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WELCOME TO THE POETRY FRAMES TEMPLATES TUTORIAL These templates are simple, fun, and so easy to use!  First, let's take a look at what came in your download folder. JPEG_PREVIEWS - This folder contains a preview of each of the five templates PSD_FILES - This folder contains the templates you will be using in Photoshop. read_me_pretty_please_template_copyright.txt - This text file contains a quick word on copyright. tutorial - This file contains a link to what you're reading now. GETTING STARTED These templates were limited to approximately 8x10 @ 300 dpi to speed up  the download time. If you would like to up-size the the collage please do so before running the action and inserting your images.  This will yield a much better quality print. Simply go to Image-->Image Size--> in Photoshop and make sure that "Constrain Proportions" is checked. SOFTWARE YOU WILL NEED These templates are designed for Adobe Photoshop 7 or newer. This is not to say that they don't work with previous versions - they very well may. The files are un-flattened, fully editable PSDs that offer literally limitless opportunity for customization and creativity. In order to take full advantage of these templates, you should be relatively proficient in Photoshop. Not an expert, mind you. But you should have a general knowledge of layers, shapes, text and image manipulation such as using the transform tool, layer masks, etc. If you are less familiar with Photoshop, don't fear. We will try to be as thorough as possible with the tutorial - and hey, you might just learn something new! WILL THESE TEMPLATES WORK WITH PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS? We are all Photoshop people here, so it is hard to say which products are compatible with Photoshop Elements. We have heard from many customers that the PSD templates work just fine, but a few have had problems with the actions, depending on which version of PSE they are running. However, we don't see any reason why the templates would not work as long as your version of PSE has the following capabilities: 1. It can see "groups" within the layers palette. 2. It has the ability to display adjustment layers including solid color fills. 3. It can display clipping masks. If you think that this all applies to your version of PSE, go ahead and give the templates a try.
FONTS
In order to maintain the look of the templates you will need to have the same fonts installed on your system as the ones we used in the design. FONTS USED IN THIS DESIGN: Style 1 - Sunshine In My Soul Style 2 - Sunshine In My Soul & Helvetica Neue Style 3 - Having Writ Style 4 - JB Calli Style 5 and 6- American Typewriter The fonts we use in our designs are usually freeware or shareware fonts available on the internet.  We cannot include the fonts in your download because they are protected under copyright.  However you can download them directly from their creators.   We find that if you type in the name of the font into your favorite search engine you will come up with several download sources. INSERTING IMAGES It's easy. Simply do the following: 1. Open the template (.psd file) you would like to insert your images into with Photoshop. 2. Select the layer you would like to place your image into in your LAYERS palette, it will be called "IMAGE LAYER". 3. Open the image you would like to place here into Photoshop. FILE ->OPEN from the top menu in Photoshop. 4. Select the MOVE tool (Keyboard shortcut "V") from your TOOLS palette. 5. Drag the image onto the collage template. It should now appear directly above "IMAGE LAYER 1" in your LAYERS palette. 6. Now, choose LAYER -> MAKE CLIPPING MASK from the top menu in Photoshop. This will insure that your image will only appear in the frame which you intended. 7. If your image does not completely fill the frame, or is too large in the frame, you will need to resize it. To do this, choose EDIT->FREE TRANSFORM->SCALE from the top menu in Photoshop (Keyboard shortcut "Control+T" or "Apple+T" on a Mac). 8. Hold down the Shift key while dragging out (or in) the handles that appear on the edges of your photograph. 9. When you are happy with your photo's position, press "Enter". Repeat this step for any subsequent image layers.
INSERTING IMAGES USING THE "PASTE INTO" METHOD (If you're unable to use clipping masks)
1)) Select the image layer you would like to populate in your LAYERS palette (It will be called "IMAGE LAYER 1", "IMAGE LAYER 2", etc.).
2)) COMMAND+click on the layer mask attached to that layer to select it.  You should now see marching ants around that image layer on the template to show that it's selected.
3)) Open your image and choose SELECT->ALL from the top menu (or COMMAND+A).  You wil now see marching ants around the whole image to show that it's selected.
4)) Choose EDIT->COPY (or COMMAND+C).
5)) Go back to your template, and choose EDIT->PASTE INTO (or COMMAND+SHIFT+V).
CAN I MOVE THE FRAME, IMAGE AND TEXT?
Yes, you can remove, rearrange, or change the elements in these templates because of the fact that they are delivered in un-flattened PSD format. You can also change the color or remove the backgrounds, which is great for matching the color of a particular image. Simply click on the layer you would like to rearrange, select the "Move" tool, and drag it.  If you want to move both the image and the frame, you'll need to select one in the layers palette, then COMMAND+click any additional layers before moving them around. CHANGING THE COLOR OF A DESIGN ELEMENT
PHOTOSHOP CS AND NEWER Most design elements will have a solid color fill layer linked directly above them in the layers palette.  To change the color of that element, simply double click the colored box next to the words "Color Fill "x"" and choose a new color. If the layer you want to change does not already have a solid color fill above it, simply create one!1.  Select the layer of the element you would like to change in the LAYERS palette 2. At the bottom of your LAYERS palette you will see several little icons.  Choose the "Make adjustment layer" icon (it is a tiny circle filled with half black and half white) 3.  Click this icon and choose "SOLID COLOR". 4.  Choose the color you would like to make the element when the dialog box appears. 5.  Now, from the top menu in Photoshop, choose LAYER->MAKE CLIPPING MASK. This will fill your design element with the selected color while leaving the rest of the template alone. 6.  Change the blending mode to "Color" at the top left of the layers palette.  (It will currently be set to "Normal") 7.  To change the color again, simply double click the colored box next to the words "Color Fill "x"" and choose a new color. Repeat these steps for any subsequent design elements.
IS THERE ANOTHER WAY TO CHANGE THE COLOR OF A LAYER (IF IT HAS TEXTURE, DESIGN, ETC. BUILT INTO IT)? Sometimes you will encounter a layer that has a texture built into it that a color fill will not work for.  In this case, we use the Hue/Saturation slider. 1. Select the layer you would like to change in the LAYERS palette. 2. At the bottom of your LAYERS palette you will see several little icons.  Choose the "Make adjustment layer" icon (it is a tiny circle filled with half black and half white) 3.  Click this icon and choose "Hue/Saturation". 4. Slide the "Hue" slider until you find a shade you like. So there you have it, you are well on your way to creating fabulous new materials for your studio.  These templates are great for framed prints, canvases, marketing materials, book designs, cards... the possibilities are endless!  Keep creating!


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