How to Combine Templates


Supplies: Enjoy Life by The Cluster Queen

A while back, Steph did a great post about combining two templates into one to stretch your digi supplies and make a page that works for your photos and journaling.

We thought it would be a good idea to share how to do that, step-by-step. Don’t worry – it’s very easy!


I’m going to work with templates from the following template packs:



Step 1: Open both templates in Photoshop. I keep them “floating” rather than “docked” so that I can easily drag layers between the two template files.

Step 2: In one of the templates, select all the layers by going to the layer palette and selecting the first layer and then holding down the SHIFT-key and selecting the last layer.


Step 3: With the Move tool active, drag the selected template layers onto the other template to combine them.


Step 4: Play with the groupings until you’re happy with how to they work together. Add or delete layers, flip sections and resize as desired.

If you’re using pre-shadowed templates, don’t forget to adjust the shadows on all the layers to match each other, since the two templates might have different shadow settings.


And that’s all there is to it! Now I have a two photo template with a busier design and lots of room for journaling!

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