Betcha Didn’t Know This Was in Photoshop

Mornin’ everybody. Here’s another one of those hidden little things that Adobe snuck into Photoshop CC kind of under the radar in one of those periodic CC feature updates.

Believe it or not this one was added back in 2014 but it’s hard to find someone that actually realizes it’s there. It’s a built-in filter for creating all sorts of frames around an image. Here’s how it works:


Go under the Filter menu, under Render, and choose Picture Frame. If you just said, “What?! …Picture Frame?! Where did that come from…” you’re not alone.


Here’s the Frame window. From the frame pop-up menu you can choose 40-something different frame types from the awesome to the absurd. The more traditional looking frames are toward the bottom of the menu, like this art frame shown above. Depending on which frame style you choose there are a bunch of sliders to tweak it to your heart’s content.


I create a new blank layer before I open the filter, so I can resize the frame after it renders using Free Transform. I also added a soft drop shadow here just to add some depth.

I hope that started your week off with something new to mess around with in Photoshop, here’s wishing you your best week of the year (so far). :)



P.S. Hey, if you’re a photographer in the Portland, Oregon area – I’ll be there next week (on Thursday I believe) with my Shoot Like a Pro: Part 2 (reloaded!) seminar. Hope you can come out and join me. 

  1. Scott – great tip – is there s step missing ?- I’ve tried both RAW and JPG images, but don’t get the ‘picture frame’ menu active/ bold under Filter/ Render menu – thanks

      1. I think it’s my iMac graphics processor – functiona described in article seems to work fine on MBP (newer model) – tried turning off “Use Graphics processor” on Preferences / File Handling, restarted and tried again, but made no difference – so I assume it’s the graphics card that isn’t up to scratch on the iMac (first 27″ model)

  2. You have to have enabled a supported GPU within the application for this
    feature to be available.

    You’ll know you’re not set up for it if the 3 choices under
    Filter | Render for frames, trees and one other are greyed out.

    turn this on under Edit | Preferences | Performance – GPU is in the upper right quadrant of that menu.
    (That menu path may be a little different on a Mac if I recall correctly).

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