Templates are a fantastically easy way to get a page or a pocket done quickly. I use a template that I made myself every week of my Project Life. For pockets I love using Liz’s 6×4 Photo Templates, as well as Tracy Larsen’s Simply White Collection – v1. For inserts, I like getting fancy and using the paislee press Press Plates. I used No. 39 for this tutorial. I’ve had questions about how to use them mailed to me a few times. I’m using Photoshop CC (I pay $9.99 per month and spend hours every day on it), but it will be similar for any version of Photoshop. I’m not sure about Photoshop Elements but you can give it a try (and let me know). This is how I get it done.
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Open up the .psd file. Save it as a different filename so that you don’t overwrite the original (or, if you like to live on the edge just save it with a different name at the end). You’ll see the layers on the right and hopefully they are well-named so that your life is easier. Those layers act as little placeholders for the images.
Make sure your pics have been colour corrected before they go into the template. The easiest way to get your pics into the template is by clicking and dragging them into the document. You could also use File > Place, or copy and paste the image into the template. It’s easiest to do the files in order to avoid confusion or unnecessary time wastage. I used a sequence of snapshots from a video of my new pooch, Griffin, so it was important to me to get it in the right order.
Once the file has been dropped into the template, put the image layer above the “placeholder” layer that you want it to be positioned at. In my case, I put the layer “1″ above “1-CLIPPING MASK” layer.
Drag the image over the placeholder. Don’t worry too much about getting it the right size or exact position for now. Right click and choose “Create Clipping Mask“. I do this so often that I made my own shortcut for it.
Move the image around so that it fits in the box the way you want it to. Resize, drag, etc, until it looks the way you want. I wanted minimal noise in mine so I made a lot of white space with the grass and made little Griffin right in the centre.
Repeat the process for the rest of your images. Put the different images above different layers, obvs. If you don’t like the order of your photos then move them around.
Then make it yours. Add elements, text, photo filters, backgrounds, whatever. Templates are great because they are the foundation blocks. You can build upon them so that they suit you. I used a paislee press woodgrain background from The Weekender as a “photo” and made its own clipping mask for the last image. I deleted the captions in this Press Plate (under the TEXT folder), and I moved the TITLE HERE text to the bottom right, and changed it to my own fonts (Oswald and Archer, as per normal).
Any questions ?
A lot of readers have mentioned wanting Photoshop tutorials. What tutorials specifically would you like to see ? I’d love to know through a comment or email as it’s something I’m passionate about. Any tips, suggestions, or constructive criticism is highly appreciated.