Yes. We are currently offering two main categories, templates and design elements. The templates are layouts based on various products you can order from www.whcc.com. The design elements are all the individual pieces that make up the layouts and allow for you to create your own unique projects from the ground up.
Are the templates completely editable?
Yes, the templates are all layered PSD or TIFF files that can be edited and manipulated in Photoshop.
Are the templates compatible with Photoshop Elements?
We do not guarantee they will work with Photoshop Elements. This is stated in the Terms and Conditions agreed upon at the time of purchase. There are many functions in Photoshop that can't be performed in Elements.
Is the Log In information for the SweetSprout site the same as my WHCC account number and password?
No, you will create your own SweetSprout account with your name, email address, and password. You don’t need to be a WHCC client to subscribe to SweetSprout
The template files are zipped. How do I unzip them?
On a PC you can right click and click on “Extract All”. With a Mac you are able to double click on the zipped file. Your computer will then prompt you to open the zipped file with a program that has been set by your computer.
How do I get my images into the templates?
Make sure you have your image(s) and your template open in Photoshop. Click on the layer of your image (in the layers palette) and drag it onto your template. It will now appear as a layer in the layers palette of your template. Move the layer featuring your image directly above the image placeholder layer where you want your image to appear in the template. With your image layer highlighted, go to Layer/Create Clipping Mask in the Menu Bar at the top of the screen. You will now notice your image layer is indented with a small arrow pointing down to the clipping mask. Then…
How do I know the size of the photo box or how do I size the image?
Once your image is in the placeholder image box, the easiest way to size your image correctly is by using free transform. To free transform the image you will press Control + T (for PC) or Command + T (for Mac). You should see the image handles appear around the image. While holding shift you can drag the corner handle in and out to get the photo to the size needed. Be sure to hold down the shift key to ensure you do not distort your original image. You can also hold down the Alt and Shift key to increase or decrease the image size from the center rather than the corner.
How can I change the colors of certain elements in the templates?
Many times, a hue/saturation adjustment layer is attached to the layer containing the element. You can then double click the layer icon and adjust hue, saturation and lightness. If the layer has a color overlay, you can double click on the color overlay and the effects style box will pop up. You can then adjust the color using the selective color box. If you want to select an exact color, you can use your eye dropper and put the color you are wanting in your foreground swatch. Once you have the color overlay effects box open, simply click on the foreground color and it will find that color in the effects box and hit ok. It will now apply the color change to the layer.
What if I don’t need all the image placeholder boxes or want them to be horizontal versus vertical or vice versa?
You can simply delete or turn off any image boxes you do not use by dragging the layer to the trash can at the bottom right of the layers palette or by simply clicking off the eye icon to the left of the layer itself.
You can also change the size of the image placeholders at any time. You will want to select the image placeholder layer and then use free transform to adjust size or orientation. Once you have the handle bars around the box, you can move and adjust the size of the image placeholder. It may be best to do this before you put your photograph into the placeholder but it can be done after the fact as well.
Can I edit the text?
You can edit all the text. You can add, delete, and modify all the text boxes. You will first want to select the text layer you are trying to edit. Select the Text Tool in the tools bar and click the text on the actual template to edit it. To change the color you will want to highlight all the text and select the color box on your top tool bar.
How do I get the fonts used in the template if they are not already on my computer?
If you do not have the specific font used in the template, you can find the name by simply clicking on the text layer on the template. A box will pop up stating “the following fonts are missing for the layer”. It will then continue to name the text that is missing and suggest a substitution.
If you’d to keep the original font used, it can often be found by searching the font name through the Internet using a search engine such as Google or Yahoo . Please keep in mind that some fonts may need to be purchased.
How do I submit my order to WHCC to be printed?
Once you are completely finished with your template, flatten the PSD file and save it as a JPG. You may want to save a copy of the PSD version in case you have to go back and make changes. To flatten the PSD or Tiff file, go to Layer>Flatten Image. All of your layers will flatten to just one layer. Save the file as a JPG by going to File, Save As. Open WHCC ROES to complete the ordering process.
Can I use the template numerous times?
Yes, once you download the template it is yours to use as many times as you’d like.
Is unlimited actually unlimited?
Yes it really is. You can download any and as many of the products you would like to each and every month.
What is included in a free account?
When you sign up for a free account you are able to download one product per month.
Does re-downloading an item use up one of my downloads?
No, you are allowed to re-download any previously downloaded product as many times as you need.
How are months calculated?
Months are calculated based on when you sign up, not calendar months. For example, if you sign up on March 15th, your month for downloading and billing purposes would run until April 15th.
What kinds of resources are available in your Design Elements categories?
Our main types of Design Elements are Photoshop Actions, Backgrounds
What kinds of resources are available in your Design Elements categories?
Here is a list and detailed description of our current Design Elements: Photoshop Actions - Actions can help you increase your productivity or add cool effects to your photos. They come as .atn files that will open in your Adobe Photoshop actions palette.
- Brushes - Brushes allow you to quickly stamp your images and layouts with various designs. Brush Sets are .abr files that can be loaded into your Adobe Photoshop brushes palette.
- Backgrounds - Backgrounds are layered canvases that may include textures, patterns, overlay, elements etc. They are editable .psd files that can be manipulated in Adobe Photoshop.
- Frames and Borders - Frames and borders are image clips or elements that outline or enclose images, backgrounds or other elements. The files come as an Illustrator .ai and .eps as well as a .psd smart object that can be manipulated without pixelation in Adobe Photoshop.
- Overlays - Overlays are transparencies that can be overlaid on an image or canvas. Simply copy and paste or drag and drop. Changing the layer mode to Overlay or Soft Light often works well but feel free to experiment with other layer modes. These files come as a .png and can be opened and manipulated in Adobe Photoshop.
- Patterns - This pattern is a seamless, repeating vector on a transparent background. The file comes as an .ai and an .eps. Both files can be opened and manipulated in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.
- Textures - Textures are flattened images. They are not layered, but work well in various layer modes to add character or mood to photographs or backgrounds. They can also work well on their own as backgrounds. The file comes as a .jpg.
- Vector Corners - Vectors are scalable and can be transformed without pixelating. Vector corners are just that…corners to be used around images or within layouts. The files come as an Illustrator .ai and .eps as well as a .psd smart object that can be manipulated without pixelation in Adobe Photoshop.
- Vector Embellishments - Vectors are scalable and can be transformed without pixelating. Vector embellishments which are not symmetrical on their own, but are often mirrored or reflected. The files come as an Illustrator .ai and .eps as well as a .psd smart object that can be manipulated without pixelation in Adobe Photoshop.
- Vector Ornaments - Vectors are scalable and can be transformed without pixelating. Vector ornaments which are symmetrical and generally contain one graphic. The files come as an Illustrator .ai and .eps as well as a .psd smart object that can be manipulated without pixelation in Adobe Photoshop.
- Vector Art - Vectors are scalable and can be transformed without pixelating. Vector art includes illustrations and/or graphics. The files come as an Illustrator .ai and .eps as well as a .psd smart object that can be manipulated without pixelation in Adobe Photoshop.