A Giveaway + Tips for Making the Most of Your Templates

The Photographer Cafe Shop, an advertiser of the MCP Blog, is filled with products that are incredibly versatile.  Often, a single product can be transformed from album templates into holiday cards into newborn announcements and finally into perfect client gifts.  They love it when their customers breathe new life into a template.  It makes their templates truly economical, saving precious time and money.  Below, they will be sharing a few simple tips for maximizing the potential of Photographer Cafe templates. Make sure to enter the contest, which is at the bottom of this post.

Also, don’t forget to visit Photographer Cafe on facebook to download a beautiful, FREE template and participate in their fun Inspired Summer Photo Challenge!

Tip #1 Change the Color

It’s amazing how a quick little color change can affect the entire look and feel of a design. Our latest Black and White Holiday set features bold design in modern, sophisticated black and white.  By simply changing the colors, the holiday set may be completely re-purposed for soft and lovely newborn announcements.  When we design cards for our photography clients, we often determine the colors by using the color picker to select colors from within the images.  We find that both the designs and the images look best if they coordinate well.  Some images demand a softer feel, while other style require a brighter palette. Of course, it’s difficult to go wrong with timeless black and white!

Black and White Holiday card template set (original design)
*** Take advantage of “early bird” savings on this set through the end of June!

holiday card photoshop template

Here we took Card 1 and softened the colors to make a sweet newborn announcement.

photo card templates for photographers

Tip #2 Move and Remove Layers

Our template are fully layered PSD files.  This allows you to move and remove layers to your heart’s content.  Twist a photo opening from vertical to horizontal. Duplicate a photo opening.  Move the photo openings to a completely different sized card.  Move a design element to a different card.  Expand the lifespan of your templates by making simple modifications to the layers and photo openings.

Modern & Bright Holiday card template set (original design)
*** Take advantage of “early bird” savings on this set through the end of June!

photoshop card templates for photographers

Here we took Card 5, changed up a few colors, designs and openings to make a fun, fresh Birthday Party invitation!

Modern Kids Birthday Card Templates

Tip #3 Re-purpose Your Templates

If you are a crafty sort of person or if you simply enjoy playing around with your templates, the possibilities are truly endless.  Use design elements and photo openings for so many purposes:

  • marketing items
  • gift tags
  • thank you cards
  • wrapping embellishments
  • stickers
  • mini albums
  • ornaments
  • home accents
  • tee shirt printing
  • party favor embellishment
  • blog embellishment

ENTER TO WIN $100 at Photographer Cafe.  One lucky winner will even have an extra $100 to spend in the Photographer Cafe shop!  To enter to win, do one or both of the following:

To Enter the Giveaway:

  1. Enter a comment* telling us what new design product you need most.  Visit the Photographer Cafe Shop for ideas. Do you need albums?  Card templates?  Business and marketing materials? What style do you like?  What is your favorite color palette?  If we don’t have what you need, let us know.  We are always listening and adding to our ever-growing to do list!
  2. Follow @mcpactions and @PhotogCafe on Twitter and tweet: “Win a $100 shopping spree from @PhotogCafe at @mcpactions.  Visit the MCP Blog: http://mcpactions.com for details.”

For Extra Entries:

  • Spread the word through social networking. Post about this contest or about what you love about MCP Actions on any social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Stumble Upon, etc. For every place you post, come back and add a comment with a link sharing where you did this. You can get up to 5 extra entries for this – any additional may be deleted.
  • Add the MCP Actions banner to your blog (or a text link to our site – stating something like “MCP Actions: Photoshop actions and resources for photographers.” For the banner, grab the code from the sidebar. Then comment and let us know you did.

Contest Rules and Deadlines:

  • The contest starts on Thursday, June 30th, 2011 at 9am eastern time.  The winner will be selected via random.org on the evening of Sunday, July 3rd, 2011.
  • To increase chances of winning, participate in the “extra” entries.
  • * Comments must be posted on the MCP Blog, not in the notes section of Facebook. Follow the link to this post on MCP Actions Blog for your entries to qualify.
  • This contest is void where prohibited by law.

Contest sponsored by Photographer Cafe Shop & Blog; Modern Templates for the Busy Photographer!

Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets that make editing faster, easier and more fun.

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  1. 7


    i am in desperate need of marketing materials. starting a business with my two young boys at my feet as been quite a chore. i LOVE photographer cafe and just bought my first template for them (the 5×5 tri-fold) i love clean lines, little bursts of color.

  2. 8


    here’s my tweet! iFurie isabel furie
    win a $100 shopping spree for @PhotogCafe from @mcpactions !! check outmcpactions.com for details!

  3. 10

    samantha nelson says

    Man, do I need some marketing material! And some card templates because those are great marketing materials too! Thanks!!!

  4. 20

    Jennifer Reis says

    I need everything. Love the cards. I live everything especially the bright colored set and the black and white set too. So modern!

  5. 28

    Larissa pavei says

    I am a template addict! I have everything from cards, albums, calenders, to digital scrapbooking. I would like to see some doodle designs from you guys. I know you guys have a lot of different styles.

  6. 32

    SkyeePurls says

    I would love to have the holiday card packages! They are beautiful and look like they would be fun to use too!

  7. 37

    Kristin K. says

    Oh wow! So glad you introduced me to these. I’ve been looking for marketing material. Now I just have to decide between the Contemporary and the Curves sets. Decisions, decisions. 😀

  8. 51

    Genevieve says

    OOOOO!!!! Would love to revamp my marketing style and add some mailers. I thing I would love a whole complete marketing set. They are so nicely done. Now what style to choose……

  9. 53

    Christina Alston says

    I could really use the marketing materials. I’m just starting out so those would be a great help. I really like a lot of the designs so it’s hard to choose!

  10. 56

    Michelle Riebeek says

    I love the Dreamy Album Collection. But could use some business and marketing templates.

  11. 61

    Nadine Moyer says

    I don’t have any album templates…guess the basic package would be the way to go for me!!! Pick me, pick me!!! :)

  12. 69

    Kristin T says

    I really love the 10×20 storyboards! I’m always trying to patch my own together, so having a template would make life so much easier! I was also really impressed by the wide variety – everything from business use to personal – nice! Thanks!

  13. 73


    I’d love to win this giveaway! I really need marketing materials, but I’m so busy, I don’t have time to create them on my own. My color palette for my branding is simply teal and white, which I accent with orange or deep red from time to time.

  14. 74


    I was already a twitter follower of @PhotogCafe, but somehow I wasn’t a follower of @MCPActions?!!! I remedied that! Followed @MCPActions from @CFarrell_Photog and tweeted the giveaway!

  15. 75

    Margaret Payne says

    The Playful Business and Marketing Collection is so perfect for me! I would love that! 😀

  16. 84

    Emily Simmons says

    I would use the templates for personal reasons. They are so beautiful. Would love to use for pics of my family at the beach!

  17. 86

    Kelsey Mitchell says

    I LOVE the holiday cards! Would have a blast playing with them and I know they would be a big hit! Thanks!

  18. 87


    Love the Fresh Vintage marketing set and the Sunshine and Rain Senior Rep Cards and Bookmarks; I could definitely use them both.

  19. 92


    I love creative and fun templates and action sets to enhance my work. I also like to set my work apart from the rest and your sets help me do that. I would love to win your giveaway!!

  20. 93


    I’d love the chance to score some templates for birthday cards and announcements! Great products here, love ’em!

  21. 96

    Tina B. says

    I love the basic and contemporary album templates and I would love to win this because 1. I have no extra money to play with and 2. I love all of their items and would love to have some. It would be like a Christmas in July for me!!!!

  22. 97

    Serena Swenson says

    I am interested in getting some business and marketing templates. I’m just starting out and have nothing along this line! I love anything classical and LOVE earthy tones. Browns and greens all the way! :)

  23. 101


    I’m still building my business so I could you business and marketing materials. And of course I’m always looking for new unique items to offer clients.

  24. 104

    Jamey says

    Just checked out your website for the first time and you have some very fun products! I would love some templates! Glad I found you on here :) Can’t say what I would like to see more of yet since I haven’t fully explored everything yet but I would love to sin some templates!

  25. 110

    Jennifer says

    In car and couldn’t tell what type of comment I was supposed to leave for the contest, but I would love to win! 😉

  26. 111

    Malerie Walker says

    I need baby announcements and wedding album templates the very most!! i love all of your work, it is all so cute, and so creative! i need to win, so my bank account doesn’t get mad at me! :)

  27. 113


    As a newbie to the business aspect of photography, the marketing collection would be fabulous!! But I also love the basic actions that can manuver me through photoshop with ease :)

  28. 119

    ASHLEY H says

    I could use marketing templates! I love the Dreamy, Fresh Vintage, and Gallery sets. (I couldn’t choose ONE favorite!!!)Thanks for the opportunity at the giveaway, also!!

  29. 124

    Linn says

    Just did a big wedding yesterday, and I would love some chic album templates to make beautiful memories for the lovely couple <3

  30. 128


    As a newbie to the business aspect of photography the marketing materials would be fabulous! But I also would love to have some basic actions that can help me manuver through photoshop easier :)

  31. 129

    Tara says

    I’m just starting out and I love it all! If I had to choose, it would probably be a card template.

  32. 132

    Ashley says

    I like to do digital scrapbooking and your templates would make it so easy. Thanks for this chance.

  33. 137

    jennifer Larue says

    I could use the marketing templates for sure! Would love to have the cards and announcements!

  34. 148

    Erica Plaquin says

    I could use a album kit as I well be making a wedding album up soon, tough to choose which one though they all look great

  35. 155

    Lizvette Wreath says

    So many sweet things! If I win, I think I’ll be getting the Business and Marketing, I completely need something like that. My color pallet would be white blue and a hint of coral.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  36. 158


    I have been in business 10 years and really need to change it up a bit. These templates would be AMAZING to help start that. I am not a picky person. I would be fine with anything!

  37. 172


    I need it all!!!!! Buisness card templates, thank you cards, birthday, christmas ect! I might become a template hoarder 😉 Right now I’m hooked on springy colors, tourqoise pink and white especially!

  38. 174


    I tend to do mostly business/promo materials, but it seems good album designs are the hardest to find when I want them. I tend to prefer clean, modern styles that don’t overwhelm the images.

  39. 179

    Julia says

    Ornaments & card templates would be so awesome. Especially modern, simple and elegant designs.

  40. 182


    if i had to choose, it would be the black and white holiday set. i think it’s gorgeous. i would use it to create my marketing and referral pieces… big puffy heart…

  41. 183


    Templates for photo books and albums! Would love a “beachy” palette to entice my beach session clients to purchase an album or book!

  42. 184

    Lindsay says

    I really need everything. My kids birthdays are all coming up so it would be great to have the card templates. I also really need the album. I am so behind on my kids photo books.

  43. 185


    Christi Nicole Photography LOVESSSSSS The Photographer Cafe! I have the Business and Marketing Kit in Dreamy, and I LOVE them! I would love to purchase some more Dreamy templates (albums and such) and I am alos loving the Newsletters (would probably get that first!)

  44. 191

    Renai says

    I would love to have some templates to use… yours are so creative and I just love them!! Hope I win!!

  45. 196

    PeggyN says

    Marketing templates would really be a huge help! I love black and white, sometimes with a dash of one primary color.

  46. 198

    Rhonda says

    Card templates and large format collage templates. Thanks for all the great stuff already out there!

  47. 200

    Jennifer Ann B says

    Thanks for the chance at a give away. Marketing templates are what I am interested in the most.

  48. 201

    Shelly Graham says

    I love your album templates and marketing kits!! The cards are great, everything is great!! I’m just starting out so your shop is like Christmas morning!!!

  49. 209


    I live in outback australia and don’t have any printers who could do these amazing templates for me, but if I did, I know I could build an entire business just by making personalised party favour embellishments with the modern and bright templates – I think I will have to buy them just for MY use, they are so cheery and funky and gorgeous!

    I shared this around on my facebook page too, because I really am hoping one of my photography friends can point me in the right direction to make the best use of these. http://www.facebook.com/rattimoth

  50. 217


    I would love to get business/marketing templates – love blues & greens or save the date templates.

    Shared from twitter: vannedavi

  51. 221


    We are a new photography studio and are interested in all your templates. Could use some for cards right away, and would love to see storyboards and marketing materials!

  52. 224

    Amanda Lavender says

    I would love to get some marketing material!!! I’m restarting my business & that would be perfect!! You have beautiful card designs!

  53. 225


    I am desperately seeking some new wedding album templates, and some CD/Presentation templates! I am LOVING some of the choices you have!

  54. 231


    Photographer’s Cafe ~ You have an amazing collection already available for us! I’m so glad to have found out about you on the MCP Actions blog. Our clients (children, seniors and even weddings) are really into the 40’s glam and nostalgia looks, even 30’s styles. Would love to see more of those styles in the album and card designs.

  55. 242


    I LOVE the Modern & Bright Holiday Card Templates. They are so cute and would really make a great impression on my customers!!! I love the variety they offer. I love the All About Me Album…too cute!!! I am also in need of the business and marketing materials as I am just really getting established. This is a great giveaway! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!

  56. 244

    Bethany Hein says

    ~Wow, just amazing products :) Hmmmm, I really want to start putting together albums so I would have to say album templates :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  57. 250


    Shared your contest link on my facebook page where all my photography friends hang out 😉 Here’s what I told them:

    Photographer’s Cafe ~ You have an amazing collection already available for us! I’m so glad to have found out about you on the MCP Actions blog. Be sure to ck out this link on the MCP Actions blog to enter a contest and win free templates from Photographer’s Cafe!


  58. 251

    Brandi shiner says

    I love all your templates. Your website has to be the greatest. I think what I need more is business and marketing gallery collection. But all your templates are great! I’m really just starting out with my photography business and I’m trying to get on my toes I need albums card templates everything I would love the help I love all the styles and all the colors pastels are my favorite this contest would be great for me thanks guys

  59. 254


    I’m always up for album templates, or anything for that matter. Creating albums is soooo time consuming, anything to cut my time increases my profits!

  60. 264

    Kimberly Diaz says

    would love to win this! Thanks for a great blog! I am Slowly learning from you and it is wonderful!

  61. 265

    Lisa Litchfield says

    I think I would be most helped by templates. I seem to always have friends who need cards or invitations and I would love to have something in my tool box that could help them out with just a few clicks of the mouse! I love the flexibility of the black and white templates. So pretty and so

  62. 267


    I tweeted, I am now following MCP Action and Photographer Cafe. I have posted links both to my facebook biz page and personal facebook page.


    My favorite on my wish list is


    I have also made comments about what I like about MCP Action on two walls on facebook and will post more.


  63. 268

    Connie Hendrickson says

    Being the amateur that I am I would love the card templates, which ones? All of them of course. I love the little extra sparkle that the templates add to pictures. You’re s are great.

  64. 270

    lisa smith says

    I would love to have any of the contemporary newsletter templates. My mind gets going in a thousand directions when I begin to think about sending out newsletters. The template will definitely keep me focused and prompt some wonderful monthly newsletter topics. Love them!

  65. 272


    I’ve been a photographer for a couple of years now and I’m just starting to get into doing weddings! I’m very excited but I REALLY need a wedding album template so that I can provide my clients with something beautiful after their wedding is over! I love your classic template and the love story template! :)

  66. 273


    I am desperate need of some new marketing materials. We are living in a new area and I recently came off of maternity leave so I am trying to reach out to new clients. :) hope I win!!

  67. 288

    Madhvi says

    I would love some new business and marketing material. All your templates are amazing and I love that they’re customizable.

  68. 289


    I am just starting my business, so I know I need more information about the business end. . . Hope I win!! 😉 My website goes live soon!! :)

  69. 290

    Dawn steveson says

    I need tips on how to adjust the actions for each individual pic. I love the look of the examples but struggle to reproduce the look. You make it look so easy!! Lol

  70. 292


    My pick would be the product at the link below. I have shared this on twitter and I have signed up to follow MCP action and Photographer Cafe. I have shared on facebook under personal and biz accoun




  71. 293

    Brittany Wilson says

    I am in the process of building a new site and marketing products…so definitely marketing!

  72. 294

    Abigail Leigh says

    I love all the album templates. I would especially the Album Basic I & 2 Collections. I also love the Dreamy, Paris, and Pretty Album Collections =)

  73. 298

    Lindsay Jacobsen says

    Wow, I don’t know! Business and marketing maybe, since I’m terrible at that. I LOVE all the template designs though!

  74. 299

    Lynn McCann says

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and especially your organizational skills!

  75. 300

    Abigayle says

    I need a good basic set. Storyboards, cards, announcements and mini albums. I’m starting from scratch – so it all would be wonderful!

  76. 301

    Jamie says

    I would really love album and image box templates, as they are what I would like clients to purchase!

  77. 302


    I would be happy with any of the templates, they are all fabulous!!! And I love the simplistic look of the web page.. gray & white..

  78. 305

    Deidre says

    I love the Fresh Vintage album template! I only have one very simple album template, so it would be awesome to get this! Thanks for the giveaway!

  79. 306


    Wow, I need everything since I am just starting out. I’d love to have The Loft business and marketing set, album templates and Holiday card set! I love your designs and feel like a kid in a candy store, “I want this, and this and ooooh, this!” Thanks for such a generous giveaway!

  80. 310

    Julie Q says

    I need marketing material. I love the contemporary or loft collections. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  81. 315


    Would like more Vintage/Retro style senior and baby templates in greens, blues, purples and black.
    So glad to have recently purchased several of your actions. I really appreciate all of the instruction and explanation!! My images should be quickly creeping up the cool scale in the next few weeks :)


  82. 321


    I would love any of the products! I especially love the card templates! I already have MCP button on my blog and follow MCP.

  83. 324


    I’m always looking for new marketing, however I do love the card templates too… I am torn between several styles, because I love them all! I love all colors but I tend to be drawn to the greens and blues and whites… so clean and fresh. What a great giveaway! Thanks

  84. 346


    In the midst of TOTALLY revamping my site and my photography all together! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE a shot at this win. I probably need the card templates the most since I have none. I love anything modern to vintage modern feel and look. Thanks for the giveaway! Reposting on facebook as well.

  85. 351


    I recently had my website and logo changed and I would love to find some business and marketing materials to coordinate with my new look. I am also in the market for some new holiday cards for this upcoming season.

  86. 352


    I wish I could take part in this contest, but I just don’t get the hang of Twitter. If it had been a FB-contest, I’d participate for sure!

  87. 353


    I would love to win the Contemporary Newsletter Template Set Vol. 1
    The reason is because I have been struggling with my photography business for over a year now and what I need is some literature and cards to help spread the word. Thanks for the giveaway :)

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