May 5, 2016

Adding Images Into A Template

In this tutorial I will be showing you how to place your images into the spaces provided by our templates at The Shoppe.

When you open a template from The Shoppe you will see something that looks like the image below. The dark grey area is the area designated for placing your images.
Open Document

Once you have your template file open it’s time to get an image into it. Go ahead and open an image that you wish to place into the template. After the file is opened you need to select the entire image. Do this by navigating to the “Select” menu and choosing “All”.

Select All

You will know that your image is selected when a moving dotted line appears around the entire file. This dotted line is commonly referred to as “the marching ants”. When you confirm that your image is selected it is now time to copy that selection. Navigate to the “Edit” menu and choose “Copy”. Nothing visible will happen but rest assured that your image has been copied and we will call on it later.


You are now finished with that image. You can close the file if you desire. At this time, move back to the template file and focus in on your “Layers” panel. This panel is usually located on the far right side near the bottom of the screen. Once you have located the “Layers” panel you will see a grouping called “Images”. Clicking the arrow to the left will expand the group and reveal the layer containing the grey area. This is where you will be placing your image. Right click the layer thumbnail as seen in the image below.

Click Layer

When you have right clicked the layer thumbnail you will receive a menu. Choose the “Select Pixels” option and you should see the grey image placement area become surrounded by “marching ants.”

Select Pixels

With this area selected navigate to the “Edit” menu followed by the “Paste Special” sub-menu and finally select “Paste Into”. If you are using an older version of Photoshop the “Paste Into” option may be directly inside the “Edit” menu. This is not a problem and will merely save you an additional step.

Paste Into

As soon as you select “Paste Into” you should see that the image you previously copied has appeared and is shaped and sized just like the grey image placeholder area. You will also notice in the “Layers” panel that a new layer has been created with your image and a mask. The mask is just a component that works to show or hide a portion of the image. In this case it is allowing your image to show through in a very specific area. Our original grey image placeholder layer is undisturbed beneath our new layer and will be ready to access again if you decide to change the image.

New Layer

All that is left to do now is to position your image appropriately. Do this by selecting the layer thumbnail that includes your image and simply drag the image around on the canvas. You will notice that your image is not cropped but is merely being hidden from view except in the grey area. (Thanks to the mask) Feel free to scale and move the image as you normally would. When you find a position you like you can hide the layer with the grey image placeholder. Do this by clicking the eye to the left of the layer. It is a good idea to do this before printing as it will keep the grey area from being visible.


This concludes the tutorial. I hope this was informative and easy to follow.


November 16, 2015

Review Iris Works Studio Management Software

Systems for Photography

I was sitting under an avalanche of sticky notes and partially used notebooks. I knew I had an important call today. However, somewhere between responding to a customer complaint and spending three hours on the phone with my credit card processor the exact meeting time slipped through my neurons and splashed into a puddle of soup at the base of my brain.

I was managing three businesses (too many by the way).   Managing them all with three Gmail accounts, 15 email addresses, four notebooks (the paper kind), and a rainbow of sticky notes. The sneaking suspicion I was already too late churned in my stomach as I flipped through the purple notebook trying to remember if I wrote down the phone number before or after my notes on next month’s social media strategy. For some reason the voice of Mr. Ralston,  my middle school teacher,  was on a loop in my head saying, “Organization is the key to success,” over and over and over….

The Breaking Point

That early afternoon wasn’t the first time this scenario happened. Luckily, something snapped and it was the last.  I somehow beat the “but” voice.  You know the one I’m talking about.

But! I don’t have time to research a better way of doing business. I can hardly keep track of stuff now.

Really? How much more time would you have if you weren’t sifting through a billion sticky notes each day?

But! I don’t have time to learn a new system. That takes a ton of time.

Yes it does. Once the system is in place though you will free up hours

BUT! I love my art. Can’t I just focus on that!?

Yes, full time if you aren’t suffocating under a pile of notebooks from your desk.

So why am I telling you this?

We don’t sponsor affiliate products often here at the Shoppe. But when Meredith Graddle approached me a few weeks ago with information on her studio management software I was intrigued.  Creating systems in your business is probably the most valuable tool for saving time and money. If her product could bring that kind of value to our customers I figured  I had to try it out.  So I took her up on her offer and logged into the software to see what it was all about.

Iris Works Features

The integration and tools were pretty amazing. I have evaluated a lot of business management software and I really wish something like this had been around back when I was sitting under that pile of notebooks. It was pretty apparent as soon as I saw the dashboard that this software was created by a photographer for photographers.

The Dashboard is a clean minimalist design that gives you an overview of everything from your schedule to the weather. All of the dally information is in one place which is priceless if you are used to juggling multiple calendars.

Iris Works Dashboard

Another priceless feather is the client portal. The client portal is split between current clients (which you can segment for mailings and promotions) and prospects. Never lose track of new prospects or forget to send out a client email again.

Iris Client Dashboard

Probably one of my favorite features of the software is the workflow checklist. Iris Studio comes with workflow templates and you can create your own.

Need to shoot a wedding? Assign the wedding workflow to your client. The software takes the date and creates a daily checklist leading up to and after the event. Each task is added to you schedule so you don’t miss a thing!

  • There are a ton of other features that makes this software a photographers dream.
  • Automated messages
  • Customer Questioners
  • Invoicing and billing
  • Contracts and documents
  • Customer photo galleries – for an additional fee customers can review and download photos

Everything is customizable!

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If you are interested in trying Iris free for 30 days check out our affiliate link (you will not pay extra for using this link).

With 30 days FREE you can’t lose.

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Keeping Perspective With Gratitude

Today I am grateful for those who made sacrifices for our country and our freedom and I pray for the families they leave behind. When my husband was on the road all the time the military families were what kept things in perspective for me. Spouses, sons and daughters…not knowing when or if they will come home. At least I knew when John was coming home. I knew he was not in immediate danger, and that I could say goodnight to him on the phone most nights.

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Healthy Boundaries for Creatives: Art’s Sake Project

When I am passionate about something I have a hard time setting boundaries and not throwing my self all in…and I mean all in. Sometimes when I have an idea that I am excited about, or a new project that I am inspired by, I get tunnel vision and I have a hard time focusing on anything else. I think this is very common with creatives. It is part of how we turn passion and vision into something tangible. We can’t always control when the flurry of inspiration will strike and when it does we feel we need to embrace it before it goes away!

I think part of this is just the way it works being an artist. It is something I will always have as part of my process, it is embedded very deep. Now that I have a child though I need to find ways to shut it off when I need to be focused on her. I have been trying to figure out how to balance the passion and the drive that makes up my core, and the little person that needs my attention seemingly every moment. I have realized that it is not very good to try and do them both at the same time. At times I have resorted to increasing my childcare when I am in a mode that I feel I have to stay in until it is complete. This way at least she is getting the attention she deserves while I power through my inspiration. Other than that I don’t have an answer for you to this one, and if you have one please let me know!

The other type of boundaries that I wanted to show with this week’s art, involves only taking on what you can handle. It feels to me sometimes that opportunities all come in waves. One minute nothing is happening and the next you have 4 different opportunities to embrace as well as several people that need your help with something. Do you take on all of them? Do you feel like you can’t say no? why? Which do you say no to? I am working on realizing that I am not doing anyone any good when I try to take on too much. I am learning that I need to choose my opportunities that I want to pursue the most, and make sure I am also having some time to still help and serve people as well. Sometimes if we are struggling financially we feel that we have to take any and all work that comes our way, no matter what that means to our sanity or the quality of our work. I learned over time that having balance, and being able to put my best energy and creativity into less projects takes those projects to a level they would never reach if my time was spread too thin. This ultimately makes the project, and myself as an artist, more successful.


Edited with Actions from The Shoppe Actions & Designs

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The Shoppe Designs Storyboard Event

Thee Sets of Storyboards on Sale This Week, Including The StoryBoard MEGA Set


Keep reading for examples of more than a dozen storyboard sets available at The Shoppe, most for JUST $10 A SET and grab a FREEBIE!



Use these versatile storyboard templates for anything from wall prints for your client’s to blog or marketing boards! Easily add your images, and change the color and text in the high res layered Photoshop files. The Mega Set includes 5 different sets of storyboards for any client from family to wedding, to baby or kids!

Styles Included:
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The Shoppe Boudoir Photography Event ~ Magazine Photoshop Templates on SALE.

Just in Time for Valentine’s Day Sessions!

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If you shoot or want to shoot boudoir photography, you need to have one of these gorgeous welcome guide/magazines for your new boudoir photography clients. These Photoshop templates are 18 page booklets for printing to hand out.  Help new clients understand how to prepare for their upcoming session. Can be also be made into a .pdf to email or post on your website/blog. Five professionally written and expertly designed articles with tips and instructions on creating a comfortable, fun, and beautiful boudoir session. Eliminate the guess work for your clients and lessen the customer service emails. Give them an easy to understand, beautiful magazine to explain the process!

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