How To Use The Frames Tool In Snapseed From Google
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How To Use The Frames Tool In Snapseed From Google

October 20, 2019

Let’s talk about adding a framing element
around your image using Snapseed from Google. Before I show you how the Frames filter in here works
let me offer a little warning especially for those of you working with the Android
version of this amazing App. My advice is that you always Save off an
unframed version of your image before proceeding any further with Snapseed. As you can see, I am going to follow my own
advice to get things started in this tutorial. Now that I have saved an unframed version
of this black and white image, I can tap here to bring up the Tools and Filters Menu and
then I can jump right into the Frames Filter without any fear. The Frames filter in version 2 of this App
is pretty straightforward. Tap on the word Frame down there in the
center of the Toolbar to select the style of adornment that you
would like to add around your image. For this traditional “Ansel Adamsesque”
style of black and white image, I am going to pick a very traditional style of frame. The most important thing for you to learn
here is that the frames that Snapseed generates overlay our original image. The frame here moves into the photo. In this photo, that is no problem. So how do we control how much of the image
gets covered by the frame? Well that’s easy. That’s what the Width slider here controls. Sliding one finger across the screen to the
Left will push frame further away from the center of the image. Sliding your finger to the Right of course,
does the opposite and it extends the frame in further towards the center of your image. I like the traditional framing look that I
have right now on this image but let me just show you some of the other options that are in
here for this filter. Frames 2 and 3 are very similar to what
I started with except that the corners grow more and more rounded as the number goes up. Style 4 up to 11 we get more and more
edge effects added into the space where the frame overlays the image. Starting at 12 the frame color switches
from white to black. If you slide your finger along the frame styles
bar all the way to the Left you will soon discover that there are actually 23 different
choices of frame in here. I am going to go back to that very conservative
traditional white-square look that I had a minute ago because the subtle style of framing
that it adds seems appropriate for this quiet image. Now I am going to tap on the checkmark
in the bottom right corner to commit this change. I am happy with the way that this simple white
frame acts as a border and the way that it draws my eye into the black and white image
here so now I am going to Save my work. At this point, I am going to hop out of Snapseed
and jump into the Image Gallery here on my Android tablet. Remember that advice on always saving an unframed
version of your masterpiece first? Well, here’s why. Depending on where I am going to use this
photo, now I have the choice of both the framed and the unframed versions of this image
but if I had skipped over that save step before I launched the frames filter
then I might have accidentally limited my options for this image down the road. Let me reopen Snapseed and I’ll show you
some additional tricks. Now I tuned this image up before I started
recording this tutorial and then I saved my work. The perfected image is what you are seeing
on the screen right now. Since I know that this unframed version is
safely stored here on my tablet, I am going to jump right into the Tools and Filters
menu now and I am going to launch the Frames Filter. This time I am going to tap on the Frames
button on the bottom and then I am going to select style #13. 13 will give me a black frame with small rounded corners. I’ll drag the Width slider to about -15 or so, so that the frame doesn’t cover over too much
of my original image. Next, I am going to tap on the checkmark to Commit
my work. So here’s a little trick. The trick is that we can add multiple Frame
layers one on top of another to create something even more unique. This time, I am going to pick frame style
#2 and then I will set its width to about -30. With that second frame on top, now I get a
little white and black double border effect around this photo. I think this looks really nice on this image. I can press and hold one finger against the
screen right now to show you the complete before and after. I am happy at this point but you could keep
going back into the Frames Filter as many times as you want and adding more and more
layers until you have built up exactly the look that you want around the edges of your
image. I am not going to worry about saving this
photo right now since this was just a quick demo but if you are playing along, and if
you like the double or triple border that you have now, then don’t forget to save
your work. I am going to Open up one more image and
show you a few more tricks. Let me hop right into the Frames Filter
again with this image from Acadia National Park. This time I am going to go with frame style
#8 which adds a bubbly splatter looking effect to the edges. Now I am going increase the frame width so
that you can really see the bubbly almost polaroid transfer effect that’s being added here. I am going to tap on the Frames button on the toolbar again though
to show you something subtle. Do you see those little blue arrows down there
over the top of the frame 8 thumbnail? Those little blue arrows
are Snapseed’s way of saying that if you want to pivot the effects of this frame around, or try a different variation
on this style, then tap here. Sometimes I find it helpful to Tap back and
forth now on the toolbar and the Frames button or the image and the button. to hide the style choice thumbnails temporarily
so that I can see all four corners of my image when I am shifting things around. I think that I will go with this look where those bubbles are up in the
top left corner this time. So that what I have to say next makes more
sense, I am going to tap on the Edit Stacks icon right now and then choose the View Edits
option because for my last trick the order of our edits matters. Do you see how our Frames Filter
layer is currently the topmost edit? Like the tutorial that I did on the Text tool,
if I were to add additional edits right now then those tools or filters will affect
both the original image and the frame edit that we have just added. Most of the time, that’s not something that
I want to do. Most of the time, we are going to want our
Frames Layer up at the top of the edit stack the way it is right now. But fascinating things can happen in mobile
photography when we break the rules. So let show you a little demo. And voila. Now my image has an old faded yellowish look
that makes this seem much older than it really is. What’s so cool though is that Snapseed is
smart enough to add this effect both to the image and to the frame. If you think about it, an old yellowed photo with
a clean fresh white border wouldn’t make any visual sense. Let me just add one more adjustment in here
to finish things off. Now I am really happy. I am going to open up the Edit Stacks option
once more just so that you can see
how all of these changes line up. Again most of the time, you are going to want
that frames edit layer up at the top of the stack. Most of the time, the frames filter is a feature
of Snapseed that I use only after I have made all of my other changes. But when we break these rules fascinating
edge effects are possible. I hope you found this tutorial useful
and above all don’t forget to save your work.

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