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Today I will be taking a look at OnOne’s PhotoFrame. This plugin allows you to add some great borders and frame effects to your images. What would take hours of work in Photoshop, now can be done in minutes with PhotoFrame. There are over a thousand different design elements that you can tweak within the versatile plugin. It’s not just for adding frames, PhotoFrame allows you to work with edges, frames, textures, backgrounds, overlays, layouts, and image adornments. The applications are fantastic for very subtle effects on your images, as well as much more elaborate designs and layouts.
What kind of photographer will get the best use out of PhotoFrame? I’d have to say professional wedding and portrait shooters. However, the plugin is so robust and versatile that commercial photographers, graphic artists, web designers, stock photographers, and many other kinds of image makers will find it extremely practical and time saving.
PhotoFrame acts as a plugin within Photoshop, Lightroom, or Aperture, but it also acts as a standalone app. Very cool! Even cooler is the 30 day free trial of the full version, and free monthly updates with new design elements and layouts. Want more free stuff? Okay… There is even a totally free lite version of the software. This version stays free for as long as you want to use it. OnOne believes that once you get a taste of what PhotoFrame can do for you, you’ll want more and eventually purchase the full version, and hey, who doesn’t like free stuff?
It would take weeks of work to showcase all the different styles of effect that PhotoFrame can do, so I’ll just show you a few. There are some things in PhotoFrame that I find a bit silly to be honest, but I don’t have to use those elements. There are so many cool effects that it’s easy to overlook some of the more cheesy ones. The effects are all keyword searchable, which makes it very easy to look for the perfect effect for your images. It’s similar o Photoshop, where I use just a small fraction of that program to get the desired effect on my photos. Other photographers will use other parts of Photoshop that I never touch. It’s the same with PhotoFrame, I’ll use some parts of the software quite often and other parts not at all. The good news is that there is so much to choose from within the plugin and that it works seamlessly with Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture, or all on it’s own.
I’m using the PhotoFrame Photoshop plugin and I’ll show you the layers I use to achieve each result.
OnOne PhotoFrame Software Review
Let’s look at a few examples:
For this image I just used the Digital Confusion 03 preset. At times one is all you need, in other instances blending a dozen or more layered presets will get the desired effect.
On this example, I used the Crumple preset, and I tweaked the background, shadow and glow areas within PhotoFrame.
Here I used multiple effects to get the old time Polaroid type 55 instant film look to the image. Not only can you order the effects in layers in PhotoFrame, but the plugin exports the layers into Photoshop in case you want to work on the individual layers even further. That is a great bonus!
On this photo i used multiple effect in PhotoFrame and I also exported the photo of the woman into OnOne’s PhotoTools to achieve the desired colour effect that I wanted on that part of the overall image. I then brought that layer back into the layered photoshop file which contained the book and text overlay.
The effects are limitless when combining Photoshop, and OnOne’s other photo software. It takes a bit of practice and not everything is a one button solution. If it was, then what would be the fun in that, right?
Once again used PhotoTools to change the photo’s colour. This time to a monochromatic tone that works well with the frame & edge treatment that I used in PhotoFrame.
Example 6: The interface
Even with all the examples I’ve showcased here in this review, I still have only brushed the surface of what this powerful piece of software can do to help you add some fun and creative touches to your photos. The software is easy to learn, especially if you have some knowledge of Photoshop. OnOne goes the extra mile for it’s customers by providing some excellent video tutorials that are built in to the software and more video tutorials of all their products are also available on their site.