Framing option 3
Here a painterly effect is combined
with a frame that reverses both hue
and tone (a Difference mode). By
carefully adjusting the opacity of the
frame, the colors were toned down
to match that of the main image.
Finally, the frame was rotated so
that the main axis nude figure runs
across the diagonal.
Framing option 2
The simplest frame is often the
best—here it is like looking through a
cleared area of fogged glass. The color
of the frame should be chosen to tone
in with the image. However, you
should also consider the background
color: on this black page, the contrast
is too high whereas against a white
page or an on-screen background, the
nude figure would appear to float.
Framing option 1
The first option applies a geometric
frame in which it partially reverses
the underlying tones of the image.
It is effective in hiding unwanted
details in the top left of the image,
but its outline is perhaps too hard
in contrast with the soft lines of the
subject’s body.
Don’t allow your images to become unnecessarily
constrained by the sides of the camera viewfinder
or the regular borders of your printing paper.
There are creative options available to you.
Problem: The precise and clear-cut rectangular
outlines around images can not only become boring,
sometimes they are simply not appropriate—for
example, on a web page where the rest of the design
is informal. What is needed is some sort of controlled
way of introducing some variety to the way you
frame your images.
Analysis: In the majority of situations, producing
images with clean borders is the most appropriate
method of presentation. But with the less-formal
space of a web page, a looser, vignetted frame might
be a better option. On occasion, a picture frame can
also be used to crop an image without actually losing
any crucial subject matter.
Solution: Scan textures and shapes that you
would like to use as frames and simply drop them
onto the margins of your images. Many software
applications offer simple frame types, which you can
easily apply to any image and at any size. Special
plug-ins, such as Extensis Photoframe, simplify the
process of applying frames and provide you with
numerous, customizable framing options.
The need to create picture frames usually arises
from the desire to improve an image that has not
been ideally composed. Nobody thinks about
picture frames when looking at a truly arresting
photograph. Inspect your pictures carefully,
checking the image right to the edges. Tilting
the camera when shooting creates a different
style of framing, or simply crop off image
elements you don’t need.

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