How to combine your portraits into one document

This quick Adobe Photoshop tutorial shows you how to combine your already created Personalised Portraits into one file.


26 thoughts on “How to combine your portraits into one document

  1. Hi Lisa, I have purchased the Personalized portrait creator but haven’t received any files to download. Please let me know if you need my email address again to send the files. Thanks Margarita

    1. Hi Lauren,

      You can either save it as a PSD if you retained the layers when you brought in your portraits and still want them for future use. Or I prefer to save a flat jpeg as final artwork. At this stage I also save in RGB mode as some printers prefer that colour mode. You can find that under Image > Color > RGB
      Hope that helps!

  2. Hello, I’ve been able to create a portrait but the backgrounds won’t open into my Photoshop, do you know why this could be? Thanks!

    1. Hi Sierra,

      So happy to hear you managed to create your first portrait! The PSD background files should open up into Photoshop by double-clicking. If that’s not working for some reason, you can try the long way round which would be from Photoshop for to File > Open then navigate to the background you want to open and click OK. That should do it. Let me know if you have any other questions.

    1. Hi Dori,

      I have a fairly comprehensive tutorial that takes you through the steps of creating your first portrait. You can view it here.

      Hope that helps. Happy creating your portraits!

  3. Hi I purchased your PPC I’m using it with PS CC. I downloaded and the bodies will come up but it won’t allow me to double click to get to any options for personalization? It did work initially but then failed? Any thoughts on what would have happened? I re-downloaded and it didn’t correct the problem. Thanks for any help!

    1. Hi Kelly,
      Sorry to hear you are struggling. When you double-clicked on the second portrait, are you sure you choose a PSD file and not an AI file? For Adobe Photoshop just be sure you are only opening up the files with the extension PSD. If you’ve managed to create one already, I can only think that it’s perhaps the wrong file you are trying to open. If you’re still struggling, please do send me an email and perhaps a screenshot of the files you are trying to open so I can assist you further. Email: info@lisaglanz.com Thank you.

  4. I have tried 3 times to download……stops in the middle and says forbidden, not impressed. Went more than halfway…..using my data for nothing.

    1. Hi Maryna,

      So sorry to hear you’ve been struggling with the download. I know how frustrating that can be!

      This is a particularly large zip file. It may take several hours to download depending on your internet speed and connectivity. Often small internet interruptions on your network can be the cause for the download to stop. I’m going to pop you a quick email to try and assist you with some ways you can minimise that to happen 🙂

  5. Hi Lisa, I am trying to combine two portraits as per your video instructions. When I get to the step Edit –> Copy Merged – it is greyed out giving me no option to select anything under the Edit tab. I have googled but not getting anywhere. Can you help me?

    Thanks,
    Lisa

    1. Hi Lisa, Sorry to hear you are struggling to copy the character. Are you sure you are selecting the layers first before you try and copy? Be sure that you haven’t skipped the step Select > All before trying to copy. I can’t think of any other reason the Copy Merged would be greyed out other than there is nothing selected. If you have selected and it’s still not working, I would suggest maybe restarting as it could be a glitch in your app.

      Hope that helps! Let me know how you get on. Thanks!

  6. Hi Lisa, do you happen to know the equivalent of Copy Merged in Illustrator?

    My characters are pasting into the background file as multiple layers instead of a combined ones so I can’t then move or resize them 🙁

    I tried using the group function before copying but they just ungroup themselves once pasted.

    Thanks so much!

    Rachael

    1. Hi Rachael,

      It sounds like you may have “Paste remembers layers” selected in your layers panel. On the fly-out menu in your layers panel, you’ll find that option, make sure if doesn’t have a tick mark. When you copy your portraits from your portrait doc, don’t group as this will damage the layers, so just copy as is, then paste into your new doc and while still selected group it (command G). Hope that helps! Pop me an email if you’re still struggling 🙂

    1. Hi Ayla,

      Fortunately combining portraits in Adobe Illustrator is much easier. Once you’ve created each portrait, simply copy each one and paste into a new document one by one. But remember, this is important, group the portrait straight after you have pasted it into your new document which will flatten the character into one layer. This means you can then move the entire portrait as a whole.

      I recommend bringing each portrait into the doc first before resizing. Once they are all in the new doc, select them all and resize at once so that you retain the proportions in relation to each other. Also remember to hold down the shift key when resizing.

      To use the pre-made backgrounds, it would be best to open up the background files first, then paste your portraits into that document. From there you can arrange the portraits using your select tool and move them to the front or back of each otters using the menu Object > Arrange.

      Hope that helps!

  7. I am having trouble with Copy Merge inserting, too. I cannot find the way to “uncheck” Paste remembers layers. But, I found a tutorial where you can use command+Option+Shift+E and it makes a combined (merged) layer of the layers visible and leaves all the original layers including those visible unchanged. Then I select all (Command-A) and Copy (Command-C) and go the other file to paste it into the group file.

    1. Hi Ruth, Are you using Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator? The Copy Merged is applicable for Adobe Photoshop and the Paste remembers layers is applicable to Adobe Illustrator. But it sounds like you have managed to figure out how to combine your portraits which is fantastic 🙂 Which ever method works best for you is the way to go!

  8. I posted my family group (my kids and grandkids) today on my FB page. Three people sent me messages asking what the program is called and how to buy one. I am pretty sure at 2 of the 3 purchased one today!

    1. That’s so wonderful to hear!! Thank you so much for passing on the details. I’m thrilled to hear it sounds like you are mastering creating portraits 🙂 I hope you get many more hours of fun from the kit!

    1. Hi Maria,
      The Adobe Illustrator menus are slightly different to Adobe Photoshop. So you’ll find the Select All under Select > All, then go over to menu Edit > Copy, from there you can move over to your new document and select menu Edit > Paste. I would recommend grouping your portrait immediately after you paste without deselecting so that all items within your portrait are grouped together. Hope that helps!

  9. Hi Lisa,

    I am having so much fun creating portraits for my family. One quick question, I am combining portraits into one document in Illustrator, but I wanted to add a subtle drop shadow to add a bit of dimension (I believe you used it in “The Andersons” family portrait you created). Can you help me with this? I know where to find the drop shadow option, but I’m having a hard time adjusting the settings so that it looks like yours. Thank you in advance!

    1. So happy to hear you are having fun using the kit!! Of course, I’d be happy to help 🙂 So for the Andersons, I only applied the shadow to the front characters to give the illusion of depth. Here are my settings I used in the Drop Shadow effects pop-up:

      Drop Shadow settings
      Hope that helps!

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