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Tools Panel in Adobe Photoshop

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Frame Tool

Ben Willmore

Tools Panel in Adobe Photoshop

Ben Willmore

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2. Frame Tool

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Frame Tool

Now the next toll down here just looks like a rectangle with an X in it and that tool is known as the frame tool. And it is useful when you wanna create templates. Lemme close off this image and let's say I wanna create a brand new fresh image. And maybe I wanna create some sort of a brochure. So I'm gonna go up here and say I wanna print, size, and I'm gonna do a letter size paper. I'll do horizontal. All right, now in here I wanna put maybe five or six or ten images but I'm not sure which images yet. I do wanna design the layout though. And then when I'm talking with a client we'll quickly populate it with images. So I'm gonna go over there and click on the frame tool, then I'll click and drag here to define a frame which is simply a rectangle. Then I can use the tool again to define another one and just continue to do that to lay out exactly how I want photographs to eventually appear within this and maybe I have one image that's going to span the width down here and then some more ...

at the bottom. Once I get my layout now if I ever wanna populate this with images and do it very quickly then all I'm gonna do is go to Bridge. And in Bridge I'm gonna move the Bridge window down so I can see this document at the same time and I'm gonna navigate to a series of images that I might wanna use to populate this. So here I have some images I used in a previous lesson and all I'm gonna do is click on an image in Bridge and drag it onto one of these boxes. It automatically crops the image and then I can simply drag to reposition it. You see a kind of blueish rectangle. That represents the actual dimensions of the image. So I can tell it extends down this direction. Then I can return to Bridge and I'll chose another image that I'm just gonna drag on top of another box. And if I continue going back to bridge each time, I can very quickly populate each one of these boxes to get my layout finished. If I needs to be adjusted I can just click and drag to move them around. But it automatically scales the image to make sure that one of the dimensions matches. Usually the height in this case. And let's see, here I have a nice wide image, so I'll drag it onto the wide box. And therefore you could create layouts that might include text in other elements and then later on come in here and populate them with various images. And that is known as the frame tool in your tools panel.

Class Description


  • Understand the difference between Opacity and Flow
  • Utilize the History Brush to selective undo changes
  • Use the Library panel to store commonly used elements
  • Combine the Eyedropper tool with the Color and Swatches panels to make color choices easier
  • Create and apply presets to speed your work


  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Adobe Photoshop.
  • Those who want to gain confidence in Adobe Photoshop and learn new features to help edit photos.
  • Students who’d like to take ordinary images and make them look extraordinary with some image editing or Photoshop fixes.


Adobe Photoshop 2020 (V21)

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