Portrait Stylist Mats Tutorial

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 templates PHOTOSHOP_FILES - This folder contains the templates you will be using in Photoshop. read_me_pretty_please_template_copyright.pdf - This file contains a quick word on copyright. tutorial - This file contains a link to what you're reading now. GETTING STARTED These templates were limited to approximately 16x20 @ 300 dpi to speed up  the download time. If you would like to up-size the the collage please do so before running the action and 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. While these files are delivered ready to be made as 16x20 prints, you can feel free to get creative and customize the templates to make folded cards, canvases, photo album covers, etc. as we show in our examples. 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. The files are layered, fully editable PSDs that offer literally limitless opportunity for customization and creativity. 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 have included a link to a complimentary ungrouping action within your receipt email so that you can edit this template in Photoshop Elements. We recommend having a strong knowledge in Elements before attempting to add the action and edit the template.
FONTS
For our samples we used the following fonts: League Script Thin Sverige Script Demo ClementePDaa Ostrich Sans KG Strawberry Limeade Peach Sundress 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. However, you can also easily substitute these with any font you have already. INSERTING IMAGES 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.  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 Larger Than Life Template, and choose EDIT->PASTE INTO (or COMMAND+SHIFT+V).
CAN I MOVE THE FRAME, IMAGE AND TEXT?
Yes, you can remove, rearrange, or change the elements in these templates because of the fact that they are delivered in layered PSD format. You can also change the color or remove the backgrounds, which is great for matching the color of a particular image. Simply click on the layer you would like to rearrange, select the "Move" tool, and drag it.  If you want to move both the image and the frame, you'll need to select one in the layers palette, then COMMAND+click any additional layers before moving them around. CHANGING THE COLOR OF A DESIGN ELEMENT
The elements within these templates are mostly shape layers, which means that the color fill is attached to the layer, making it very easy to change the color. To change the color of that element, simply double click the colored box next to the name of the layer and choose a new color. In the case of non-shape layers, we have included a color fill clipped above the layer, which you can double click to change the color. Repeat these steps for any subsequent design elements.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ So there you have it, you are well on your way to creating fabulous new materials for your studio.  These templates are great for framed prints, canvases, marketing materials, book designs, cards... the possibilities are endless!  Keep creating!


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