Psd Templates Vs Single Png Files How do you know what you're getting?
Posted 04 November 2012 - 07:32 AM
My problem is with some of the templates that only include a single PNG image without a layered PSD file. I don't think these are suitable to be sold as templates. I was able to convert some of them into layers, but shouldn't the designer have done that before putting them up for sale? Some of the PNG "templates" are clearly not capable of achieving the effect they are advertised to do, eg. curled or ripped paper effects. I would have thought you always needed layers to achieve this effect. I was able to separate the single PNG images I received into separate parts and layer them with more or less success, but it makes me think whether these templates were worth paying for as they are not really proper templates. They cost the same as some of the professionally done templates that come complete with PSD files, which are great by the way.
My question is: how do you know what you're buying before paying for it? The description doesn't always say whether the layered templates are included or not. I mistakenly assumed that they would always be included but it's clearly not the case!
Posted 04 November 2012 - 07:50 AM
Second, can you tell us what program you are using and what products you are having problems with? Maybe we can help you use your new goodies to their full potential.
Posted 04 November 2012 - 08:30 AM
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Posted 04 November 2012 - 04:49 PM
The sets I have problems with are the following:
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Ripped and Rolled http://store.scrapgirls.com/p21125.php
ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Curled http://store.scrapgirls.com/p5965.php
ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Filmstrip http://store.scrapgirls.com/p1561.php
ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Multi-Picture http://store.scrapgirls.com/p3988.php
They all have just single png files, which I wouldn't even call templates. I was hoping I could clip my papers or photos on them (like you would with a proper template) but it is not possible. I've also bought some other sets which include the layered files and they work great, no problems at all. I just wasn't aware that not all of these templates are made to the same standards. I didn't realise this until after I've opened the files. I need to be more careful next time, I guess. I'll just buy the ones that specifically state PSD files included, although not all the descriptions make it clear, unfortunately.
By the way, I use Photoshop Elements.
Posted 04 November 2012 - 07:08 PM
I hope this helps. I'm sorry this is so frustrating for you.
Posted 04 November 2012 - 07:17 PM
All of the newer (since approx 2007 or 8, not quite sure) products labeled layout template do indeed have the layered psd files along with the .png files (which are useful to those who use software that cannot open .psd files, such as Paint Shop Pro).
Posted 04 November 2012 - 07:29 PM
By the way, welcome to Scrap Girls!
Posted 05 November 2012 - 07:33 AM
Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:51 AM
Also, as you might have noticed, we have several varieties of "templates" available in the boutique..
Layout & Album Templates
Alpha & Word Art Templates
All of these are customizable.
Generally speaking (there are always exceptions), only the layout & album templates will come with layered PSD files. True, some of the older ones will not. But even some of the older templates come with the PNG files, so you can create your own PSD file if you wish.
The majority of the paper templates will NOT be layered PSD files; they will be single PNG pages, as you discovered with the Ripped & Rolled paper templates mentioned above. As Theresa explained, you just clip your paper to the template, then play with blending modes to get it to take on the desired effect and detail of the template. There are a few paper templates that might come with a layered PSD file, but that is at the discretion of the designer, and depends on the level of detail in the template.
Embellishment templates, alpha templates, and word art templates are generally PNG files as well. You treat them the same as the paper templates - clip papers to them, use blending modes, colorize them, etc.
You can find more information in the free ScrapSimple Handbook from the boutique
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