Here’s the scenario. You’ve been working on a page but as you go along, you feel that something is missing. You already have these amazing photos but on their own, you feel that it just wouldn’t draw your readers’ attention to them. Our answer? Use borders and frames.
Don’t worry, because in this article, I’ll walk you through the use of Borders and Frames and, step by step, you’ll understand how they work and the creative power you’ll get by using them correctly.
In no time, you’ll get to know the difference between the two and which of them is more suitable for what you need. Excited to know how Borders and Frames work? Then let’s get into it.
01. What are Frames?
So let’s start with Frames. Frames are photo holder elements with built-in border or shape features.
They work almost entirely the same like Grids.
To access our Frame elements, open any page and click on the Elements tab on the left. Then, click on the “Frames” icon and the elements will load (as seen on 1st image on the left).
You might notice that the Frame elements found in the top portion look very similar to Grid elements but just keep scrolling down and you’ll see more options! (as seen on second image).
To use a frame, you can simply click on the element or you can drag it to the page. Afterwards, you can resize, rotate or change the frame colour by clicking and dragging on the resize/rotate handles or by clicking on the Colour button to select the new colour.
Once you’re satisfied with how your Frame looks like, you can now place a photo in it. To place a photo into a Frame, simply click and drag it inside the Frame element.
The photo will “snap” into into place inside the Frame. If you’re placing a photo you’ve uploaded, simply go to Uploads and select and drag the one you’ve chosen. And there you have it! You have successfully used a Frame in your page.
With or without frame? Here is the question.
In the example below, you can see that the dominating theme of the page layout are circles. While the square photo is not necessarily bad, putting it in a circle frame with border makes it look coherent with the whole layout.
To quickly find basic Frames, visit the “Basics” category under the Elements tab.
02. What are Borders?
Now that you’re familiar with Frames, it’s time to talk about Borders. Borders are elements which you can put around on photos or blocks of text. Unlike Frames, Borders are not photo holders but are more flexible. This means that you cannot simply just place a photo inside it and expect it to “snap” in properly. Borders work the same way like “stickers” or other illustrated elements.
Using Borders for Photos
Using Borders is almost as easy as using Frames. Simply put in any put any photo into your page. Resize and edit that photo as you wish.
Once you’re satisfied with your photo, you can now place the Border. To place borders, type on the search bar “border.” The available border elements will load. Choose the Border you wish to use and place it on the page by clicking on it (image 1 below). Now, you can resize the border to fit around the photo. Click and drag the handles to resize (image 2 below). And you’re done!
Using Borders for Text Boxes
Using borders for text boxes is very similar to the one shown for photos. First, you need to place a text box and then type in your text. To place text boxes, click on the Text tab. You can add a heading, subheading or body text depending on your preference.
Once you’re ok with your text, you can now place a border around it. Simply search for “border” and place the one you like. Resize and/or recolour the border and you’re done!
With or without border? This question, again…
For this example, adding a border adds more emphasis on the smaller photo. Without the border, the smaller photo looks like it’s blending in with the larger photo.
You can group your “grid-border” elements to make resizing and moving easier! Simply select both the border and the photo by clicking and dragging your mouse cursor over them. Afterwards, you can press “Shift” and “G” to group them together.
03. So, let’s recapitulate.
To help you make the right choice, let’s compare what you can do or not with frame and borders.
> Resizing Flexibility
Frames have a fixed aspect ratio when resizing. This means that you can only resize frames proportionately. You cannot resize them freely. On the other hand, Borders can be resized freely as you wish.
Another way to know how Borders and Frames differ when it comes to resizing is to observe their resize handles. Frames only have 4 resize handles while Borders have more than 4. Having more than 4 resize handles means that the element is more flexible to resize.
To save time, we recommend that you use Frames since you can just put in photos there and they “snap” in place. However, if you’re using photos with various sizes and dimensions (especially landscape photos), we recommend that you use Borders so you can resize them more freely.
> Content Placement
As mentioned earlier, with Frames, you can easily put in photos without much fuss. However, with Borders you can practically use them for any type of element you wish to use them on. May it be on photos, on text boxes or even as page borders!
Here is a final checklist to compare:
Photos, text, etc.
Now that you know the difference between Borders and Frames, why don’t you try using them in your pages? If you have any further questions about these elements, please feel free to leave a comment. I’ll get back to you on the same day
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