Perfectly Fitted – Framing Photos So There are No Gaps

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I love frames. I really love old frames. Frames come in all sizes and shapes: stamp frames, oval frames, rectangle frames, square frames, heart frames. Get the picture? When trying to fit my picture into the frame, I worry about space showing. You know, the space where your picture ends and the frame starts. There is an easy way to fix this.

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Step 1: Open Your Layout

This is the layout I created with the September Premier kit, Menagerie by One Little Bird. The stamp frames were created by me.

Step 2: Re-size Your Picture

  • With the Move tool click and drag your picture onto your layout.
  • In the Layers panel, drag the picture layer under the frame layer.
  • Press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) to get a transformation outline. Then re-size your picture to taste. Hint: Using a corner handle to resize will maintain the proportions of your picture.

  • Press Enter to accept the changes.

Step 3: Use your Magic Wand

  • Activate the frame layer in the Layers panel.
  • Get the Magic Wand tool in the Tool Bar.
  • In the Options Bar, check the Anti-alias and Contiguous boxes, but leave All Layers unchecked.

  • Click the magic wand inside the frame center.
  • You should see marching ants inside the frame.

Step 4: Expand Your Selection

  • From the Menu Bar, choose Select > Modify > Expand.
  • In the pop up window enter 2 pixels.
  • Click OK.

Step 5: Duplicate Your Image

  • In the Layers panel, activate your picture layer.
  • Duplicate your picture, by pressing Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J).
  • In the Layers panel drag your original picture layer to the trash icon.
  • There is no gap between the picture and the frame. The picture is not peeking out from the perforation holes in the frame, either. Perfectly fitted.

Credits: layout, tutorial, pictures, and stamp frames by Lisa Hanks. Kit used: Menagerie by One Little Bird.

Download a PDF version of this “Perfectly Fitted” tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose “Save Target As” or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.

I love frames. I really love old frames. Frames come in all sizes and shapes: stamp frames, oval frames, rectangle frames, square frames, heart frames. Get the picture? When trying to fit my picture into the frame, I worry about space showing. You know, the space where your picture ends and the frame starts. There is an easy way to fix this.

Step 1: Open Your Layout

This is the layout I created with the September Premier kit, Menagerie by One Little Bird. The stamp frames were created by me.

Step 2: Re-size Your Picture

  • With the Move tool, click and drag your picture onto your layout.
  • In the Layers panel, drag the picture layer under the frame layer.
  • Press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) to get a transformation outline. Then re-size your picture to taste. Hint: Holding down the Shift key while transforming from a corner handle will maintain the proportions of your picture.

  • Press Enter to accept the changes.

Step 3: Use your Magic Wand

  • Activate the frame layer in the Layers panel.
  • Get the Magic Wand tool in the Tool Bar.
  • In the Options Bar, check the Anti-alias and Contiguous boxes, but do not check Sample All Layers.

  • Click the Magic Wand inside the frame center.
  • You should see marching ants inside the frame.

Step 4: Expand Your Selection

  • From the Menu Bar, choose Select > Modify > Expand.
  • In the pop up window enter 2 pixels.
  • Click OK.

Step 5: Duplicate Your Image

  • In the Layers panel, activate your picture layer.
  • Duplicate your picture, by pressing Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J).
  • In the Layers panel drag your original picture layer to the trash icon.
  • There is no gap between the picture and the frame. The picture is not peeking out from the perforation holes in the frame, either. Perfectly fitted.

Credits: layout, tutorial, pictures, and stamp frames by Lisa Hanks. Kit used: Menagerie by One Little Bird.

Download a PDF version of this “Perfectly Fitted” tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose “Save Target As” or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.