A Giveaway + Tips for Making the Most of Your Templates

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The Photographer Cafe Shop, an advertiser of the MCP Blog, is filled with products that are incredibly versatile.  Often, a single product can be transformed from album templates into holiday cards into newborn announcements and finally into perfect client gifts.  They love it when their customers breathe new life into a template.  It makes their templates truly economical, saving precious time and money.  Below, they will be sharing a few simple tips for maximizing the potential of Photographer Cafe templates. Make sure to enter the contest, which is at the bottom of this post.

Also, don’t forget to visit Photographer Cafe on facebook to download a beautiful, FREE template and participate in their fun Inspired Summer Photo Challenge!

Tip #1 Change the Color

It’s amazing how a quick little color change can affect the entire look and feel of a design. Our latest Black and White Holiday set features bold design in modern, sophisticated black and white.  By simply changing the colors, the holiday set may be completely re-purposed for soft and lovely newborn announcements.  When we design cards for our photography clients, we often determine the colors by using the color picker to select colors from within the images.  We find that both the designs and the images look best if they coordinate well.  Some images demand a softer feel, while other style require a brighter palette. Of course, it’s difficult to go wrong with timeless black and white!

Black and White Holiday card template set (original design)
*** Take advantage of “early bird” savings on this set through the end of June!

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Here we took Card 1 and softened the colors to make a sweet newborn announcement.

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Tip #2 Move and Remove Layers

Our template are fully layered PSD files.  This allows you to move and remove layers to your heart’s content.  Twist a photo opening from vertical to horizontal. Duplicate a photo opening.  Move the photo openings to a completely different sized card.  Move a design element to a different card.  Expand the lifespan of your templates by making simple modifications to the layers and photo openings.

Modern & Bright Holiday card template set (original design)
*** Take advantage of “early bird” savings on this set through the end of June!

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Here we took Card 5, changed up a few colors, designs and openings to make a fun, fresh Birthday Party invitation!

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Tip #3 Re-purpose Your Templates

If you are a crafty sort of person or if you simply enjoy playing around with your templates, the possibilities are truly endless.  Use design elements and photo openings for so many purposes:

  • marketing items
  • gift tags
  • thank you cards
  • wrapping embellishments
  • stickers
  • mini albums
  • ornaments
  • home accents
  • tee shirt printing
  • party favor embellishment
  • blog embellishment

ENTER TO WIN $100 at Photographer Cafe.  One lucky winner will even have an extra $100 to spend in the Photographer Cafe shop!  To enter to win, do one or both of the following:

To Enter the Giveaway:

  1. Enter a comment* telling us what new design product you need most.  Visit the Photographer Cafe Shop for ideas. Do you need albums?  Card templates?  Business and marketing materials? What style do you like?  What is your favorite color palette?  If we don’t have what you need, let us know.  We are always listening and adding to our ever-growing to do list!
  2. Follow @mcpactions and @PhotogCafe on Twitter and tweet: “Win a $100 shopping spree from @PhotogCafe at @mcpactions.  Visit the MCP Blog: http://www.mcpactions.com for details.”

For Extra Entries:

  • Spread the word through social networking. Post about this contest or about what you love about MCP Actions on any social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Stumble Upon, etc. For every place you post, come back and add a comment with a link sharing where you did this. You can get up to 5 extra entries for this – any additional may be deleted.
  • Add the MCP Actions banner to your blog (or a text link to our site – stating something like “MCP Actions: Photoshop actions and resources for photographers.” For the banner, grab the code from the sidebar. Then comment and let us know you did.

Contest Rules and Deadlines:

  • The contest starts on Thursday, June 30th, 2011 at 9am eastern time.  The winner will be selected via random.org on the evening of Sunday, July 3rd, 2011.
  • To increase chances of winning, participate in the “extra” entries.
  • * Comments must be posted on the MCP Blog, not in the notes section of Facebook. Follow the link to this post on MCP Actions Blog for your entries to qualify.
  • This contest is void where prohibited by law.
  • NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

Contest sponsored by Photographer Cafe Shop & Blog; Modern Templates for the Busy Photographer!

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Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and teaches Photoshop to photographers across the globe.

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  1. 301
    kari says:

    I shared on Facebook too…

  2. 302
    Deidre says:

    I love the Fresh Vintage album template! I only have one very simple album template, so it would be awesome to get this! Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. 303
    Susi says:

    Wow, I need everything since I am just starting out. I’d love to have The Loft business and marketing set, album templates and Holiday card set! I love your designs and feel like a kid in a candy store, “I want this, and this and ooooh, this!” Thanks for such a generous giveaway!

  4. 304

    http://twitter.com/#!/jennwillard So excited!!! Need more you your design in my life. (:

  5. 305
    michelle says:

    Whoo hoo! I’m entering!

  6. 306

    I would love to have the Black and White Holiday card set because it can be so versatile.

  7. 307
    Julie Q says:

    I need marketing material. I love the contemporary or loft collections. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  8. 308

    I shared a tweet about the giveaway. http://www.twitter.com/jbmoak

  9. 309
    kari says:

    Your banner is on my site also!

  10. 310

    The black and white holiday cards are AWESOME!!!! Christmas in July!!!

  11. 311

    Posted a comment on my facebook wall for all friends and family to see :)

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=681352987

  12. 312
    Erin says:

    Would like more Vintage/Retro style senior and baby templates in greens, blues, purples and black.
    So glad to have recently purchased several of your actions. I really appreciate all of the instruction and explanation!! My images should be quickly creeping up the cool scale in the next few weeks :)

    THANKS!!

  13. 313
    Dana Jones says:

    I need some new album and card templates. Lovely designs!

  14. 314
    Brooke A. says:

    I love the holiday and black and white set. Great templates!

  15. 315
    Christy says:

    I’m always looking for good marketing material. Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. 316
    Jaclyn Locke says:

    The card templates! Love them!

  17. 317
    Fara Bottoms says:

    I would love, love, LOVE the templates. They would be such a time saver!

  18. 318
    Lisa says:

    I would love any of the products! I especially love the card templates! I already have MCP button on my blog and follow MCP.

  19. 319
    Nisha says:

    I could really use some templates, I do not have any at all and do not even know where to begin..

  20. 320
    Katie Destry says:

    I need business and marketing materials desperately!!

  21. 321
    Jill says:

    I’m always looking for new marketing, however I do love the card templates too… I am torn between several styles, because I love them all! I love all colors but I tend to be drawn to the greens and blues and whites… so clean and fresh. What a great giveaway! Thanks

  22. 322
    Jill says:

    Oh and I just shared on Facebook too!

  23. 323
    Michelle says:

    Would love the business marketing templates.

  24. 324
    Ashley says:

    I could use some card templates – especially ones that are easily used for multiple items (holiday, babies, etc)

  25. 325
    Robyn Douglas says:

    Love the actions and the card templates.

  26. 326
    Shannon B. says:

    i love the black and white holiday set!

  27. 327
    Jessica says:

    Would love to get the album templates as well as the marketing package. The black and white templates are lovely too!

  28. 328
    Jacqueline says:

    Love the card templates!

  29. 329
    Svetlana says:

    I’m in love with black @white!

  30. 330
    Holly says:

    Marketing materials and templates!! Love your stuff!!!

  31. 331
    Tammy A. says:

    What do I need the most???? EVERYTHING!!!

  32. 332

    I definitely need more templates to give more variety to my photos, to offer my clients a little something extra!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  33. 333

    I’m following both on Twitter and I tweeted about the giveaway!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  34. 334
    Casey Maryman says:

    I love the Christmas card templates .

  35. 335
    Nicole Jacobson says:

    I love the black and white holiday set! Its elegant and classy! Would love to win!

  36. 336
    Susi says:

    Shared on Facebook!

  37. 337
    Susi says:

    Following @mcpactions on Twitter!

  38. 338
    Susi says:

    Tweeted on @suzeecue13 about the giveaway!

  39. 339
    Susi says:

    Following PhotogCafe on Twitter!

  40. 340

    I love the album basics template. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Alicia says:

    I’m just starting out – I need card templates!

  43. 343
    Darcy says:

    In the midst of TOTALLY revamping my site and my photography all together! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE a shot at this win. I probably need the card templates the most since I have none. I love anything modern to vintage modern feel and look. Thanks for the giveaway! Reposting on facebook as well.

  44. 344
    Tabitha says:

    Would love to have business templates…. Well really any of them would be nice but… :D

  45. 345
    Patricia says:

    Would love the Business & Marketing Collection since I’m just starting out!=)

  46. 346
    Darla says:

    I really love the black and white templates!

  47. 347
    Miriam P. says:

    marketing sets would be helpful. albums also

  48. 348

    I recently had my website and logo changed and I would love to find some business and marketing materials to coordinate with my new look. I am also in the market for some new holiday cards for this upcoming season.

  49. 349
    Malin Tvedt says:

    I wish I could take part in this contest, but I just don’t get the hang of Twitter. If it had been a FB-contest, I’d participate for sure!

  50. 350
    Rosalinda says:

    I would love to win the Contemporary Newsletter Template Set Vol. 1
    The reason is because I have been struggling with my photography business for over a year now and what I need is some literature and cards to help spread the word. Thanks for the giveaway :)


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