With Photoshop CS2 running on Mac OS X 10.3.9, I found that PhotoFrame Pro
3 performed quickly. The various effect tools are presented in floating palettes
which can be repositioned, docked, or hidden, giving you freedom to customize
your work space, as well as the ability to see your chosen effect applied to
a full-screen preview. With Version 3, all edges and frames are installed on
your hard drive, so they're always available via the Frames palette browser
without having to insert a CD.
Once you have the frame exactly the way you want it on the Preview
screen, click the Apply button at the lower right of the Preview
window and your image will reopen in Photoshop (or Elements) with
the effect applied. Note that you can also choose to apply the effect
as a new layer, or as a layer mask. Here, I chose a woodblock effect
to complement my image of a frog.
All Photos © 2006, Howard Millard, All Rights Reserved
PhotoFrame Pro 3 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.3.9 and higher and Windows
XP Service Pack 2. It's available for an MSRP of $159.95, or $69.95 to
upgrade from previous versions of PhotoFrame. At press time, several new downloads
were added to the onOne website, www.onone software.com. First is a free upgrade
to Version 3.0.2. Next, the Instant Film Frame Collection is comprised of 109
new frames free for owners of PhotoFrame Pro 3 or PhotoFrame Elements, a $69.95
scaled-down version for Elements users. Additional frame collections are also
available for $39.95 each, designed by individual photographers, including my
friend and colleague Rick Sammon, Vincent Versace, Jim DiVitale, and Helene
Glassman. See the website for examples and details. Note that you must have
PhotoFrame Pro 3 or PhotoFrame Elements to use these.
For this portrait I selected four possible frames in the Frames
palette. Then I clicked on the small gear icon at the bottom of
the palette and selected View Frame Grid. This brings up a grid
of comparison frames, all applied to the same image. Note that you
can change the size of the previews with a zoom slider at the lower
Whatever subjects you photograph, these distinctive edge effects and frames
can creatively complement and enliven the tone and increase the impact of your
pictures, almost as fast as you can select them.
For my photo of Colonel Jim Garvey singing on the caboose as the
Grand Canyon Railroad rumbled through Arizona, I selected the Volume
4 zoom_04.frm frame, since it conveyed a strong sense of the moving
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