Two Free Frame Actions for Photoshop 6 and later

This file contains actions which can create two types of frames for your web-sized photographs: a simple thin border, and a wider, beveled frame. There's also an action that will draw a simple, one-pixel border around the outer edge. These actions require PhotoShop 6 or later.

Note: You can get more advanced frame actions here. The advanced frame actions offer many additional frame styles. In addition, you can create complex frame/mat combinations by running single actions.


Using the Actions

  1. Download the action set as a ZIP file and save it to your PhotoShop actions directory.
  2. Unzip it.
  3. From the PhotoShop Actions window, click the little arrow in the upper-right corner, and load the action set.
  4. Size your photo for the web and then run the appropriate action.
Notes:
  1. The frame actions work best on photos that have been sized for the web, not full-sized photos.
  2. Save your file before running the frame actions. The actions will flatten all layers.
  3. Depending on the version of Photoshop you are using, the actions may not work on images in 16-bit mode, indexed color, etc. If you get an error, convert your image to one of the other modes, such as RGB, CMYK, Lab, or Grayscale before running the actions. If you're using Photoshop 6 or 7, convert your image to 8-bit mode.
  4. If the Action window isn't visible, you can show it by going to the Photoshop menu and selecting "Window/Actions."
  5. Select your colors before you run the action.

Examples

(You choose your own colors, of course)

Simple, Thin Border

Simple, Beveled Frame

Simple, Beveled Frame

Combinations

You can combine these actions in any way you want.

I ran 4 actions to create this frame:
  1. I set the Foreground Color to black and ran FineOuterLine, to visually divide the frame from the image.
  2. I set both the Foreground and Background Colors to a pale blue, and ran the SimpleThinBorder action two times.
  3. I set the Foreground color to a dark blue, and the Background Color to black, and ran the SimpleThinBorder action one more time.
combination frame

Another Combination

I ran 3 actions to create this frame:
  1. I set both the Foreground and Background Colors to a pale blue, and ran the SimpleThinBorder action two times.
  2. I set the Foreground color to a dark blue, and added a beveled frame.
Simple Border Twice, then Beveled Frame

Note: You can get more advanced frame actions here. The advanced frame actions offer many additional frame styles. In addition, you can create complex frame/mat combinations by running single actions.