by Linda Sattgast
There’s a treasury of frames hidden inside Photoshop Elements that you may not even know about. Yes, you have to plow your way through some pretty silly frames to find the good ones, but allow me to make the process easier by introducing you to my favorites. (Sorry, these frames aren’t available in Photoshop.)
If you like what you see, you can watch my video on how to use them, since they’re not like frames you get in a kit. (I’ll give you the link to the video again at the end of this article.)
Here is my list of frames in alphabetical order. I have examples for some of them:
Aged Chipped Frame
Aged Frame—I thought this frame was perfect for the photo of my mother and aunt on my aunt’s 90th birthday.
All of the “Basic” Stroke Outline Frames (lots of different colors)—This is the only native way of getting an inner stroke outline in Photoshop Elements. After applying the basic stroke outline frame, you can change the stroke size and color by double clicking on the fx icon on the frame layer in the Layers panel.
Basic White Bevel
Distressed Gold Frame
Filigree Frame Gold
Filigree Frame Silver Round
Film Scratches 1–3
Frame with Base (similar to a polaroid, only with texture)
Gardening—If you have pages with a gardening theme, this would be a cute frame.
Old Frame—I thought this was a perfect frame for this photo of my friend’s dog!
Paper Frame Holes—Here’s Jocko again, ready to go for a walk.
Picture Strip Frame
Puzzle Frames—there are a couple of these.
Rustic Wood Frame
Stamp 1 and 2—I love the look of stamps, and this makes it very easy to create that look. By the way, the drop shadow can be adjusted on some of the frames, including the stamp frames. The default shadow shown here is a bit high, in my opinion.
Tatter Frame—I thought Sylvester looked quite handsome in the Tatter frame.
Tatterd Snapshot (Yes, that’s how Photoshop Elements spells tattered.) This is my daughter, Allison, wearing my blue hat.
Vintage Photos 1 through 4—All four vintage photo frames are very nice. This is my mother when she was young.
Wood Frame Large and Small
So there is my list of favorite frames. Frames were introduced in Photoshop Elements 5, and new ones have been added over the subsequent versions, so unless you have the most recent version, you may not have all the frames I’m featuring.
These frames look great on a scrapbook page, as you can see by my page below, which features the 4×5 Transparency Frames.
Want to learn where to find these frames and how to use them? Watch my video called Photoshop Elements Frames.
Page by Linda Sattgast
Photos by Charlie Sattgast
Paper from Crisscross Liquid Amber by Susie Roberts
Map overlay from Travel Mates Map Overlays by Susie Roberts
Stars from All I Have To Do Is Dream by Lauren Grier
Paint splotches from Happy Harvest by Susan Bartolini
Fonts: Jenna Sue, P22 Stanyan Bold, Myriad Pro