Fun Frames Await You in Photoshop Elements

with 23 Comments

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:

4×5 Transparency
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 Frame
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.
Photo Strip
Picture Strip Frame
Puzzle Frames—there are a couple of these.




















Rustic Frame
Rustic Wood Frame
Scrapbook 04
Small 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.

















Torn Frame
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 Credits
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

23 Responses

  1. gwyneth
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    Hi Linda! The video was very helpful! Question; is there a way to use multiple images (photos) in the photo strips frame? I keep trying but it will only let me use one photo for that frame. I am a novice… hoping you can give me some tips! Thanks!

    • Linda Sattgast
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      Hi gwyneth–I’m glad you found the video helpful! The short answer is no, Photoshop Elements only lets you add one photo to the strip. You can outsmart it, but it will take some more advanced skills, and you describe yourself as a novice. I’ll give you some basics but if you need more help, check out my class Learn Digital Scrapbooking.

      • Size the photo small enough that it only fills one of the frames.
      • In the Layers panel, Right click on the frame layer and choose Simplify layer.
      • Use the Polygonal Lasso tool or other selection tool of your choice to select the gray area of an empty frame.
      • Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) to copy the gray area to a new layer.
      • Move a new photo above the gray area.
      • In the Menu Bar choose Layer > Create Clipping Mask.
      • Press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) to resize the photo as necessary.
      • Repeat with the third frame.

      Have fun trying it out!

  2. Dede Wurl
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    Hi Linda,
    The blog ideas are great! Thank you! Was wondering, how can I access the video here in the future? Will it stay here at the blog? If so, which subfolder to the right, is it under?
    Thank you!

    • Linda Sattgast
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      Hi Dede—this article is under the category {Inter}National Scrapbook Day. This is the only place where I have the video linked, and I don’t intend to remove it.

  3. Linda Sattgast
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    Selra and Charlene—your vacations sound wonderful! Glad to have you back!

  4. Selra
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    I, too, missed INSD because I was on a wonderful tour of China. Now I have hundreds of new photos to edit and scrap. Great blog post – thanks, Linda!

  5. Charlene Marchbank
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    Linda, thanks for the video and I already signed up for the new class. I missed all the NSD festivities but had a great excuse (was on a 14 day cruise from L.A. to Hawaii and back and the satellite internet was crappy at best on the ship).

    Thanks to you and your talented staff, I have learned so much and will continue to learn so much more — looking forward to the new class!


  6. Vicki Spencer
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    I also got the “everyday storyteller 2” and will enjoy reading it. As I scanned it, I was reminded how much I learned in your class, Your Story. Brilliant.
    I agree with the people who have replied to this blog and video. You are an excellent teacher and every time you offer something I know it will enrich my scrapbooking experience. Thank you!!

  7. Tammy Jones
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    Got the Everyday Storyteller 2 and was at the party. What fun! I wanted the book mainly because Linda was in it!!
    Thanks for the great video and info on the frames.

  8. Cindy
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    I had no idea these were already part of the program! Thank you so much for one more in a continuing line of helpful hints.

  9. Dede Wurl
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    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

  10. Mary Ann
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    I love some of the frames, too bad there is no alternative for us Photoshop users as my daughter is growing her first garden ever this year and the seed frame would be perfect for a mini album for her.

    I also was at the party but missed the greeting video as I kept getting kicked out. I bought the print bundle and have already started going through the pdf’s, what amazing books? Thank you for providing the link to be a VIP Linda, it was lots of fun.

    • Linda Sattgast
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      Wonderful! I’m glad you got the books! They have great ideas and are very inspiring.

      Regarding the seed frame, why don’t you scan a seed packet and a popsicle stick and make your own frame?

  11. Julie (MaggieMae)
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    Wonderful Information – I can’t wait to try them!! Thank you!

  12. stampsalot
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    Can’t believe I haven’t investigated some of these. Thanks for the great tips and for sharing your favorites.

  13. Mary
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    You’ve knocked it out of the park . . . again. :O)

  14. Jeanne
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    Thank you for another great tutorial yet again. I’m always amazed at the wonderful free gifts you give us. You and the rest of Digital Scrapper are the BEST! I’m still organizing 🙂

    • NancyPeralta
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      thank you for the Frames video. And thank you for all the freebies and tips for National Scrapbook Day.

      • Linda Sattgast
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        You’re welcome! It’s been a fun week!

  15. Belle
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    I enjoyed the video tutorial very much, thank you.

  16. Belle
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    I found the video tutorial extremely interesting. Thank you.

  17. Lorna Schreck
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    Hi Linda,
    I’ll check out the video tomorrow (later today) but I wanted to let you know I have already downloaded my new Everyday Storyteller 2 and gave it a cursory look. I’m looking forward to spending some tine with it. and your welcome to the Launch Party was charming. Have a great iNSD! Lorna

    • Linda Sattgast
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      I’m glad to hear you were at the party, Lorna! I missed the greeting videos, but got there for the second half.

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