GalleryFrame Script

GalleryFrame is a script for Adobe® Photoshop® CS2 that automates the generation of a frame for an image intended for Web display. The frame that is generated is similar to the asymmetrical frames used in galleries to display prints, with a larger bottom border.

The ideas for this script came from Scott Kelby’s book, “Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks”, and The Light’s Right Studio’s Photoshop action for a gallery frame effect. I wasn’t satisfied with either approach and wanted a more complete automation of the process. This script resizes and sharpens an image, adds signature, title and subtitle information (signature and title can be derived from IPTC metadata), provides a choice of frame, border and font colors, and (optionally) saves the image as a JPEG in a folder that the user can select.

Install the script in the Program Files>Adobe>Adobe Photoshop CS2>Presets>Scripts folder (PC) or Applications>Adobe Photoshop CS2>Presets>Scripts folder (Mac). Once installed, the script can be found in the File>Scripts menu of Photoshop. The script will not appear in the File>Scripts menu until you restart Photoshop. It will run on a PC running Windows XP and on a Mac running OS X. It is written for Photoshop CS2 and will soon will be compatible with CS3.

While the GalleryFrame script works well when processing individual images, for batch operations I recommend using a script written by Rory Hill called Ditto. Ditto “automates the production of images for presentation, expecially for the web”, and can produce a wide variety of frame and border designs. In fact, I used Ditto to produce the frames for my Gallery images.

Update (April 20, 2008) – The Ditto script is no longer supported. The framed images in my galleries were framed using a PS CS3 action.


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