Welcome to the Objects Of My Affection Tutorial
Each template has come with the top layer filled with white to optimize download times.Â Before using the backgrounds delete the top layer in Photoshop and resave the file.
These templates were limited to approximately 18x18 @ 300 dpi to speed upÂ the download time.
If you would like to up-size the the collage please do so before running the action and inserting your images.Â This will yield a much better quality print.
Simply go to Image-->Image Size--> in Photoshop and make sure that "Constrain Proportions" is checked.
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.
Inserting your own images into the templates is very easy.Â Perform the following steps:
1)) Select the image layer you would like to populate in your LAYERS palette (It will be called "IMAGE LAYER").
2)) Open your image and drag it onto the template using your MOVE tool (Keyboard shortcut "V")
3)) Your image will be placed above the IMAGE LAYER, but right now it will probably appear quite large.
4))Â Choose "Create Clipping Mask" from the "Layers" menu at the top.Â (This will contain your image with the IMAGE LAYER)
5))Â Use the FREE TRANSFORM tool (Keyboard shortcut Control+T) and drag in the corners of your image to position it correctly within the frame.Â (Hold SHIFT while you drag to constrain proportions, so your image won't get "smooshed".)
6)) Press Enter to apply the transformation.
Repeat this step with any subsequent images.
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.Â 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).Â 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).
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