(I have blurred out my son's full name here - I'm not sure why, I just felt funny about it being out there in the internet!)
Callum comes home with at least one painting or glue picture every week from Nursery, and I wanted a way to display a few of these at the same time. I thought some of you might also want to do something similar so I'm sharing my template with you guys too!
TO DOWNLOAD THE FREEBIE CLICK HERE!
You will need Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements - please note I designed this in Photoshop CS5 - I'm pretty sure it will work in Photoshop Elements too) and your child's artwork scanned in to your computer as JPEG's. If you don't have a scanner you can photograph each picture and upload and use as normal.
The template is for an 16x20 inch sized print but you can easily resize this by going to IMAGE > IMAGE SIZE and resizing to your required print size, for example 11 x 14 inches. The "window" sizes will change - how much will depend on how different the size ratio is! This won't matter as your orginal art sizes will be different too.
Once you have downloaded the template you will need to use clipping masks to put the artwork in to the windows. Here's what to do:
- After downloading the template and opening in PS or PSE you will see a lot of blank black boxes like above - these are where you will add your scanned artwork.
- Simply click on the layer where you want your images to go.Then go to >FILE > PLACE and choose your image. When you do this your image will automatically be in a new layer above the blank "window"
- It will undoubtedly be too big, so simply click on the corner and drag to resize. (Ctrl + T brings up the movers if they are not there) Make sure you check the constrain proportions box or hold the shift key at the same time as resizing.
- Once resized, go to LAYER> CREATE CLIPPING MASK and your image will snap behind the window! Repeat for each image. Remember to move to the layer for the next blank window before placing your next image, and clipping.
- Click on the text layer "Child's Name Here" and edit to add the text you would like - this could be your child's name as I have done, or you can type something else! I've left the color grey but you can also change to suit your color scheme - I went for blue.
- Click on the second text layer and add date or year or just "Artwork Collection" You can personalise this with anything you like, and again change the color from grey to one that suits.
- Print and Frame!
You could of course use this as a photo collage too. Whatever you use it for - enjoy!
Feel free to pin this freebie!