Yesterday I posted a free Photoshop PSD template you can use to give your cover photo on Google+ a little bit of awesome sauce. It was kinda fun, and people seemed to like it … so I thought I’d make even more awesome sauce to share!
I created a template that makes your photos look like instant prints! Here’s a link to download the PSD file. I created it using Photoshop CS5, but in theory it should work with any version of Photoshop CS2 and above (I don’t have them all so I can’t check).
Here are instructions on using the template:
- First, download your template and unzip/extract the file. (Here’s the link to download the file.)
- Open the template file in Photoshop.
- Have a folder of images you want to add to your cover photo.
NOTE: If you want them to size perfectly to the images in the template, prepare your images so they fit within 600px x 600 px, If they are larger or smaller, that’s okay … you’ll just have to resize the smart object to make it fit. (Click “Edit > Free Transform” to resize the image immediately after replacing it.)
- In the Layers panel, click on the drop-down arrow of the Group to show its contents.
- On the Smart Object layer that says “REPLACE ME!!!”, right-click on the description text (not the thumbnail), and select “Replace Contents…”
- Navigate to the photo you want to replace, select it and click “Place”.
- Your photo should now be in the border (if it is sized funny, see step 2).
- To save your file, click “File > Save As…”, select where you want to save it, and make sure you pick JPEG from the “Format” drop-down.
The last step is to replace your new perfectly-sized cover photo on your profile over on Google+! :)