Mr. Big - The Ultimate Studio Product

In this tutorial we'll go through all aspects of using your Mr. Big collage template.  This collage is a fully-editable PSD file with room for 46 individual images. ABOUT THE COLLAGE If you open the PSD file in Photoshop you will see a separate layer group for every image position.  Within the layer group there are two layers.  One called "IMAGE LAYER" and another called "IMAGE LAYER BORDER".  Each of these layers is fully-editable, meaning you may change the sizes, orientations, and colors. BEFORE YOU BEGIN Before creating your first collage you should know a few things.  Because there are 46 individual image layers in addition to 46 image borders, the file this collage will create will be massive.  To speed up Photoshop's performance while using the collage, we've decided to leave out the background layer.  You will find the background layer in your download folder.  It is labled "LINEN BACKGROUND.jpg".  We highly recommend fully populating your collage before adding the background layer. THE COLLAGE SIZE The PSD of this collage is sized to 12x18 inches.  This size will allow you to easily scale the collage up to a nice, large 24x36 poster size before printing while maintaining quality.  All of the graphics in the collage are in vector format, which means you may size any of the items up or down without any loss in quality.  We recommend sizing your collage to the final print size before inserting your images. USING THE ACTIONS TO INSERT IMAGES There are several actions to help you easily add your images to the template.  You can add them 10 at a time (using the actions, "INSERT IMAGES 1-10", "INSERT IMAGES 11-20", etc.) You can also add the images one at a time by selecting the image layer you would like to populate (such as IMAGE LAYER 27) and running the "INSERT ONE IMAGE" 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.  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 multi 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 LINEN BACKGROUND There are a few ways to change the color of the linen background.  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". MAKING THE TEMPLATE HORIZONTAL If you'd like to change the canvas to horizontal, following these steps before adding your images: 1. Open the PSD collage file in Photoshop. 2. Select IMAGE-> IMAGE ROTATION -> 90º CW. 3. Now just a few of the frames will need to be rotated back, such as the polaroids. 4. We recommend rotating them individually, since there are only a few. 5. Select a layer you would like to rotate back, and press "command+T" (on Mac) or "CTRL+T" (on PC) to Transform. 6. Rotate the image to your desire.  Press "Enter" or "Return" to finalize the transformation. 7. You'll probably need to move the frame around, and you can do so by using the "Move" tool. 8. Repeat this with subsequent frames. * Note - We've included a bonus folder in your download called "PSE_ACTIONS".  This folder contains actions for Photoshop Elements 6 or newer to enable you to ungroup the layers and add your images automatically.  Enjoy!


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