>> Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I absolutely love to make and use storyboard/template actions for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Not only do they save space on your hard drive by building your template (actions are tiny compared to huge templates .psd files), but they also crop and load your images for you. It doesn't get much better than that!
This action set builds 4 different 20x10 300 dpi storyboard templates. These are great when you want to display a series of photos. You can get them printed at someplace like Mpix. I saw a cute idea somewhere on Flickr (should have faved it!) where someone had their 20x10 photo mounted to make it stiff and then glued/taped a ribbon on each side of the upper back and hung it up that way. It was casual and really cute, and so much cheaper than buying a custom frame. If you get it mounted you can also rest it on your mantle.
I am working on many more free template actions, so if you don't see one here you like, please keep on checking back. And if you don't want to wait or want something special you don't see here, I do custom work for a small fee.
These template actions have been tested in Photoshop 7 and CS4 and Photoshop Elements 6. They hopefully should run in newer versions of PSE. If the template is not acting correctly, then close down Elements and reboot your computer. That usually solves most of the issues for some reason. Even adding other actions can interfere with the old ones at times. But the old classic Reboot is great to know!
I have so many things sitting on my desktop I have to get finished. I am working on more template actions, B&W PS/PSE Actions, lace brushes, floral patterns, template loading actions, and many more things. I have both photography and digital scrapbooking freebies coming, so please keep on checking back! And again, thank you so much for all of your amazing comments, suggestions, patience, and donations. My list is long and I am slow, but I am having a great time with this blog.
UPDATE, added 3/20/09!!!
I recently released the CoffeeShop 20x10 Storyboard Action Set 1 and I received many great suggestions to improve them. Well, I listened to you (I love my readers!) and here is the same set, with some minor changes.
1. These actions DO NOT flatten the storyboard at the end. This way you can move your images around, Ctrl-T (free transform) them to different sizes, and also change the background color simply by selecting the background layer and Edit, Fill (with the color of your choice). You can also use an image or pattern as your background (make sure to drag it on the bottom of your layer pane).
2. You can add borders to your images. If you don't want borders just press OK when the Stroke box comes up (it is set at 1 px and white and will not be noticeable with the white background, but if you are changing the background make the color the new background color). If you want a border around your image just change the pixel and color to taste!
3. Some of you are having issues with these actions in Photoshop Elements. For you I have included two versions of the templates as images. One is a .jpg where the boxes are black. You can drag your images on top and Ctrl-T them to fit. I also included a .psd (Photoshop) file where you can drag your images UNDER the template and then Ctrl-T (free transform) them to fit.
The "No Borders" CoffeeShop Storyboard action set is still completely valid, it just doesn't add borders (which saves time if you don't want them) and flattens the image at the end. It is the faster action.
Download the CoffeeShop 20x10 Storyboard PS/PSE Action and Template Set 1 HERE or HERE! The download is a zipped file which contains an action set for both PS and PSE for the storyboard with and without borders, plus a folder that has the templates. REMEMBER, to use the PSE actions, you MUST have a random image open before starting it. Then click on the action button, the image will close, and the action will run. Some people are having issues with this file asking for a password, so if you are one of them, just rename the zipped file something basic (like storyboard) and then try to extract it. It should work fine then.
NOTE: BTW, in the storyboard names, B means big and L means little. So BBL means Big photo, Little photo, Little photo. If any of these template actions is not working correctly, please comment below. I had a few versions and I might have become confused!
BIG TIP! If you can't see the crop lines because your image is too small, then just press Ctrl-0 (that is a zero, not an "o") and your image will shrink and the gray background will get huge and you will be able to see where you need to drag the crop bars.