Old School

In this tutorial we'll go through all aspects of using your "Old School" collage product.  This collage is a fully-editable PSD file with room for 9 individual images.
ABOUT THE COLLAGE
If you open the PSD file in Photoshop you will see a separate layer for every image position and every photo frame.  Each of these layers is fully-editable, meaning you may change the sizes, orientations, and colors. But remember, if you would like to move an image layer and it's respective border, you'll need to select both of the layers in the layers palette, then move them at the same time. 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.
INDESIGN FILE - This folder contains an InDesign file containing the template with both the green and black backgrounds.
INSERT IMAGES.ATN - This is the file you will load into Photoshop to add your images to the template.
PSD_FILE - This folder contains the PSD files you will be using in Photoshop, as well as the alternate green background.
PSE_ACTIONS ”“ This bonus folder contains actions to add your images 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 - 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 approximately 11x16 inches.  This size will allow you to easily scale the collage up to a nice, 20x24 size before printing while maintaining quality.  All of the frames 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 two actions to help you easily add your images to the template.  You can add them all at once (using the action, "INSERT IMAGES ALL IMAGES" or you can 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.
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 style, you may prefer 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 5, choose IMAGE LAYER 5 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 A FRAME
1. Select the layer you would like to change in the LAYERS palette. 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".
ADDING THE GREEN CHALKBOARD BACKGROUND
Simply follow these steps: 1. In your layers palette, select "BLACK CHALKBOARD BACKGROUND". 2. Select FILE->OPEN and choose the "GREEN_BACKGROUND.jpg" 3.  Choose the MOVE tool. (Keyboard shortcut "V") And drag the image onto the collage. 4.  If needed, use the FREE TRANSFORM tool (Keyboard shortcut Control+T) and drag in the corners of your linen background to position it correctly within the template.  (Hold SHIFT while you drag to constrain proportions, so your image won't get "smooshed".) 5. Press ENTER to apply the transformation. CHANGING THE COLOR OF THE BACKGROUND 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". FONTS In our sample, we used the font "chalkduster".  The fonts we use in our designs are usually freeware or shareware fonts available on the internet.  We cannot include the fonts in your download because they are protected under copyright.  However you can download them directly from their creators.   We find that if you type in the name of the font into your favorite search engine you will come up with several download sources.



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