Book Design and Imaging

if anyone wants a few photoshop scrapbook layouts..

I got really bored with booksmarts limited layouts and inabiltiy to move things around on the page so I finally figured out how to make layouts in photoshop. clipping masks and drop shadows are so cool! I have NOT printed these pages yet so I don’t know if they will print well or not. But, I did spend a lot of time on the layouts and would be happy to share them with anyone who wants the .psd files to play with. you can insert your picture intead of mine and eaisly change anything else like the background, size of containers etc. they are for 10×8 landscape.

Anyway.. I thought it might help somoene out that is having a hard time figuring out the whole "create your own layout" thing. I think there are about 10-12 pages that i can zip up. Let me know your email address and I’ll send them your way.

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Posted by
ambychelle
Jan 4, 2008 9:28am PDT
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ambychelle
 

A VERY generous offer that I am happy to take you up on.

tony_frankland  -at-  btopenworld.com

Many thanks,

........Tony

Posted by
tfrankland
Jan 4, 2008 10:28am PDT
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tfrankland
 

I would love to see what you came up with! Thanks. See me or my art at www.timeship.tv

Posted by
SpaceArt
Jan 4, 2008 1:03pm PDT
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SpaceArt
 

I would love to see your layouts. Maybe I can get a little better at PS

 

jmartin17@twcny.rr.com

 

PS Liked your book. How did the cover issue you mentioned work out?

Posted by
flatcoat77
Jan 4, 2008 1:51pm PDT
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flatcoat77
 

Very much appreciated offer! I would love to see your layouts and try this out for myself! I have just downloaded BookSmart so I am a complete beginner…

bjarte(dot)fronsdal(at)gmail(dot)com

 Thanx!!

  

Posted by
bkftcf
Jan 4, 2008 3:57pm PDT
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bkftcf
 

just a quick update.. I’ll do my best to zip these up tonight and then I’ll post a link where you can go downloadthe zip file.

 custom layouts are really easy to make though with the use of a clipping layer.

for those that don’t know what that is.. here’s a really quick and dirty tutorial..

open a new doc. 9.61×8.24 inches

create a new layer and use your shapes tool to draw a shape (circle square.. whatever makes you happy)  onto the new layer

then, go to file and open and open the photo you want to be seen in that little shape you just drew.

use your pointer tool to drag that image onto the page you are working on. it should automatically create a new layer when you do this.

make sure you photograph layer is above your shape layer.

then,  on the photograph layer, right click on that layer and click on "create clipping mask"

now your picture will only show where the shape you just drew is. you can drag the photograph around to position the photo inside. If you want, you can use ctrl T to re-size your photgraph (be sure to hold down the shift key while you do this so you keep the dimentions).

Then, once you have it positioned how you like it, you can hold down control while you select both the photograph and the shape layers. once they are both highlighted, right click, and choose "link layers"

since the layers are now linked, you can use your pointer took to click and drag the resulting photo to whereever you want on your page.

Really, that’s the jist of it. I was making it WAY too hard and confusing to make my own layouts. I then added backgrounds, scrapbook elements etc.. and layer effects like drop shadows etc.. but really, those are just  if you want more "scrapbooky" kind of stuff. If you want just really clean lines that work well mixed in with the booksmart layouts, the clipping mask is the only thing you really need so give it a try ;)

 

Posted by
ambychelle
Jan 4, 2008 5:28pm PDT
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ambychelle
 

I would really like to see how you do it. Can you record the process and make it into an action in phostoshop?

 pwy4jc@gmail.com 

Posted by
Powan
Jan 4, 2008 8:09pm PDT
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Powan
 

I would love to see your layouts. I am new at photoshop and i need some type of guide.

fancy_sheena@yahoo.com

Posted by
scherrington
Jan 5, 2008 7:59am PDT
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scherrington
 

Where can we download these templates? Is there a link to some other website or on Blurb, by chance?

Posted by
SpaceArt
Jan 5, 2008 12:34pm PDT
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SpaceArt
 

Okay! finally found time to finish it up.

here is your link where you can download the layouts

http://rbohlmann.com/blurb/

 

please understand that these are LARGE files becaues they contain layers. They can only be used in photoshop.

Hopefully these will get you started. I know I like to have a working example when I’m trying to deconstruct something in order to figure out how it was done.

I left my own pictures intact. Once you replace them with your picture, just delete the layer containing my pictures.

let me know if this helps ya!

 

Amber

Posted by
ambychelle
Jan 5, 2008 5:05pm PDT
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ambychelle
 

Thanks alot. I’ve been playing with one of your pages for awhile and I think that I am actually learning something! I’ve now got a whole bunch of new ideas that I have to try…

 Joe

PS Nice looking family! Hope than everyone had a nice Christmas.

Posted by
flatcoat77
Jan 6, 2008 8:33am PDT
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flatcoat77
 

please send =) THANK YOU!

 email: ashl3ii@gmail.com

Posted by
ashl3ii
Jan 6, 2008 11:34am PDT
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ashl3ii
 

I would love to see your layouts. dreichenborn@cox.net   I am just beginning and am confused but will find my way through I believe.  I am pleased to know that all of you are out there and would/could possibly give advice if needed?  Thanks for sharing. Danny

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reichenborn
Jan 9, 2008 11:12am PDT
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reichenborn
 

Sounds Great!

 digital safari ( a t ) y a h o   o   .    c o    m

Posted by
digitalsafar
Jan 9, 2008 2:56pm PDT
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digitalsafar
 

I’d like to have them too … please send to gardenia.oz@gmail.com .. thanks!

Posted by
haobi
Jan 10, 2008 4:48am PDT
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haobi
 

How did your upload the layouts to Blurb? I thought that they only accepted layouts made in their software?

 

Posted by
fotograph
Jan 10, 2008 5:58pm PDT
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fotograph
 

Once you’ve finished a page in PhotoShop, save it in .jpg format, and then upload the entire page as one image to Blurb.

Posted by
butwait
Jan 11, 2008 8:38am PDT
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butwait
 

please send.. and thank you!! .. splum@bristow.k12.ok.us

Posted by
plum
Jan 11, 2008 12:26pm PDT
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plum
 

I’d love to have these as well!  Thank you so much!  bklyn812@gmail.com

Posted by
starlite21
Jan 13, 2008 7:22pm PDT
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starlite21
 

ambychelle – will these templates work in Photoshop CS3 for MAC?

Posted by
murphyspubli
Jan 18, 2008 5:53pm PDT
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murphyspubli
 

i have no idea if they would work on a mac

they are .psd files .. if you can use those, they should

Posted by
ambychelle
Jan 19, 2008 2:18pm PDT
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ambychelle
 

Please send me your templates-I am a new Blurb user and need all the help I can get! Many thanks, Betsy

Posted by
Betsywurl
Jan 21, 2008 12:19pm PDT
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Betsywurl
 

Murphyspubli,

Adobe Photoshop CS3 are supported on Macs and Windows. You will be able to open native Photoshop files all across the platform regardless.

It is important to note that if someone saved native PSD files on latest version of Photoshop CS3, and if someone else wanted to open PSD (saved on Ps CS3) might not be able to open on older version of Photoshop CS3.

Always a good idea to update and KEEP all of essential “toolbox” apps up to date.

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brianbonitz
Jan 21, 2008 1:22pm PDT
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brianbonitz
 

Opps, when I say “older version”, I meant that any OLDER versions of Photoshop BEFORE Ps CS3.

For example, if someone still use old Photoshop, say Photoshop version 5, trying to open .psd (the one saved on Photoshop CS3) – that person will not be able to open that file. So that means that person is out of luck not able to open latest version of PSD files on older version of Photoshop.

Posted by
brianbonitz
Jan 21, 2008 1:26pm PDT
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brianbonitz
 

I would definitely be interested.  Always anxious to try new things.  I have been using a scrapbooking software, but this sounds interesting, too.  Please email to wjukich@hotmail.com.  Thanks, Wendy

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wjukich
Jan 22, 2008 7:11pm PDT
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wjukich
 

On this same vein, I would like to find one software that will do soft edges and will do drop shadows on 3 sides of a photo .  I saw one book in Blurb that had great photos with black 3 sided shadows on a white background and they looked very professional.  I know it can be done in Photoshop, but it’s time consuming to get all 3 sides just right.  I end up using different softwares for different layouts because one will do one thing and not another, etc.

Posted by
wjukich
Jan 22, 2008 7:16pm PDT
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wjukich
 

wjukich,

As for soft edge and all that, it can be done in Photoshop with layers and techniques offered in Photoshop itself. For other creative aspect of uniqueness or such remarkable creative stuff, it can be done with variety of layers to put in soft edge. Possibilities are endless!

For those who want to learn how Photoshop works, be kindly advised that it is very complicated app to work with for first timers. They might feel overwhelmed working with Photoshop app. To reduce such overwheleming experience, perhaps a good idea to participate and register for a educational seminar or workshop or CES class at local technical college or university. Or even right on any cruise ship that offers some simple workshop on how to work with Photoshop for first timers or new Photoshop owners. That is my two cent advice.

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brianbonitz
Jan 23, 2008 1:21am PDT
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brianbonitz
 

I would be very interested too.  I just heard of Blurb and BookSmart a few days ago.  Previously I have used MyPublisher and have been very happy with the results, but after looking through the bookstore here, I can see way more potential.

 If you could send to don.v.ius@gmail.com that would be excellent!  Thanks so much in advance for your willingness to share your expertise and time.

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dius
Jan 25, 2008 11:34am PDT
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dius
 

great photos with black 3 sided shadows on a white background and they looked very professional.  I know it can be done in Photoshop, but it’s time consuming to get all 3 sides just right

Wendy,

Although Photoshop is a "very complicated app to work with for first timers" we were all first timers once. There are two approaches to learning Photoshop, if you have the time and money going on a course (I love the idea of a cruise)  is the best way, but for many of us that is not an option. There are many free tutorials out there on the internert and if you approach each task you want to perform as a one-off there is a good chance you could find a short tutorial on how to do that particular task, that is the way I have taught myself how to use Adobe Photoshop CS2, CS3 and Lightroom over the last few years. Not necessarily the most efficient approach but defineately the cheapest.

If you did a search (e.g. Google) for Photoshop Drop Shadow you’ll find quite a few tutorials out there. For instance…..

http://www.photoshopcstutorials.co.uk/html/blend_images_with_backgrounds.html

The other tutorial sites I made (make) regular use of are listed below….....

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/

http://www.photoshopessentials.com/

http://www.chromasia.com/tutorials/online/

......Tony

 

Posted by
tfrankland
Jan 25, 2008 12:28pm PDT
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tfrankland
 

I would absolutely love your layouts.  I am on my third family book, and am getting really bored with the layouts.  Thank you so much!

Megan

megan@themcewans.com 

Posted by
royle1
Jan 28, 2008 10:05am PDT
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royle1
 

Thanks for the emails from everyone who found these useful. I know the designs aren’t for everyone, but I do hope they have served as a helpful example of how it all works so you can create your own. 

Don’t let anyone scare you away from photoshop! It’s a fantastic program and very user friendly if you just learn one thing at a time. I’ve had CS3 for about two months now and it did seem overwhelming at first. But, what I did was to make a list of things i wanted to learn and then found tutorials online. there are thousands of them and some are quite good. Just take it slow and learn one thing at a time and you’ll be surprised at how fast you pick up on everything.   

Just in case anyone was wondering.. i did some playing around with the files and they do work just as well in Photoshop Elements. The difference is that the clipping masks are created in a different way. You highlight the layer you want clipped, hold down Alt and move your curser until it looks like two little intersecting circles when it is directly over the line between the layers you are working with.  seems strange that you couldn’t just right click and choose "creat clipping" but I find Elements to be more cumbersome than CS3 overall. I know it’s suppose to be even more user friendly, but I really like CS3 menus better.  the help menu on elements explained layer clipping quite well, so be sure to read it if you are still confused.

My pointi s, you can use these layouts and easily create your own even if you don’t have the uber expensive CS3. I created them in Cs3 but they have been tested in Elements 5.0.

I had my book printed up with these layouts and they came out fabulous. All the teeny tiny details came out clear and sharp and real enough that you want to touch them.  As far as trim and such, I tried to keep anything really important 1/2 inch away from the edge and i didn’t do any compensating for the gutter. Everything was dead on as far as my eye could tell.

Posted by
ambychelle
Feb 3, 2008 4:25pm PDT
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ambychelle
 

cool thanks my email is
tabbysshots@yahoo.com

Posted by
Tabbysshots
Feb 4, 2008 6:54am PDT
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Tabbysshots
 

Sure, thanks Amy. You can email the .psd files to:

 sami.router (at) gmail.com

Posted by
samiahmed
Feb 6, 2008 2:58pm PDT
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samiahmed
 

Hey Amy,

That is sooooo nice of you to do this for everyone! If you still have them available can I have the photoshop files to play with. Thank you so much!

Contactus(at)heatherrenestudios.com 

Posted by
HeatherRene
Feb 8, 2008 8:05pm PDT
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HeatherRene
 

Yes please!  My email:  books@milestone-photography.com

Posted by
mlstn
Feb 11, 2008 6:50am PDT
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mlstn
 

Thanks!  I would love some help…

My email is kmaclean@mindspring.com 

Posted by
kmaclean
Feb 11, 2008 7:21pm PDT
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kmaclean
 

if still in the giving mood….

mattlomeli (at) yahoo (dot) com

 

thanks!

Posted by
mlomeli
Feb 16, 2008 11:33pm PDT
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mlomeli
 

Thanks for posting your ideas. Can you send me the inforrmation on your layouts? We find the inflexibility really annoying too, and would appreciate your thoughts. Many thanks.
macbetsy@bellsouth.net

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Betsywurl
Feb 17, 2008 7:01am PDT
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Betsywurl
 

epbasten@yahoo.com

 Thanks!

Posted by
Mercsadies
Feb 17, 2008 8:26pm PDT
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Mercsadies
 

Thanks so much! That is really generous of you. If the offer is still open, my email address is     spoche@itcginc.com

Posted by
spoche
Mar 8, 2008 12:02am PDT
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spoche
 

I would love to see your layouts, I could use the help

lcampe1635@rogers.com

Thanks

Posted by
ms-daisy
Mar 11, 2008 7:38pm PDT
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ms-daisy
 

:D

 i wouldnt mind seeing them…

 zosk107@hotmail.com

Posted by
zoskmarie
Mar 12, 2008 11:25am PDT
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zoskmarie
 

Thanks I would love them!  God Bless you!  My email is bizziebeemom@hotmail.com 

Posted by
bizziebeemom
Mar 18, 2008 9:14pm PDT
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bizziebeemom
 

THANK YOU SO MUCH! What you’ve done is great!

email to: sol@puropapel.com

thanks again…

Posted by
solcito
Apr 4, 2008 8:24am PDT
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solcito
 

Hi,

I would love to get the templates if you’re still giving them out. My email is: scoco@hawaii.rr.com 

Posted by
hubeigirl
Apr 7, 2008 2:42pm PDT
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hubeigirl
 

If your not tired of e maiingl these out I would love them!

www.jphelpsphoto@gmail.com

Thanks! 

Posted by
jphelpsphoto
Apr 9, 2008 2:47pm PDT
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jphelpsphoto
 

I’m interested.  Thanks a Gig!

hk.giveme5@gmail.com

 

Posted by
Gimme5
Apr 10, 2008 2:07am PDT
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Gimme5
 

Love to see your work! LBVandal@mac.com

Posted by
LBVandal
May 2, 2008 9:29am PDT
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LBVandal
 

Great!  Send ‘em on!

pamela@joyphotography.com

Posted by
pjoyphoto
May 6, 2008 12:31pm PDT
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pjoyphoto
 

PLEASE send them!!!

 

ginabultman@gmail.com

 

Posted by
HoustonMcDog
May 7, 2008 11:38am PDT
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HoustonMcDog