Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Using the Template

Ok, I have been getting a lot of questions on how to use the template. So, here is the way that I set up the template when I am working on a yearbook page.
Ok, when you first open the template in Photoshop, it should look something like this. The first thing you need to do is click on the page icon to get yourself a new layer. 
The next thing to do is to drag that "Guides" Layer below the  "Layer 1" So that Layer 1 is on top.
It should now look like this.
Ok. Now you are going to work on the background.

  1. Make sure you are selected on Layer 1
  2. Pick your background color from the color selector
  3. Select your paint bucket tool
  4. Dump your color in the template
  5. Delete the locked "Background" Layer. You can now rename Layer 1 background if you want.
Even if you aren't planning on having any of the background color show, it's a good idea to put a background color in there so you can see what you have covered and what you don't.

Now you can use the template as you would a normal Photoshop document. The guides are there so that you don't put anything important in those spaces. (i.e. a face or award) Those spaces will probably end up in the binding of the book.
 Go ahead and open what pictures you want to use, cut, copy, paste, crop, ect. 

Any Questions?

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