Free Photoshop Template: Google+ “Instant Print” Cover

By | 2017-12-05T10:22:45+00:00 April 13th, 2012|6 Comments

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:

  1. First, download your template and unzip/extract the file. (Here’s the link to download the file.)
  2. Open the template file in Photoshop.
  3. 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.)
  4. In the Layers panel, click on the drop-down arrow of the Group to show its contents.
  5. On the Smart Object layer that says “REPLACE ME!!!”, right-click on the description text (not the thumbnail), and select “Replace Contents…”
  6. Navigate to the photo you want to replace, select it and click “Place”.
  7. Your photo should now be in the border (if it is sized funny, see step 2).
  8. 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+! :)

About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,


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  2. Kim April 14, 2012 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    Really great idea! Thank you for sharing your template! I’m new to G+ so happy to find easy ways to make it look better! Cheers!

  3. Rhonda April 15, 2012 at 8:55 am - Reply

    Wow thanks, definitely a more interesting way to make a G+ page look. I’m downloading it now and will have to experiment!

  4. Steve Blankenship April 15, 2012 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    Nicole, thanks for giving away this hard work for free! It’s awesome and really easy to use, thanks to your excellent instructions, of course!


  5. Iris April 23, 2012 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    that is so neat; thank you so much for sharing it with us.

  6. Patrick M. Kelly November 4, 2012 at 10:01 am - Reply

    Just came across this… and will definitely want to give it a try! Thank you for providing this!

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