Since Photoshop does not include bleed settings, we allow the inclusion of bleed to artboard and canvas sizes and bleed borders or marks on a separate layer to show the bleed area.
Margins should be clear of text and images (unless they are intended to bleed to the edge) to ensure that users can properly print files without issues.
All text must be editable and use Adobe Fonts - do not outline text. Users expect the ability to edit and customize text to their needs.
The minimum acceptable font size is 8 pt. Anything smaller is subject to rejection for legibility reasons.
For more information, see Text in Templates.
Images must be embedded in the template. Adobe Stock templates are single files that do not allow for packaging of external files. Do not link images in your template - they will not appear for the end user.
Embedded images must be saved as .psd, .psb, .jpg, .png, or .tif files. We do not accept images in .ai or .eps format in Photoshop templates because end users may not have access to all Creative Cloud apps.
Make sure that embedded images have the same effective ppi as the resolution of the document - a web/mobile template at 72 ppi must have embedded images also at 72 ppi; a print template at 300 ppi must have embedded images also at 300 ppi.
For more information, see Images in Templates.
A document must be set up in CMYK for print templates, and RGB for screen-based templates.
However, when utilizing Photoshop artboards, use RGB. Artboards in Photoshop are optimized for the RGB color mode and advanced GPU drawing mode.
For more information, see Artboards in Photoshop.
Masking is used to hide portions of a design or image without permanently erasing it.
Layer masks work in the same layer and give the user more control over what is shown and hidden. It covers a layer with an invisible canvas which tells everything in black to hide that part of the layer and everything in white to show.