FrameShop is a script for Adobe Photoshop designed to give the photographer/artist a variety of mat and frame styles for displaying digital images on the Web. The previous version of the FrameShop script (v0.9.5) was described in detail in an earlier post on this blog. This new version (v0.9.7) runs on Photoshop CC 2015 and CS6, and has several new features and improvements (as well as bug fixes):
- User interface has been organized into tabs, minimizing screen real estate and organizing workflow
- EXIF information can be formatted on multiple lines or a single line
- Improvement to identification of lens information from EXIF metadata
- Caption can be added beneath the Title
- Frame edge bevel is now an option
- Additional shooting information (e.g. “Hand-held”) can be added to the EXIF text
- FrameShop script settings can be saved and retrieved
The FrameShop script dialog box is organized so that each option can be selected and customized independently, using a tabbed dialog:
The dialog is displayed in the default Color Theme for Photoshop CC, chosen in the Preferences/Interface… menu.
Setting the Options
For those who are familiar with Adobe Photoshop, using scripts and/or the FrameShop script, 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).
Several mat styles are available:
- Drop shadow
- Cut bevel
- 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 setting), or set to have a bottom border that is twice the size of the other sides (Gallery mat setting).
Here’s an example of what the script can do. Other examples of each mat style are in earlier posts.
The various FrameShop elements that are referenced in this post are shown in this illustration:
In addition to selecting the frame color using the Adobe Color Picker and setting the frame size (in pixels), you can add an Inner shadow, set the size of that shadow, and choose to Bevel the frame edges.
In this new version, beveling the frame edges is an option. It was the default and only choice in earlier versions. Here’s an example showing outer and inner frame edges beveled:
And without beveled edges, resulting in a matte look:
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 not available, the script will show it as being not available (e.g., “Latitude N/A”). 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):
- Camera model
- Focal length
- Shutter speed
- Date taken
- GPS latitude
- GPS longitude
- GPS elevation
The EXIF text is by default positioned on the left in the bottom of the mat, but can be positioned either left, center or right. Its horizontal and vertical position can also be adjusted using the H offset and V offset boxes.
Up to 35 characters of additional “shooting information” can be added to the EXIF text. This optional text can be used to document gear used (“Gitzo tripod”), shooting conditions (“Raining cats and dogs”), or any other information pertinent to the image (“Hand-held”).
An option has been added to allow the EXIF to be formatted on a Single Line:
Or on multiple lines (Multiline), as had been the default (and only option) in prior versions:
If title information has been saved in the source image’s IPTC Title metadata field, the script will show that text in the Title text box. The Title text is by default positioned in the center in the bottom of the mat, but can be positioned either left, center or right. Its horizontal and vertical position can also be adjusted using the H offset and V offset boxes. The Title text is limited to 35 characters.
If caption information has been saved in the source image’s IPTC Caption metadata field, the script will show that text in the Caption text box. The Caption text is by default positioned directly beneath the Title. Its horizontal and vertical position can however be adjusted using the H offset and V offset boxes. The Caption text is limited to 35 characters.
If copyright information has been saved in the source image’s IPTC Copyright metadata field, the script will show that text in the Signature text box. The Signature text is by default positioned on the right in the bottom of the mat, but can be positioned either left, center or right. Its horizontal and vertical positions can also be adjusted using the H offset and V offset boxes. The Signature text is limited to 35 characters.
Load and Save Settings
By popular request, I’ve added the ability to save FrameShop settings, so that popular settings for different framing styles can be easily saved and retrieved. Clicking on the Save settings… button brings up a Save As dialog that lets you save the settings as an XML file in the desired location. Clicking on the Load settings… button brings up a file browser dialog that lets you load settings from a previously saved settings XML file. I’d suggest saving your settings in a folder (e.g. “FrameShop Settings”) somewhere easy to remember (e.g. Desktop). There is no limit to the number of settings files that can be saved.
Once the other options are set, you can either run the script (by clicking Run), which saves the processed image as a JPEG, TIFF, PSD, PNG or GIF, or run the script and have the framed image remain open in Adobe Photoshop. The latter choice is useful when determining how to set the options, particularly the text offsets, or when you desire to manually adjust the layers in Photoshop. For example, with the Layers panel open in Photoshop, you can edit the text layers (EXIF, Title, Caption, Signature), set colors for the Mat and Frame layers, and/or adjust the layer effects.
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.
More information on the Save as options can be found in an earlier post.
The framed image can be saved with the same ICC profile as the original (Same as Source), or in one of several other ICC profiles:
Clicking Cancel dismisses the dialog box and returns you to the open (unaltered) source file.
Download & Installation
Download the .zip file and, after unzipping, install as detailed below.
The script requires Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 or CS6, and will run on a PC (Windows 7 or 10) or Mac (OS X). This version (v0.9.7) will not run on Photoshop CS5, earlier versions of Photoshop or on Photoshop Elements.
❝ Scripts can be accessed from the Adobe Photoshop Scripts menu (File/Scripts), which provides quick and easy access to your scripts. By putting a script file into the appropriate location on disk, it can be accessed directly from the Photoshop menu.
To install a script in the Scripts menu, place it in the Scripts folder (Photoshop CC /Presets /Scripts). The names of the scripts in the Scripts folder, without the file name extension, are displayed in the Scripts menu. Any number of scripts may be installed in the Scripts menu.
Scripts added to the Scripts folder while Photoshop is running do not appear in the Scripts menu until the next time you launch the application.
The Browse item at the end of the Scripts menu (File/Scripts/Browse) allows you to execute scripts that are not installed in the Scripts folder. You can also use Browse to select scripts installed in the Scripts folder after the application was last launched.
Selecting Browse displays a file browser dialog which allows you to select a script file for execution. When you select a script file, it is executed the same way as an installed script. ❞
Under the Hood
When the script runs the first time, it produces a settings file, FrameShopv0.9.7.xml, in the Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 (or CS6) Settings folder. If you encounter problems using the script, try deleting this file and re-running the script. A corrupted settings file could be the culprit. The FrameShopv0.9.7.xml file, which saves the settings for the script, is located in:
Mac OS X
Photoshop CC 2015: Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 Settings
Photoshop CS6: Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CC6 Settings
Windows 7 and 10
Photoshop CC 2015: Users/[user name]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CC 2015/Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 Settings
Photoshop CS6: Users/[user name]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Adobe Photoshop CC6 Settings
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’ve encountered, 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.)
If you experience difficulty having the lens information (EXIF) appear in the script (“Lens N/A”), please ensure that you’re using the latest version of CC 2015. Adobe has fixed a bug in Photoshop and Lightroom (with Camera Raw 9.5.1) that caused the EXIF lens name to be hidden for some cameras.
Thanks to those who have allowed me to use their work in this script, and to those who have tested it and provided feedback.
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