The Basics of Creating a New Layout from START to FINISH!:
- I scrap 90% of my layouts in a size of 11x8.5 , so this is the Width and Height I chose. But this is simply a personal preference. If you will be doing 12x12 (or any other size) you would type that in for the width and height instead.
- If you plan on printing your layout, you MUST set the Resolution to 300. This is the minimum DPI (dots per inch) for print quality...otherwise, when printed, your layout will appear pixely and/or blurry. However, if you're creating something that will be used only on the web, you can set the Resolution to 72. This makes your file much smaller therefore doesn't use unecessary space on your hardrive.
- Set your color mode to RGB and 8 bit.
- I usually set my Background Contents to white, but you can also set it to Transparent or another background color. I use white simply because until I get my paper on my layout, the checkerboard background of a Transparent is very distracting to me. Plus... sometimes I like my photo and text so much on a white background, I simply leave it that way. :)
- Also... if you plan on doing a lot of layouts in this particular size, once you get everything filled in, you can click on Save Preset and Photoshop will remember your settings. This way, when you go to start another layout, you can simply pull down your drop menu beside Preset and choose your size.
3.) Now... we have our new document open and we are ready to choose a photo to scrap. The first thing you want to do is to go to the top right of your new document and click the Restore Down button.
7.) Now with your move tool, grab the blue strip on the top of your photo screen and move it over so you can see both screens.
10.) For those of you using a size of 11x8.5, choose your Move Tool. Then run your mouse over one of the corners of your paper. (Your cursor should change to a double-sided arrow.) Now hold down your SHIFT key (very important!), then click and hold and pull the corner in toward the center until the vertical sides of the paper line up with your document. (*NOTE: holding down your SHIFT key will ensure that anything you resize will keep its proper proportions.) Once you get the paper sized right, click on the Check Mark at the top of your screen:
11.) Now, to get your photo back on top of your paper, go to your layers palette at the bottom right of your screen. Click and hold your paper layer and drag it underneath your photo layer.
12.) Now you can click on your photo layer to make it active and then refer to step 9 above to resize your photo if you like. Here's what your layout should look like now:
14.) Now, follow steps 3 through 8 again to add a frame and any other embellishments you wish.
- Closer to the bottom, you will find your foreground color which is the color square on top and is what determines the color of your font. Choose your desired color by clicking on that square and picking a color.
If you wish to edit your text after you have clicked the check mark, just choose your Text Tool again and click anywhere on your text to make your changes.
24.) Choose your PSD Pages folder, name your file, and then make sure the Format indicates .psd and then click Save.
25.) You will probably get a Maximum Compatibility window that pops up, just make sure it's checked and click OK.
26.) Now, we're going to save our high resolution .jpg file. Again, go to File and choose Save As. Then, choose your JPGS folder, name your file and pull down the drop down menu beside Format and choose JPG, then click Save.
27.) Once you click Save, a window will pop up called JPEG Options. For my high res .jpgs, I always save it at atleast 10... just to make sure the print quality is really good. Then click OK.
28.) The last version you will save is your low res .jpg for posting to the web. The first thing you need to do is resize your image from 300 dpi to 72 dpi. Go to Image and choose Image Size...
29.) Then when your Image Size window pops up, change it to these settings (in this order) and then click OK. (*NOTE: If you are saving a 12x12 layout, the Width and the Height will both be 600.)
30). Now, last time... go to File and choose Save As. Then, choose your LOW RES jpgs folder, name your file and pull down the drop down menu beside Format and choose JPG, then click Save.
31.) Now when your JPEG Options window comes up, change the Quality to somewhere between 6 and 8. This should take your file down to a size of 150KB or lower. Then just click OK.
GUESS WHAT??!! YOU'RE DONE!!!!! You have just completed a layout from start to finish. Now, go post it in your favorite gallery (my favorite is at Oscraps!!) and show it off!!!
I'd LOVE to know what you think of this tutorial!! Please feel free to leave comments! If you have any questions regarding this tutorial, you can certainly email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the layout, I used these products:
TAYLORMADE DESIGNS: Touch of Grey paper
PAISLEE PRESS+QUEEN OF QUIRK: Zippy Hippy Collab flourish
FEI FEI'S STUFF: Dotted Frame
**all products available at Oscraps.
You can also find this tutorial and many others in the Tutorial section at Oscraps!