Before you dive in, I wanted to explain a few things that will help you edit your new Instagram Puzzle Template. This article will provide some tips on how to make the most out of our template packs – from installing Photoshop as a first-time user to editing Smart Objects to replace our images with your own!
The Table of Contents below will help you navigate to certain topics quickly and easily.
Our template packs are designed to work with Adobe Photoshop CS5 and above. Included in each template pack is the Photoshop (PSD) Template file and a font file with a list of the Google fonts used in the template with a link to download the fonts.
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Follow the instructions on the Adobe website to download and install Photoshop CC. Once the installation is complete, simply double click on the template file (PSD) to open it!
Due to the various brands, programs, and default fonts that come with each computer, it can be hard to use fonts that are compatible with most machines. That’s why we use Google fonts with every template. Each template comes with a file that lists the Google fonts used.
It is VERY IMPORTANT that you install these fonts BEFORE opening the file. If you don’t, Photoshop will automatically substitute these fonts which could mess up the text areas. Once your fonts are installed and the file is opened, you can edit the text to read whatever your heart desires, in any font you wish to change it to!
Once the font displays on your screen, click on the add icon to add it to your download list.
After adding the font to your download list, you will see your list pop up on the bottom of your screen. Click on the black bar to expand your list.
On the expanded list click on the download icon in the top right corner, as shown in the image below.
This will expand a download options menu. Click on the download link to save the font file to your computer.
Open the downloaded file by double-clicking on it. (Windows should automatically open the .zip file, but if you need a program to open the file, you can download a free program called 7zip from https://www.7zip.org) In the downloaded file, you will see the font file (.ttf or .otf) – double click on this file to open the install window.
In the next window you will see an example of the font as well as a button in the top left corner to install the font. Click that button, and let your computer work it’s magic installing your font!
Once your computer finishes installing the font, you can close out all the windows. That’s it – you’ve just installed a new font! Repeat this step if you have multiple fonts to download. Once all fonts are downloaded, then you’re ready to open your template file!
Now that you’ve downloaded and installed Photoshop and your template fonts, you’ll need to customize your template! First we’ll tackle editing your text and changing the fonts to match your brand.
Do you have something important to say? Have you fallen in love with a quote and want to share it with your followers? In this section I’ll show you how to change the text in your template.
On the left hand side of your screen, you will notice a toolbar that contains a bunch of tools. This toolbar can be quite intimidating to someone who has never worked in Photoshop, but that’s OK, I’ll step you through the basics! To edit text, we are going to select the tool icon for text (it looks like the upper case letter “T”)
For the next step we’re going to look at the right hand side of our screen, in the LAYERS section. This shows all of the layers of graphics, text, shapes, and effects for each piece of our artwork. l have organized the layers by category and color coded them for easy identification.
The layer group we are going to work in for this step is the TEXT group. Editable text areas are color coded (on the left) with the color YELLOW for easy reference as shown below. You may need to click on the arrows to expand the group so you can see all the sub-groups and layers.
Each post square (sub-group) is numbered in the Instagram posting order (bottom right of template to top left). This helps keep everything organized and easy to find!
Under the sub-groups you will see the smart object text layers. This is where we edit the text. Double-click on the thumbnail image. This will open the smart object in another Photoshop tab. A smart object allows you to edit JUST that object/layer, without making changes to the rest of the template. Smart objects can be identified by a small document icon in the bottom right corner of the thumbnail.
Now that you’ve double-clicked on the smart object, a new tab opens in Photoshop (highlighted in red below). You’ll also see the editable section of the template in the work area.
Now we’ll go back to the layers panel and double-click on the thumbnail which will highlight our text in that layer.
Type in your new text. For this example, we will change the word HUG to the word CAT.
Once you have completed changing your text, press CTRL + S to SAVE the smart object (You can also click on File>Save from the main menu). Close the smart object tab, and you should now see the template has changed with your new text!
Repeat Steps 1-8 for all text areas you wish to edit! Text editing may seem really slow at first when you’re first learning how to edit the smart objects. Once you get the hang of the steps, you WILL become much faster, and text edits won’t take much time at all. Remember… practice brings proficiency!
Now that you know how to change the text, it’s time to learn how to change the fonts and font colors. These steps are similar to changing the text, and can actually be completed at the same time as the text editing!
Using the same steps 1-5 above, we will now change the font, font size (if needed), and color of our text. I’ve provided a quick visual refresher of steps 1-5 below as a quick reference guide.
Select the text tool from the toolbar on the left.
Find the text layers in the layers panel. Highlighted in yellow for a quick find.
Double-click the thumbnail of the smart object text layer you wish to edit.
A new tab opens in Photoshop to edit the smart object.
Double-click the text thumbnail in the layers panel to highlight the text in the work area
Using the “Character Panel” located just above the Layers Panel, we can change the font, font size, and color of our text. To change the font, locate the font name drop down menu in the top left corner of the character panel (highlighted in red below). Click on the drop down arrow to select your new font!
Using the same Character Panel we can also change the size of the font to make it larger or smaller. You can either use the drop down size selection menu, or type in your own size. The default drop down sizes maxes out at 72pts. So, if you want a larger size (such as 90pts. in the image below), you’ll have to manually type it in. Sometimes getting a size just right can be a guessing game, so you may change this option several times before you’re happy with it.
There may come a time where a template layout you like just doesn’t quite match your branding colors. We got you covered! To change the font color, simply click on the color box to change it. You can manually adjust the color by sliding the ring around, or typing in your HEX or RGB codes!
Once you have selected (and are happy with) your new font, font size, and color, it’s time to save your text masterpiece. Just press CTRL+S to SAVE your work! In the images below you can see how simply changing the font, font size, and color can completely change the look and feel of the template!
Wasn’t that super simple? Now that you know how to edit the text in your template, let’s move on to the next phase – Editing Template Images!
If you’ve spent even just five minutes on Instagram, you know that it is a very visual social media platform. In the next couple of steps, I’m going to show you how to use your own photos in the template.
Just like the text layers, the image layers are also smart objects. They can be found in the Layers Panel as well, and are color coded in PURPLE. They too, are numbered in Instagram posting order.
Once again we’re going to double-click the smart object thumbnail to edit the image. This will open a new Photoshop tab just like when we edited the text.
Now that we have the new smart object tab open, you’ll need to add your own picture layer. To do this, navigate to the FILE menu, and click PLACE. This will open a window that shows the files on our computer.
Navigate to where you store your Instagram pictures. Select the picture you want to add, and click on the PLACE button.
Now you will see that your picture has been added, but more than likely does not cover the whole area. To make sure the whole area is covered by the image, you’ll have to resize it.
To resize the image, you’ll want to make sure the image is selected. By default when placing the image, it should already be selected. But… if you accidentally unselected it, you can go to EDIT > FREE TRANSFORM in the menu, or press CTRL+T on the keyboard. You’ll know when the picture is selected and ready for resizing if there is an X across the image with with handles on the corners and sides of the image.
Next, you’ll want to make sure the link icon between the height and width on the top selection bar is clicked. This retains the image ratio so it doesn’t look distorted when resizing.
Then, you’ll want to click and drag one of the corner handles until the image is large enough to cover the area. If you need to re-position the image, you can do so by clicking on the image and dragging it around until you’re happy with it’s placement.
Finally, when you are happy with the size and placement of the image, click on the check mark in the top middle of your screen to accept the changes.
You’ve now added your own image to the smart object! In order for the changes to take place on the template, you’ll need to save the smart object. To do this go to FILE > SAVE , or press CTRL+S.
Now that your image is saved on the smart object, you can close out the smart object tab. The template should now display your new image!
Repeat steps 1-7 for all of the images on the template. The number of images will vary based on the template design, but will typically range between 11 and 15 images per template.
There may come a time when the template default colors just won’t cut it. That’s why I implemented the ability to change the colors of certain things – from backgrounds to objects, and fonts to elements, you can completely transform the template into your own masterpiece. Since we already discussed how to change font colors, let’s take a look at how we can change the color of other layers.
Go to the Layers Panel (yes, we really do use this panel a lot, don’t we?). Find the groups or layers that are color coded GREEN. The green layers are the layers that can have their color changed.
Changing the colors works in a similar way to the smart objects we worked with in the otherr section, but this time we’re going to double-click on the color block. Just like when we changed the font color, this will also open a color selection window.
Here we can move the ring and sliders to select a different color, or use the RGB and HEX codes. For this example, I’m going to change the red ribbon to pink and click the OK button to accept the color change.
Repeat steps 1-3 for all color layers you wish to change. As you can see below, we can completely transform the template by changing the pictures, fonts, and colors!
Now that you have made all of your customizations, you’ll want to save your new look so you don’t have to keep changing the colors and fonts every time you want to update your pictures and text. We can save the new look as it’s own template for future use in as little as 3 clicks!
Click on FILE > SAVE AS.
This will pop up a SAVE AS window.
First step is to navigate to where you want to save your new template.
Second, you’ll want to rename the file to something that you’ll remember.
Next, Check to make sure the format is set to Photoshop (*.PSD,*.PDD). This is important so the file is saved with the editable layers!
Finally, we’ll click on the SAVE button to save our new template.
This process may take a while based on the speed of your computer. Please be patient during the save process!
So we’ve finished the edits and saved a new template, but how do you save it so you get the 30 separate images to post to Instagram? Follow the steps below and soon you’ll be rocking your Instagram feed!
First we need to activate the slices so we can export the individual images. This can be done by clicking on the slice tool in the toolbar on the left. If you don’t see it on the toolbar, you may have to toggle it.
To toggle the slice tool, right click on the crop tool and select the Slice Tool as shown in the image below.
After selecting the slice tool, your work area in the template should change a little bit. It should now blue slice lines that are numbered. It should look like the image below.
If you don’t see the slice lines, it’s easy to fix. Click on View > Show > Slices from the main menu at the top. You can also use this method to turn them off later.
For the next step, we need to export the individual images in a picture format that can be used on Instagram. The two main picture formats we see used today are JPG and PNG.
To do this we need to click on File > Save for Web & Devices from the main menu.
Once you click on Save for Web & Devices, you may receive a pop up warning that the image size is too large. This is because we haven’t told it to save the individual images yet, and Photoshop is trying to save the whole template as an image. At this point, just click YES to continue.
If you were able to install the program, then you shouldn’t have a problem processing the save file.
This is the step you get to choose which file type you want to use when you save the images. I would recommend PNG-24 or JPEG. I personally prefer and use PNG-24. Once you have selected your file type, click on the SAVE button.
Another window will pop up, and this is where we tell photoshop to save the individual images!
First, select your location you want to save your images to.
Then, rename your images, if you would like. This is optional.
THIS STEP IS VERY IMPORTANT! Make sure the save/export FORMAT is set to IMAGES ONLY!
Click SAVE button.
Now let’s check to make sure the files saved correctly. Navigate you directory to the location you chose to save your files. You should see a folder called IMAGES. This is the folder Photoshop created to save all the images to. Double click this folder to open it.
You should now see all 30 individual images in this folder. It’s magic!
We have now successfully edited and customized our template, saved a new template so future updates are a few steps easier, and exported our individual images. Now we need to get them on Instagram! Keep reading to find out the different methods you can use to upload your images.
No matter which posting method you decide to use, there is one important thing to keep in mind when uploading your images – you’ll need to POST THE IMAGES IN REVERSE ORDER (from #30 to #1).
This is due to the fact that Photoshop saves the images from left to right – top to bottom (just like how we read), and our Instagram feeds work in the opposite direction (right to left – bottom to top).
In order to manually post your images to Instagram, you will first need to transfer them from your computer to your phone. While you can connect your phone to your computer with a USB data cable (see your phones user manual for instructions), there are other ways to do this. The most common way is to use a file transfer app such as Google Drive or Dropbox.
Once you have the images transferred to your phone, you can manually post them to Instagram in the same fashion that you would post an image from your phone. There are no other special requirements to do this. This process can become quite tedious, but some prefer to use this method. DON’T FORGET TO POST IN REVERSE ORDER!
Another option to post your images to Instagram is to use a posting/scheduling app. The two most popular apps out there are PREVIEWAPP and TAILWIND. I personally use Tailwind, as it has other features such as scheduling, hashtag generators, auto-posting and more! Each one has a blog and/or tutorials that can step you through how to use their app. Click on the logos below to learn more about each app! Once again, DON’T FORGET TO POST IN REVERSE ORDER!
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