Woodgrain Frames Actions for Photoshop FAQ



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How can I control the appearance of my frame?
How can I change my frame after I've created it?
How can I remove a frame and try another?
Can I turn off the instructions in the actions?
Where can I find detailed instructions for using the Woodgrain Frames?
Can I use these actions on large (high-resolution) images?
Can I use these actions on web-sized images?
What do you mean by a "web-sized" image?
Why do I see this error: "The command "duplicate" is not currently available?"
Why do I see this error: "The command "set" is not currently available?"
Will these actions work with Photoshop versions earlier than CS?
Will these actions work with Photoshop Elements?
Is there a tutorial for my actions?
The action is behaving strangely, and none of these questions and answers help. What now?



How can I control the appearance of my frame?

The action will stop, showing a dialog similar to this:

How to change your frame style

The settings you'll most likely want to change are Bevel and Emboss, Texture, Pattern Overlay, and Drop Shadow, but you can experiment with the other settings, too.

To see the changes as you make them, be sure that "Preview" is checked.

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How can I change my frame after I've created it?

Since the frame is created in a separate layer, you can edit the layer styles to change the appearance. To edit the layer styles, double-click the "fx" on the Frame layer in the Layers palette:

Changing Styles Later

The Layer Styles dialog will appear, and you can change the settings.

You can also crop the frame if it's too large.

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How can I remove a frame and try another?

Before a frame action is run, a snapshot is added to the History window. To return to a previous state, you can go to your History window and click the "Before Last Frame" snapshot.

If you've run more than one action of the same type (two frame actions, for example) on an image, the history snapshots will take you back to the state before the last one. If you need to go back farther, your best bet may be to select "Revert" from the Photoshop File menu. This will reload the image from disk, undoing all the changes you made since you opened it. This is one reason why it's always a good idea to save your file before adding frames :)

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Can I turn off the instructions in the actions?

The actions show instructional dialogs before they stop for your input. Once you are familiar with how the actions work, you may prefer to turn off the instructions to make the actions run faster. To do that:
  1. Click the little arrow to the left of the name of the action, to open the action.

  2. Click the checkmark to the left of each "Stop" in the action to remove the checkmark. From now on, when the action runs, it won't show the instructions.

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Where can I find detailed instructions for using the Woodgrain Frames?

On our Woodgrain Frames Instructions page.

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Can I use these actions on large (high-resolution) images?

Yes, you can. The set contains actions with "HiRez" in the name. These are specifically designed for high-resolution images, such as images you're going to print.

If you intend to post the images on the web, rather than printing them, we recommend that you downsize them for the web before framing, and then use the "Web" actions.

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Can I use these actions on web-sized images?

Yes, the actions with "Web" in the name are specifically designed for web-sized images.

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What do you mean by a "web-sized" image?

We use the term "web-sized" to refer to images of the size usually posted in online galleries or photography forums: usually, about 600 to 1200 pixels on the long side.

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Why do I see this error: "The command 'duplicate' is not currently available?"

Your image mode is probably not compatible with the actions. Examples of incompatible modes are indexed color and multi-channel. Convert your image to one of the other modes, such as RGB, CMYK, Lab, or Grayscale before running the actions.

Also, if you are using Photoshop 6 or 7, make sure your image is in 8-bit mode. 16-bit mode is fine for Photoshop CS.

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Why do I see this error: "The command 'set' is not currently available?"

Your image mode is probably not compatible with the actions. Examples of incompatible modes are indexed color and multi-channel. Convert your image to one of the other modes, such as RGB, CMYK, Lab, or Grayscale before running the actions.

Also, if you are using Photoshop 6 or 7, make sure your image is in 8-bit mode. 16-bit mode is fine for Photoshop CS.

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Will these actions work with versions of Photoshop earlier than CS?

The actions will work with Photoshop 6 and 7, but with some deficiencies: the style file is not compatible with Photoshop 6 and 7. This means that the mottled frame and rough-hewn frame will not look right. However, when the action runs, you can specify the proper styles to create that look: you'll want to specify a pattern overlay and adjust its Opacity and Scale, and for the rough-hewn frame, you'll also want to specify a texture and adjust its Scale and Depth.

If you have Photoshop 6 or 7 and need help with this, just let us know at shutterfreaks@shutterfreaks.com.

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Will these actions work with Photoshop Elements?

These actions will not work with Photoshop Elements. However, we do have other actions especially designed for Photoshop Elements.

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Is there a tutorial for my actions?

Yes there is: Tutorial


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The action is behaving strangely, and none of these questions and answers help. What now?

Some suggestions:
  1. Restart Photoshop

    People have reported that sometimes, especially right after loading a new action, Photoshop behaves strangely, and that after closing Photoshop and restarting it, the problems go away.

  2. Contact Us

    If you need more help, contact us at shutterfreaks@shutterfreaks.com.
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