? Thx

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