May 24, 2016

How to Create a Book Design Template in Photoshop

How to Create and Use Design Templates in Photoshop

Learn how to create a design once, and apply it to many different objects in Photoshop. Each time you make adjustments to the design, those changes will automatically update on every image.

Place the Design into Images Using Linked Smart Objects

Once you are happy with your original design, save it as a .TIF or .PSD file, that way you can edit the layers at any time.

Next, open an image where you would like your design to show up. Go to ‘File – Place Linked Object’ and choose your design. Transform and scale it into place to match the photo.

To change the perspective of the design, first, rotate and scale it into place. Next, hold CTRL/CMD and click on one of the corners and drag it into perspective. Use visual guides like the corners of a book to guide your perspective transformation.

Repeat these steps as many times as you need. Each time you make changes to the original design, those changes will automatically update on the new documents.

Change Color On Each Instance

If you want to change the color of the design on each image, it is best to do that on the image, not the original design. Use Layer FX like ‘Color Overlay” to change the color of an entire design, or clipped layers to change colors in certain areas.

Any changes you make to the original design will appear automatically, and the new colors applied on the image will update as well.

This will allow you to test different color schemes on different objects, like using light text on a dark background or dark text on a light background.

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    Richard Notsofreelancer

    Thanks, personally I’m one of those people who also likes to make mockups in Illustrator. It’s great because I can adjust a ton to my liking. Too bad there’s no file for that.

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    Excellent… I now professionally learned how to link one design to create multiple mock-up designs

    Thanks a lot 🙂

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    I Love YR Tutorial you doing great job.You are Good Knowledge Person in adobe PS

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    Jimmy Knuckles

    I downloaded the template… Are the book mockups supposed to be included in the layered TIFF file? I simply have access only to the original design layout document with all its text layers…. no book mockup?

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    Galen Svanas

    Great tutorial, as always. Are you doing chroma key for your on-camera stuff now?

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      It’s not chroma keyed. The reason it looks different to you than the older videos is that they are now shooting 1080p60 (60fps). The higher frame rate makes it look less “film-like” and more like live video.

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    Emilio Guerrero

    Excellent mentoring, we facilitates the visualization of the design of stationery stores, although I will also try to adapt them to be used in POP material

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    You just did what all the others do. When you got the the tricky part you went so fast that in replaying it over and over I still don’t see what you did. That is: when you made the circle gray on one object and not the others I can’t figure out how you did that.

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    Preston Shirley

    Awesome tutorial. Learned quite a few new things. Appreciate your hard work Aaron.

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    Awesome tutorial. Learned quite a few new things. Appreciate your hard work Aaro

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    I Love YR Tutorial you doing great job.You are Good Knowledge Person in adobe PS

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    Great tutorial showing how to use linked smart objects. Thanks Aaron.

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    Thank you so much. I’ve been wodering for a while how to make this template. Great

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    Tim DuBois

    EXCELLENT video that will help me a great deal in my work. Thanks tons!!!

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    anyone ever told u that u the best??? let me be the 1st to let u know…we appreciate u man!!

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    Roozbeh ahmadi

    I appreciate you. Your website is very useful. How can I create new idea. please, send photoshop technique to me.
    Thank you

  • raphael.plaza

    Thanks man. It helped me a lot for my book design project

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    thank you very much for sharing your skills, i’ve been a fan for about 9 months, and everything its very helpful, and the topics are great… thanks a lot, and have a super cool year 🙂

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    You have shared a fantastic post along with video tutorial in which you have explained nicely, that how one can create a book design template in Photoshop.

    Keep sharing 🙂



  • ejresearch

    I am so happy to be a member of this phamily. I am a veteran educator of 35 years. The last 10 years as a curriculum specialist and content developer. I know a good teacher when I see one. I love the way Aaron presents content in his instructional videos. Thank you.

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    phlearn just wanna ask ya how long will it take me understand ps and start using just like pro….

  • heartofpak

    Your Channel is so great, where i can learn daily from every episode you published already. Thanks for your work Aron.