In this tutorial we'll go through all aspects of using your “InstaCanvas” collage product. This collage is a fully-editable PSD file (and bonus InDesign file) with room for 365 individual images
ABOUT THE COLLAGE
If you open the PSD file in Photoshop you will see a separate layer for every image position and separator lines. 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.
ACTION_FOR_PHOTOSHOP - This folder contains the action you'll load into Photoshop to add your images to the templates quickly, called "INSERT IMAGES - INSTACANVAS.atn".
INDESIGN_FILE - This folder contains the INDESIGN file you can use to drag and drop your images, called "InstaCanvas_365.inx". This file only works with InDesign program, so do not attempt to open it in Photoshop.
JPEG_PREVIEW ”“ This folder contains a small version of the collage, so you don't have to wait for the .psd preview to load in order to take a peek.
PHOTOSHOP_FILE ”“ This folder contains the PSD file you can use in Photoshop, called "InstaCanvas_365.psd".
read_me_pretty_please_template_copyright.pdf - 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 30x30, which can easily be printed through ProDPI. If you are printing it as a mounted print, the size is good to go. If you want to print it as a canvas, simply increase the size of the template to allow for a wrap (for a 1 1/2 inch gallery wrapped canvas, you will need to add 2 inches all the way around, so you would increase the size to 34x34). 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
There are several actions to help you easily add your images to the template. You can add them a row at 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. We have organized the actions to do one row at a time, populating all the small image layers, then a final action to populate all the larger image layers ("INSERT IMAGES 360-365 (large images)"). Before you populate your template with images, we recommend getting organized. Try putting your Instagram photos in a few separate folders, perhaps in sets of about 20, so it is easier for you to select the images as you go for the action. You can also run the action for the large images first, then add the smaller images.
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. While it is much faster to use the 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.
CHANGING THE COLOR OF THE BACKGROUND (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”.
USING THE .INX FILE IN INDESIGN
We have included the "InstaCanvas_365.inx" file for your convenience if you have InDesign. This allows you to simply drag and drop your images onto the template.
We used Nadia Serif for the year at the bottom, but you can feel free to choose any font you like!
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