Event Sign-In Boards: Thanks For The Memories

In this tutorial we'll go over the basic aspects of your new templates.
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These templates were limited to 12x15 @300  dpi to speed up  the download time.
If you would like to up-size the dpi of the the collage (which we recommend) please do so before inserting your images.  This will yield a much better quality print. Simply go to Image-->Image Size--> in Photoshop and make sure that "Constrain Proportions" is checked.  You will probably want to change them to 24x30, depending on how much space you want for signatures.
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INSERTING IMAGES BY HAND USING CLIPPING MASKS: Inserting your own images into the templates is very easy.  Perform the following steps: 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)) 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)) 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. 5))  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".) 6)) Press Enter to apply the transformation.
INSERTING IMAGES BY HAND (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.  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).  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 sign-in board template, and choose EDIT->PASTE INTO (or COMMAND+SHIFT+V). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ THE DESIGNS ARE IN THE FORM OF SHAPES, WHICH ARE VECTOR LAYERS.  This makes it very easy to change the color on the fly.  Here's how: 1.  Choose the graphic that you would like to change in the Layers palette. 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”.


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