In this tutorial we'll go through all aspects of using your "70 Reasons To Love Me" collage product. These two collages are fully-editable PSD files with room for 70 individual images (45 in the large template and 25 in the small template.)
ABOUT THE COLLAGES
If you open the PSD file in Photoshop you will see a separate layer for every image position and every photo border. 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.
ACTIONS - This folder contains the actions you'll load into Photoshop to add your images to the templates.
BACKGROUND_LINEN.jpg - This is the file that you will add to the bottom of your layers palette after you add your images to the template if you want a more textured, linen background.
INDESIGN_FILE - This folder contains an InDesign file containing both templates.
JPEG_PREVIEWS - This folder contains a small preview of both templates, so you don't have to wait for the .psd preview to load in order to take a peek.
PSD_FILES - This folder contains the PSD files you will be using in Photoshop.
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.
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 linen background layer. You will find the linen background layer in your download folder. It is labeled "BACKGROUND_LINEN.jpg". We highly recommend fully populating your collage before adding the background layer.
THE COLLAGE SIZE
The PSD of this collage is sized to 20x20 inches. This size will allow you to easily scale the collage up to a nice, large 40x40 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 IN PHOTOSHOP CS3 OR NEWER
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 19) 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 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 BACKGROUND/ BACKGROUND DESIGNS
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 LINEN BACKGROUND
If you'd like the collage to have a more textured look, we recommend adding the linen background included in your folder. Simply follow these steps: 1. In your layers palette, select "BACKGROUND COLOR". 2. Select FILE->OPEN and choose the "BACKGROUND_LINEN.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 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".