Digital Frames

Too often we take our work and share it out on the web in galleries, on blogs, and at various community forums to see the background colors don’t really do our shots much justice. I’ve seen forums with blue background colors, others with yellow, and much much more. This has the net effect of casting a hue across every image in that space. Your images take on that hue to a certain degree, and it can often negate an image more than many realize.

Forum administrators and bloggers are starting to realize that neutrals are the best way to go, but there are still some web outlets that hang on to some rather outlandish color schemes. To accommodate the creative (and sometimes sensitive) differences that exist, it can often help to present your images with some digital framing. That is the focus of this weeks’ tutorial, and I share a rather simple but effective technique to create a digital frame to enhance or accentuate and draw attention to your imagery.

As I mention at the end of the post, there are some automated ways to create digital frames via plugins and actions. The one I reference can be found at People labor often in anonymity and share their work with the world and give it freely for others to use. Enjoy the benefits of generous folks and for those occasional ones that ask for donations, kick in a buck or two – it always helps to keep the creative spirit alive. In the meantime, keep on shooting (happily), and watch those apertures (carefully)!

Flash Version: Digital Framing

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2 comments for “Digital Frames

  1. May 7, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Great tip Jason. Adding some framing around an image can really help. I totally agree on the background colors as well. For most folks, keeping it simple is FAR preferrable to trying to get fancy. It almost always ends in a visual eye sore.

  2. May 7, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Hey, thanks for stopping in Brian – appreciate the feedback! I don’t know where you are finding the time to make comments on other blogs with your schedule! (He just had his 4th…)

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