Extra! Extra! Read All About It!!

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sara-horton-xsmOur Digital Scrapper readers are an exceptionally creative and clever group of people. When subscriber Myra suggested that we offer a template to create your own newspaper, we thought it was a terrific idea! We think you'll love her wonderful idea, too! Download the free layered template and follow the directions for creating a one-of-a-kind scrapbook page with a personalized newspaper image.

For Adobe Photoshop Version click here.

Step 1: Download the Template

Begin by downloading and unzipping the Scrapper's Guide Newspaper Template here.

Note about fonts: We used Impact font for the "Extra! Extra!" headline and Times New Roman font for all the other text, titles, and sub-titles. These are common fonts that come installed on most computer systems. If you do not have one or both of these fonts, don't worry. You will be able to change the text to fonts that you do have. (Don't forget that you may have to adjust the size of the font up or down if you use a different font.) Here are some ideas for replacement fonts (if you need them):

  • Instead of Times New Roman: Georgia
  • Instead of Impact: Arial Black

And don't forget, even if you don't have the Impact font, you can still leave the "Extra! Extra!" title as it is. You only need to have the Impact font (or change that text to some other font) if you want to change the size or the content of that type layer. If you just leave it as it is, it will print and display just fine.

Step 2: Customizing the Template Text

Open the newspaper template and five of your own photos in PSE. If Times New Roman and Impact are not loaded on your computer system, you will receive a font error upon opening the template stating that some text layers contain fonts that are missing. Click OK.

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In the Layers Palette, you will see a warning sign on the thumbnail of each text layer that lets you know the font used in the template is not available on your system.

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You can safely ignore these warnings until you replace the text. If the fonts are loaded on your computer, you will not see these warnings and can continue to the next step. Select the Horizontal Type tool, then select the top layer named "Text Path: Your Family Name" in the Layers Palette. Position your cursor to the left of the "S" in Scrapper's Guide at the top left of the template. PSE will underline the words "Scrapper's Guide."

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Click and drag over the text to highlight the entire phrase. Type your own text such as your family name. PSE will follow the text path in the template as you type.

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Click the green check-mark in the Options Bar to confirm the new text. Still using the Horizontal Type tool, select the second layer named “Text Path: Newspaper Name” and highlight the newspaper title, “Times-Journal.” Type a new name of your choice.

Repeat the steps to replace all of the titles and text on the newspaper template. If the template fonts are not loaded on your computer, an error message will appear when you highlight the text stating “The following fonts are missing for text layer …” Click OK to allow PSE to choose a suitable font substitution. With the text highlighted, select a font from the drop-down menu in the Options Bar, then type your new text.

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Get creative with the new text, adding funny quotes and interesting details for your newspaper stories.

Step 3: Adding Photos

The colored blocks on the template are photo placeholders. To place your own photos in the blocks, begin by selecting the yellow box layer in the Layers Palette. This layer is named "Large photo right side" with a yellow block in the thumbnail.

Get the Move Tool. Double click the photo in the Project Bin that you would like to place in this space. This makes the photo large in the editing window. Click and hold as you drag the photo down onto the template in the Project Bin. When your cursor is directly over the template thumbnail in the Project Bin, let go of the mouse. The template will become the active item in the editing window and the photo will be a new layer in the template. Click and drag the photo directly over the yellow block, covering the block completely.

Make sure that the photo layer is positioned directly above the yellow block layer in the Layers Palette. If it isn't, drag the photo layer up or down the palette until it is positioned on top of the yellow block layer.

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Resizing the photo: To make the photo larger, drag the cursor to the corner of the photo where it turns into a diagonal arrow. Click and drag toward the center of the photo to make the photo smaller. Click and drag away from the center of the photo to make the photo larger. When you are happy with the size of the photo, press Ctrl + G (Mac Cmd + G) to "group" the photo layer with the yellow block layer. The photo will take the shape of the yellow block. Repeat the steps with the remaining colored blocks to fill them with your own photos.

You can also use the same steps to replace the background with a piece of digital paper or a large photo.

Your loved ones are sure to enjoy seeing themselves as front page news features on your scrapbook pages. The newspaper template also makes wonderful greeting card fronts. Imagine how Dad would like seeing himself as "Dad of the Year" the hometown news! You can even earn a few points with your Boss by tacking a "Boss of the Year" newspaper poster in the lunchroom of your workplace.

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Credits: Scrapbook page by Sara Horton Fonts: Times New Roman and Impact

Step 1: Download the Template and Fonts

Begin by downloading and unzipping the Scrapper's Guide Newspaper Template here.

Note about fonts: We used Impact font for the “Extra! Extra!” headline and Times New Roman font for all the other text, titles, and sub-titles. These are common fonts that come installed on most computer systems. If you do not have one or both of these fonts, don’t worry. You will be able to change the text to fonts that you do have. (Don’t forget that you may have to adjust the size of the font up or down if you use a different font.) Here are some ideas for replacement fonts (if you need them):

  • Instead of Times New Roman: Georgia
  • Instead of Impact: Arial Black

And don’t forget, even if you don’t have the Impact font, you can still leave the “Extra! Extra!” title as it is. You only need to have the Impact font (or change that text to some other font) if you want to change the size or the content of that type layer. If you just leave it as it is, it will print and display just fine.

Step 2: Customizing the Template Text

Open the template and five photos in Photoshop.

If Times New Roman and Impact are not loaded on your computer system, you will receive a font error upon opening the template stating the some text layers contain fonts that are missing. Click OK to allow Photoshop to substitute the font.

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In the Layers Palette, you will see a warning sign on the thumbnail of each text layer that lets you know the font used in the template is not available on your system.

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You can safely ignore these warnings until you replace the text. If the fonts are loaded on your computer, you will not see these warnings and can continue to the next step.

Select the Horizontal Type tool, then select the top layer named "Text Path: Your Family Name" in the Layers Palette.

Position your cursor to the left of the "S" in Scrapper's Guide at the top left of the template.

Photoshop will underline the words "Scrapper's Guide."

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Click and drag over the text to highlight the entire phrase. Type your own text such as your family name. Photoshop will follow the text path in the template as you type.

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Click the checkmark in the Options Bar to confirm the new text.

Still using the Horizontal Type tool, select the second layer named “Text Path: Newspaper Name” and highlight the newspaper title, “Times-Journal.” Type a new name of your choice.

Repeat the steps to replace all of the titles and text on the newspaper template.

If the template fonts are not loaded on your computer, an error message will appear when you highlight the text stating “The following fonts are missing for text layer …”

Click OK to allow Photoshop to choose a suitable font substitution.

With the text highlighted, select a font from the drop-down menu in the Options Bar, then type your new text.

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Get creative with the new text, adding funny quotes and interesting details for your newspaper stories.

Step 3: Adding Photos

The colored blocks on the template are photo placeholders. To place your own photos in the blocks, begin by selecting the yellow box layer in the Layers Palette. This layer is named "Large photo right side" with a yellow block in the thumbnail.

Get the Move Tool.

Select Window > Arrange > Cascade to see all of your open images at once. Select the photo you want to use in the yellow block. Click and drag it over to the template, letting go when the photo is covering the yellow block.

Click and drag the photo directly over the yellow block, covering the block completely. Make sure that the photo layer is positioned directly above the yellow block layer in the Layers Palette. If it isn't, drag the photo layer up or down the palette until it is positioned on top of the yellow block layer.

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Resizing the photo: To make the photo larger, drag the cursor to the corner of the photo where it turns into a diagonal arrow. Shift + click and drag toward the center of the photo to make the photo smaller. Shift + click and drag away from the center of the photo to make the photo larger.

When you are happy with the size of the photo, press Alt + Ctrl + G (Mac Opt + Cmd + G) to create a clipping mask. The photo will take the shape of the yellow block.

Repeat the steps with the remaining colored blocks to fill them with your own photos. You can also use the same steps to replace the background with a piece of digital paper or a large photo.

Your loved ones are sure to enjoy seeing themselves as front page news features on your scrapbook pages. The newspaper template also makes wonderful greeting card fronts. Imagine how Dad would like seeing himself as "Dad of the Year" the hometown news! You can even earn a few points with your Boss by tacking a "Boss of the Year" newspaper poster in the lunchroom of your workplace.

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Credits: Scrapbook page by Sara Horton
Fonts: Times New Roman and Impact
Template Copyright: Scrapper's Guide/Digital Scrapper

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26 Responses

  1. Bonnie Ripp
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    Very cute idea will try it Thank you

  2. Geri Devore
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    This looks like a fun project on a rainy day. Thanks.

  3. MARTHA
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    Nothing happens when trying to download newspaper template. Blank screen.

    • lsattgast
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      Hi Martha—I just tried the link, and I also got a blank browser screen, but I also get a downloads screen that shows the file downloading. Sometimes the downloads screen can be hidden behind other documents you have open. You might check in your downloads folder to see if it did actually download.

      If you don’t find it, try right clicking on the download link and choose the option to save the file to a location of your choice.

  4. Linda Laney
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    I’m so new & trying all your tutorials. I’ve enjoyed this one especially & will be making newspapers for a lot of events. Thank you so much,

  5. Laurie Bodo
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    When I down load the template ,I just get the psd file not the separate layers. This also happened when I downloaded Liiberty double photo template. Are the layers included?
    Thanks Laurie

  6. Laurie Bodo
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    Opps never mind my last post. They have showed up. It’s Friday..what can I say. Long week.
    Thanks Laurie

    • lsattgast
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      Not a problem, Laurie—enjoy!

  7. Cindy
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    I would love to try this, but I use PhotoImpact for this … or can this tut be adapted?

    Thank you!

    Cindy

    • Jen White
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      Sorry Cindy. I’m unfamiliar with PhotoImpact. Perhaps someone else reading this can help. 🙂

  8. Katherine
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    This is so cool! Will have to try it!

  9. Lois
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    I would like to create a full sheet newspaper. Does anyone know where or how I can find a background that looks like newspaper? Love the tutorial 🙂

    • Jen White
      | Reply

      Sorry Lois. Nothing comes to mind. 🙁

  10. Jessica Trotter
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    Tried this template yesterday! What fun!

    Thanks!

    Jessie 🙂

  11. Kathrin
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    cool stuff. I was looking for tutorials and as I found that I totally wanted to do it.
    But there are soooo many different layers. I mean it’s no problem for me, because I’m pretty familiar with PS but you could have used the group/folder-option to make it a little easier.

    • lsattgast
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      Group folders are only available in Photoshop, which would have excluded Photoshop Elements users. But feel free to create your own folder groups!

  12. Patricia Vance Vandivort
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    A similar tutorial came out a couple years ago for Premier members. I created one after my daughter’s 50th birthday party bash, and distributed it to all those who attended. It was a humorous, tongue-in-cheek commentary covering that milestone, and was a big hit; it’s a fun page now in her scrapbook. I’ll do one for another family member whose birthday is coming up this month. Many thanks to Sara Horton, the designer, for her clever template.

  13. scrapper
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    WOW thanks so much for this wonderful tutorial – I’ll be back soon to put it into action =)

  14. Faith A
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    I have just come across your blog and have downloaded and just about finished the layout. I am so thrilled with it, I am using it for a couple’s 1st Anniversary insert to a card I am making for them. Just waiting for the main photo of them and it will be finished, I had so much fun with this. Thank you.

    • lsattgast
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      So glad you enjoyed it, Faith. I hope your couple gets a big kick out of it!

  15. Scrapper Gram
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    I had so much fun putting some family pictures in this templates. The directions were exceptionally clear. You have a new fan!!

    • lsattgast
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      Welcome, Scrapper Gram! So glad you enjoyed this fun tutorial!

  16. Carol
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    Love newspaper templates and looking forward to using this one. Father’s Day will be on this coming Sunday so will for sure use it for that special day. Thanks so much for this template and the tutorial.

  17. Chris
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    I am new to your site. Please advise if there is a way to download these instructions and your others as a pdf? I do not have photoshop so will have to adjust it for my software and will find it easier with a pdf.

    Thank you.

    • Charlie Sattgast
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      Hi Chris. Welcome!

      Our newer tutorials all have PDF instructions. This one has been around a while and didn’t have a PDF manual with it. If you go to http://www.printfriendly.com and enter the url of the tutorial page it will generate a clean version that you can export as a PDF with one click.

  18. Paige Lefebvre
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    I just want to thank you for this Newpaper Template. While I use Photoshop, it takes a while to create these types of templates and I just love this! I am actually using it as a post on our web page and it works great thanks!

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