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
This template is simple, fun, and so easy to use! First, let's take a look at what came in your download folder.
INDESIGN_FILE: This folder contains an InDesign file containing both templates.
JPEG_PREVIEW: 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.
PHOTOSHOP_FILES: This folder contains the PSD files you will be using in Photoshop and the "INSERT IMAGES.atn", which is the action you'll load into Photoshop to add your images to the templates quickly.
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.
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.
USING THE ACTIONS TO INSERT IMAGES IN PHOTOSHOP CS3 OR NEWER
If you decide to use the bonus InDesign file, you can simple drag and drop your images into the template. If you decide to use Photoshop, 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 1-20”, “INSERT IMAGES 21-40”, 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. When you finish you will want to make sure the "NUMBERS" layer is turned off at the top of your layers palette so they are not on your final saved file (these are just to guide you while you add your images.) The action automatically turns it off for you, but it's always a good idea to check.
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 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.
When you finish you will want to make sure the "NUMBERS" layer is turned off at the top of your layers palette so they are not on your final saved file (these are just to guide you while you add your images.) The action automatically turns it off for you, but if you're adding your images by hand you'll need to turn this layer off manually.
CHANGING THE COLOR OF THE BACKGROUND (the area that wraps that is currently white)
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.
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