Friday, January 30, 2009

CoffeeShop Wallets Free PS/PSE Template Loading Action!


Here is a nifty little action that most of us can use to save money in this bad economy. Aren't you always annoyed that it costs more to get 4 mini (2x3) wallet-sized prints than one 4x6 printed, even though they are both printed on the same size paper? Well, here is your solution. I wrote some actions for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements that create a 4x6, 300 dpi vertical template and then prompts you to open and crop (2x3 inches) four images which are then automatically loaded into the template. I wrote one action with white borders and one without any borders. Just send your 4x6 in to be printed and cut your wallets yourself and save $$$! This is also great for scrapbookers and parents (who want to show off pictures of their kids!).

Make sure you load the proper actions. Within the zipped file there are 2 folders, one for Photoshop users (it contains one action set) and one for Photoshop Elements users. The PSE folder contains instructions on running the two CoffeeShop Wallets actions in your program (it is always more complicated in Photoshop Elements!). You MUST open a random image before starting the action or it will not run. That image will close and the action will begin. When you get a prompt, load your image, adjust the crop bars to taste (horizontally or vertically), press Enter, and the cropped image is loaded onto your template and the original one is closed without saving any changes. You do not have to do this in Photoshop, just click and run.

NOTE: I have found that sometimes PSE will crash using CoffeeShop Wallets. The way to avoid this (if you notice any issues) is to make sure to save your newly created template (before making a new one), close it, and open a random image before starting your next CoffeeShop Wallets action run. If your program crashes just open it again and start over, it doesn't hurt anything but your pride. I think this has something to do with the age and amount of memory of your computer. My computer is 5 years old, so the poor thing has trouble keeping up!


If any of you guys out there have suggestions for future loading actions like this one, post it in the comments if you don't mind. I want to make ones that are practical for you scrapbookers and photographers. I am always looking for new ideas. I am going to make a 5x7 template with four 2.5 x 3.5 traditional sized wallets next for those of you that want the big wallets!

Please go here if you need help loading actions in PS/PSE. 

Download the CoffeeShop Wallets free PS/PSE action HERE!

I have had quite a few people ask if I could turn the CoffeeShop Wallets action into templates so they don't have to use an action. I wrote this action so that I could print out four vertical wallet-sized prints on one 4x6 print. This is not the original size of the wallets we grew up with, but they are a valid size used today. So here are the templates! You can use these for vertical or horizontal wallet images (the action only loaded vertical images, but I will be writing a horizontal version soon). I included 2 different image files for the wallets (with and without borders). One is a .psd file with clipping masks which you can open in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. If you don't know how to use clipping masks, please visit my Clipping Mask UnMasked Tutorial. The other file is a .jpg which can be opened in any photo-editing program.

Remember, these files are templates, not actions. So just open them like any other image file in your editing program.

Download the CoffeeShop Wallet Templates HERE!

Do you want to download my favorite CoffeeShop PSE/Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets or Design Elements in one convenient zipped file AND help support this blog? Just click here for my action pack or here for a download of some of my most popular design elements, storyboards, and textures.

For complete info on installing all of my actions, click here.

27 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and generosity!

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  2. What a wonderful action! Thanks so much. You're right - we need to save every penny we can right now! :) Thanks again!

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  3. thanks again, rita -- you make life...well, at least the photoshop parts of it...much easier :).

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  4. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 30 Jan [LA 09:00pm] - 31 Jan [NY 12:00am, UK 05:00am, OZ 04:00pm] ).

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  5. Thank you. What an awesome action.

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  6. Fantastic! Can't wait to give it a try. Thank you so much.!

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  7. this is awesome...thanks!

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  8. Thanks so much - wonderful action!

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  9. THANK YOU !! THANK YOU !!! I WAS JUST GOING TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE AN ACTION TO DO THIS. YOU ARE A BIG TIME SAVING LIFE SAVER.

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  10. Awesome! Thank you very much!

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  11. this doesn't work for me...it will work up to after adding the pictures and then leaves a blank template. I know its installed correctly and I have the random photo. I am using PSE7. any ideas?

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  12. This is such a fantastic action and one I certainly will be using a lot - thanks!

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  13. Thanks for adding to the creative genes! Your blog always looks so unique and inviting!

    Here’s to more happy scrapping, and
    Hugs from the heart,
    Jeanette

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  14. Thanks so much for this action.... I always print my photos either 2up, 4up or even 6up on a jumbo.... makes printing a lot cheaper. Now with this action I might just get my editing done a lot quicker!

    Can you also look at doing squares?

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  15. Thank so much for this and your other actions!

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  16. I've been doing this individually each time I wanted a set of wallets. This action will be great! Thanks a bunch!

    Now, if I can figure out how to load it...never loaded actions before...need to learn.

    Terry

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  17. Another awesome action! Thanks so much.

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  18. LOVE this action! I've used it several times already. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Is there any possibility of you creating one for horizontal images?? I tried just flipping the crop tool to do it myself, but then some would end up one way, and some another. Again, thank you for all that you do!

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  19. oooh i just love this! thank you so much!

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  20. "this doesn't work for me...it will work up to after adding the pictures and then leaves a blank template. I know its installed correctly and I have the random photo. I am using PSE7. any ideas?"

    The same thing is happening to me. Must be PSE7, huh! I wish I could figure it out-what a cool time & money saver!

    Awesome stuff on your site by the way!!!!

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  21. hi rita

    can't download...mediafire notes error?

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  22. Rita, this is such a great action! It saves SO much time and money!! I love it! I can't wait for the 5x7 and vertical actions! THANK YOU so much for all you do!! You ROCK!!!! God bless!

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  23. Thank you so much for everything you post on your page!! I was wondering.... do you think you could create an action for the 4x6 wallets where you dont have to open the photo 4 times?? where it just uses the same one, like on the 8.5x11 template?

    thanks so much!

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  24. Thank you so much for your generosity. I love the 4x6 wallet and am also looking for a 5x7 wallet. I saw in the post that you were making one next.... sorry I cant find it :(
    Sharon

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