Interactive Guest Book

Hello and welcome to our Interactive Guest Book. Please take a moment to read this important information about your product. These templates are simple, fun, and so easy to use! First, let's take a look at what came in your download folder. JPEG_PREVIEWS - This folder contains a preview of each of the spreads. PHOTOSHOP_ACTION  - This is the action file that you can use to automatically insert your images into the templates in Photoshop (INSERT IMAGES.atn). PSD_FILES - This folder contains the templates you will be using in Photoshop. PSE_ACTIONS ”“ This bonus folder contains actions to add your images to the PSD templates 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.pdf - What you are reading now. FONTS: In order to maintain the look of the templates you will need to have the same fonts installed on your system as the ones we used in the design. FONTS USED IN THIS DESIGN: Exmouth TypoSlabserif-Light The fonts we use in our designs are usually freeware or shareware fonts available for free 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. TO USE THE AUTOMATIC ACTION TO PLACE YOUR IMAGES INTO THE TEMPLATES (IN PHOTOSHOP): 1 )) Open the PSD album page that you would like to work on into Photoshop (such as 002003.psd). 2 )) Load the action “INSERT IMAGES.atn” into your Actions palette in Photoshop. (If you need help with loading actions we have a wonderful tutorial that explains everything here.) 3 )) Press “Play” on the “INTERACTIVE GUEST BOOK - INSERT IMAGES” action in your Actions Palette. 4 )) Follow any instructions that pop up along the way. 5)) Once you've added your images, customized color and text and have your album page the way you want, you can flatten and save your file. BE SURE TO ALWAYS DO A “SAVE AS” SO THAT YOU DO NOT OVERWRITE THE ORIGINAL TEMPLATE!! USING THE ACTIONS TO INSERT YOUR IMAGES (IN PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS): 1 )) Open one of the PSD page layouts. 2 )) Load the .atn and .png files from the “PSE_ACTIONS” in your download folder into Photoshop Elements (Click here to learn how to add and run actions in PSE.) 3 )) You will see that there are many groups in your layers palette.  Select a group and click the UNGROUP LAYERS icon in your effects palette to expand the group. (Repeat this step for each group to make your template fully editable.) 4 )) Run the action that corresponds to the file you have open (INSERT ONE IMAGE, INSERT TWO IMAGES).  The action will stop along the way and give instructions on how to proceed. You will resize the images on the fly when the action pauses. 5 )) Your images will now be inserted and the template will be ready to save. INSERTING IMAGES BY HAND: (If you choose not to use the image inserting action that is included): 1)) Select the image layer you would like to populate in your LAYERS palette. 2)) Open your image and drag it onto the template using your MOVE tool (Keyboard shortcut "V") 3)) Click on the tiny black triangle in your LAYERS palette to pull up the drop-down menu and choose "Create Clipping Mask". 4)) Use the FREE TRANSFORM tool (Keyboard shortcut Control+T) and drag in the corners of your image to position it correctly within the frame. 5)) Press Enter to apply the transformation. Repeat this step with any subsequent images. TO CHANGE THE COLOR OF A DESIGN ELEMENT IN YOUR TEMPLATE: 1)) Select the layer of the element you would like to change in the LAYERS palette.  (Such as "BACKGROUND".) 2)) Above this layer will be a color fill layer, called "BACKGROUND COLOR". Simply double click the colored box next to the words "BACKGROUND COLOR" and choose a new color. (For shape layers, there will be a box of color next to the layer name.  Simply double click this box to select a new color.) 3)) Click "OK".


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