Challenge #17: Photo printing templates
Posted 12 May 2009 - 10:31 AM
This week I am going to show you how to create a template to hold four 2x3 pictures on one 4x6 photo. The technique is very simple and you will be able to modify it to hold two 3x4 photos on one 4x6, or even six 2x2 photos.
1. Create a new 4x6 canvas in Photoshop/PSE -- it's one of the preset available in the drop down list.
2. Create a new layer (layer, new) - this will house the first photo placeholder.
3. Go to the View menu and select the Grid option (View, Show, Grid -- for Photoshop). Check to make sure Snap To Grid is also selected. Your canvas should have a grid on it.
4. With the marquee tool selected (M) change the Mode or Style to Fixed Size and add the dimensions of 2in x3in. You will get a 2x3 rectangle when you put your cursor over the canvas.
5. Move the rectangle to the upper left corner of the canvas. Having snap to grid turned on will mean that the rectangle will be constrained to the grid lines which makes positioning it easier.
6. Go to Edit, Fill selection and fill the rectangle with color.
7. With the Move tool selected (V) copy the rectangle by holding down the Alt key and dragging the rectangle over to the right side of the canvas. Do the same again for the other two photos placeholders
You should now have a template with four 2x3 placeholders. You may need to play around with positioning to get them exactly in the right places but the Snap-to-Grid should help. You can also use the align tools.
To use the template just drag your photos onto the canvas. Position each photo in a layer above a photo placeholder layer and then "clip" the photos on by pressing Ctrl-G in PSE or Alt-Ctrl-G in Photoshop. Make sure you are on the photo layers when you clip. You will probably need to resize your photos using the Transform command (ctrl-T).
Save and print like a regular 4x6 photo! Here's a layout I made using this technique:
Let me know if you have difficulties with any steps!
Posted 12 May 2009 - 06:24 PM
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Posted 02 June 2011 - 09:12 PM
I looked for the 'drop down menu' in my PSE8 in the edit mode and create mode. I could not find it. I have the most miserable time trying to print my photos in different sizes! So far I have just opened them in a word document and just dragged and guessed at the sizes the best I can. I can never get 4 2x3's to fit in a 4x6 template area so I can order them that way. Is there anything anywhere that easily lets one make their photos the size they want them? So many page maps list specific sizes and I am at a loss to create them. It sure is discouraging.
I would be so grateful to learn how to do this without struggling all day to get one sheet of photos ready to print.
Posted 08 June 2011 - 06:08 AM
Sorry for the delay -- I just saw this now
You can create a new canvas of any size -- I used the 4x6 preset but you can just specify a size.
Open Photoshop/Elements in edit mode, select File menu, New and enter 4 inches and 6 inches for the width and the height in the new canvas box that shows up. You want to put 300 in the dpi box -- by default that might be 72 dpi.
Then you follow the instructions as listed before.
I hope this helps!
Posted 12 June 2011 - 03:14 PM
I got the template created, but when I drag the photos I want to include on the template they do not just 'snap' to the 2 x 3 areas. I still have to drag the corners down to fit into the quadrants. Is this correct? I was still off a tad when it came time to print the larger 4 x 6 but it was better than I had ever done before.
Any other pointers?
Do the same sort of idea for any template I create to hold any number of photos?
Wish they would just pop into the smaller areas...lol.
Thanks for your help!
Posted 13 June 2011 - 02:51 PM
And yes, you can make the templates for any size - say you wanted to fit a bunch on a 5x7 or 8x10 photo you would follow the same steps. Or you can make your photos 2x2 -- you can fit 6 of them on a 4x6 photo.
Posted 13 June 2011 - 07:12 PM
When I open a file in PSE I think it shows it as 72 pixils..at what point is it best to change the dpi to 300? Does this make sense?
Thanks so much for your patience, Paula!
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