Using Templates & PRESETS TO GET STARTED, FAST Adobe Stock for Student Inspiration

When you create a document in Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator, instead of beginning with a blank canvas, you can choose from a wide variety of templates from Adobe Stock. Templates often include assets and illustrations or special effects that you can build on to complete your project. When you open a template in Photoshop, you can work with it just as you would work with any other Photoshop document (.psd).

In addition to templates, you can also create a document by selecting one of the numerous presets available in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign or create your custom sizes. You can also save your own presets for reuse.

This tutorial will focus on using a template from Adobe Stock.

Getting Started

To work with templates, first launch Photoshop or Illustrator, and then do one of the following to launch the New Document window:

  • Choose File > New from the File menu
  • Click the NEW button in the start screen
  • Type Command+N or Ctrl+N (Windows)
What's the difference between Templates and Presets?

Design Templates...

provide inspiration and reusable elements for your documents and videos. You can download templates from Adobe Stock that include quality graphics and illustrations right within Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro and Premiere Rush. You can then build on these templates to easily create documents that share common settings and design elements. Templates open as .psd files in Photoshop or .ai files in Illustrator and generally include multiple art boards. Motion graphics templates (MOGRTs) are accessible within the Essential Graphics panel in Premiere Pro and the Titles panel in Premiere Rush.

Blank Document Presets...

are blank documents with predefined dimensions and settings and are available from the home screens of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Presets make designing for specific device form factors or use cases easier. For example, you can use a preset to quickly start designing for the iPad Pro. Blank document presets have predefined size, color mode, unit, orientation, positioning, and resolution settings. You can modify these settings before creating a document using the preset.

Change the type of template or preset you want to use by selecting from one of the 6 categories in the Photoshop New Document window (5 categories in Illustrator). In the example above, I've selected the Photo category in Photoshop.

Click once on a template to see additional a description and additional details about the template on the right-side of the window. Many templates can be licensed for free from Adobe Stock, or for a small fee, depending on the template creator's preference. Free or not, you will still be prompted to license the template for use. If you like the template, choose Download. At this point, you will be prompted to license the template.

Tip: Want to find ALL the free templates at once? Go to https://stock.adobe.com/ca/templates and type the word "free" in the search bar.

Downloaded templates are added to a Creative Cloud library called Stock Templates. You can access this library in the Libraries panel.

Once the template downloads, you can click the Open button in the New Document window to launch the file.

Note: If you download a free template created by Adobe Stock, the file also includes instructions on how to customize the document with your own content. In this Adobe Stock Illustrator template, you can learn how to create presentation graphics. Note: templates created by other designers may not include any instructions for use.

In the Vintage Photo Effects template (created by Collective Offset), I can quickly create an original antique looking photograph, without needing to know how to create clipping or bitmap masks. To add my photo, I begin by double-clicking on the thumbnail image in the layer named [YOUR PHOTO HERE].

This opens an empty smart object document where I can copy and paste my own image into the layer.

Once I have pasted and positioned my photo, I save the smart object file and close it.

My template document now contains an image of my choosing or creation. Save the file as a new .psd file, or use the Export options to export the file as a jpg, gif or PNG file. I can easily change the image by double clicking the Smart Object layer again and pasting in a new photo.

Search for more templates from Adobe Stock

Aside from the preselected templates from Adobe Stock, you can search for and download numerous other such templates directly from within the New Document dialog.

While working in the New Document dialog, enter a search string in the Find More Templates On Adobe Stock box. Alternatively, simply click Go to browse the full selection of available templates.

Photoshop opens the Adobe Stock website in a new browser window for you to explore. Search for more templates and download the one that best meets your project's requirements.

Created By
Jim Babbage