A Giveaway + Tips for Making the Most of Your Templates

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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: https://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!

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