‘Tis the season when people are thinking about holiday cards and downloading Photoshop templates left and right to create the perfect card. That means it’s time for me to start answering questions about how to use Photoshop templates. The good news is that Photoshop templates work just as well in Photoshop Elements, so no matter which program you use, I can help.

What are Photoshop Templates?

Templates are simple PSD files. This means that you can open them in either Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. The only difference between using the two programs is that each gives you a separate set of tools for modifying your template. Templates have “slots” where you can insert your photos to create your custom card.

And templates aren’t just for holiday cards. Use them to create invitations, business cards, scrapbook pages, and more.

Where Can You Find Photoshop Templates?

You can download templates for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements all over the internet. Some are free; others aren’t. You can download a free Memory Mate template for sports photographers right here in my course library.

But for this post, I’m partnering with Cindy Gillespie of Impromptu Photography. She sells a wide range of templates at excellent prices. All of the gorgeous card design you see on this page come from Cindy. Cindy also runs a Facebook group called Shoot Me: The Art and Business of Photography. It’s a great one to join for feedback and questions about your photos.

Where Should You Print Your Holiday Cards?

I recommend Mpix. Their turnaround time is lightning fast and their customer service is impeccable. Check out their DIY option here, where you can create two-sided cards with your own unique designs.

How Do You Use Templates in Photoshop & PSE?

THAT’S the real question, right? What do you do when you open a template and you see a stack of layers like this?

how to use templates in photoshop

I’ve created a completely free mini-course to show you how to get the most out of your templates. Not just how to add photos, but how to customize text. I’m even sharing a few secrets about changing the tricky parts of templates to create your own unique looks.

To receive this mini-course, all I ask is that you sign up for my email list. You’ll receive weekly newsletters with tutorials and photography news, plus other emails with product and course announcements from Digital Photography for Moms.

Click here to sign up.

After you sign up for your course about using templates in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, check your email. You’ll find a message confirming that it’s ok for me to email you (spam laws!). After clicking on the link in that message, you’ll receive an email with your course.

If you have any questions at all, post them in the comments below. I am here to help!


{Free Download!} How to Use Photoshop Templates (for PSE Too!)