I love creating printables! I love it so much that I’ve turned it into a business. But it wasn’t always easy for me. I would ooh and ahhh over printables on Etsy and wonder how to make them. It took a lot of trial and error but I finally found a program that works for me and I today I’m going to teach YOU how to create printables with Photoshop Elements.
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Since I create so many different types of printables for my shop, I’m going to focus on one of the more easier ones today. We’re going to learn how to make circle tags in Photoshop Elements. I use version 11 but there are newer versions as well.
You can use circle tags for cupcake toppers, stickers or you can even string them together to make a banner. Here are some examples of different circle tags that I have created.
HOW TO CREATE PRINTABLES WITH PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS
Open Photoshop Elements and click File > New > Blank File
From the dropdown menus, choose U.S Paper, 8.5″x11″, white background and 300 dpi.
This is what your screen will look like when you are done with Step 1 (minus the 2 layers in the layer palette):
Create a new layer . Layer > New > Layer
Now you can see the transparent layer in the layer palette on the right hand side of the screen. This is where we will place the shapes and text.
On the tools menu on the left hand side, choose the shape tool. It’s the ninth tool down in the right column. Choose Ellipse. In the dropdown, click on the circle > fixed size. Enter 2.5 inches.
Now, click anywhere on your canvas and a circle will appear with the dimensions that you chose.
To change the color of your circle, click on the color dropdown menu and then click on the multicolored circle in the lower right.
This will bring up the color palette. Choose the color you want and click “ok”
Now we’re going to move the circle to the upper left of the page. Click the “Move” tool (the second tool down on the left), click on your circle and drag it to the upper left corner of the page.
Next, we’re going to add text. Click on the text tool (the “T”) and pick a font from the dropdown menu. You can change the color of the font the same way that you changed the color of the circle. You can change the size of the text from the dropdown menu or by clicking on the text and dragging the corners. Place each line of text on a separate layer (CTRL-SHIFT-N is the shortcut to create a new layer). Make sure the text layers are above the shape layer. To do this, just click and drag the text layers in the layers palette. Move the text to the middle of the circle.
Now we are going to merge all layers together. Select all layers (except background) in the layers palette. Click CTRL-E to merge the layers.
After merging the layers, your screen will look like this, with the text and the circle combined into one layer.
Now we are going to copy the image to fill the page. Make 2 copies of the image by clicking on the image and then clicking CTRL-J twice. Click and drag each image to the right to make a row.
Distribute the images evenly by selecting all images and clicking “left” under the Distribute menu at the bottom.
Once the images are distributed evenly, click CTRL-E to merge the images (make sure the background is not selected)
Select your image and Click CTRL-J to make 3 copies of the line of circle tags. Use the move tool to move each line to fill the page.
Highlight each layer (not the background) and distribute the lines evenly by clicking Distribute > Top.
The final step is to center the images on the page. To do this, first merge the layers (not the background) using CTRL-E.
Next, click on both the background layer and the circle tag layer. At the bottom of the screen under the “Align”, click “Center” and “Middle”.
When you are finished, this is what your screen should look like.
Step 11. Save!
Save your work as a PDF!
I hope that wasn’t too confusing for you all. Once you get the hang of it, it goes pretty fast. As I was writing it all down, I was thinking that maybe it would be easier to show you how to create printables in a video format. Would that be something that you would want? Do you think that would be easier to follow? Leave me a comment if so.
The images that I showed at the top of the post included graphics instead of text. The process to create these is pretty much the same but you import an image instead of creating text. Would you be interested in a tutorial for that too?
I’ve got a great eCourse that I’m offering for FREE! This will teach you the basics to get started in Photoshop Elements.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. I love to create printables and would love to help you too!
Once you learn the basics on how to create printables with Photoshop Elements, you can then move onto more complicated designs. Not ready for Photoshop Elements yet? Check out my tutorial on how to create printables with PicMonkey.
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