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November 14, 2008

How to use a Template.

Since I love templates and that's mostly what I design I decided I would write a tutorial for you all. This will be for Photoshop since that is what I use. Open your template in photoshop and the first thing you need to do is save the template under a new name so that you don't change the original template. Then click on a layer that holds a photo. In my case I'm going to click on the layer named picture 1 (all my templates have easy to recognize layer names). Then I will drag and drop the photo that I want on my template. After I've dragged my photo on top of the layer where I want my photo I'll hit ctrl+alt+g (ctrl+g for elements users). That will clip it to my layer below it. Then I can use my move tool to resize it or move it around to where it fits in the box. (Be sure that when you are resizing your photo you hold down the shift key so that it resizes your photo evenly) Below is an example after I have resized the photo and moved it around a bit to fit the box. Now I'm ready to move onto the next layer. I'm going to move to the picture 2 layer and drag and drop my next photo over that layer. Then I'll hit ctrl+alt+g (ctrl+g for elements) to clip my photo to the layer below. Once I clip it I'll move or resize the photo around to where it fits. (Remember to hold the shift key so that it resizes it evenly).Then I'll do that with the rest of my photo layers. Then I'll add my background and paper layers (do the same thing as the photo layers but just use paper instead) and finish by adding some journaling and some embellishments. You can see in my finished page below that I added some drop shadows to my different layers and changed where I put my title.I just love templates because it takes the guesswork out of lining your photos up and cropping them to the right size, etc..... Plus you can always add more paper or elements to a template to fit your style or the look you are going for. Anyway, I hope this helps. I always try to make my templates very user friendly.

I made my page with a freebie by Mindy Terasawa and some stitching by storeide gunhild.

5 comments:

Michelle said...

Thank you for that wonderful tutorial! Helped me out a ton! :)

CINTIA said...

Gracias por este espectacular tutorial!!! Buscaba algo que fuera fácil de entender y me encantó!!!THNK YOU SO MUCH!!!cintia

ashley said...
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ashley said...

Thank You! I learned how to actually use the templates and some good information about PSE! Awesome!

I love all of your work, it inspires me :)

kendallt said...

This tutorial rocks! I'm finally figuring out how to use templates and LOVING it! Thanks so much!

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