Wednesday, March 19, 2008

How To Use a Quick Page (in Photoshop)

Have a quick page that is in .png format but have no idea how it works?? You are in the right place!! This is a step by step guide to making quick pages work for you. This tutorial was created using Photoshop CS3, but can pretty easily be applied to earlier versions of Photoshop, as well as Photoshop Elements.


This is the page we will be creating today:



1. When you open your .png quick page, there should be a "checkerboard" background where the photos will go. This is the transparent part of the .png file and it is where you will be sliding your photo in.

2. Once you have your quick page open, choose your photo(s) that you would like to include. Be sure that you can see both your quick page and your photo inside Photoshop (as shown below):



3. Choose your "Move" tool from the tools menu. (**Note: clicking the letter "V" on your keyboard will also activate this tool.)

4. Place your cursor onto your photo and drag it over onto your quick page.








5. Your photo will now be on top of your quick page. Go to your layers palette and place your cursor on your photo layer and drag it down so that it is underneath your quick page layer. Your layers palette should now appear as follows:




6. Making sure your "Move"tool is selected and your photo layer is selected, place your cursor on the corner of your photo and drag it in or out to resize your photo so that it fits inside the frame. (**Note: Holding down your shift key while resizing your photo will ensure that it maintains the proper proportions.)





7. Repeat this step for each of your photos.

8. Now you are ready to type your text. Choose your "TEXT" tool from the tools menu. (**Note: clicking the letter "T" on your keyboard will also activate this tool.)



9. Once your text tool is activated, make sure your quick page layer is selected. Choose your desired font and font size. Then simply click where you would like to type your text and begin typing.




10. Once you have your text in place, this is how your finished product should appear within Photoshop:



11. Last step... save your page!!!

**IMPORTANT TIPS FOR SAVING YOUR PAGE!!**

- Be sure to choose "Save As" instead of "Save". This way, the original Quick Page will remain in tact so that you can use it again and again!!

- Once you click "Save As", name your page and be sure to save it as a jpeg file. This way you can upload it to Shutterfly (or other online photo service vendors) for printing.

- You may also want to save an extra copy as a psd file. This way, you will have a copy with all of the layers in tact in case you find typos or want to change something later.

CREDITS:

Quick Page by Paislee Press. Coming soon to http://www.oscraps.com/.

8 comments:

SHAUI said...

this tutorial is going to be very helpful especially for all the ones who is just starting and has no idea with photoshop. i made a quick post about your tutorial on my blog :)

TC!

Wendy said...

Thank you for the tutorial, it was very interesting and maybe I learned something, lol.

Wendy said...

Thank you for the tutorial, it was very interesting and maybe I learned something, lol.

Helen said...

So I am starting at the bottom and working my way up! Thanks girl!

Kelsey Ann said...

I found this blog post through google. It helped me out a lot. Thanks!

Tricia said...

Thanks so much for the tute, I'm just getting started with digi scrapbooking so it was a huge help!

photo retouching said...

Great tutorial. Png is a very new format for people and this will really help them understand its capabilities!

osman said...

nice easy articles to understand. keep up the good work! i am great fan of photo retouching