Mood Board’s Everywhere
Hey everyone! This week I want to talk to you about mood boards. They are all over social media, particularly Pinterest and Instagram and I personally design one weekly for my social media accounts. As a designer, you need a little inspiration to get your creative juices flowing and usually a client will request some type of visual representation of your ideas so a board that displays all the images, textures and other mediums is a great way to showcase your creativeness.
I absolutely love creating these guys weekly and I use it as a starting point to jumpstart all my blog stuff for the week. I am so excited to share my design with you all to use to help brand your social media accounts, particularly Instagram. I chose this particular board because it got the most likes and shares from all of my posts so take this template and make it your own. If you do decide to share the whole image as is just be courteous and credit me in your post, @bytiaraflanagan is my handle for all social media accounts.
Ok great so let’s get going! I created a video for you all on how to use this template using Photoshop so make sure you check out my YouTube channel. I just opened it to help all you creatives get inspired with graphic design tips and tutorials so stay tuned for more videos. Alright, so lets design a mood board for Instagram! I’m going to break down how to use the smart objects to replace them as your own so you can create mood boards every week or as often as you like! Open your Photoshop and template file and follow along below.
Using Smart Objects to Change Images
Step 1: Highlight your layer & double-click
If you have or haven’t worked with Photoshop it can get frustrating quite fast. In order to do anything in Photoshop you must have the layer selected. So, lets start with the “Top Right IMG” layer. Double click the square icon on the layer, of the text stating “Top Right IMG.” This will open up a new window which shows the current image.
Step 2: Import your image
You can do this two ways; the first way is the File>Place Linked method. To do this go to the bar at the top or your screen and select “File” and then select “Place Linked.” A box will pop up to locate your file so select your location, whether it be on your desktop or another spot and then select the image and hit “place.” Your image should now show up above the current image in the new window. The other way is a simple drag and drop method. This way you simply drag your image from its location onto the Photoshop window and drop over the current image. I usually use this method because it is just quicker as I have the images on my desktop ready to use, but either way ends up with the same results.
Once you get your image uploaded you need to transform your image to fit into the designed space. This means you need to make sure there are no pink areas showing or if you kept the previous image any of that area. You want to make sure that the new image covers the space. When you scale your image down to make sure it fits make sure you hold select as you drag the handles to keep the image in proportion otherwise it will skew the image.
Step 3: Clip the image
The last two steps are essential in keeping your images to the same space and design as the template. If you skip this step your image will now align to its area and over run the other images on the page. Don’t worry, this step is so simple! All you got to do is highlight the layer, the image, and hold down your alt (mac) or option key while dragging your mouse in between the layer underneath. Now this may sound a little confusing, so if you have 10 minutes head over to my YouTube channel to watch the tutorial. You will see it is so easy as you follow along. When you drag your mouse in between the layers a down arrow and square box will appear, when you see this click with your mouse and release your mouse and alt/option key. Your image has just been clipped, congrats! See, wasn’t that easy. Now you can play around with your image dragging it in different directions until your happy with how it looks, just make sure it covers the previous image or pink area. Basically clipping takes your image and clips it to something, in this case it is the pink square with a rounded corner and anything outside of it gets clipped or cut off. Now lets move on the last step, but also very important.
Step 4: Save the image
You are almost done, hang in there. You have to save your new image so that all the changes you made take effect. In order to do this you have two ways again. The first is the File>Save As route or the close the tab way. Again, either way gets you the same result, but I personally click the x on the tab to close the image window because its faster. So, if you go the file and save as way you will get a pop up with the “imagename.psb” at the end of the title. Don’t make any changes here, just click save and close the tab so it will return you to the original file. The other way is you simple close the tab and a pop up will show up asking if you want to save the changes, click yes or save and then it automatically closes that window bringing you back to the original file. Voila, you just changed our your image!
Now, all you gotta do is repeat the steps with the other images. The circle in the middle you can hide if you don’t want to use it by clicking on the eye icon left to the layer labeled “circle.” I usually use this image for showcasing textures and even text at times.
Step 5: Changing the color swatches
Changing the colors for the swatches on the right is even simpler than changing the images. First double-click the layer icon, the square to the left of the text “Top color” or what ever color your changing and the color picker box shows up. From here you can either put in the hexidecimal code or use the eye dropper on the left menu to pick a color on any of the images. When you use the eye dropper it automatically changes the color in the color picker box and on your template, if you like the color click ok and repeat with the other swatches. If you don’t, simple click on another space until you like the color shown and click ok. If you have a specific color place the code at the bottom. It’s that easy!
Have fun designing your mood boards and if you need inspiration head on over to my Instagram or Pinterest account where I post every Monday. I look forward to seeing what you design so make sure you tag me @bytiaraflanagan so I can comment on your awesome creations. Happy designing 🙂
1200 x 1200 px / RGB @ 300DPI