Hello and welcome to the Sweet 16 Fleur tutorial. This document will familiarize you with how your new product functions. This product works by using a template (.psd file in your download folder) and a Photoshop action (.atn file in your download folder) to automatically place your images within the 16 frames in a matter of minutes.
WHAT'S IN YOUR DOWNLOAD FOLDER
This template is simple, fun, and so easy to use!Â First, let's take a look at what came in your download folder.
read_me_pretty_please_template_copyright.txt - This text file contains a quick word on copyright.
SWEET_16_FLEUR.atn - This is the action you'll load into Photoshop to add your images to the template.
SWEET_16_FLEUR.jpg - This is a preview of template.
SWEET_16_FLEUR.psd - This is the template you will be using in Photoshop.
tutorial.txt - This text file contains a link to the tutorial you're reading now.
First, decide what size you would like your collage to be: This collage was limited to 10x10 at 300 dpi to speed up the download time. If you would like to up-size 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.
To use the automatic action to place your images into the template:
1 )) Open the PSD file (SWEET_16_FLEUR.psd) into Photoshop.
2 )) Load the action “SWEET_16_FLEUR.atn” into your Actions palette in Photoshop. (If you need help with loading actions we have a wonderful tutorial that explains everything at designaglow.com/tutorials)
3 )) Press “Play” on the Sweet 16 Fleur action in your Actions Palette. (You can choose “INSERT ALL” to fill all sixteen frames in order, or add one image at a time by choosing the corresponding “INSERT ONE IMAGE” action.)
4 )) Follow any instructions that pop up along the way.
CHANGING THE COLOR OF A FRAME
1)) Select the layer you would like to change in the LAYERS palette.
2)) Double click the colored box to the left of the layer name.
3)) Select a color. 4)) Click "OK".
TO ADD TEXT IN THE FRAMES:
1 )) Select the topmost layer in your layers palette (this will probably be the "NUMBERS" layer. (This way, it will create our text layer at the very top, so we can move it where ever we like without worrying about it being covered up by another layer.
2)) Using the Type tool, click over top of the the desired frame and begin typing. Press Enter when you are done to finalize the text.
If you would like to move it to another frame, simply select this layer and use the move tool to drag it to a new location.
INSERTING YOUR IMAGES BY HAND:
Although the action is great for speed, at times you may want to insert your images into the template by hand. This could occur when you want to work on the template and then save it for later, or when you need to change out an image that you placed by accident. The good news is it is very easy to place your images by hand, simply perform the following steps:
1 )) Locate the image layer you would like to populate in your layers palette. The name of the layer will correspond to the number present above the template. For example, if you would like to populate image layer “1”, you will want to locate “LAYER 1” in the layers palette.
2 )) Click once on the layer to highlight it.
3 )) Open the image you would like to insert into this position and drag it onto the template by using the “Move Tool” ( Keyboard shortcut “V”).
4 )) Now, to get your image to fit within the image layer, we need to apply a “clipping mask”. To do this, go to LAYER -> CREATE CLIPPING MASK in our top menu in Photoshop. The image will now take on the shape of the frame.
5 )) The image will probably not fit correctly within the frame at first, so at this time you can resize the image by using the “Free Transform Tool” (Keyboard Shortcut Control+T, or Apple T on a Mac). Resize the image by dragging in the corners of the transform frame and don't forget to hold down the Shift Key to maintain perspective. When you are happy with the size and position of your image, simply press “Enter” to apply the transformation.
Repeat this step for subsequent images. Don't forget to remove the “NUMBERS” layer from the template by dragging it to the tiny trash can at the bottom of you layers palette.
CHANGING OUT IMAGES:
At times you may want to change out image in your template after the action is run. This is very easy to do, it's just important to understand how the template is set up. If you look at your layers palette after the action is run, you will see that your images appear on top of each of the frames. To find the image that you would like to change out, simply locate the frame in your Layers Palette and look to the layer directly above it - this will be the image that you will take out and replace. To remove the image, click on it once to highlight it and then click the trash can at the bottom of your layers palette. Now, follow the steps above (manually inserting your images) to insert your new image. Or, select the desired layer and then the “INSERT ONE IMAGE” action.