FrameAway

Composition guide


FrameAway is a transparent composition guide that helps you frame your photographs in different sizes, aspect ratios and layouts.

Workflow

It is important to realize that FrameAway does not do the cropping but rather acts as a crop transparent guide for other applications (you may use Preview for the actual cropping).

The Toolbox on the right hand side of the screen allows you to select the type of frame and the aspect ratio for your composition guide

Selecting the aspect ratio of your selection tells FrameAway to restrict your mouse movement when performing a selection so that it follows certain proportions

When you're happy with your selection size and placement, you make the FrameAway overlay click through so that mouse movements and pass through to the underneath application. At this point the toolbox will display "Ignores mouse". You then perform a crop in the application underneath FrameAway

Keyboard mappings

KeypressDescription
HFlips the frame horizonally. No effect for horizontally symmetrical shapes. This is sticky, so you need to press again to clear the flipping.
VFlips the frame vertically. No effect for vertically symmetrical shapes. This is sticky, so you need to press again to clear the flipping.
CCycle through available colors (currently black and white).
Mac + UCycle through measurement units: pixels, millimeters and inches.
Up ArrowMoves the selection up, one pixel at a time
Left ArrowMoves the selection left, one pixel at a time
Down ArrowMoves the selection down, one pixel at a time
Right ArrowMoves the selection right, one pixel at a time
Shift + Up ArrowMoves the selection up, ten pixels at a time
Shift + Left ArrowMoves the selection left, ten pixels at a time
Shift + Down ArrowMoves the selection down, ten pixels at a time
Shift + Right ArrowMoves the selection right, ten pixels at a time
FCycle through available frame types, without resetting the selection (new in ver 2.1)