Last modified: March 23, 2017
Did you download a Photography template and not sure how to edit the text to add your session info, business name or photography pricing packages to it? In this quick tutorial you’ll find out how exactly to customize your Photoshop template with your own text and photography.
Editing the text of a template
The ‘move tool’
When opening any template in Photoshop, you can click on all the elements you see to select them with the ‘move’ tool (shown here on the left). You simply click on this tool – it’s the very first icon in the vertical row of tools on the left of your screen – and then click anywhere in the template. This will ‘select’ the element so you can work with it.
The layer window
All the elements in a template are stacked on top of each other through ‘layers’. The layer window, as shown on the right, shows you all the layers in your template. When you click an element inside the template itself, you will see your selected layer will get highlighted in your layer window to the right of your screen. In this example, our ‘contact info’ layer is highlighted.
In all Studio Strawberry templates, the editable text layers are marked yellow, and the photography layers are red for easy recognizition.
In order to edit the example text shown in the template, you have to double click the big ‘T’ in the text layer’s thumbnail.
After double clicking the big T, you will see the text getting highlighted in your template. This means you can now start typing anything you like in there. After you’re done, you can simply select another layer in your layer window and your text layer will become deselected.
Adding your photos
To put your own photos in the template, you select the placeholder you’d like to replace in the template itself and double click the thumbnail of the red layer that gets highlighted in your layer window. To help you find it, there’s also a little arrow pointing to it in the name of the layer.
This will open a new window with a blank canvas – don’t worry, this is exactly what we want.
This canvas will be your playground; you can drag your photo into this window and move it around and resize it until you’re happy with how it’s cropped and positioned.
To move your photo into this empty canvas, open your photo in Photoshop (it will get opened in another tab), click somewhere in the photo and start dragging. While dragging, hold your mouse over the tab with the empty canvas and wait for Photo- shop to switch you back over to it. After you see the blank canvas again like pictured above, you can release the mouse somewhere inside the blank image. This will add the photo to it.
In our example, we dragged in a photo that is quite big and gets cropped off more than we’d like. To resize and move the image to our liking, we simply press CTRL+T (for Windows) or CMD+T (for Mac). This will show the bounding box as shown above. Now you have the flexibility to move the image around and drag the corners inside, which will result in scaling the image.
After you’re happy with how the picture looks, click the little x at the left side of the tab and agree to save the file.
Photoshop will now take you back to the template you were working on. As you can see, the photo got added and it has a perfect position inside our template.
Repeat this with all the photos you’d like to insert into the template, and you’re done!
If you’re familiar using clipping masks, you can place your image exactly above the placeholder in the layer window, right click the photo and select ‘Create clipping mask’. You can then move and scale as explained in this tutorial.