First thing's first. Let's take a look at what came in your download folder:
1. EPS FILES - This file contains the .EPS files that you will be using to decorate your photos.
2. JPEG PREVIEWS- This file contains a preview of all graphics in the sets.
3. read_me_pretty_please_template_copyright.txt - This text file contains a quick word on copyright.
4. tutorial.txt - This file contains a link to what you are reading right now ;)
BACKUP YOUR FILES
Before we begin, we highly recommend backing up your files in case you need to re-load them in the future. Save them to a location on your current hard drive or an external drive for easy retrieval.
USING THE FREE SPEECH GRAPHICS
To use the graphics, first you will have to open the image you plan on using into Photoshop. Find out the size of this image by clicking IMAGE-->IMAGE SIZE. Now, let's say the space in the image you plan on decorating is 5 inches wide @ 300 dpi. This is how large we will make the graphic.
Now that we have an image open, it's time to decorate!! The Free Speech comes as individual graphics files known as .eps files (Encapsulated PostScript).
1. In the Photoshop menu at the top, select FILE-->OPEN, and then file the element you would like to use. For this example, we are using "FREE-SPEECH-1.eps".
2. A window will pop up titled "Rasterize EPS Format". They just want to know how big you'd like your graphic to be! For this example, our space to decorate in our photo is 5 inches wide @ 300 dpi, so we will set the width to 5 inches @ 300 dpi. (Make sure you leave the "Constrain Proportions" box checked so that our graphic doesn't get "smooshed".) Also, if your image is in RGB instead of CMYK, you will want to change the "Mode" to RGB Color.
3. Click "OK".
4. Now that our graphic is open, click on the "Move" tool.
5. Click and drag the element onto your open photo.
6. If you want to adjust the size of the element, simply click EDIT-->TRANSFORM-->SCALE in the Photoshop menu or CTRL+T on your keyboard. (Don't forget to hold SHIFT while you drag the corners of the bounding box to constrain the proportions.) Click ENTER or RETURN to finalize the transformation.
CHANGING THE COLOR
It's very easy to change the color of your Free Speech quote graphics. Simply do the following:
PHOTOSHOP CS AND NEWER 1) Select the layer of the element 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) Select the desired color when the pop up box appears and click "OK" 5) Now, from the top menu in Photoshop, choose LAYER->MAKE CLIPPING MASK (or keyboard shortcut: COMMAND+OPTION+G). 6) Click the "eye" next to the solid color fill layer you've made to make it invisible. 7) Select the speech bubble layer. 8) Using the magic wand tool, click on the white area inside the bubble. You should now see the marching ants to show that it's selected. 9) Click on the color fill layer you've already made (Color Fill 1). 10) Make another solid color fill (this time make it white, and we'll call it Color Fill 2). 11) Press COMMAND+OPTION+G to clip this layer to Color Fill 1. 12) Click the "eye" next to Color Fill 1 to make it visible again.
13) To change the color again, simply double click the box next to the words "Color Fill 1" and choose a new color. 14) To add text, simply select the text tool, click within the graphic and type with your desired font.
Keep designs simple and related to the subject matter of your image. Sometimes a tiny touch goes a long way.
These graphics are great for ANY design project!! Try using a shape or two in your marketing materials, on your website, baby announcements, thank you cards and even kids' canvases. Be as creative as you can and let your imagination soar.
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