Step 1: Download the template and fonts
Begin by downloading and unzipping the Scrapper’s Guide Newspaper Template here.
We used Impact font for the headline and Times New Roman font for the text and titles. Check your system to make sure you have both Times New Roman and Impact fonts loaded. These are common fonts that come installed on most computer systems.
Download and install fonts if necessary. Here are free alternative fonts that can be substituted.
Step 2: Customizing the Template Text
Open the template and five photos in Photoshop.
If Times New Roman and Impact are not loaded on your computer system, you will receive a font error upon opening the template stating the some text layers contain fonts that are missing. Click OK to allow Photoshop to substitute the font.
In the Layers Palette, you will see a warning sign on the thumbnail of each text layer that lets you know the font used in the template is not available on your system.
You can safely ignore these warnings until you replace the text.
If the fonts are loaded on your computer, you will not see these warnings and can continue to the next step.
Select the Horizontal Type tool, then select the top layer named “Text Path: Your Family Name” in the Layers Palette.
Position your cursor to the left of the “S” in Scrapper’s Guide at the top left of the template. Photoshop will underline the words “Scrapper’s Guide.”
Click and drag over the text to highlight the entire phrase. Type your own text such as your family name. Photoshop will follow the text path in the template as you type.
Click the checkmark in the Options Bar to confirm the new text.
Still using the Horizontal Type tool, select the second layer named “Text Path: Newspaper Name” and highlight the newspaper title, “Times-Journal.” Type a new name of your choice.
Repeat the steps to replace all of the titles and text on the newspaper template.
If the template fonts are not loaded on your computer, an error message will appear when you highlight the text stating “The following fonts are missing for text layer …”.
Click OK to allow Photoshop to choose a suitable font substitution.
With the text highlighted, select a font from the drop-down menu in the Options Bar, then type your new text.
Get creative with the new text, adding funny quotes and interesting details for your newspaper stories.