Photoshop Tutorial – Create a Template in Photoshop

Hello there…Mary here from Gennifer’s creative team. Have you ever wondered how you can create those triangle shapes in Photoshop? Yes, great today I’m going to show you how to create a template using your Polygonal Lasso Tool.
(Note: I am using CS5, so the steps may vary slightly depending on the version you are using.)
I have set up guides the blue lines you see horizontal and vertical. They help me with aligning my shapes. Here’s how you get them:  Choose View->New Guide.  In the dialog box select Horizontal or Vertical orientation, enter a position, and click OK.  Drag from the horizontal ruler to create a horizontal guide. To move it around you position the mouse/pointer over the guide (the pointer turns into a double-headed arrow and move outside image window)
Open your photoshop and press Ctrl+N or go to File -> New. Pop up window -> Name your template if you’d like to and set the dimensions to 12in(width) and 12in(height). Leave other fields as their default values. Make sure the dimension you have set is in inches as pictured below and click OK
You will need to find the polygonal lasso tool on the left side of the screen and maybe 3rd icon from top. If you haven’t found the icon, go to the 3rd icon from top and then right click to see the optional tools. In your layers palette you will need to create a new layer for each new shape. Look at the 2nd picture if you don’t know where it’s at. Next you will create a triangle shape similar to the one in the screenshot using the polygonal lasso tool. Make sure you click on your layer 1 when you create the shape, this is an important step.  You should get a set of marching ants around your shape next go to Edit -> Fill-> choose a color you like and click OK you will have a color filled shape.
To remove the marching ants from your shape go to your menu->Select->Deselect. You will then continue to create new layers and shapes as pictured below.
This is what you will end up with when you have completed your template. I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. Let me know if you have any issues and I’d be happy to try and help. I have created a template for you all to enjoy. If you use it link us up here.

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