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  • September 15, 2015

    Display Proofing Sets From Your Website

    Are you one of the many photographers using the new Online Proofing feature to display and sell more images to your clients? (If not, it’s time to try it out?). Do you wish there was an easy way to provide access to your Proofing Sets by displaying them on your website? Do you wish that could all happen automatically ? Well then I’m happy to inform you that dreams do come true. With the introduction of the Proofing Set widget, creating an always up to date Client Access page just got easier. Simply create a new page, add any explanatory text that you would like, and then add the Proofing Set Widget from the “Page Widgets” area. The widget will allow you to display your Proofing sets in a variety of layouts. You also have the ability to exclude certain Proofing Sets from appearing in the widget (and on your website) with a control in your Proofing settings. Proofing Set Instructions from Redframe Help Desk   Display your Proofing Sets on your Website to : Automatically Keep your website up to date with your new work, or new clients. Create an way for your clients to find their images. Make it simple for prospective clients to see samples of  your work and what they can expect Keep your Menu System clear and easy to navigate. Display your Proofing Sets as a portfolio on your Home Page Once you have added the Proofing set widget to your page, your latest Proofing Sets will automatically appear on your website, displayed with a  thumbnail of the Hero Image of each Set. It’s as simple as that. No need to go back and edit your website to add you latest work – it just shows up, keeping your site relevant and up to date. If the Proofing Set...
  • Hot on the heels of the popularity of our last round of site designs (Waipio, Kailua, and Odyssey), we are happy to announce 3 more new designs of a similar nature. Making use of the new background slideshow feature, the new designs continue in the minimalist approach that has been so well received.  These designs are especially appropriate for displaying high quality, beautiful photos. We hope that you enjoy them and that they will help you in creating a powerful online presence. Illuminate   With a striking and wide open design, Illuminate provides a canvas for you to highlight your best work. This is a great theme to utilize for significant header text, as it allows the messaging to be a strong focal point of the page.  Seamless animations reveal page and gallery transitions.  Will Illuminate power up your work? Go to Appearance  > Choose A Website Design to give it a try.  view example site  Moda Coupling a modern right-aligned sliding menu with a minimalist layout that presents each image individually, Moda lets your work showcase itself. With a clean and elegant feel, use Moda to balance your perfect shot with a perfect presentation on both desktop as well as tablet. Elegant transitions between pages and galleries further enhance the visitor experience.  view example site Element   Element uses a simple structure  to reflect the essential parts and principles of your work. Framed between earth and sky, your images are the center of attention. The design comes preset with a powerful typographic layout that gives you a platform to share your most important message. view example site With the new year approaching you may be looking to start up the site you’ve always dreamed of having, or you may be wishing to update your current Redframe site. Either way these new designs...
  • October 16, 2013

    Video – Using the Menu Editor

    In this video on using the Redframe Menu Editor, we cover organize your menu to help your clients find your work and information. Watch the video to find out how.
  • October 16, 2013

    Using the Background Slideshow Feature

    With the recent release of our latest designs we have added the ability to have a slideshow running as the background to your site. This setting will be turned on by default in the latest designs (Waipio, Odyssey, and Kailua), but can be used in any Redframe website. If you are working from one of the designs that uses a background slide show by default, all you need to do is go to the editor and upload your own images to use. Images in a landscape mode will work best.  It is also a good idea to ensure that you are uploading a large format of the image you want to use. Images that are smaller than the screen area will be stretched to fit and the results might not be what you desire.   Let’s quickly go through the process. We’ll start by opening the Background Slide Show Editor from the menu. The uploader interface is pretty straight forward. Either drag the images you want to upload from your computer on to the Add Photos area, or click on the area and select the files from your hard drive. Uploading will begin immediately and our servers will to the work to optimize your files for best results. Once uploaded, you can arrange the order of your images by dragging them into desired order of appearance.       Advanced Controls Once your images are uploaded and arrange in the correct order, you have the ability to make a few other alterations to how your background slide show behaves.   The most commonly used option will be for control over the transition speed . This is the amount of time each image of the slideshow is displayed before transitioning to the next image. If you are using a large number...
  • October 15, 2013

    Introducing Dynamic New Designs

    We are pleased to announce the release of 3 new designs. The new designs represent a more minimalist approach and are ideal for users that want their images to be the predominant part of their content. These designs take advantage of our new background slideshow feature which allows you to use rotating full screen background images to make a powerful impact. Each of the designs have their own unique virtues, which you prefer is up to you. Let’s take look at the new designs: Waipio   Featuring a semi-transparent masthead that floats elegantly above your imagery, Waipio is a unique presentation that serves to highlight your images by providing a captivating visual environment. Intuitive navigation controls and a variety of customizable settings allow you to create the perfect portfolio. Seamless animations reveal page and gallery transitions.  Waipio is a bold, innovative design that presents your work in a novel and engaging context.  view example site  Kailua Kailua is another great way to display your portfolio, showing off your most impressive images up front and enticing visitors to explore more of your work. The transparent masthead is tucked in at the top of the screen, leaving a wide open canvas to display your images. Elegant transitions between pages and galleries further enhance the visitor experience.  view example site Odyssey Odyssey is a clean, minimal design, that excels at showcasing your work. The full-page background slideshow can be easily customized to your liking. This design features a menu that hides away with a gentle animation further clearing the screen to highlight your art . view example site Whether you are starting a new website or looking to update your current Redframe site, these new designs offer great options for you to consider. Happy site building.
  • July 24, 2013

    Video: Getting Started with Redframe

    Whether you are a Redframe pro or a newcomer thinking of trying it out for the first time, you’ll gain something from watching our latest video tutorial. Getting Started shows just how easy it is to change how your site looks and how simple it is to add content. If you are going to watch just one video tutorial today, this is the one for you.
  • Have you ever been looking at your images, and leaned in towards your monitor to get a closer look? Ever hold your iphone less than one foot from your face to get a look at some details? Bigger TV’s, bigger monitors, bigger smartphones- consumers have driven the prices of these luxuries down, and Redframe has taken that idea to heart. When you work hard to capture someone’s perfect moment, or create something inspiring, sometimes you want it to be displayed it a BIG way. Now with our new Large Image Viewer, you can enjoy the same sharp custom look that you are used to with Redframe only larger on the screen making your work the primary focus of your site. Your background design, menu tabs and sidebar will all clear off the monitor making way for our largest image display yet. Even the navigation tools for the gallery will disappear when not in use, using the screen to fully display the details you have captured. Navigating through the gallery images is also quicker and easier with the large Image Viewer. You can quickly scroll through the images in the gallery because a larger amount of thumbnail images appear at the bottom of the screen when the mouse is in use, or the arrow keys are used. You can click right on the gallery name to view, or hide the thumbnails. Using the arrow keys on your keyboard, or the arrow keys on the screen can really accelerate the scrolling system enabling customers to visually search through the gallery with ease (bigger and faster… what will they think of next?!) You can choose this new gallery layout from your Redframe dashboard by going to ‘manage your galleries’ under ‘main menu’, then clicking ‘ layout’, or you can use our real Time...
  • After dedicating hours of your life creating, organizing, and designing your site, you may be reluctant to change the look or theme.  Our new Menu Positioning Feature gives you the chance at a new perspective, without losing any of your content, features or hard work.  In the “appearance and settings” area of your main drop down, take a look at your header area.  There are some stylish new features there guaranteed to add a little feng shui to your site.   One click away from “default” is the “top fixed header”. Choosing the “top fixed header” gives your site a sort of roof, a solid menu bar across the top of the page that spans the entire length of the site,  drawing you eye to the top of the page, where you have surely put some important information.  You are still only one click away from putting it all back where you found it. One more click away from “default” is my new favorite, “left fixed”.  Having read English most of my life, my eye naturally scans a site from left to right.  A left fixed header moves out of the way when not needed, and the header animation feature enhances the menu’s arrival on the page.  When first experimenting with these animation features, I found myself rolling my mouse across the menu just to watch it appear out of thin air.  The differences in the Header animation features (fade, slide, and bounce) are subtle, but do add some nice interest when your site first opens. [raw] [one_half] [/one_half] [one_half last] [/one_half] [clear] [/raw]   The third new Header layout Type is “right fixed”.  The look is completely fresh.  It feels like you have put your couch on a diagonal and don’t have to walk around it anymore to get...
  • January 28, 2013

    Add Texture to Your Site Background

    We are happy to introduce our Background Overlay feature!  This feature allows for an even  more  customized look and feel to your website.  Using it gives your site a quick and easy facelift.  Using layers, inversion, and an overlay blending mode, the background overlay tool  can result in a simple but striking effect. To access this feature, go to the Manage Appearance area of your admin (control panel) > Click the Backgrounds tab >then choose the Manage Background Pattern Overlay option. Hundreds of preset textures are supplied (including brains and intestines for some reason), so choose one you like and start playing with it. Adjust the size and opacity of the texture pattern or even invert it to alter the effect. Experiment with it until you find something that strikes your fancy. Try it over a fullscreen background image or a solid background color. There are limitless possibilities that can be created so it’s best to play with the tools and see what you can come up with. You can use the tool to create an intricate repeating pattern or over a full screen background image to mute it a little. What else could this feature be used for?  Here are a couple other benefits that may be of use to you: Enhance texture / Increase local contrast. Creates a special muted half-tone look. Have fun and enjoy exploring this new feature!
  • This is part 2 in a series about customizing your Redframe galleries. Check out Part 1 and Part 3 Have you decided that you are ready to change the way your gallery looks and acts but aren’t sure how to start? Let’s start into it here with the presentation options. These are the settings that will change the way your gallery looks. Let’s start with the first two options which are Image On Page or Pop Up Image. [raw] [one_half] Using image on page will result in a layout where the thumbnails are on the page beside the featured image. The main image can be on the right side or left side using a setting we will cover below. [/one_half] [one_half last] Choosing Pop Up image will result in a gallery where the main image will appear above the thumbnails once it is chosen to be viewed. [/one_half] [clear] [/raw]  Image On Page Using the ‘image on page’ option will provide the following options: Thumbnail Position: The thumbnail position is pretty straight forward. You can either have the thumbnails appear on the left or right of your featured image. Image Size: Once again the option is as straight forward as it sounds. The options are fractions of the page width.The larger the fraction the larger your image will be in relation to the space your thumbnails take up.  The next two obvious options are the ability to control the size of the thumbnails and whether the will be on the right or the left of the featured image. The size of the thumbnail will effect how many will be displayed on your site. The larger the thumbnail, the less there will be on screen. The number of thumbnails on the screen will also be affected by what resolution your client is viewing your site at. Redframe...