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How to make preview image for selling poster online – Photoshop tutorial

In this Photoshop tutorial, I’ll teach you how to make cover/ preview image for your poster (to look more appealing). If you’re selling your wall art/ posters at online marketplaces such as Teachers Pay Teachers and Etsy, then this tutorial might help you to have an attractive preview image, which will lead visitors to pin/ share/ tweet your listing, that might bring sales.

I’m using wood background that I have modified the size into 1500 x 1000 pixels at 72 dpi. For downloading free fonts, graphics, backgrounds, I recommend Creative Fabrica Freebies

As for the Valentine Bunny poster, it’s from DarraKadisha

The poster is in US Letter size at 300 dpi.

Okey, let’s begin.

Open your background and poster in photoshop.

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Go to your poster (the one opened in photoshop). From the top menu, choose Select–> all area, the shortcut is Ctrl A. After that, choose Edit–>Copy (shortcut is ctrl c).

Go to your background (the one opened in photoshop). Choose Edit –> Paste (shortcut is ctrl v). You will see your poster there, however very big, my poster shows only the top of bunny ears.

From top menu, click View–>zoom out (shortcut is ctrl alt space bar, press all at the same time). zoom out several time. So, you’ll get this preview

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Now, I’m gonna make the bunny poster into smaller size, so it will fit into the area of the wood background.

Press Ctrl T (at the same time), this is the shortcut for “transform”. You’ll see there’s a box around the poster. Now see the second line menu (below the top menu), those I spot with red arrows. I’ll go with percentage scaling 25% for the width and 25% for the height. Simple type 25% on each box. Then press enter.

You can see that your poster in now smaller.

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Point your cursor above the poster area (that area with the gray box), click and drag it into the wood area.Then, press enter.

Now zoom in several time. Shortcut is z. Press z, then click, and so on, till you get something like this

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Pay attention to the layer (on the right side), my bunny poster is above my wood background. Stay there, on your poster layer.

Now, I’ll add dimension effect to the poster by adding drop shadow.

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Make sure you’re on the poster layer. From the top menu, choose Layer–> Layer style –> Drop shadow.

A pop up box will open.

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You can adjust many things from the pop up box. I’ll go with just the basic. You can see the drop shadow appears on my poster.

Once done, click OK.

Since I have an empty space on the left, I’ll add text there, something to explain about the poster.

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From the left toolbar, choose “T”, or you can use shortcut t, simply click t in your keyboard.

If you find any problem, you can always go back to the move tool, the one with arrow icon (top on the left toolbar), shortcut is v.

Okey, now I’m in Horizontal Type Tool (after I use shortcut T). This allows me to type text, modify text such as choosing the font, change the size, color, alignment, etc. See the top menu (the second line menu actually, the one I point with red arrows).

After done with the modification setting (such as choosing font, color, font size, etc), I type the text. Do something wrong? You can go back to the move tool (on top from the left toolbar, with arrow icon, click it), and do shortcut ctrl t again.

Once you’re happy with your text, click the move tool, and you’re done.

Now, you can save your work. You can save your photoshop workfile as psd.

As for your preview image, the one you will use for preview image/cover for your product listing (for online marketplace), you can save it as jpg format.

From to menu, choose File –> Save as –> pop box will appear, from the drop down menu, choose JPEG. See below

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Click save, after that, another small pop up box will appear, asking for quality. For web/ online preview, I usually go with high or medium, so the file size won’t be too big.

That’s all!

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January 12, 2019 at 2:11 pm 1 comment

How to make password protected PDF file

If you are a teacher author and selling your teaching resources at Teachers Pay Teachers (or other marketplace), you might want to protect your PDF file so others won’t be able to steal your work. This is to protect your work, and also to protect clip art graphics and fonts you use in your work.

In in this tutorial I will show you how to turn your PDF file into a password protected PDF file. I’m using Adobe Acrobat Professional 6.0. This is actually an old version, however (if you’re using newer version) the steps are basically same.

1. Open your PDF file in adobe acrobat pro. Click the padlock icon “Secure”, choose “Restrict Opening and Editing..”

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2. Pay attention to the “permission” box. Check mark in the box saying “Use a password to restrict…. and so on”. Then, enter your password.

From Printing Allowed section choose: HIGH RESOLUTION

From Changes Allowed section choose: NONE

DO NOT mark the box saying “Enable copying of text, and so on..”

Check mark the box saying “Enable text access for screen ready and so on…”

After done, save your file.

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Another way to do this.

Open your PDF file in Adobe Acrobat Pro.

1. Choose “Document properties” from the File menu on the top of the page.

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2. It goes to this box. Choose “SECURITY” (on the bottom of the left list), and then choose “Password Security”.

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3. You will this box. Fill in the password and so on. Just like I explained earlier. After that, click Ok.

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4. You will see confirmation box. It asks you to enter your password one more time.

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Save your file once done.

Hope this quick tutorial helps you.

If you’re making teaching resources for early grades, you probably need clip art graphics/ images for your worksheets.

Good news! REVIDEVI offers 170+ clip art freebies. Check below

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Revidevi

Check also fun free clip art from DarraKadisha. Link below

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Darrakadisha

Need fonts instead?

You can also get free commercial use fonts from link below

https://www.creativefabrica.com/freebies/ref/235496/

Thanks for visiting my blog. Till next time!

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December 9, 2018 at 4:57 pm Leave a comment

How to use planner sticker templates in photoshop

This quick tutorial will show you how to use REVIDEVI planner sticker templates in photoshop.

  1. Open the psd file in photoshop or photoshop element. It will look like thisSnap1Pay attention to those layers. The top layer is the template. You can place something (such as digital papers, images) behind/ below the template layer. Thus, click the 2nd or 3rd layer.
  2. Now, open one of the digital paper file.

ps. You can add more layer, just click the button below the red arrow.

Drag the paper file into the template file. Place it below the template layer. Drag (hold the cursor), and then bring that paper, and place it where you want it behind the template.

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3. Once you dragged the paper into the template file, you will have one new layer.

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Now, you can open another digital paper file, and do the same. Drag the paper into the template file. Place it behind the template layer.

4. It will look like this

You can add more than 2 digital papers. Make a good arrangement of those papers. You can also add images, text, etc. Just make sure to place theme behind the template layer.

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Once you satisfied with the layout. You can save your work and export it as a jpeg file. Go to “File” from the top menu, and choose “save as..”, then choose the format file you want (jpg, etc).

The template used in this tutorial is available at my etsy store. check here

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Valentine’s day planner sticker templates

 

Check more collection of planner sticker templates from this link. It’s always fun to make planner stickers. You can use the stickers for Erin Condren Life Planner.

Planner stickers templates

 

January 22, 2018 at 3:46 pm Leave a comment

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