Welcome to the Text Accessories Tutorial
First thing's first. Let's take a look at what came in your download folder:
1. GRAPHICS - This file contains the .EPS files that you will be using to decorate your photos.
2. IDEA GALLERY.pdf - This contains some helpful ideas to spark your creativity.
3. INDEX OF DESIGNS - This file contains a preview of all shapes in the set.
4. read_me_pretty_please_template_copyright.txt - This text file contains a quick word on copyright.
5. tutorial.txt - What you are reading right now ;)
BACKUP YOUR FILES
Before we begin, we highly recommend backing up your files in case you need to re-load them in the future. Save them to a location on your current hard drive or an external drive for easy retrieval.
USING THE TEXT ACCESSORIES
To use the accessories, first you will have to open the image you plan on using into Photoshop. Find out the size of this image by clicking IMAGE-->IMAGE SIZE. Now, let's say the image you plan on decorating is 5 inches wide @ 300 dpi. This is how large we will make the text accessory. Now that we have an image open, it's time to decorate!! The text accessories come as individual graphics files known as .eps files (Encapsulated PostScript).
1. In the Photoshop menu at the top, select FILE-->OPEN, and then file the element you would like to use. For this example, we are using "ELEMENT_1.eps".
2. A window will pop up titled "Rasterize EPS Format". They just want to know how big you'd like your graphic to be! For this example, our photo to decorate is 5 inches wide @ 300 dpi, so we will set the width to 5 inches @ 300 dpi. (Make sure you leave the "Constrain Proportions" box checked so that our graphic doesn't get "smooshed".)
3. Click "OK".
4. Now that our graphic is open, click on the "Move" tool.
5. Click and drag the element onto your open photo.
6. If you want to adjust the size of the element, simply click EDIT-->TRANSFORM-->SCALE in the Photoshop menu or CTRL+T on your keyboard. (Don't forget to hold SHIFT while you drag the corners of the bounding box to constrain the proportions.) Click ENTER or RETURN to finalize the transformation.
CHANGING THE COLOR
It's very easy to change the color of your text accessories. Simply do the following:
PHOTOSHOP CS AND NEWER
1. Select the layer of the element you would like to change in the LAYERS palette (the text accessory).
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. 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.
Try using one accessory per image for a simple creative touch, or layering many designs on an image for a more punchy touch. Keep designs simple and related to the subject matter of your image. Sometimes a tiny touch goes a long way. These accessories are great for ANY design project!! Try using a shape or two in your marketing materials, on your website, or even your studio's logo. Be as creative as you can and let your imagination soar.