Woodgrain Frames Instructions

Using the Actions

Note: Using these actions on print-sized images takes a lot of memory. For that reason, we recommend that you work on a copy of your image, with all layers flattened.

In addition, it's a good idea to close other running programs before starting Photoshop.

Large images for printing are best framed using the actions with "HiRez" in their names. Web-size images are best framed using the actions with "Web" in their names.

The "Tweak" action works on both web-sized and print-sized images.

Predefined-color Frames
"Your Color" Frame
Adjusting Colors
Changing Styles Later
Undo


Predefined-color Frame

These Frames include Dark Frame, Blonde Frame, Mottled Frame, and Rough-hewn Frame. The colors are predefined, but you can "Tweak" them later.

The action will stop for you to specify the size you want for your frame. For most versions of Photoshop, you just input the width of frame you want into the "Width" and "Height" fields. If your version of Photoshop doesn't support "Relative" sizing, you'll need to specify the total size of your image plus the frame.

Be SURE to increase the Width and Height of the frame by the same amount.

Sizing your frame

The action will stop a second time for you to adjust the Bevel and Emboss, Texture, Pattern, Drop Shadow, and other settings. These settings affect the appearance of the frame. Make sure "Preview" is checked, and adjust these settings to your liking, or just accept the defaults.

Setting Frame Styles


"Your Color" frames

You can Tweak the color of any frame you create, but the "Your Color Frame" action will create a frame in the color of your choosing, right from the beginning.

Before running this action, use Photoshop's Color Picker to choose a Foreground Color for the frame.

The action will stop twice for your input, just like the predefined-color frames (see above).


Adjusting Colors

After adding a frame, you can adjust the color using the "Tweak Frame Color" action.

The "Tweak" action stops to let you adjust the colors interactively, using the Hue/Saturation Dialog. To see the changes as you make them, be sure the "Preview" box is checked.

When tweaking very light- or dark-colored frames, you may find that it's easiest to see "Hue" tweaks if you adjust the "Lightness," and sometimes the "Saturation," first. Once you have the right Hue, you can readjust the other settings to your liking.
Tweaking the Color of a Frame


Changing Styles Later



If you want to change the Style (Bevel, Drop Shadow, etc.) of your frame later, find the Frame layer in the Layers Palette, and double-click the "fx" at the right.

Bringing up the Layer Styles dialog
When the Layer Styles dialog appears, adjust the settings to your liking.

Changing Frame styles


If you save your image with all layers intact, you'll be able to change your colors and styles any time in the future.


Undo

The Frame actions create a History snapshot, so after running them, you can go back to the "before" condition by clicking the "Before Last Frame" snapshot in Photoshop's History window.