WELCOME TO THE ALMOST FAMOUS TEMPLATES TUTORIAL
These templates are simple, fun, and so easy to use!
These templates were limited to 8x12.5 at 240 dpi to speed upÂ the download time.
If you would like to up-size 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.
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.
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.
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.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).
So there you have it, you are well on your way to creating fabulous new materials for your studio.Â These templates are great for framed prints, canvases, marketing materials, book designs, cards... the possibilities are endless!Â Keep creating!
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