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Framing your works by facist Framing your works by facist
Copyright 2006 Facist - a.k.a. Ink Master, All Rights Reserved

Learn how to frame your works properly people!!!

Thanks to =schoolbookdepository for making such bad frames for his own art, and allowing me to use them as examples :)

:) - As always favs much appreciated

This tutorial is being posted only on deviantART, if you see it anywhere else, please send me a note or an email; thanks
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Given 2006-05-07
Framing your works by =facist is a good looking tutorial about an often overlooked aspect of our art. ( Suggested by rocksicle and Featured by bleedsopretty )
Creamy-Melon Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
A really brilliant tutorial! ^^ This helped a lot, thank you and keep up the great work!
bromstrom Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very useful, thanks :D
joyousorca Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007
I am so glad one of the people I watch sent me this direction, wonderful set of tips. I've been experimenting with different frame types/styles and this breaks it down so nicely. Thank you! Off to update some of my deviations...
chocolate-IX Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007   Photographer
first , how to make the last frame ? second , doesnt this framing (the inside stroke) crops the original image ? its a nice way but i dont want to crop my image ... how to avoid that ?
iyz Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2007
i've been looking for something like this, my frames are just plain. some awesome tips and such in here
pure-evil-91 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007
very good tutorial :clap: it helped me a lot... though i need your opinion....i feel that something's just not right:|. please take a look at it, if u want to :please:[link]
facist Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007
What you think of this? - [link]
pure-evil-91 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007
i have to admit it's much better :thanks:...may i use it?
facist Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007
feel free
pure-evil-91 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007
thank you :thanks:
scmeder Featured By Owner May 21, 2007   Photographer
HeavyMetal84 Featured By Owner May 10, 2007
Thanks, this was very helpful.
Freedom88 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007
wow just come to say thanks, that was an interesting read, definitely useful :)
KorneliooS Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks man it helps me understood something about good framing.
photoshoptutors Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
well... it's finally posted.


hope you like the cover.
BlackScarletLove Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah, yes, one more thing: I am not familiar with the Layer Styles window, as I usually use simply Canvas Size to do my borders, but if you set the position to 'inside', then wouldnt that overlay the border onto the image, therefore losing some of it?

And I wonder, I always have trouble figuring out how thick to make the borders. Any tips?
BlackScarletLove Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I appreciate the time you took to do this! =)

I agree with you in some regards, and disagree in others.

For the first dev, 30016072, I like both the versions. The white bordered one looks good, because it is so... shiny. A very pure white giving the deviation a light and airy feeling, and the first thing I liked about it even before I read your stuff, was that the white blended with the clouds. In such a way as that, it seems that the frame was actually blending with the image. I like how you have done it, too, because it makes it so much more striking, and the bit of white in between the blacks is a great touch. I thought it rather odd the way the title was set up, because it hit me as saying: green schoolbookdepository, and I immediately wondered what a green schoolbookdepository looked like. =P

The second one, 29555399, I liked the original much better than your edit, because of the same reason I liked your edit of the first one; the black makes the colours stand out so much bolder to me, and the white of your edit had exactly the same effect as you described regarding the white on the first one.

30096861, I like everything you did to it. Great job. I also looked at the original title, and I discovered that I suppose the original title was supposed to be Forever, then a bracket notification of its monochrome status that makes me suspicious that there is a colour version, and that may be something that you wish to keep in there, in a way. This is because when you read the title the way you arranged it, it looks like it is saying Forever Black and White, which I think is an fekkin awesome title, but it may not have been quite what the artist desired.

28376285: I agree with you fully here. Good edit. I saw with distaste the grain in the original, and I noticed that although you did not mention it, you smoothed it out and added a bit of glow around the circumfrence of the moon, which I love, although you seem to have dropped the glow on the bottom part for some reason, leaving some of the original icky grain. The other thing I noticed is having to do with the title credit, schoolbookdepository, wherein I understand your intention was to seperate the words without spaces, but the brain can differentiate words written without spaces as well as it can words spoken without spaces, to a certain degree. Anyone reading it would know what it said, and I found that the way you layed it out gave it an unnaturally startling effect, like someone said schoolbookdepository in words to you and laid a strangely unnatural emphasis on the word 'book'. school!book!depository!!

29383906: I agree and disagree with you on certain points on this one as well. I agree that the top&left, and bottom&right sides of the border are styled differently, and this ruffles the appearence. However, I think you have blurred it too much, so as to negate the entire purpose of a glass frame. I think that when you have a glass frame, it is to see the image under it fairly well, and though I agree with what you said about how the border looking the same as the image does not look great, I think that a better way to achieve the glass border would be to have blurred it only perhaps a quarter or third the amount of what you did. The thing that made me grimace about the amount you blurred it was especially the tree/horizon line. It is this thin line with delightful bumps and textures, and then you hit the border, and it is this thick blob with no definative appeal to it, and moreso, a definitive lack thereof.
Another idea I had for the glass border concept was found by looking at the seperate pillow/emboss sides of the original, and I thought that another way to differentiate the border from the image, while leaving it completely clear, would be to use a similar effect all round, to darken or lighten the part of the image in the border, depending on what would look best for each individual photo.

Again, I appreciate the time you took to do this, and as you state, the opinions stated within this comment box are just my opinions, and are neither better nor worse than yours. =D I learned much from both the aspects I on which I agreed with you, and disagreed respectively.

:salute: =)
xfaith-in-youx Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2007
I learnt a lot from you. I hope you like my frames. I'm just starting
DoodleDragon Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2007
Thanks, this was very helpful. =D
luneves Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome tutorial!!
:clap: :+fav:
BlackScarletLove Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
What particular key do you use to get the period in the middle, in your signature, : that first and last bit on either side of the colon?
luneves Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Alt+506 then : then Alt+506 and you get it (:)!
Easy, eh? :D
BlackScarletLove Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah, where do i find a list of all those, what are they called?
luneves Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
It's called Ascii table and you can Google it. :nod:
BlackScarletLove Featured By Owner May 3, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer

it is wide and complicated

alt 233 does this Θ

but if you do it in the firefox adress bar it does a venom symbol! :giggle:
luneves Featured By Owner May 4, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, I know.
BlackScarletLove Featured By Owner May 4, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
you knew? :o
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edleen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice tutorial indeed! Something that every deviant needs to know :)
Enideus Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
great tutorial man, really BOTHhandsandfeet :thumbsup:
I agree with you at everything :P but a single objection
-Monotype Corsiva is just to playful for a header or title..If u wanna go curvy at all cost then you ll know your title will get more attention than needed,so you might wanna try some other font..
(at least thats my opinion ;P)
Mew-Sumomo Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2006  Student General Artist
Wow, this is really helpful! I know some of the framing techniques already, but this does provide some useful hints that may be helpful to me in the future. This is great! *+faves*
facist Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2006
glad you like it :)
Arcer26 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2006
This is awesome! Complete with what not to do and how to fix it, the thing without which no constructive criticism is complete :) Well-explained and positive. (And easy to understand!) This one is definitely getting my vote in ~photoshoptutors's contest.
facist Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2006
thanks alot, much appreciated :)
jaakobou Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2006
you can start voting.
Trick0 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2006
thanks for ideas.. been looking for something like that all over the place;) :+fav:
xRed-thunderDragoNx Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2006
and specially, thank you for sharing those fonts, much useful!
i'm sorry if i can't give advanced critique
i just HAD to congrat you :)
Sjaakhoofd Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2006
lol @ bob the builder xD

sweet tutorial... ^_^
DarkVortexX Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2006
Good job. I will use these to frame my future works!
DISENT Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Like you said it's just your opinion, but I disagree somewhat. imo the only good looking borders/frames are a solid white or a solid black anything else looks cheesy.

Nice work on the tut, you put a lot of effort into to it :)
LucidDistortion Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006
I have just been making plain and simple frames, but the last one that is a little translucent looks amazing. I can't wait to try it out.
cappaholic Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2006
You seemed to have skipped the REAL easy way to create a frame. Just increase the canvas size. I usually use 4 or 6 pixels in black, then a larger size like 100 or 200 pixels in white. You can also reverse these colors, or use your own. It all depends on the photo and the size of the piece.
DusteDev Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006
I believe the last frame was blurred too much.
imagoimaginis Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
Great tutorial, the best on borders I've seen so far (you actually explain why things look right or wrong instead of showing a way of doing them...)

Really useful, thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!
Glaze6 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006   Photographer
Thats a great tut, however, I'm still confused how I go about doing the matte glass frame?
the-tuesdaygirl Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2006  Student
This is a great tut!
ArsenicEater Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2006
A very helpful and useful tutorial. I believe that presentation plays a large part in the viewer's reaction to a piece, so I'm glad I came across this tutorial!
soundinnovation Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006
I've used your instructions on several of my more recent pieces, and they've proven to be quite helpful. :-)
Thanks for the tutorial!
engyne Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2006
Hey, I just had a question and I was wondering if you could help me. ^ ^; I have a picture of the moon at night over the ocean up in Maine that I took.. and it's basically all black except for the moon and the reflection on the water.. would a black frame look way tacky? What would you suggest?
theburling Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2006
This isnt working properly for me... im using cs2... im following your instructions with accuracy i think.... but all this is doing for me is darkening the picture instead of adding a black border... what the hell am i doing wrong

AloneToMe Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2006
honestly, i think the framing tutorial is pretty good
i honestly didn't have the time to read through all the comments, most being things like "thanks" or "fav" anyway
i won't argue with you, but i will critique and i apologize if anything i say was already covered somewhere above, and maybe what i havebelow could be covered in your next tutorial with the matte glass frame

a couple things i might have changed in the "glass" frame

first, while it is a good frame, what looks to be a black inner glow on what's probablly the second layer, is a little dark, i would go for something a bit lighter or maybe soften it a little more to make it not as bold

second, as far as the outside of the frame goes, i would have slightly desaturated it... as you were saying in some of the bad frames, it detracts the eye towards the outside because the colors are still bright and they still carry on from the image

because it looks like you're using photoshop, i'll use that as a reference

my suggestion would be to have two layers and crop one to the actual size you want the image inside the frame to be
i'm sure you know what i'm talking about, but select the area you want the image to be, and invert and clear
on the other layer gaussian blur til it looks good (if you want to give the glass an etched look, add some noise before doing the blur)
select the used space in the cropped layer, and clear that in the "glass" layer
place the glass layer on top and add an outer glow of black, and play with this so that it's not completely opaque
then add a drop shadow to make the ashadow you already have look a little more realistic, and add a thin bevel/emboss effect

i don't know exactly how this would look cuz i haven't had a chance to experiment, but i think it could improve on the concept
also for the text i would recommend monotype corsive, because its got a nice curve as you mentioned before, and it flows well with the smooth glass feeling
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