Learn the basics of how to create printables in Photoshop.
Creating printables is something that I love to do. Some people create printables for planners or checklists or for home binders but my specialty is creating printables for home decor. I offer an exclusive printable to my email subscribers every month in my newsletter (psst…to sign up for my newsletters, just enter your email info in the box on the sidebar). I’ve had many readers ask me how I create printables in Photoshop so I thought this simple tutorial would be a good place to start.
This is the printable that I offered to my newsletter subscribers this month and today I’m going to teach you how to create a printables in Photoshop similar to this one.
One of the reactions I hear the most when mentioning Photoshop is that it is too hard and overwhelming. Does Photoshop have a lot of tools? Yes. Do you need all those tools to create gorgeous printables? No. I’ll be honest… there are a lot of tools in Photoshop that I don’t use. Many of the tools are for photo editing and aren’t needed to create printables. So, who is ready to learn how to create printables in Photoshop? Let’s get started!
HOW TO CREATE PRINTABLES IN PHOTOSHOP
First, you’re going to need Photoshop. Photoshop is not a free program. You can either purchase it as an individual program or you can purchase it with a monthly subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud. I use the Creative Cloud version and everything I’m going to show you today is using that version.
Open up Photoshop. Click FILE >NEW and choose either 8×10 or 5×7. I suggest these sizes because these are the most popular sizes for prints. If you are making a print that needs to be another size, just choose whatever size you need. I make all my prints at 8×10. Make sure you have is set at 300 pixels per inch. This is the resolution you will need for printing. Choose a white background. Hit CREATE. You now have a blank 8×10 document.
Next, we are going to add the floral wreath. This wreath is part of a clip art set that I got from Creative Market. When using elements from another designer, always be aware of the license that comes with the element. If you are going to be selling your prints, you need to purchase a commercial use license. Find a clipart wreath that you like and save it to your computer. Make sure that the file you are downloading is in PNG format with a transparent background.
Click FILE > PLACE EMBEDDED and navigate to the folder on your computer where you saved the clip art.
Click “Place” and the element will be placed into your document on a separate layer.
Click and drag the corners to size the wreath appropriately. To center the wreath onto your document, select both the wreath layer and the background layer in the layers panel and click “Align Vertical Centers” and “Align Horizontal Centers” in the top menu.
The final step is adding text. You can either add text using a font or you can use a premade file. The word “Spring” that I used is this print is a hand lettered file that I created. If you are using clip art text, place this file into your document the same way that you placed the wreath in step three.
If you do not want to use clip art text or cannot find one that you like, you can use a hand-lettered font to get the same effect. These are some of my favorite hand letterered fonts.
To add text, click on the TYPE tool in the left sidebar. Once you click on that tool, the cursor will change to a text cursor. Click inside the wreath and choose your font settings (font, size, style, and color) from the dropdown menus at the top. The font shown here is Magnolia and it’s one of my faves.
Type out the word “spring” and you’re done! If the text is not the size that you want it, select the text layer in the layers panel and click and drag the corners of the box around the text to resize it. To center the text inside the wreath, select both the text and the wreath layers in the layer panel and click on the “Align Vertical Centers” and “Align Horizontal Centers” tools in the top toolbar.
Save your file by clicking FILE>SAVE AS and navigate to where you want to save the file. Since you’ll be printing this out, I suggest saving it as a PDF. If you want to keep a working document so you can go back and make changes, you also want to save it as a PSD.
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