Utimate Album Builder

In this tutorial we'll go through all aspects of using your Ultimate Album Builder product.

WHAT'S IN YOUR DOWNLOAD FOLDER
BACKGROUNDS - Optional backgrounds that you can add behind your images if desired.
INDD -InDesign version of all the templates. (Simply drag and drop your images into these templates.)
JPEG PREVIEWS -This folder contains a small jpeg preview of each template for easy reference.
PHOTOSHOP_ACTIONS - This folder contains "INSERT_IMAGES.atn", which is a Photoshop action that will place your images in each of the PSD templates (simply double click this file to load it into Photoshop).
PSD FILES -These are the layered Photoshop files you will use to add your images to.
PSE_ACTIONS - This bonus folder contains actions to add your images to the PSD templates if you are using Photoshop Elements 6 or newer.  Click here to learn how to add and run actions in PSE.
read_me_pretty_please_template_copyright.txt -A quick word on copyright.
TUTORIAL - A link to what you are reading now.

ABOUT THE TEMPLATES If you open the PSD file in Photoshop you will see a separate layer for every image position.  These layers is fully-editable, meaning you may change the sizes and orientations. The pages are exactly 12x12 @ 300 dpi (12x24 spreads). If you are making a different size album, change the size of each template before adding your images. All of the layers in the templates are in vector format, which means you may size any of the items up or down without any loss in quality. To change the size of a spread in Photoshop, simply select IMAGE->IMAGE SIZE.

USING THE INDESIGN VERSION OF THE TEMPLATES To use the InDesign version, simply follow these steps:
1. Change the size of the template to your desired album size (currently 12x12) by selecting all the pages (WINDOW->PAGES), then FILE-> DOCUMENT SETUP.
2. As you choose each page to populate, you will need to resize the images on the page as you go. Simply select all frames on that page or spread, group them, and resize (COMMAND+G).
3. Populate the desired spreads with images by dragging and dropping. (We recommend making a note which pages are populated, for easy reference when exporting.)
4. Add background layers from the download folder if desired.
5. For the first and last page, you can use any page, you are not limited to just page 1 and 302.  You would simply populate one half of a spread and only export that half.
6. In the "Pages" window on the right, COMMAND+click each page that has been populated to select them for exportation.
7. Select EXPORT-> (choose a destination folder, select JPEG, then click SAVE) -> choose SELECTION (change the Resolution to 300 dpi, or whatever your lab prefers, and click EXPORT).

USING THE ACTIONS TO INSERT IMAGES (IN PHOTOSHOP) There are several actions to help you easily add your images to the template. Simply open your desired PSD template, and click play on the action that matches the number of images in your desired template.  For instance, if the template you opened has four images, press play on the "4 IMAGES" action within the "ULTIMATE ALBUM BUILDER - INSERT IMAGES" action set.  You can also add the images one at a time by selecting the image layer you would like to populate (such as IMAGE LAYER 3) and running the “INSERT ONE IMAGE” action. For the first and last page, you can use any page, you are not limited to just page 1 and 302. You would simply populate one half of a spread and crop out the other half.

INSERTING IMAGES BY HAND There are two ways to insert your images into the collage. The first way is by hand and the second is by using the bundled action.  Depending on your design, you may find it easier to insert images by hand. To do this, open the template and perform the following:
1. Mouse over the layer you would like to insert your image into, right click it, and choose it from the list.  For example, if you would like to insert an image into position 20, choose IMAGE LAYER 20 from the list.
2. The layer will now be selected in your LAYERS palette.
3. Choose FILE -> OPEN and choose the image you would like to insert into this space.
4. Choose the MOVE tool. (Keyboard shortcut “V”) And drag the image onto the page.
5. With the image you've just placed selected, choose “CREATE CLIPPING MASK” from the drop down menu at the top right of the layers palette.  This will confine your image within the boundaries of the IMAGE LAYER.
6. Use the FREE TRANSFORM tool (Keyboard shortcut Control+T) and drag in the corners of your image to position it correctly within the frame. (Hold SHIFT while you drag to constrain proportions, so your image won't get “smooshed”.)
7. Press Enter to apply the transformation.

CHANGING THE COLOR OF THE PLAIN WHITE BACKGROUNDS: Changing the color of the background is very simple.  Here's how:
1. Choose the background layer in the Layers palette.  If you cannot see the Layers palette, click the "Window" dropdown menu at the top of your screen and choose "Layers".
2. Now, double-click the small box of color next to the name of the layer.
3. Choose the new color when the dialog box appears.
4. Click "OK".

USING THE TEXTURED BACKGROUNDS To use the optional textured backgrounds, simply open the background and drag and drop it directly about the "BACKGROUND COLOR" layer in the PSD template. There are a few ways to change the color of the textured backgrounds.  We'll explore two ways, and you can use whichever way you prefer.
USING 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.
USING A COLOR FILL
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 “Solid Color”.
4. Pick a color you like and click “OK”.
5. Change the layers setting from “Normal” in the Layers palette drop down menu to “Color”.

TIPS
• You can use one of the spreads as the outside cover of your album.
• If you want to spice up your album, simply layer some design elements around your images, such as our overlays.




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