Quick Frame Masks in Producer

In a perfect world, all frames would come with masks for easy photo fit, but this isn’t a perfect world. In view of that, here’s how to create your own masks inside Producer. If you like illustrations, you’ll find them below the following blabber.

Portrait Frames:

1. Add a Solid Color, choosing white, making sure it’s in the layer beneath the frame.

2. Reduce its size so the top and bottom of the white layer fit inside the frame, overlapping the edges slightly to supply a margin of error.

3. In Effects > Motion and on the left side of the screen, unlock the zoom x/y coordinates and then drag the sides of the white layer in until they fit inside the frame, again overlapping the edges slightly for that margin of error. Copy “Start to End.”

4. Using the proper layer order (1-frame, 2-white layer, 3-photo, turn the white layer into a mask.

Landscape Frames:

1. Add a Solid Color, making sure it’s in the layer the layer beneath the frame.

2. Reduce its size so the left and right sides of the white layer fit inside the frame, overlapping the edges slightly to supply a margin of error.

3. In the Effects > Motion screen, unlock the zoom x/y coordinates and then drag the top or bottom of the white layer in until it fits inside the frame, again overlapping the edges slightly for that margin of error.

4. Same as for portrait frame instructions.

Square Frames:

Use the instructions for either portrait or landscape frames since they will work equally well for a square shape.

Circle Frames:

1. Add a gradient layer using the “Masks” presets and choosing “Radial” as the type.

2. Click the second choice given in the row of examples.

3. In the Colors section of that screen, move the two center sliders in so they meet in the middle, creating a hard edge.

4. Click OK and then adjust the size of the gradient layer so the white circle doesn’t show beyond the outside of edge of the frame.

5. With the circle frame on top, then the gradient layer, and beneath that your photo, turn the gradient layer into a mask.

Oval Frames:

1 – 4. Use steps 1 through 4 as per circle frames.

5. In Effects > Motion and on the left side of the screen, unlock the zoom x/y coordinates and drag in the sides until they fit the oval frame. Copy “Start to End.”

6. Using the proper layer order (1-frame, 2-white oval, 3-photo), turn the white oval into a mask.

Reducing the height of white layer for portrait mask:

Reducing the width of white layer for a portrait mask:

Layer order with white set as a mask:

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Published in: on July 22, 2010 at 6:11 pm  Comments (4)  

4 Comments

  1. Thanks for all your tutorials. They are very easy to follow, and much appreciated. I look forward to each new one.
    Thanks again…

    • Norma, you are entirely welcome. The tutorials are fun to create and a pleasant break from Frame Locker work.

  2. Quick Frame Masks in Producer

    I’m saving up your useful tips until I upgrade to PSP next year when I’m sure they are going to be very useful. I’m certainly one who likes illustrations – picture worth a thousand words! Unfortunately, all I get for this tutorial are three blank boxes (with the little x) and these link to other sites.

    Regards,

    Des

    • Des, these tips aren’t going away. They’ll wait patiently for when you upgrade, though I don’t know how you’re managing to wait until next year. They always say there’s no time like the present.

      The faulty images have been fixed thanks to you for pointing out the problem.


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