Add a Frame to a Photo in Photoshop Elements

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Sometimes a photo benefits from a special treatment to make it pop, and one way to make a photo pop is to add a frame to it. Photoshop Elements 15 comes with a collection of hundreds of creative frames that makes this process simple.

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Placing a Frame in Your Document

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  1. Open a new file in Photoshop Elements 15. 
  2. Click the Expert tab at the top of the screen.
  3. Select the Layers tab and click on the new layer icon to create a new blank layer.
  4. Select Graphics at the bottom right corner of the screen.
  5. Click By Type in the drop-down menu at the upper left corner of the Graphics window that opens. In the drop-down menu next to it, select Frames.
  6. Scroll through the screens of frame examples. There are literally hundreds to choose from already loaded into Elements. If they display a blue triangle in the corner, they need to download from the internet, but that process is automatic if you click on them. These frames are professionally designed and beautifully creative in all sorts of styles.
  7. Double-click on a frame you like or drag it onto your document. 
  8. Resize the frame by selecting the Move tool. Press Ctrl +T on Windows or Command T on a Mac to get a bounding box.
  9. Drag from a corner handle to resize the frame. If you drag from the side handles, the frame will be distorted.
  10. Click on the green check mark when the frame is the size you want to save the change.


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Adding and Positioning a Photo in the Frame

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Add a photo to the frame in one of these ways.

  • Click the empty space in the middle of the frame to bring up a navigation path. Locate and select the photo you want to add to the frame. 
  • If the photo is already open in Elements, just click on it in the Photo Bin at the bottom of the screen and drag it into the frame.
  • If the photo is open in a different window in Elements, click on it and drag it into the frame.

When the photo appears in the frame, it has a slider in the top left corner. Use the slider to enlarge or reduce the size of the photo. Click on the photo and drag it to move it around in the frame to the position that looks best. Rotate the photo by clicking on the icon next to the slider. When you are happy with the placement, click the green check mark to save it.

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Editing the Frame and Photo

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The frame and photo are saved as a single unit, but you can make changes later. If you just want to resize both, use the transform handles to change the size of the frame and photo.

If you want to edit the photo without changing the frame, right-click the photo in Windows or Ctrl-click on a Mac to bring up a menu. Select Position Photo in Frame to bring up the same controls you had when you originally placed the photo. Resize or reposition and click the green check mark to save.

To change to a different frame, click on a frame in the Graphics window and drag it onto the document. It will replace the original frame. You can also click and drag a different photo from the Photo Bin onto the original photo to replace it.