Designing a wedding album is not a difficult task if you are using the appropiate tools, allways remember that the software should not compromise your creativity in any way. We believe that the best tool for a photograher is Photoshop and therefore you should use it also for your albums, in conjuction with Album DS you have a powerfull but fast and easy to use tool.
In this short tutorial I'm going to explain you how to create a wedding album sheet easily from scratch.
First of all we have to create an empty sheet, please make sure you have input the correct album size while creating the album, this can be checked at the Album - Edit option in the main menu.
For the sample I'll work with a 60x25cm sheet
Now select Sheet - New sheet, you will get a blank empty sheet with 2 pages ( left and right) and guides for the margins input in the album size window. At Photoshop layers palette you will find the background layer and one Color Fill layer ( in white but easily changeable by double clicking at the color thumbnail in the layers palette).
Next step will be to create the shape layers for the pictures, they are different methods to get shape layers but the easiest is using Photoshop's rectangle tool.
Please note the settings needed to create a shape layer with the rectangle tool.
You may also use the rectangle with rounded corners, elipse or custom shape tool to create it, just experiment.
Draw a rectangle in the sheet, if you don't like the inital color you may change it by double clicking the first thumbnail at left in the shape layer at Photoshop's layers palette.
Select the shape layer and double click at a picture in Album DS, this will place the picture in the document resizing it to fit the shape layer. Depending on your preference settings in Album DS the picture will be centered or placed at the top left corner of the shape layer.
You may use Photoshop's move tool to reposition and / or resize the picture, just make sure to have selected "Show transform controls" for the Move tool options and drag from a pictures corner to resize it ( keep Shift pressed to keep aspect relation).
Create another shape layer with the rectangle tool, this time I will create an horizontal shape layer.
And now duplicate the layer to place 2 horizontal pictures, this can be done with Photoshop's layer menu ( right click on the layer in the palette), by pressing ALT and dragging the layer between 2 layers in the palette, pressing ALT and dragging the layer in the document, or just using the Layers menu in Photoshop.
We have to align this layers now, and Photoshop has perfect align tools for this matter. Please select both layers in the layers palette and then select the Move tool. Look at the align options in this picture.
Align the shape layers and move them to be aligned also to the top of the other layer, then resize them slightly to fill until the bottom of the other layer.
It's time to place a couple of pictures, select the target shape layer in the layers palette and double click at the picture in Album DS.
Let's place a background now in our wedding sheet. Select the background tab in Album DS, then select a background and double click at it.
The background will allways be placed over the Color Fill layer and the background to show the original background color and design, you may easily drag the Color Fill layer one layer above and change the blend mode to Color ( or whatever mode you prefer) and then also change his color, the layer will now blend the background and make it look completely different and tailored for your pictures.
We still need a picture on the right side, please drag a new rectangular shape layer filling the page from top to bottom and at the right border but don't fill the page at left.
Select the Masks panel in Album DS and then the Transitional folder, click at Show masks to see all transitional masks. Select the one which is black at left with a gradient and double click at it.
This will create a smooth transition between the background and the picture, let's place now the picture.
Depending on your own style a wedding album may have different looks and complements, you may easily place them using Album DS's features; I'll show you some of them.
Clipart: select the cliparts tab in Album DS and double click at a clipart thumbnail like I did here with the Decor_vectorial ones. Once placed in the sheet you may use Photoshop's Move tool to resize and reposition it.
Styles: can be added to a picture, for sample to frame it with a stroke or a shadow. Please select the shape layer of the first picture at left and then the styles tab in Album DS, double click at the style thumbnail in Album DS to apply it to the shape.
Applying the style to the shape layer instead of the picture has a great advantage because the picture remains untouched and you may also save the sheet as template for future use.
But styles can also be applied to a clipart, please select the first layer which is the decorative clipart and then select in Album DS one of the Layer style folders in the Styles tab, double click at the style thumbnail to apply this style to the decorative clipart. Remember that you may easily modify the style by changing any of the effects in Photoshop's layers palette, click at the small fx you can see at bottom of the palette to change them.
A wedding album template sometimes also includes a short text, no problem ... you are using Photoshop and may write any text and use all Photoshop features to change the text apearence like font, rotations, bold, cursive, following a path, styles, etc.
As a sample I have just copied the style applied to the clipart in this sheet to the text at top making them look similar, this is easily done with the copy / paste layer style feature available by right clicking at the layers palette.