When I began digital scrapping, the most popular paper size was 8.5 x 11″. Not too long after that, 12 x 12″ became more popular, and the industry standard.
No matter what size you prefer to scrap with, you can easily convert templates to the size you need using 1 of 2 techniques:
The fastest way to convert a template to a different size is by using Image > Image Size in Photoshop and Image > Resize > Image Size in Photoshop Elements. Enter the Dimension Size you want in the Image Size dialogue box that opens.
The only downside of using this method is that the embellishments and photomasks on the template are typically distorted. This is based most especially upon what size you are converting to or from.
For this tutorial, I am using a template from Templates Vol 9 by Mediterranka. In the image below I have used this method to convert a 12 x 12″ template to an 8.5 x 11″ template. In doing so, the original shapes are distorted.
You can use the template as it is, once it’s been converted; or if you want to maintain the shape integrity of the original layout, you can manually make adjustments to the template shapes.
Technique #2: the Manual Method
- Open a 12 x 12″ template in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements
- Create a new Blank Document 8.5 x 11″ in size. (I don’t like working with Tabs, so my screen looks like this with floating documents):
- Click on the first layer of the template; hold down Shift; click on the last layer of the template. This will select all of the layers.
- Hold down the Shift + V, while dragging the highlighted layers from the Template to the blank document. With the use of this keyboard shortcut, the template layers will drop in the same place in the blank document, thus in the middle of the page. This will make it easier for adjustments to be made.
- Close the original template, as it is no longer needed.
- Press Control + T to bring up the Transform Tool. You will see the entire 12 x 12 document as it sits on the 8.5 x 11″ canvas.
In Photoshop, press and hold Shift
Using this method the original shapes are not distorted and the shape integrity is kept intact. In this particular template, the cluster toward the bottom would need to be moved further down the page.
Conversely, we can also easily convert any size template to a 12 x 12″ by dragging the entire template out to the edges of the 12 x 12″ canvas (rather than dragging in, as we do to make the template smaller).
If you prefer using a Photoshop Action to help with the process, Wendyzine has several products that can help.
Please note that Wendy updated them for 2019 to add new options.
Wendy will also be uploading to the store very soon, Actions that will convert a Letter and A4 size template to the 12 x 12″ size.
If you would like to download a PDF of this tutorial you may do so here.
I hope you find this helpful!
Edit: Thank you to Angela Hobbs for her comment that made me look at the original tutorial again and clarify why I typically use the Manual Method when converting templates.