Welcome back to another Sleeklens tutorial. This time we’ll be talking about how to work with our templates for Adobe Photoshop, specifically our birth announcement templates. Follow along as we show how to utilize these great templates to creatively present the wonderful news. And for you photographers out there, These templates are great if a client has a request for a mass amount of birth announcements to be produced in a short amount of time. This is definitely an efficient way to get that done. Be sure to check out our video, which accompanies this tutorial.
Our birth announcement templates allow you to create a double-sided card. On the front, you can have a photograph of the newborn, as well as their name and other text. On the back, you can have a different image along with more text for additional information.
With our first photographs pulled up, let’s go ahead and jump right into it. We will start out by first going to the folder where our template files have been downloaded after purchase, and simply dragging the files for both the front and the back of the card over to Photoshop. Once the files have been dragged into Photoshop, the first thing that you will see are the first two layers which are basically the pattern guide and the instructions. You can make those two layers disappear by going over to the bottom of the right panel and clicking the eyes off, which are labeled “guide” and “instructions”. If you really want to, you can even delete those two layers all together, by simply putting them into the trash.
Once you have gotten rid of those two layers, the next thing that we’ll do is insert our picture that we have picked out for the front. With our photo already in Photoshop, we just need to open our files and choose the correct one. Since this template has effects that surround the image, the entire photograph will not fit. So, we will need to use the marquee tool to select the area of the photo that we want to show. Once we have our area selected, we will click Edit and Copy. Then, we’ll go back to our “birth announcement” front and simply paste the layer on which contains the photograph that we have just chosen. Keep in mind that if you are using a high resolution image, it will appear a lot bigger once pasted. So, we will use the move & transform tool to readjust our image to properly fit the card. With the tool selected, hold down the shift key to maintain the proportions of the photo and simply move the corners to appropriately readjust the size. Once we have the photo resized, next we’ll need to make sure that the photo layer is inside the Clipping Mask file. To do this, we’ll first go to the bottom of the panel and simply drag our photo layer into the clipping mask file, placing it directly above the clipping mask that we’re using, in the file.
Next, we are going to click Layer, scroll down to Create Clipping Mask, and your photo will automatically be cut and fit inside the circle of this clipping mask. If you find that the image still needs some adjustment, you can still do so before saving.
Once we have our image set in the template, the next thing that we’ll adjust is the text. When the template is downloaded after purchase, a document is included that will lead you to a site where you can download the fonts for use.
Moving along, we will go over to the panel and close the clipping mask, then we’ll open the text file. In our file, we’ll click on the one labeled “Arthur Johnson” and change it to a different name. Simply click on the where the name is on the template and type in the appropriate one for your card. On our card it says “We proudly welcome” just above the name. If you don’t want that for yours, you can easily change or delete it, the same way the we changed the name.
And that’s about it for the front of the card. Let’s move on the back, which will be a pretty similar process to how we did the front.
We’ll start out the same way by deleting the first two (guide & instruction) layers. Then, choosing a different photograph for the back, we will follow the same process used above of resizing and pasting the image onto the layer. Just remember, if your images are of high resolution, they appear a lot larger when pasted, needing some adjustment while holding the shift key to maintain the correct proportions. Once that photo is where we want it, we’ll drag this layer into the clipping mask folder,keeping just above clipping mask in the file, just as we did with the front of the card. Once that is done, we’ll click on Layer, Create Clipping Mask and like before, the image will automatically be cut for the clipping mask. Again, you can adjust more if needed before saving. Now that we have the photo placed in the back template, it is time to adjust the text for this side as well. The text can be adjusted the exact same way that we did with the front. Simply click on the portions of text that you want to change or get rid of and edit accordingly.
As you can see, with these templates, it is extremely easy to create your own cards (in this case birth announcement templates). Simply supply your own images and follow the process in Photoshop. Hopefully, this tutorial also demonstrates just how efficient of a tool this could be for a photographer as well.