FAQ

 

Here you will find answers to questions (grouped by product type) I am asked on a fairly regular basis.

FAQ: OVERLAYS (CUSTOM SHAPES)

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Q) Are the overlays easy to use?

A) Yes!  They are super simple to use. If you are unfamiliar with how exactly a custom shape works, then you should play around with the custom shapes provided with your version of photoshop. My custom shapes will work in the exact same manner, in fact they even load in the custom shape menu/window.

Q) Why custom shapes?

A) Custom shapes work EXCELLENT as overlays. Unlike brushes, custom shapes are vector based. This means you can re-size them without loss of quality. You can also grab a corner and pull it to create different angles as if you were conforming them to fit the angle of a wall, sky etc.

Q) Can I change the color of the shapes?

A) You sure can. By default a new shape is created and saved as black. Before you select your shape, be sure you have your chosen color selected. When you apply your shape it will appear in the color you already had chosen.

Q) Will they work with Photoshop Elements?

A) I have had people manage to load them into earlier versions of elements (version 5 and up) I believe in Elements 5 they are loaded under your "cookie cutters toolbar." 

Q) Can I use these for commercial use? 

A) There is a limited commercial use license included with the purchase of each set. However, you may not resale or distribute the shapes without written permission. Are you a photographer wondering if your intended use is okay?

Maybe this will help:

Will you be selling to individuals or to retail stores? If they are one off sales direct to a direct consumer then no problem, however if you are selling wholesale to retailers who then sell to the public, then we would need a commercial licensing arrangement written. I have an agent and I can gladly give you her contact info.

Also, this probably goes without saying, but the shapes should not be used to create art prints for resale.

Q) Can I use the shapes in my blog design?

A) That would be okay, but please provide a credit link back to this little ole blog. :)

Q) Jessica your hair always looks so nice, what do you do to keep it looking perfect all the time?

A) Hah! Okay, so I have like NEVER been asked that before... I just wanted to throw it in to make sure you were paying attention still. :)

 

FAQ: CARD TEMPLATES

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Are the templates editable?

These are not knock outs (flattened images with a hole cut out for your pic) my templates are editable layered psd files created with WHCC sizing in mind.

What sizes do you offer?

All templates are flat 5x7 cards, allowing them to ship cheaper then a tri-fold.

Are these compatible with photoshop elements?

Yes! Because these are layered psd files, they are editable and compatible with all versions of photoshop, as well as elements. :)

Can I edit the text?

Most of the text is rasterized (un-editable) on its own layer so that your computer can still read the font, even if it you do not have that particular font installed. I do include the font name on each text layer, and I always use free commercial use fonts, so you can easily google the font name and download it to your computer... Or you can simply delete the text layer and use your own. :)

How do I add in my own photos?

These templates use clipping masks, if you are unfamiliar with what this means... never fear, clipping masks are suuper easy to work with. Check out this tutorial for detailed instructions. 

Can I change or alter the colors?

You may change the colors by selecting the desired layer and adjusting the hue/saturation or playing around with the color balance. :)

Can I customize your templates?

Yes! Definitely. :) All key elements are movable. Delete my text and add in your own if you wish. :)

I'm unsure of your terms regarding the legal use of your templates, could you clarify?

 Basically, if you are a photographer using photos YOU took of a client with the templates, then selling the finished card to that same client... you would be following the terms to a T. :) Please DO NOT claim any of the elements from any card as your own, or use them in any of your branding, website, blog etc. etc. :) You are free to mix and match elements within the other templates, but please do not use them for any other purpose then this. You may NOT re-sell or re-distribute the digital files or any other design element. If you are a card making company interested in selling any of my designs please contact me and I can put you in touch with my licensing agent. Please respect the hours and hours of time it takes to design and create each template.

How will my templates be delivered to me?

After payment has been made you will be e-mailed a download link where you can instantly access and download your template(s). Please be sure and check all your e-mail accounts, and don't forget to check your junk mail! :) Please be aware that you will not be receiving ANYTHING physical, meaning there will be no CD's mailed, just a digital  file you may download to your computer. :)

What payment method do you accept?

I have paypal securely process all payments. This seems the most secure way of accepting payments, and you do not even need a paypal account to pay via paypal. You just need a credit card. :)

How should I go about getting these printed?

I would recommend using WHCC. I have heard nothing but good about them, plus all templates were sized/created according to they're printing specs.


FAQ: ALBUM TEMPLATES:

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Are the templates editable?

They sure are! Because they are layered .psd files, you are definitely able to customize and add other elements to suit your style. :)

Can I edit the text?

Unlike my card templates, the text in the album templates are still editable. You are able to use whatever text you would like.

How do I add in my own photos?

All of my templates use clipping masks, if you are unfamiliar with what this means... never fear, clipping masks are suuper easy to work with. Check out this tutorial for detailed instructions. 

Can I change or alter the colors?

You may change the colors by selecting the desired layer and adjusting the hue/saturation or playing around with the color balance. :)

How will my templates be delivered to me?

After payment has been made you will be e-mailed a download link where you can instantly access and download your template(s). Please be sure and check all your e-mail accounts, and don't forget to check your junk mail! :) Please be aware that you will not be receiving ANYTHING physical, meaning there will be no CD's mailed, just a digital  file you may download to your computer. :)

If you have any other questions/concerns that are not addressed here, please feel free to e-mail me! contact (@) vol25 (dot) com