PSD Tutorials

My goal is cre­ate user friend­ly tem­plates, but PSD tem­plate buy­ers will still need to have installed Pho­to­shop CS-CS6 or CC,  have a Work­ing Knowl­edge of your ver­sion of Pho­to­shop and  know how to install fonts.

Our files are DIY which means that the buy­er will edit and print. To keep DIY costs low, STEP-BY-STEP Tech­ni­cal Sup­port is NOT INCLUDED with pur­chase. BEFORE REQUESTING ASSISTANCE, please uti­lize the help infor­ma­tion that I have put togeth­er for you. If you have an issue that is not cov­ered with­in our doc­u­men­ta­tion, I am hap­py to help, I sim­ply ask that you uti­lize our tools before request­ing assis­tance.

WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS

1. BEFORE OPENING YOUR TEMPLATE INSTALL FONTS

The list of fonts required for your SPECIFIC TEMPLATE has been pro­vid­ed for you with­in your down­load files. The name of the file with the font links includes the word­ing FONTLIST with­in the file name. Please see our FAQ page if you need assis­tance installing fonts.

VISIT FAQ PAGE

2. OPEN PHOTOSHOP AND THEN OPEN YOUR FILE

PSD FILES CAN ONLY BE OPENED IN PHOTOSHOP CS-CS6 or CC
Please be 100% sure that you are open­ing them in the right pro­gram. To be sure, open Pho­to­shop FIRST and then use the FILE < OPEN. Open the file direct­ly from the pro­gram.

CAN I USE PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS?  VISIT FAQ PAGE

3. HOW TO CHANGE EDITABLE TEXT

Using your lay­ers palette, the text lay­ers will be labeled with a “T” on them. To edit the text, you sim­ply dou­ble click the “T” on the lay­er you want to edit and from there you can edit both word­ing and also the col­or.

DON’T SEE EDITABLE TEXT LAYERS VIA YOUR LAYERS PALETTE?
THEY ARE IN A FOLDER!!!
If a tem­plate has a lot of text, then that text will be placed with­in a fold­er lay­er, that is labeled “TEXT” or “EDITABLE TEXT” for eas­i­er lay­er nav­i­ga­tion. When you see a fold­er, you will need to click the tiny arrow to the far left of lay­er to DROP DOWN the indi­vid­ual text lay­ers. 

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4. PLACING YOUR PHOTOS

PHOTO CLIPPING MASKS ARE SET UP AS GREY LAYERS/BOXES (pho­tos do not auto-resize)
Photo’s are to be insert­ed wher­ev­er you come across a grey box with­in the design. These lay­ers are locat­ed in your lay­ers palette and are labeled PHOTO CLIPPING MASK or PHOTO ABOVE.

To use clip­ping masks, you MUST place your pho­to lay­er DIRECTLY ABOVE the clip­ping mask lay­er. Then RIGHT CLICK the pho­to lay­er and select CREATE CLIPPING MASK from the drop­down menu.

Once the pho­to has been CLIPPED, you will need to re-size the image to fit with­in the box to your lik­ing. To do this, you will select the pho­to lay­er, by hav­ing it high­light­ed. Then click CTRL + T or use the menu EDIT < FREE TRANSFORM and a bound­ing box will appear. Use your RIGHT CLICK to move the pho­to around with­in the box.

To scale the pho­to, you will need to hov­er over cor­ner box, hold your SHIFT KEY down and pull in or out. This may take some prac­tice if you have not done this before.

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5. HOW TO CHANGE COLOR LAYERS

Design ele­ment lay­ers are the lay­ers with a col­ored square on them. Each ele­ment is on it’s own lay­er for easy col­or chang­ing. Using your lay­ers palette, sim­ply dou­ble click the col­ored square , on the ele­ment lay­er you are want­i­ng to change, and a col­or pick­er menu will appear. You can choose your col­ors from the pick­er or enter the RGB or HTML col­or num­bers to spec­i­fy as spe­cif­ic col­or.

VIEW VISUAL TUTORIAL

6. SAVING YOUR FILE FOR PRINT

See our VISUAL TUTORIAL HERE. Use Steps #1–4 or #5.

VISUAL TUTORIALS

FREE PHOTOSHOP

Our tuto­ri­als were cre­at­ed in Pho­to­shop, just like our tem­plates. If you are using anoth­er pro­gram, you will need to check your pro­gram info to see if PSD files are com­pat­i­ble. Don’t own pho­to­shop? Here are 2 free pho­to­shop options below.

PHOTOSHOP CC (free for 30 day trial)
PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS (free download)

 

FREE TEST TEMPLATE

FREE TEST TEMPLATE : Some com­put­ers block this kind of file down­load, so I am pro­vid­ing two down­load loca­tions for you. One is a local down­load host­ed here on my web­site. The oth­er is host­ed via my per­son­al Drop­box account.

DIGI PSD TEST TEMPLATE (local download)
DIGI PSD TEST TEMPLATE (dropbox download)