Frame Border Techniques 2



I will introduce some more helpful techniques for border frames, continuing from “Frame Border Techniques 1”.

[1] Changing the type of border

You can change the type of line by selecting the frame with the [Object] sub tool, then going to the [Tool Property] palette and changing the [Brush shape].

In the example below, I changed the brush shape to heart and enlarged the brush size.

You can also change the border by opening the [Sub Tool Detail] palette and adjusting the parameters from [Brush tip] to [Texture].


You can increase the number of brush shape options.

To add a new brush shape, select the drawing tool you want to use register as a brush shape, then open the [Sub Tool Detail] dialog box and click [Brush shape] > [Register to preset] to register the tool.

[2] Creating frame borders with custom shapes

You can also create custom frames such as circles and irregular shapes.

■1. Round frames

Select the [Rectangle frame] sub tool and open the [Sub Tool Detail] dialog box, then click [Figure] > [Ellipse] and drag the canvas to create a round frame. To make a perfect circle, drag while holding the Shift key.

* In the initial settings, you can find the [Rectangle frame] sub tool by going to the [Frame Border] tool > [Create frame].

■2. Irregular frames

To create an irregularly shaped frame, select the [Frame Border] tool > [Create frame] sub tool > [Polyline frame] sub tool

When you click the canvas, the line changes direction to meet the next point. To close the lines and create the frame, clicking the first point again or double click the last point.

You can make frames with smooth curved lines (spline), or with quadratic and cubic Bezier curves by going to the [Tool Property] palette and changing the [Curve] from [Straight line] to another option.

■3. Transforming a frame into a custom shape

To change the shape of an existing frame, use the [Correct line] tool > [Control point] sub tool.

While selecting the border folder, align the cursor of the [Control point] sub tool with the border to display a red “Center vector line”. Click the border when this is displayed to add a control point to it.

Drag the control point to change the shape of the border.

You can do many things with the [Control point] sub tool by going to the [Tool Property] palette and changing the [Content of process] option.

① Move control point: Drag and move a control point. This does not have any effect on places that are not control points.

② Add control point: This is the default process. Click a point without a control point to add a control point, and drag to move the control point.

When using a different [Content of process], you can hold the Shift key to switch to this process temporarily.

③ Delete control point: Click a control point to delete it. This does not have any effect on places that are not control points.

When using a different [Content of process], you can hold the Alt key to switch to this process temporarily.

④ Switch corner: Click the control point to switch corners to curves and vice versa.

* The options [Correct line width], [Correct density], and [Cut line] cannot be used for frame borders. These options are used for editing vector lines.

[3] Deleting frames

Select the frame border folder with the [Object] sub tool and then go to the [Edit] menu > [Clear] to display a dialog box.

Select [Delete with layer] to delete the entire frame border folder. Select [Delete only border] to delete the frame border while leaving the frame border folder.

[4] Registering a custom page template

You can register a canvas with frame border folders as a custom page template.

The page template records the layer arrangement on the canvas so you can reuse it.


There are two types of page templates. One is [Framing template], which includes frame border folders, and the other is [Layer template], which does not include frame border folders. Both can be used as page templates.

After creating a frame border, go to the [Edit] menu > [Register Material] > [Template...].

This will display the [Material property] dialog box for registering page templates.

Choose where you want to save the material in [Location to save material], then click [OK] to save. You can save it anywhere you like.

You can use custom templates when creating a new canvas, just like the default page templates.

Even if the canvas size is different, the position of the canvas or the default border of the frame borders will be adjusted and placed.

Visible and hidden layers and enabled or disabled masks will be the same as when the template was registered.

Try using these helpful frame border functions when designing your next piece!


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