Hi everyone, Dalis here! I love templates, they take me out of my mojoless hole. I am here to share with you one of my ultimate tips/tricks about templates. How to merge them and transform them, so they are exactly what you need.
Have you ever wanted to use a template but it’s not EXACTLY what you need? It’s just missing something. I am here to help YOU fix it. Before we start there are a few tricks to help you merge your templates more easily.
TIPs/TRICKs for merging templates. (These are tips/tricks and not RULES, these may be true for some cases but not all, so don’t FORCE them, ok?)
- Merging templates from the same product or set is easily than merging different products.
- Merging templates from the same designer tends to be easier. Most designers have a “look/flow” that just can be seen in most of their templates.
- Open more than 2 templates, even if you are merging 2. That way if the first one doesn’t work you are ready for the next merge.
- Set up your windows into “float” mode. That means you can see all your opened templates at the same time.
- Zoom out those templates so you can see opened templates at the same time.
- LOCK the background layer of the templates. When you merge them you want to grab everything but the background, LOCKING the bottom layer makes it so much easier to grab everything but that layer.
- If at first you don’t succeed, try again… or flip it!
- Move things around if they are not working, bring them up or down on the layers order or turn them on and off. Have fun and play!
I’ll be using the Topography No. 14 template set by Valorie Wibbens.
This last capture is the end result and all the changes made. Keep moving stuff around until it “feels” right. You will know when it’s done when you see it.
On my final page, you can see that I decided to replace the tags fro those paper flourishes. I still kept the balance of them by making the flourishes about the same size the tags were.
FINAL TIP: Remember not because the template has a circle or an X, it means you need to replace it with a circle or an X. Those are just “place holders”, use an element that occupies the same area in your page and you will keep the balance and flow that the template has.
credits: Simply Chic by Pink Reptile Designs, For the Love of Alphas 2011: The Building Blocks by Allison Pennington, Paintstroke Chatter- Sentiments by CD Muckosky, Topography No. 14 by Valorie Wibbens