In this tutorial we'll go through all aspects of using your “Album on a Wall” collage product. This collage is a fully-editable PSD file (and bonus InDesign file) with room for 60 individual images
ABOUT THE COLLAGE If you open the PSD file in Photoshop you will see a separate layer for every image position and frame. Each of these layers is fully-editable, meaning you may change the sizes, orientations, and colors.
WHAT'S IN YOUR DOWNLOAD FOLDER
THE COLLAGE SIZE The PSD of this collage is sized to 24—52 (including the white wrapped area) for a finished size of 20—48 inches, which can easily be printed through ProDPI. All of the elements 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.
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 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”.)
1. Select the layer you would like to change in the LAYERS palette (BACKGROUND COLOR).
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”.
*REMEMBER- Although this template is currently vertical, you can easily rotate it 90° for a horizontal canvas.