In this tutorial we'll go through all aspects of using your “InstaWall” collage product. These collages are fully-editable PSD files (and bonus InDesign files) with room for 300 or 150 individual square images
ABOUT THE COLLAGE If you open one of the PSD files in Photoshop you will see a separate layer for every image position. Each of these layers is fully-editable, meaning you may change the sizes, orientations, and colors.
WHAT'S IN YOUR DOWNLOAD FOLDER
This template is simple, fun, and so easy to use! First, let's take a look at what came in your download folder.
ACTIONS_FOR_PHOTOSHOP: This folder contains the actions you'll load into Photoshop to add your images to the templates quickly, called “INSERT IMAGES ”“ INSTAWALL 150.atn” and “INSERT IMAGES ”“ INSTAWALL 300.atn”.
INDESIGN_FILES: This folder contains the INDESIGN files you can use to drag and drop your images, called “InstaWall_150_40X60_.inx” and "InstaWall_300_40X60_.inx". This file only works with InDesign program, so do not attempt to open it in Photoshop.
JPEG_PREVIEW: This folder contains a small version of the collage, so you don't have to wait for the .psd preview to load in order to take a peek.
PHOTOSHOP_FILES: This folder contains the PSD files you can use in Photoshop, called “InstaWall150.psd” and “InstaWall300.psd”.
read_me_pretty_please_template_copyright.pdf: This text file contains a quick word on copyright.
TUTORIAL.txt: This text file contains a link to the tutorial you're reading now.
THE COLLAGE SIZE The PSD of this collage is sized to 40x60, which can easily be printed through ProDPI as a standard size Wall Cling. All of the elements in the collage are in vector format, which means you may size any of the items up or down without any loss in quality. If you decide you want another size besides the original 40x60, we recommend sizing your collage to the final print size before inserting your images.
USING THE ACTIONS TO INSERT IMAGES IN PHOTOSHOP CS3 OR NEWER
There are several actions to help you easily add your images to the templates. You can add them a few at a time (using the actions, “INSERT IMAGES 1-22 (LARGE IMAGES”, “INSERT IMAGES 23-46”, etc. from “INSERT IMAGES ”“ INSTAWALL 150.atn”) You can also add the images one at a time by selecting the image layer you would like to populate (such as IMAGE LAYER 19) and running the “INSERT ONE IMAGE” action. We have organized the actions to do one or two rows at a time (depending on if you are using the 150 or 300 image version, populating all the larger image layers first, and then the smaller ones). We have placed numbers above all the images for you to keep track of where you are. Once all the images have been placed the action will automatically remove them for you. Before you populate your template with images, we recommend getting organized. Try putting your Instagram photos in a few separate folders, perhaps in sets of about 20, so it is easier for you to select the images as you go during the action.
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. While it is much faster to use the action, depending on your design style, 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 collage. 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 BACKGROUND (currently white)
When printing this as a wall cling, we think it looks best with a white background on a white wall. Wall Cling material is about 90% opaque, so wall color will slightly affect the appearance of your image. However, if you would like to print it as a mounted print, canvas, etc, you can change the background color by following these steps:
1. Select the layer you would like to change in the LAYERS palette (BACKGROUND COLOR). 2. Double click on the colored box to the left of the layer name (this is the color fill). 3. Choose a new color. 4. Click “OK”.
USING THE .INX FILE IN INDESIGN We have included the “InstaWall_150_40X60_.inx” and "InstaWall_300_40X60_.inx" files for your convenience if you have InDesign. This allows you to simply drag and drop your images onto the templates.
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