How To Create A Mood Board
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If you have purchased a template from The Shop, then the first step to get started is downloading the needed fonts found in the readme.pdf file included in your download folder. You will also need Adobe Photoshop downloaded on your computer.
Step 1: Open The File In Adobe Photoshop
Now that you have all of the fonts downloaded you can now open the file in Adobe Photoshop. After opening Photoshop go to File > Open > then open the moodboard-template.psd. You can download a copy of the moodboard template from the Freebie Library by clicking the previous link.
Step 3: Click And Drag The Image To The Moodboard
Click and drag the image with your mouse to the next window with the moodboard template. Once you begin to drag the image a dialog box will appear where you will click the Convert to Normal Layer button. A new layer in the Layers tab (right side of screen) will appear when you have dragged the image to the moodboard. In the second image below the layer with the image is highlighted and labeled as Layer 1.
Step 4: Position The Image Over A Layer
On the right side of the screen you will see the Layers tab which shows all of the moodboard shapes. Wherever you want the image on the moodboard you will need to put the image directly on top of that layer. Tip: You can see which area of the board corresponds with it’s shape on the moodboard by clicking the eye icon beside the Layer. The image layer or Layer 1 is now directly on top of shape 5 which allows me to create a clipping mask. You can position the image layer any way that you want before creating the clipping mask. If you need to resize the image you can go the top of the screen and click Edit > Free Transform.
Step 5: Create A Clipping Mask On The Image Layer
Inside of the layer tab, right click on the image layer or Layer 1, and you will see a menu pop-out. Click on Create Clipping Mask to make the image layer become the shape of Layer 5 beneath it. Repeat this step for each image you would like to add to the moodboard. If you would like to make a shape a color you can double click the small rectangle icon inside of the Layer and the Color Picker will appear. You can see the change from grey to black on Shape 6 in the second image below.
There you have it! Now you know how to create a moodboard using Photoshop. Do you need a moodboard template to help get started? Download a free moodboard template in the Freebie Library.
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