So, right now I can download templates?
Yes. The templates are layouts based on various products you can order from whcc.com.
Are the templates editable?
Yes, the templates are all layered PSD files that can be edited and manipulated in Photoshop.
Are the templates compatible with Photoshop Elements?
We do not guarantee they will work with Photoshop Elements. There are many functions in Photoshop that can't be performed in Elements.
The template files are zipped. How do I unzip them?
On a PC you can right click and click on “Extract All”. With a Mac you are able to double click on the zipped file. Your computer will then prompt you to open the zipped file with a program that has been set by your computer.
Can I edit the text?
You can edit most of the text. You can add, delete, and modify most of the text boxes. You will first want to select the text layer you are trying to edit. Select the Text Tool in the tools bar and click the text on the actual template to edit it. To change the color you will want to highlight all the text and select the color box on your top tool bar.
How do I get the fonts used in the template if they are not already on my computer?
If you do not have the specific font used in the template, you can find the name by simply clicking on the text layer on the template. A box will pop up stating “the following fonts are missing for the layer”. It will then continue to name the text that is missing and suggest a substitution.
If you’d like to keep the original font used, it can often be found by searching the font name through the Internet using a search engine such as Google or Yahoo . Please keep in mind that some fonts may need to be purchased.
How do I get my images into the templates?
Make sure you have your image(s) and your template open in Photoshop. Click on the layer of your image (in the layers palette) and drag it onto your template. It will now appear as a layer in the layers palette of your template. Move the layer featuring your image directly above the image placeholder layer where you want your image to appear in the template. With your image layer highlighted, go to Layer/Create Clipping Mask in the Menu Bar at the top of the screen. You will now notice your image layer is indented with a small arrow pointing down to the clipping mask.
Once your image is in the placeholder image box, the easiest way to size your image correctly is by using free transform. To free transform the image you will press Control + T (for PC) or Command + T (for Mac). You should see the image handles appear around the image. While holding shift you can drag the corner handle in and out to get the photo to the size needed. Be sure to hold down the shift key to ensure you do not distort your original image. You can also hold down the Alt and Shift key to increase or decrease the image size from the center rather than the corner.
What if I don’t need all the image placeholder boxes or want them to be horizontal versus vertical or vice versa?
You can simply delete or turn off any image boxes you do not use by dragging the layer to the trash can at the bottom right of the layers palette or by simply clicking off the eye icon to the left of the layer itself.
You can also change the size of the image placeholders at any time. You will want to select the image placeholder layer and then use free transform to adjust size or orientation. Once you have the handle bars around the box, you can move and adjust the size of the image placeholder. It may be best to do this before you put your photograph into the placeholder but it can be done after the fact as well.
How do I submit my order to WHCC to be printed?
Once you are completely finished with your template, flatten the PSD file and save it as a JPG. You may want to save a copy of the PSD version in case you have to go back and make changes. To flatten the PSD or Tiff file, go to Layer>Flatten Image. All of your layers will flatten to just one layer. Save the file as a JPG by going to File, Save As. Open WHCC ROES to complete the ordering process.
Can I use the template numerous times?
Yes, once you download the template it is yours to use as many times as you’d like.