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Sunday, February 26, 2012
For those of you who are not familiar with using templates,
I'll try to explain them so you can enjoy them
in your creations.

Templates are made up of layers.
Each layer is labeled so you don't have to guess what it is.
There is also a layer where the designer will have their info on it.
You can delete this layer or just hide it.
I normally just hide it.
That way, I know who made it and I can go back 
to their site to snag more goodies!

When you download a template,
it will come with TOUs, Terms of Use.
Please read the TOU before using the template.
There's important information in there that the designer wants you to know.
For example, some designers allow you to remove layers.
Others don't.
So read the TOU so see what you can and can't do with it.
Designers spend a lot of time on templates.
So please respect them by reading the TOU.

When you first look at a template with all its layers
it can be a bit overwhelming.
Just take it one step at a time.
Look at the temp in your work space.
Normally, an idea for what you want to do with it will surface.
I often use scrap kits to decorate a template.
But you don't have to use a kit.
You can use plug ins, special effects, filters, etc...

Work on one layer at a time.
Pick a layer as your starting point and work with that layer only.
When you have the layer the way you want,
move on to the next layer.
Sometimes you'll be going along and look at a previous layer
you've worked on and think, "Nah, not working now."
That's ok!
Just go back to that layer and change it!

I like to use elements from kits to enhance the tube I've chosen.
I also like to use papers that come with the kit for added texture.
You can recolor a template to fit whatever theme or color 
you are working with.
Have some fun playing around!
Try using different effects:
gradient/color overlay, drop shadow, stroke, bevel & emboss
There's all kinds of effects you can use to make your creation.

Some templates come with Word Art.
Put your own spin on this with text effects.
If you're into sparklies
You can always add Noise.
Most generally, you can move the Word Art around.
So if it interferes with your creation,
just move it to a different place on the temp!

If you look at a template as a color book,
it may be easier for you to work with.
Remember, one layer at a time.
Have fun and get Creative!


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