Working with Project Templates

Working with Project Templates

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Working with Project Templates

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use photo templates within PaintShop Pro to save time when editing and creating photo compositions. Photo templates allow you to easily create collages, social media images, greeting cards, brochures, and more!

How to Download/Install Project Templates

To access photo templates, click on File > New from Template. There are different categories of templates available: Collage, Cards, Business, Social Media and Other. These templates can be used over and over again once installed.

Click on one of the categories such as Collage and you can scroll through the selection of premium photo templates that are available to purchase or to download for free.

  • If you choose to purchase one, click Buy Now then follow the payment prompts. Upon completion, your new purchased template will open in PaintShop Pro instantly without having to restart.
  • If you choose to use a free template, simply click on the blue Download button.

PaintShop Pro will download the template automatically and when complete, the blue button will change to say Installed. Click OK to open the template.

How to Add Photos or Images to Templates

There are a few different ways to add your photos to the collage. First, make sure you have the Layers palette open by going to Palettes > Layers. You may want to open the Organizer palette as well.

  • To add a photo from the Organizer palette:
    • Browse to the photos you want to use from the Navigation icon of the Organizer palette.
    • Drag the photo from the Organizer palette onto the Layers palette directly below where it says, “Drag image 1 below this mask”.

  • To add a photo from an open folder on your computer:
    • Drag and drop the photo from your computer folder into the Layers palette directly below the layer labelled “Drag Image 2 below this mask”.

  • To add a photo that is already open in PaintShop Pro:
    • Click on CTRL + C to copy the photo, then switch to your project template.
    • In the Layers palette, select the layer under the mask where you want to paste it.
    • Click CTRL + V to paste the image and it will be pasted in the right hierarchy and you won’t need to drag it up or down in the Layers palette.

How to Resize and Reposition Images within Project Templates

The beauty of these templates is that the masks on each layer will prevent any of your photos from overlapping, which is particularly useful for collages or other templates that have irregular shapes for the photo openings. Each photo can be adjusted within the mask area to resize, reposition or rotate.

  • Select the Pick tool on the left and on the Property Bar, make sure you are using the Scale mode.
  • In the Layers palette, select the image layer that is below the mask layer.
  • Use the corner handles to resize or rotate the photo.
  • Click and drag the circle in the middle of the image to reposition the photo within the frame.

Repeat this for all the photos within your collage or project template.

Social Media Templates

In this second example, we’ll use a social media project template for posting pictures on Instagram.

  • Click on File > New from Template
  • Select the Social Media category and choose one of the free Instagram templates with a letter mask.
  • Click on Download and once the blue button says Installed, click OK.
  • Drag the image you want to use onto the Layers palette.
  • Click and drag the image layer to reorder it so it’s on top of the image.

  • If necessary, use the Pick tool to resize and reposition your photo within the template.

Changing the Color of Template Frames

You can customize any of these templates by changing the color of the frame:

  • Activate the Color Changer tool on the left toolbar.
  • Select a color on the Materials palette.
  • In the Layers palette, select the template frame layer.
  • On your image, click on any section of the frame with the Color Changer tool and it will be changed to the new color you selected.

Saving your Template Projects

Once you are finished working on your template project, click on File > Save as.

  • Save the new image as a .jpg to send or share online.
  • Or save as a .pspimage to preserve the layers if you want to make any edits in the future.

Now these images are picture perfect and ready to share on your social media!

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Comments (7)

  • Chas Stringer Reply

    I would like to find some templates for 10 up business cards i could make with paintshop pro

    May 22, 2019 at 5:57 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Chas,

      Thanks for the feedback! We typically view business cards and other professional templates as more of a task for CorelDRAW as it is a much more powerful vector editing program. That said, we have passed your suggestion on to the PaintShop team for their consideration. If you are interested in taking a closer look at CorelDRAW in the meantime, you can download a free 30-day trial from CorelDRAW’s website.

      Discovery Center Team

      May 27, 2019 at 12:14 pm
  • ranut Reply

    How to use the Corel Paintshop because i am a beginner

    July 20, 2017 at 7:29 am
  • Woodrow Boyde Reply

    With this program, is it possible to remove people, articles, etc, or insert people or articles?

    March 22, 2017 at 2:34 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Woodrow,

      Yes! You can add and remove people or articles to a video in a number of ways, the most common being the Chroma Key or Green Screen effect.

      Hope this helps!
      Corel Discovery Center Team

      April 6, 2017 at 10:15 pm
  • David Roddis Reply

    Jean – I’m understanding your question as indicating that you’re not familiar with layers or that you haven’t worked with them a lot.

    Layers are a powerful and flexible way of building your design. By keeping each design element on its own layer, you can edit, reposition, re-order the layers, transform the element and create many different effects depending how the layers are working with each other. This means you have the freedom to experiment and try different effects non-destructively – changes you make to one element are completely independent from all the others. You can easily duplicate layers to try things out, or group layers to create different versions.

    I think once you have used layers a bit you will really appreciate this way of working.

    December 13, 2016 at 9:10 am
  • Jean Harrison Reply

    Why not have place holders instead? Why go to the trouble of layers? It would be so much easier to just drag a photo onto a place holder and then size accordingly. It would also be nice to have several place holders (frames) to choose from.

    September 11, 2016 at 12:02 pm

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