Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tutorial: How to Resize 12x12" templates to fit 'Letter-size' - 8.5x11" pages.

by CT member: Nancy aka physioscrapper

Letter sized layouts are considered 8.5 x 11 inches.  You can make pages with the paper turned vertically so the long side is 11", or horizontally so the width is 11".  I have worked both ways, and tend to find I can alter square 12x12" templates easier if you use the width of 11", but it is a personal preference.  With letter sized or rectangular pages some modification is usually needed to balance the page unless you want to leave extra white space (which is perfectly fine too!).  Often 12 x12" template can be made to fit a letter sized page by rotating them; so please keep that in mind when deciding on a template.

I am writing this tutorial for PSE or PS, but the basic premise/steps will work for any program that uses layers.  This does not require the specific tools of these programs, just the ability to transform/ resize the layers.

I start by opening the 12x12" template I want to alter in the scrapbook program, AND also opening a NEW file.  I size this new file 8.5 inches in height, 11 inches in width at 300 ppi, with a white background.  For this tutorial, I am using LissyKay's BitsNPieces template.
I have named my page I am going to resize the template to: Beautiful.
 Once open, I go back to the template document (LKD BitsNPieces).
As this template has background stacked layers, I will start with these layers only first!
Hold down Control/ Command (on a Mac); Click on the 3 background layers to highlight them.
Right Click and chose duplicate layers.

I am going to choose the destination as my new page titled "Beautiful". Click OK.

This is what my page "Beautiful" now looks like. As you can see the papers are WAY too big for a rectangular sized document, so we will have to resize.

 To be able to see the outline and know how much to transform (resize), hold down Ctrl/Com and "T" (for transform) and you should get an outline around your page.  Note some of the lines are missing.
We need to resize the document to fit the screen.
To do this, hold down Ctrl/Com and "0" (zero)
This should resize the page so you can see the entire outline you want to transform.

Make sure only your 3 newly transferred BACKGROUND layers are highlighted.
Hold down the Shift Key and grab the lower right hand corner of the transform outline; pulling this corner in until the transform line is lined up with the right side of the page.

Hold down the SHIFT key and drag the central lower point up to the bottom edge of your page.
By holding down SHIFT as you transform the size, the center of the paper stays in place as you transform and thrus you should have perfectly equal edges all around and the top and left sides won't move as you move the other areas.

***In some PSE versions, to move the center bottom marker, you have to hold down the Control/ Command key (NOT shift) to transform this line up.
(If you can't transform, you may have selected the bottom Background layer that was already there.  This layer is locked so it can't resize.  Make sure it is ONLY the 3 newly transferred Background layers that are highlighted and you are moving!)

Now go back to the original LissyKay template, and repeat the steps with the center elements.
Highlight the layers, right click and chose duplicate layers.  Duplicate to your new page.
And again, it will look like this... over-sized.

I want to resize and/or move ALL of these elements together onto the page.  Later I may individually change an element's size, but at this point we will resize all the elements to fit onto the page.

To move the elements onto the page without resizing:
Make sure all the element layers are highlighted.
Press Ctrl/Com "T" to get the transform outline. 
Left click and HOLD on any element within the transform outline and drag your elements up onto the page.
To resize or transform without distortion: (keeping it proportionate)
This can be done in a couple of ways:
In PSE - make sure Constrain Proportions is checked at the top banner of your screen.
In PS - you can click on the link between W (width) and H (height) at the top of the screen.
OR:  in either program, hold down SHIFT the entire time you transform.

(Doing these tricks WON'T work before when we were resizing the background papers as we wanted to change the vertical and horizontal sides separately.
Holding SHIFT resizes both the width and height exactly at the same rate and time.)

With this template, the elements can be moved onto the page with very little resizing.
Resize by either the methods above, dragging the bottom right corner toward the center.

While the Transform outline is still visible, shift all the elements as one into position by LEFT clicking on any element and dragging all of them (because all the layers are still selected) into spot.
Sometimes I will leave the elements looking much larger than the original 12 x12" , as I like how it looks bigger on this size of page filling in the spaces.  Other times I will resize them smaller.
But that's it!  Your 8.5 x11" template page is ready to use!

If I had just duplicated all the layers onto the 8.5 x11" page and resized them as one, this is what the template would look like.
The borders are uneven and all shapes are not proportionate.  Quite a difference!!
It really is worth the time to do it in 2 or 3 steps!
My completed page!
 Tomorrow I will write how to work and alter LissyKay's {My Story} templates, so you can have fun with them too!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Nancy. I kept wondering about why my circles and rectangles kept coming out funky.