This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to make your own photo / image layout template using Photoshop. This shows you how to create a basic layout – once you have mastered this one you can play about and get really creative with your layouts!
Step 1: Open a new file in Photoshop
Here’s the settings I used for this tutorial:
Step 2: Create the first photo section
Add a new layer via Layers > Add New. I called this first layer ‘Bottom’ as it’s where I’m going to add the bottom photo space:
Now, using the rectangle tool drag a shape over the bottom third of the page, like so:
Step 3: Repeat Step 2, creating a Middle and Top section
To make life super-easy it’s best to make each section a different colour.Until you have something that looks like this:
Step 4: Create Groups
We need to create a Group’ for each section, let’s start with the top section. Click on the Top section and then click the ‘Group’ icon, as shown below:
Now you can see the new Group:
If you double click on the name you can change it to something more appropriate, such as ‘Top Section’:
Step 5: Repeat Step 4 for the other two areas
When you have finished you should have this:
Step 6: Click on your Top Section and click the Create a new Layer icon
I called the new layer ‘Insert top photo here’, I know I’m so creative *ahem*:
Now right click on this new layer and select ‘Create clipping mask’, like so:
Step 7: Repeat Step 6 for the Middle and Bottom sections
Now you should have this:
Step 8: Save your work as a .psd photoshop file
Then re-open the file to use.
Step 9: Select 3 photos you would like to fill the areas and open them in Photoshop
I chose 3 urban photos which I bought as part of a brilliant deal pack on Creative Market where you can buy a $700+ Value Bundle for only $39 for the next 4 days only. the bundles contains photos, photoshop actions and brushes, three WordPress themes and a plethora of fonts and overlays. You can check out the deal by clicking here (that’s an affiliate link btw).
First, the top image. I re-size the photo so that it will fit the space and then Ctrl A to select all and Ctrl C to Copy. Now I head to my newly created template and click on ‘Insert top image here’ and Ctrl V (paste) the image.
As you can see the image needs positioning, I simply click and drag the image to when I want it:
Step 10: Repeat Step 9 with the other two sections
And save the image as different name to the photoshop template and you are done! Next time I’m looking at adding subtle logos to photos in Photoshop, and as a teaser I’ll leave you with my newly created Photoshop template with a cheeky logo on…