I have some friends who own Photoshop (or are looking at buying it), but are afraid to use it. Photoshop can be overwhelmingly scary and hard to understand if you haven’t used it before. But it really IS easy to use! Today I am going to show How to Make a Printable In Photoshop. This is so easy you won’t believe you were afraid to try it out!
This is an awesome tutorial if you don’t really know the basics of photoshop yet. We’re just going to go through the very, very basics before we start to try out more advanced ideas. If you’re looking to learn how to make a realistic Chalkboard Effect in Photoshop, head to this tutorial.
I sized the screenshots below down. Click on them to open each in a bigger size so you can see which tools to select easier!
First, we need to open up a file. Go to file, new, and set your image size. I am picking a regular 8 1/2×11″ standard American paper size.
Next, you’ll need a background. If you’re using something like a chalkboard printable, which you can download here, we need to place it onto our image.
Head to File- Place, and select your image from your computers files.
When it shows on your screen, it will have a box around it. You can pull the box to enlarge or rotate the background, just like you would with PicMonkey, Photoshop, etc. When you have your image the size you’d like it, double click (or press place) to make the changes.
Next, we’re going to add text.
Select the text tool (the T on the left hand side), and type in your text.
Now, let’s change the texts size and add text effects or change the font.
To change the size, we’re going to use the free transform tool. This is an easy tool you can use to change the size of anything you’d like- text, images, etc.
Click edit- free transform and then pull the box to make it the size you’d like.
In the top menu bar, you’ll see a little chain icon. If you want to keep your text’s sizes proportional, click it. That way, when you pull your text/image in one direction, it will enlarge in all directions. That way it wont look stretched out or too skinny.
Next, we will add some text and distort it.
You’ll go through the steps you did before to add text, but this time click on the button with a T over an arc like below:
Select the text distortion you’d like to add. You can make your text into a flag shape, and arc, etc- and you can play around with the levels to make it more curved, less curved, wider, etc.
Now, let’s add a shape! Your version of photoshop will come preloaded with different shapes. I’ll show you how to make your own custom shape in a tutorial soon- but for now, simply click the shape tool on the left side (it looks like a blob and is two down from the Text icon). This will bring up the shape menu. Click the Shape dropdown box to add your own custom shape- simply drag the shape to the size you’d like it.
Now let’s look at how you can quickly move items on top of each other or hide them completely by using layers.
On the right hand side, you’ll see your layers menu. If you don’t, check to be sure you have the correct menu showing (I keep mine on Essentials when making printables- find this in the upper right corner of the software window).
Next to each layer, you can see an eye. Click on that to hide the layer completely or bring it back from being hidden.
Select one layer and drag and drop it over or under another layer to determine which goes on top.
How easy is that??
These are some basic things to get you used to photoshop, look back here for more tutorials coming soon!