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Getting Started With: Templates

Getting Started With: Templates
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This lesson is all about getting the most out of a layered template. In addition to learning the basics on how to add papers and photos to a layered template, you will learn how to save elements from a template for future layouts, how to resize and reposition elements on the page, how to learn more about your software from a template, and how to use the template as a springboard for your own design.

You will learn how to:

  • create a layout using a layered template “as-is”
  • save png files of individual elements from a template to use on future designs
  • create clipping masks
  • resize and reposition elements to change the look of a template
  • create a multi-photo template from a single-photo template
  • create an 8.5x11” layout from a 12x12” template
  • study a template to learn layer style settings

This lesson includes:

  • A 21-page, full-color pdf with screen shots (in PS CS3) and step-by-step instructions for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements users.
  • Over 15 “bonus tips” throughout the lesson.
  • A layered template that includes stamped stitches, two stitched journal strips, and a die cut strip, all created by Katie Pertiet.

You will need:
Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements
one photo
2 pieces of digital paper

If you know how to open your software, you can complete this lesson. I provide detailed instructions for every step, from opening the first file to saving your finished layout. File Size: 8MB

LP374218 Designer: Cassie Jones

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Trish Schweitzer - 08/03/2009 4 of 5 Stars!
I thought the whole concept of having a template and all of the other pluses that you can keep and use at a later date were great. But this was only my 2nd digital layout I created with this tutorial and I thought it was really hard to follow. I would have liked more pictures of the steps - I\'m so visual it\'s horrible. But I did a layout and I posted it. If you look at you\'ll see that the photo seems a little distorted and I don\'t know how to correct this.
Caroline Marushack - 05/01/2008 5 of 5 Stars!
Excellent! I was about ready to tear my hair out because I bought PSE6 and it doesn't come with a user's manual. I don't know anything about the program, and even bought the "For Dummies" book, but that got too technical for me, and it doesn't support Macs. I saw this and took a chance. Now I'm smiling! I was able to make a perfect layout, and play with clipping masks by the end of the night! I'm so happy I bought this great tutorial. It is well written and very easy to understand. Perfect for beginners. If I can do it, anyone can!
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