A lot of Photographers who are new to templates ask me how to edit the templates I design. Here I have outlined some easy steps on the basics of editing your templates.
ONE: HOW TO INSERT YOUR PHOTOS INTO CLIPPING MASKS
Here are easy steps to follow when inserting images into templates using our clipping masks.
1. Open your Paper Lark template file
2. Place your photo into your template by going to FILE > PLACE
3. Open the layers palette WINDOW > LAYERS and find the layer called 'CLIPPING MASK'
4. In the layers palette drag your Photo layer directly above this ‘CLIPPING MASK’ layer
5. Click your photo layer so it is highlighted in the layers palette
6. At top of page go to LAYER > CREATE CLIPPING MASK
Your image will now contained in the frame.
TWO: HOW TO SCALE YOUR PHOTO WITHOUT DISTORTION
1. Press EDIT > TRANSFORM (Shortcut: CONTROL + T (pc) or COMMAND + T (mac))
A bounding box will appear around the photo
2. Pull the box from the corner ONLY. Make sure you press SHIFT while doing so
This will scale your photo without distortion
THREE: HOW TO INSTALL YOUR FONTS
1. Locate and open the font file that came with your download (Usually named "FONTS" followed by the sku number)2. Click the links. These will take you to a 3rd Party FREE FONT websites
3. Click the relevant download button on the font web page (avoid those sneaky annoying advert 'download' buttons)
1. Locate the font file on your computer. Usually they are in the 'Downloads' Folder.
2. Double click the font file
3. 'Font Book' software will automatically open. Click install
1. Click 'Save' which will appear at the bottom of your screen
2. When it's downloaded onto your PC click 'Open'
3. A window will appear. Click the file name either .ttf or .otf
4. Another window will appear. Click install
Your new font will now appear in Photoshop font menu.
Tip: If it is not there restart Photoshop.
FOUR: HOW TO EDIT THE TEXT IN YOUR TEMPLATE
1. Firstly download and instal the fonts from the ‘FONTS’ file included in your template download.
2. Then, find the relevant text layer in the layers palette and highlight the layer
3. Click the ‘T’ icon in the Tools palette
4. In your template click on the text and highlight it to change the text
FIVE: HOW TO EDIT THE COLOURS IN YOUR TEMPLATE
Not all layer objects are the same, so sometimes when you go to re-colour an object it won't work in the way you would like.
Try these 3 alternative ways to re-colour an object.
1st Method: The object is a single colour shape layer
1. Find the relevant layer in the layers palette and double click the thumbnail square on its layer in the layers palette
2. A box will appear and you can choose your colour
2nd Method: Giving the layer a colour overlay effect
This is for when your object is a solid colour but not a shape layer and the above method has not worked.
1. Double click the layer, not the thumbnail, but the layer and the effects box will appear.
2. Tick the box next to 'COLOUR OVERLAY'
3. Click the actual word 'COLOUR OVERLAY' and a coloured box will appear (Usually it is RED by default)
4. Click the box to choose another colour
3rd Method: When your object is not a solid colour
Maybe your object has a watercolour texture or an opacity to it and the above methods have not given you the effect you desire.
1. Go to IMAGE > ADJUSTMENTS > HUE/SATURATION
2. Move the HUE bar to change to colour and the SATURATION and/or LIGHTNESS bar to get the perfect shade you need.