Friday, November 30, 2007

This one is from Corla, helping the PIF readers who want to donate

"Hello Here is some information about making templates. I have a few collage templates I could share also. I have really enjoyed your blog. Kelly Haddad's Paper pack has been a lifesaver while doing wedding albums!!

You can create your own template that is easy to change images into and out of. You start by making a new document. Whatever size you like. You can make it a color if you want say blue. Make a new transparent layer and then you marquee however many spaces you want your collage to have. If you marque one space and then fill it with white with the paint can you can duplicate that box so they are the same size by selecting the move tool and holding alt when you drag it over it make a duplicate. You can do a template with 3 4 9 openings. You can also stroke that one transparent layer instead of stoking each box! Now for the coolest part. Take the image you want to put in your collage. Drag it onto the template. You can create a clipping mask by going into your layers pallet and clicking between the image layer and the boxes layer. Hold your mouse over the layers and hold alt you will see when you go in between the two it will change from a hand to a double circle. What that will do will put your image so it looks like it is behind a mat. You can slide it from one box to another. You can use the transform to make it fit. Now to change the colors of the collage to match the person here is another cool thing I learned select a color out of the image. Go to Edit Fill make sure you select preserve transparency. Now you can change the background and brush details to match. Try it and let me know how you make out. It took me a few times to get it.

See what's new could be you!!


Thank you Corla for taking the time (and paying it forward with advice) to send in this email to help the PIF readers who want to donate templates.- pif blogger

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Lets put a little bit of Christmas music on the blog...

Good ol Frank Sinatra

Rolling out the red carpet bringing on the Christmas cheer starting off with Stephanie!

Email from Stephanie:

"Hi,I love that you are doing this blog! Thanks so much. Here is a Christmas template I did for this year. I'd love to share. I don't know if you need my information, but here it is anyhow! Website: www.stephanietueller.comblog:

I saved it in layers, but the spots where you put the pictures are just boxes, they can use the magic wand to select the box and then copy and then paste into to place the picture in the box."


Link to download template: Click here
*Thank you to Stephanie for PIF on the blog, ADORABLE!- pif blogger

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

We are still alive and kicking, but will be on vacation

From today till , Weds of next week. Happy Thanksgiving too all and all our best wishes from our family to yours.


Friday, November 16, 2007

Silverlake Special for the PIF Readers

This months special design choices will be Fire and Ice, Tuscan Sun, and a brand new drop Brown Sugar. Brown Sugar was a custom hot spot that has gained popularity on some of the forums by word of mouth. There is only one in existence right now, but here is an image of the background itself:You can also see some images with the background in use on the following thread: For PIF readers, you will be entitled to purchase any of the hand painted designs for a deeply discounted $149.00 plus shipping. The same $160.00 discount will be applied to the Fire and Ice and Brown Sugar, which makes the Fire and Ice $339.00 and the Brown Sugar $239.00 for the group buy price.If you wish to purchase more than one, you need to make separate orders for each background as our shopping cart will only accept one coupon per order. Make sure that you select the 10x20 size from the drop down. Below are links to images of the backgrounds and the special code you will need to enter into the shopping cart.Tuscan Sun 10x20 - $149.00 code = tuscan special Brown Sugar 10x20 - $239.00 code = sugar specialFire and Ice 10x20 - $339.00 code = fireice specialAll you need to do is go to, choose one of the above color and sizes then in the coupon box put the above code. If you have any problems with placing your order, don't hesitate to give us a call.The hand painted Backgrounds will be shipped within 2-3 weeks. Depending on how many orders we receive for the Fire and Ice, it may take us longer for that design in that it takes much longer to produce it. The backgrounds will be shipped in the same order that the orders are placed. If you have a specific shoot coming up, please let us know and we will do what we can to accommodate your schedule.Thank you for your continued support!Ordering starts today, Nov 15th and goes til Mon Nov 26th. ENJOY!!

Friday, November 9, 2007

A request for the PIF readers

We have had numerous emails if there is a tutorial that could be put on the blog on how to make templates. Many want to donate but dont know how to create them. If someone has the time to make a tutorial and we put it on the blog to help those that want to pay it forward, that would be greatly appreciated. Email @
We will be on the blog this weekend with some stuff, one of which on the importance of your logo and design. And how that is important for your business. Look for that and much more on the Pay It Forward Photography Blog.

-PIF Blogger

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Dont Forget "The Shot" premieres tonight on VH1

Should be interesting how this show runs

Link to show:

Like to hear your comments on it. We will watch it every week.

About the series:
10 amateur photographers the chance to live out their wildest fantasies in pursuit of their ultimate dream: to become the next great fashion photographer. Our cast will live and work together in a downtown L.A. loft while being guided by world-renowned fashion photographer Russell James. These aspiring photographers will embark on a series of photo shoots meant to challenge their creativity and expose their individual weaknesses. For the first time in their lives, the cast will work with supermodels and high-end professionals, while traveling to exotic locations -- all to capture that one perfect shot.Whether it's shooting on the deck of a schooner in the midst of a storm,or trying to get a supermodel to cuddle up to a Siberian tiger, our cast will face daunting tasks and obstacles that will test their talent, desire and drive to be the next great fashion photographer.Each episode will contain a "teach challenge", where Russell presents the cast with a new technical or creative lesson, and a photo shoot, in which the cast will be asked to utilize what they've learned in a legitimate, fashion-oriented photo campaign. Each week Russell and his professional panel will review the cast's photos, eliminating the weakest shooter. After a month long journey the best photographer will emerge and be crowned the show's winner, thus launching his or her professional career.10 aspiring photographers...30 grueling days...1 shot at a glamorous life in the world of high end fashion photography. (site source: )

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Gorgeous one from Yesi....

Email we recieved from her, very sweet:
"I have enjoyed reading your blog and picked up a free action ortemplate here and there so it's my turn to share!This is a quickpage made by scratch by me. The neutral color paletteworks well with sepia or creamy duotone photos.An 8x8 .png fillable page can be downloaded here: low-resolution example (with my beautiful dog Tegan as the model) isattached.Yesi :)P.S. If anyone is into digital scrapbooking, feel free to poke aroundmy account. There are little elements and word art alsomade by me available for downloading at no charge. I love to share!"

Thank you Yesi for PIF and gifting the blog.-PIF Blogger

Kelly from

Hits the blog again, these are fantastic! How fun!!

Links to download:

*Please Note that these are hosted with yousendit, get them while you can before they expire. Thank you!!

So adorable Kelly! Link to all her fun stuff:

*Thank Kelly for PIF and gifting the blog with these wonderful designs.- PIF Blogger

Kellie sent this one in, cute cute!

Link to download: Click here

Thank you Kellie for PIF to the blog.-Pif blogger

Neil from PIF on the blog

Link to download: Click here

*Thank you Neil for PIF on the blog.-PIF blogger
Or click here to download, recent email on this particular template from Neil
"I had previously sent you a template to post on your site. I have since re-created the file so that it has image masks vs. being cutout. It is 5x7 with bleeds, cmyk, 300 dpi. Attached is a JPEG and the link below is where it is currently being stored for download. I've also added it to a few forums as a pay it forward but would enjoy seeing it on your site. "
Neil Creative

Jennifer B, donating adorable santa belt card.

Heres what she had to say:

"I thought I would send this to you. It is my first ever template. I know it probably isn't great, but I thought I would share since I have learned so much from everyone on your blog.


Jennifer B."
Link to download: Click here
*Thank you Jennifer for PIF to the blog.-Pif Blogger

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