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Template Tips & Tricks


Need a little help with your Photoshop or Photoshop Elements templates? I’ve got a few tips for you!

If you’re using my Family Storybook Starters, you’ll want to add in your own photos and text and customize your background. You may even want to add additional embellishments. You can also use many of these tips with other templates you may have downloaded.

Adding Photos

There’s an easy way to insert your photos right into the photo placeholders. The secret is ‘CTRL G’. Open the template in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Open the photo that you want to insert into the template. In your template, click on the placeholder you want to fill. Then drag your photo from it’s window onto the template. It should now appear as a layer just above your placeholder. Position it and size it about where you’ll want it to be. You can fine-tune it later. Then hold the CTRL key on your keyboard while you press the G key. Ta-DA! Your photo is now clipped to the photo placeholder. You can now drag the photo or resize it so it appears in the placeholder just the way you want it to.

Editing Text

If you’ve worked much with Photoshop, you probably know how to work with text, but we’ll go over it briefly. Double click the text that you want to change to select it. Highlight the text you want to replace, and type the text you want to replace it with. You can change the color, text size or font if you prefer. That’s pretty much all there is to it!

Customizing the Background

The best way to add a background and ensure that you won’t have extra white space on the edges is to place your background on the layer above the 8 inch tall layer and stretch it to the edges of the template, and maybe a bit beyond. The 8 inch tall layer and the 9 inch tall layers are there to allow for printing on different book sizes. The 8 inch layer basically gives you a visual of where your page might be cut off if your book is going to be 8 inches tall. I usually just hide that layer once I know where my boundaries are, and stretch my background all the way to the edges of the template. If you know your book will be 9 inches tall, you can create a layered look by adding different backgrounds on the 8 and 9 inch layers. Just add the top layer of your background above the 8 inch layer and clip it with CTRL G the same way we added the photos.

Adding Embellishments

One of the great things about these templates is that you can keep them super simple, or dress them up any way you want!  Feel free to use any digital scrapbooking elements you have saved on your computer to make your page your own. If you would like to use embellishments, but don’t have any on  your computer, just search for free digital scrapbooking kits or elements on the internet. There are TONS out there that are super cute! A couple of my favorite sites are The Shabby Princess and There are also other great sites that have one free kit a month, like Peppermint Creative.

I hope you found this little tutorial helpful! If you have any other questions, just post them in the comments and I’ll get back to you!

~ Misty