FrameShop – A Framing Script for Adobe® Photoshop®

Update (August 21, 2013): A newer version of the FrameShop script is now available for CS5 and CS6. I highly recommend using the newer version if you are running either CS5 or CS6.

FrameShop is a script for Adobe Photoshop designed to give the photographer a variety of mat and frame styles for displaying digital images on the Web. Unlike the PrintEXIF and GalleryFrame scripts that preceded FrameShop, this script is more versatile and lets the user choose sizes, fonts, text position, colors and styles, offering an (almost) endless number of combinations. Like PrintEXIF, it gives the user the option to display EXIF data in the mat or frame, and like GalleryFrame, it has an option to double the size of the bottom mat dimension (Gallery mat) for a gallery mat style.

The FrameShop script dialog box is organized so that each option can be selected and customized independently:

frameshop_ui

Here’s an example of the output from FrameShop using the Cut bevel mat option. More examples are at the end of this post.

frameshop_bevel_example

Setting the Options

For those who are familiar with Adobe Photoshop and using scripts, the following explanation of FrameShop options can be skipped. The script is easy to use and the settings/options are easy to “play with” without damaging any pixels. If you’re unfamiliar with using scripts in Adobe Photoshop, read the following guide and you’ll be on your way.

Size and Sharpening
The script will size the final framed image to fit within the maximum width and height dimensions specified by the user, just as the Adobe Photoshop File>Automate>Fit Image… menu function does. The image will not be distorted to fit the dimensions, but will be proportionally sized, then matted and framed to fit the maximum dimensions specified. Checking the Smart Sharpen checkbox will apply sharpening, similar to the Adobe Photoshop Filter>Sharpen>Smart Sharpen… menu selection, to the image (before the mat and frame are added).

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Mats
Several mat styles are available:

  • Drop shadow
  • Cut bevel
  • Overlay
  • Double mat
  • Plain mat

The Overlay style doesn’t add a mat. Instead, it converts the outer edge of the image (dimension set with the mat Size setting) to black and white. The opacity of the overlay is determined by the Opacity setting. A stroke can be added to the image for the Drop shadow and Plain mat selections. The mat can be set to have equal dimensions on all four sides (Equal mat), or set to have a bottom border that is twice the size of the other sides (Gallery mat). Examples of each mat style are at the end of this post.

mat

Frame
In addition to selecting the frame color from a dropdown list and setting the frame size (in pixels), you can add an inner shadow and set the size (Depth) of that shadow.

frame

Signature & Title
The Signature and Title options are “smart” options, meaning they detect metadata that is embedded in the file’s IPTC fields to provide default or starting values for text. If no copyright or title metadata is present in the respective IPTC fields, the script relies on the user to enter the desired text. If you are uncertain about what information is available to Adobe Photoshop in the IPTC metadata, you can view the information from the Adobe Photoshop File>File Info… menu selection. The font dropdown menus display all of the fonts installed on the host system.

text

EXIF
FrameShop determines from the file’s EXIF metadata what information is available, and shows that metadata next to the individual EXIF checkboxes. If an EXIF element is unavailable, the script will show it as being unavailable (e.g., “ISO Unavailable”). If you are uncertain about what information is available to Adobe Photoshop in the EXIF metadata, you can view the information from the Adobe Photoshop File>File Info… menu selection. The font dropdown menu displays all of the fonts installed on the host system. FrameShop displays the following EXIF metadata (if available):

  • Filename
  • Camera model
  • Lens
  • Focal length
  • Shutter speed
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • Date taken

exif

Offsets
Horizontal and vertical offsets (H offset, V offset), in pixels, are used to position the text (EXIF, Title and Signature). Negative offsets move the text up and to the left relative to the default [0,0] position. Positive offsets move the text down and to the right relative to the default [0,0] position. The default positions are merely starting points for positioning Signature, Title and EXIF.

Save
Once the other options are set, you can either run the script and save the result as a JPEG, or run the script and have the image remain open in Adobe Photoshop. The latter choice is useful when determining how to set the options, particularly the text offsets. The image can be saved in the same location as the source file (Save in same location), or in a different folder, chosen by clicking the Select Folder… button. The JPEG quality can be set, with “1″ being low quality and “10″ being the highest quality. The file can also be saved with the sRGB color profile embedded (Convert to sRGB). Clicking Cancel dismisses the dialog box and returns you to the open source file.

save
Installation
The script requires Adobe Photoshop CS3 or later, and will run on a PC (Windows) or Mac (OS X). It should be installed in the Program Files>Adobe>Adobe Photoshop CS_>Presets>Scripts folder (Windows) or Applications>Adobe Photoshop CS_>Presets>Scripts folder (Mac OS X). Once the script is installed, run it from the File>Scripts menu in Adobe Photoshop after restarting the application.

Update: Users report that this script doesn’t work with Photoshop CS3. It does function properly with CS4 and CS5.

Under the Hood
When the script runs the first time, it produces a settings file, FrameShop Script.xml, in the Adobe Photoshop CS_ Settings folder. If you encounter problems using the script, first try deleting this file and re-running the script. A corrupted settings file could be the culprit.

To-do List
A list of enhancements I plan to add to the script:

  • Batch mode – user selects a source folder of image files and the script operates on all of them to completion
  • GPS EXIF metadata – include GPS metadata in the list of EXIF elements that can be included in the text

I don’t have a timetable for adding these features, but user interest counts. Feedback is welcomed.

Tip
Uncheck the Save as JPEG box and run the script until you have the font sizes, offsets and other settings where you want them. You can go back to the beginning in the History palette each time you re-run the script. Once you get the settings where you want them, check the Save as JPEG box and save the file.

Update (August 21, 2013): A newer version of the FrameShop script is now available for CS5 and CS6. I highly recommend using the newer version if you are running either CS5 or CS6.

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Examples:

Drop shadow

drop_shadow

Cut bevel

cut_bevel

Overlay

overlay

Double mat

double

Plain mat

plain

If you have any comments, questions, suggestions for new features, or bug reports, please contact me. If you are reporting a bug or are asking a question about a problem you encounter, please include the following information in your message:

  • Operating system (Windows or Mac OS)
  • Adobe Photoshop version
  • Error message received, if any
  • Type of image being processed (JPEG, TIFF, NEF, etc.)

Thanks to those who have allowed me to use their prior work in this script, and to those who have tested it and provided feedback.


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