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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.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Template FREEBIE No. 4

Here is Template Number 4 that is a freebie to you. Both Photoshop Elements and Photoshop CSx users can use the template. I hope that you find a lot of use for it. It is very versatile. The design is based on circles in squares. Here is an example of what you can do with it.

 The template is a fully layered PSD document. It is 12 x 12 inches, 300 ppi, RGB, white background. Users of Photoshop Elements and Photoshop CSx can use the template.

The template contains a lot of layers. I have not grouped any of the layers, that way, Elements users can use the template. If you are using Photoshop CSx, after you have downloaded the file you may wish to group some of the similar layers to keep your Layers panel less cluttered.

The template starts out with a series of overlapping squares that are offset to the upper left hand corner.

As an example, you could clip a photo into the inner square. You could also clip your own papers to any, or all, of the other squares.

 Another thing you could do if you have a lot of journaling that you wanted to have on a page is like this. The text box is on a layer for you in the template.

 There is a set of 9 circles inside the square that have mats and clipping masks so that you can add your photos into the circles. There are some text areas in the shape of circles that are contained inside of some of the circles. Since I have created these text areas in Photoshop CS4, even though you may be using Elements, you can still use these circular text areas.

You do not have to use all 9 circles at the same time. You can turn off the visibility of the layers that you do not need. I have also included a text area that occupies the area of the two right columns of circles. Remember, all these items can be moved around to suit your needs.

Then there is a series of 4 larger circles within the square. They have mats, which you can change the color to suit you, and the clipping mask to clip your photo or paper.

 There is also some text in a circle that you can use.

There are also text areas that you can use. Such as these. The second one has two text columns.

And, there is one large circle into which you can clip your photo. Or, if you have a lot of text, you can add your text into the circular area.

Now, for those of you who may not like circles, I have included one row of small squares that you can use. If you want more squares, you will have to make them yourself. Not hard to do. If you want more of these three, just select all six of the layers with the squares and their mats and duplicate them and move them to where you want them.

Remember, you can mix and match all these items by turning the individual layer visibility on or off. There is a large number of arrangements that you can make. One suggestion that I can make is to save the original file so that you don't accidentally mess it up. When you want to make a layout, open the saved template and then save as with a new name. This way you are starting with a copy of the original, but you won't overwrite it when you save your layout.

For those of you who might like to make a double page spread, I have made a left hand page to go along with the above page which I call the right hand page. For the circle numbering system on the right hand page, the numbers go from top to bottom and left to right. For the left hand page, the numbers go from top to bottom, but, from right to left. I hope this doesn't confuse you. Both left and right pages have all the same items in them.

The two pages together look like this. Of course, you could use the left page on the right and the right page on the left, if you want to do so. They are your pages and you can do whatever you want.

And, since you can do whatever you want, you could even just grab three of the small circles and their mats and move them to different locations, such as the following.

The files are both fairly large, so I have separated them into two files to download. 

To download the RIGHT file click here.

To download the LEFT file click here.

After you click above to download one of the files, you will be taken to 4shared.com. From there you can download the file. These files are in  ZIP files and you will need to unzip the files 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.

I hope that you find these templates useful. There are a lot of variations that you can make. Remember, just turn the layer visibilities on or off for whatever layers you want to use or not use. Mix and match. Have fun! If you are creating a 52 week layout or a 365 day layout, this template my help you a little. Even if you only use it once for a single layout, you will make me happy. Thank you!

Live life and enjoy.



time2smile said...

Thank you for this very versatile template! I am totally entertained by the number of options you provide - one could make an entire album with all the possibilities of this one template. Thank you for sharing your creativity. :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for these instructions. Maybe I can reconstruct the template from them. I cannot download the templates. Maybe they're too old but maybe it's me that's too old. When I try to download them I get a window to update but that doesn't work either. Oh well, on to the next project. Loretta at
desertrose0221 @yahoo.com if you wish to reply. Thanks

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