Organic Paradise Album Template

Hello and welcome to our Organic Paradise Album Templates.  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 first download folder.  We've split the download into two folders, to make downloading a bit easier.  "Part 1" contains all of the following, except the PSD files for pages 14-30 and the cover, which are contained in "Part 2". Once you download both folder, we suggest taking the PSD files from the second download folder and adding them to the first folder.
ALBUM - Within this folder you will find the templates for the album.  It will contain two subfolders ->
JPEG_PREVIEWS (which contains a preview of each of the spreads) and
PSD_FILES (which contains the templates you will be using in Photoshop).
BONUS PORTFOLIO BOX - This folder contains a bonus image portfolio box made with Finao templates ( in four sizes (8x10, 10x10, 11x14, 13x13).  It will contain a subfolder called
PSD_FILES, which contains the templates you will be using in Photoshop, and a small jpeg preview file called
PREVIEW.jpg. PHOTOSHOP_ACTION - This contains the action file "INSERT IMAGES.atn" that you can use to automatically insert your images into the album templates and the image portfolio box in Photoshop.
PSE_ACTIONS - This contains the action files that you can use to automatically insert your images into the album templates and the image portfolio box in Photoshop Elements.
read_me_pretty_please_template_copyright.txt - This text file contains a quick word on copyright.
tutorial - What you are reading now.
You will also notice that the PSD's appear to be blank.  Don't worry, they're not!  We've simply filled the top layer with white to help shrink the size for download.  Simply open each psd file, delete the top white layer, and resave.

GETTING STARTED When you downloaded your Organic Paradise Album from the Design Aglow website you should have saved it in an easy-to-find location somewhere on your hard drive.  Take a moment to locate the folder.  Ready?  Great!  Let's move on. First thing's first - you must unzip the folder before using any of the templates.  This is very important as Photoshop will not be able to work with the files in zipped format.  Use your favorite extraction program for this, such as WinZip ( or StuffIt ( After you have successfully unzipped your folder you should strongly consider backing up everything just in case you ever accidentally over-write one of the original templates.  This is always a good idea as re-downloading these huge files can be quite a bummer.  Use a blank DVD or portable thumb drive to save a copy, and put it in a safe place.

These templates are designed for Adobe Photoshop CS3 or newer. This is not to say that they don't work with previous versions - they very well may. 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!

If you would like to maintain the look of the font on the portfolio boxes you will need to download the fonts: ParmaInitialenMK and Bradley Hand ITC. 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.

1 )) Open the PSD album page that you would like to work on into Photoshop (such as 0203.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 “ORGANIC PARADISE - 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. 

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, and run the action that corresponds to the file you have open (INSERT ONE IMAGE, INSERT THREE IMAGES, etc). (Click here to learn how to add and run actions in PSE.) 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.
3. 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.

Using a color fill - 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.  Choose the color you would like to make the element when the dialog box appears.
5.  Now, from the top menu in Photoshop, choose LAYER->MAKE CLIPPING MASK. This will fill your design element with the selected color while leaving the rest of the template alone.
6.  Change the blending mode to "Color" at the top left of the layers palette.  (It will currently be set to "Normal")
7.  To change the color again, simply double click the colored box next to the words "Color Fill "x"" and choose a new color. Repeat these steps for any subsequent design elements.
You can also change the color using a Hue/Saturation layer.
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.