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The EarlK Design blog consists mainly of entries that show how to do things using Adobe Photoshop that I hope you will find helpful and give your creative mind more tools to work with.

I use Adobe Photoshop CS6, and sometimes Adobe Illustrator CS5, Lightroom 5, and Corel Painter X. However, I believe that much of what I show can be done using Photoshop Elements.

Monday, January 17, 2011

EarlKDesign Template 05-Landscape 11 x 8.5 inches-FREEBIE

I am a Mac user. I use iPhoto and go through Apple to have my scrapbooks printed. Apple's hardcover book sizes are 13 x 10 inches and 11 x 8.5 inches, both landscape format. I have mine printed in the 11 x 8.5 inches size. The usual 12 x 12 inch template format that is found mostly is not very suitable for my normal use. So, I make many of my templates in the 11 x 8.5 inches format.

I assume that some of you might also be using Apple's iPhoto to have your scrapbooks printed. I have posted a freebie template for you to download. This way I can see if there is much demand for page templates in the landscape 11 x 8.5 inches format.  If there is a demand for them, I will post more of them on my blog as time goes by for your use.

This is the one that I have posted for you to download.

This a fully layered PSD document than can be used by either Photoshop Elements or Photoshop CSx users. It is 11 x 8.5 inches (landscape), 300 ppi, RGB, with a white background layer. All items are on their own layer. There are no groups. I have used Color Fill layers in many places so that it is easy for you to change the color of the layer. Just double click on the color thumbnail for the layer to open the Color Picker and select your new color. I have also used some Pattern Fill layers so that you can change the pattern of the layer if you wish. Again, just double click on the pattern thumbnail for the layer to open the Pattern Fill dialog and change it to what you want. If you don't want to use the Color Fill or Pattern Fill layers, just turn off their visibility by clicking on the eyeball at the left side of the layer.

On this template, you may notice that I did not use a mat under the photos. This was a choice I made while creating the page layout. However, if you want mats under your photos, like shown below. It is easy for you to do for yourself using the downloaded template as a starting point.

I will use the photo 1 mask layer to tell you how to add a photo mat under the photo. Have the photo 1 mask layer selected. Command-click (Control-click on a PC, I think) on the photo 1 mask layer thumbnail to put a selection around the mask. I will use white for the color of the mat. With the selection still around the photo 1 mask layer, fill the selection with white. Leave the selection still active. Rename the layer photo 1 mat. Create a new layer above this layer (selection is still active). In the Menu, go to Select/Modify/Contract and contract by about 15 pixels and click OK. The selection will now be contracted by 15 pixels. Fill this selection with black. Release the clipping of this layer to the layer below it. This will also release the clipping of photo 1. Name this new layer photo 1 mask. Clip photo 1 to the photo 1 mask layer. You now have a white mat under your photo. You can now do this for the remainder of the photos, if you want mats under them. Of course, if you don't want mats under the photos, just ignore what I have said in this paragraph and use the template as is. Remember, it is your template to use as you want.

After you click above to download the file, you will be taken to 4shared.com. From there you can download the file. The file is in a ZIP file and you will need to unzip the file to get to the PSD template file. If you haven't used 4shared.com before, when their page opens, on the left-hand side of the page there will be a blue rectangle with a white arrow pointing downward with white text saying "Download Now." Click on that blue box. This will take you to a new window that will have a box that says "Your download link will appear after wait." There will be a circle with the wait period counting down. After the wait, where the words "Your download link will appear after wait" were, you will see the words "Download file now." Click on those words and your download will begin. At least this is how it works on my iMac using the Firefox browser. Also, 4shared.com only allows one person to be downloading the file at a time. So, if you have trouble getting the file to download, you may want to try at a later time as someone may already be downloading it when you tried to do so.

If there is interest enough in these 11 x 8.5 inches templates, I will add more to my blog as time goes by. So, let me know if you want more of them. You can leave comments on my blog.

I hope you enjoy this template.

Enjoy life!



Letia said...

That's what size I use, so I appreciate this. Thank you.

SusanD said...

Thank you! I am not partial to any one size. I like to do what I can print at home. I took a class from Cathy Z and she is definitely partial to 8.5 X 11 so I do some 8.5 X 11.

debiMac said...

Thanks Earl! I'd love to upload my own layouts to iPhoto because the book making feature in the new iPhoto '11 is so cool! I'd love more of these landscape templates plus other sizes, like the 13x10. Please keep making them if only for you and me. LOL! JK!! But still... ;)


Gail said...

This is GREAT! I love iPhoto books, but never use them for scrapbooking for just this reason. I don't have the time to remake templates or create my own. I hope you consider continuing this size in the future. Thanks so much.

Juls~ said...

Great template, Earl!

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