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Mar 01, 2019

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Okay, I tried searching for this in any imaginable way (by me ), got nothing yet.

I'm trying to create a template in Photoshop. I want a single little image (4x3cm) to spread multiple times in a A4 document size.

I thought that placeholders will help me, but I can't find a way to fill them all at once with the same image.

Anyone can help me with this, please?

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Correct answer by Michael Bullo | Adobe Community Professional

Step 1

Create a Photoshop file 4x3cm (300ppi) and name as tile.psd. Fill it with whatever you like. I used a simple gradient but any image or graphic is fine.

Step 2

Create a Photoshop file A4 (300ppi) in size and name as A4-document.psd

Step 3

Within A4-document.psd go to the menu…

     File > Place Linked…

and place tile.psd. This places tile.psd inside your A4 document while retaining a live link. Any time you make a change to tile.psd and save it will update in your A4 document.

Step 4

Now the tedious part of filling the A4 document with copies of tile.psd. Duplicate tile.psd (Command/Control + J) and move the copy alongside the first. Select both copies inside the layers panel, duplicate and rearrange. Select all four copies, duplicate rearrange. etc… Continue until the page is covered.

Step 5

Make and save a change to tile.psd. You should see every instance of it update immediately inside A4-document.psd

Note

When placing tile.psd into A4-document.psd you could have done so via the Place Embedded command. If you do this you are embedding a copy of tile.psd into your A4 document as a Smart Object. Visually this is the same as the first method. If you want to update the tile simply double click on the Smart Object thumbnail in the Layers panel, make a change, save and close. You may prefer this method as it doesn't require a link to an external file.

Note 2

tile.psd doesn't have to be filled with a solid colour or image. Transparency is also supported which can produce some great blending results in your A4 document.

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Template with multiple placeholders to be replaced at once

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Okay, I tried searching for this in any imaginable way (by me ), got nothing yet.

I'm trying to create a template in Photoshop. I want a single little image (4x3cm) to spread multiple times in a A4 document size.

I thought that placeholders will help me, but I can't find a way to fill them all at once with the same image.

Anyone can help me with this, please?

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Correct answer by Michael Bullo | Adobe Community Professional

Step 1

Create a Photoshop file 4x3cm (300ppi) and name as tile.psd. Fill it with whatever you like. I used a simple gradient but any image or graphic is fine.

Step 2

Create a Photoshop file A4 (300ppi) in size and name as A4-document.psd

Step 3

Within A4-document.psd go to the menu…

     File > Place Linked…

and place tile.psd. This places tile.psd inside your A4 document while retaining a live link. Any time you make a change to tile.psd and save it will update in your A4 document.

Step 4

Now the tedious part of filling the A4 document with copies of tile.psd. Duplicate tile.psd (Command/Control + J) and move the copy alongside the first. Select both copies inside the layers panel, duplicate and rearrange. Select all four copies, duplicate rearrange. etc… Continue until the page is covered.

Step 5

Make and save a change to tile.psd. You should see every instance of it update immediately inside A4-document.psd

Note

When placing tile.psd into A4-document.psd you could have done so via the Place Embedded command. If you do this you are embedding a copy of tile.psd into your A4 document as a Smart Object. Visually this is the same as the first method. If you want to update the tile simply double click on the Smart Object thumbnail in the Layers panel, make a change, save and close. You may prefer this method as it doesn't require a link to an external file.

Note 2

tile.psd doesn't have to be filled with a solid colour or image. Transparency is also supported which can produce some great blending results in your A4 document.

a4-tiled.jpg

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Use smart object layers that share a common object.  Use Ctrl+J to dupe the smart object layer.   Here I duped the layer many Times.

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Mar 01, 2019

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Step 1

Create a Photoshop file 4x3cm (300ppi) and name as tile.psd. Fill it with whatever you like. I used a simple gradient but any image or graphic is fine.

Step 2

Create a Photoshop file A4 (300ppi) in size and name as A4-document.psd

Step 3

Within A4-document.psd go to the menu…

     File > Place Linked…

and place tile.psd. This places tile.psd inside your A4 document while retaining a live link. Any time you make a change to tile.psd and save it will update in your A4 document.

Step 4

Now the tedious part of filling the A4 document with copies of tile.psd. Duplicate tile.psd (Command/Control + J) and move the copy alongside the first. Select both copies inside the layers panel, duplicate and rearrange. Select all four copies, duplicate rearrange. etc… Continue until the page is covered.

Step 5

Make and save a change to tile.psd. You should see every instance of it update immediately inside A4-document.psd

Note

When placing tile.psd into A4-document.psd you could have done so via the Place Embedded command. If you do this you are embedding a copy of tile.psd into your A4 document as a Smart Object. Visually this is the same as the first method. If you want to update the tile simply double click on the Smart Object thumbnail in the Layers panel, make a change, save and close. You may prefer this method as it doesn't require a link to an external file.

Note 2

tile.psd doesn't have to be filled with a solid colour or image. Transparency is also supported which can produce some great blending results in your A4 document.

a4-tiled.jpg

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Thank you so much! Step 3 was the missing link, for the rest I got it

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My pleasure.

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