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Free Memory Mate Templates for Sports Photography

by Erin Peloquin on June 7, 2013 · 22 comments

Hello, sportsfans.  Anyone interested in a free memory mate template to put team photos in?

I created this template when I shot a gymnastics academy for 4 days last spring.  Lots of teams, lots of individuals on each team.  The memory mate templates I found online just didn’t work for me – they were busy and graphic-y, and the colors weren’t customizable.  (Interested in learning about my team photography method?  Click the link for a 5 part tutorial.)

This template is very simple – I bet that many of you could make one just like it on your own!  However, when a reader asked last week if I knew of any downloadable templates, I decided to share.

Instructions for downloading the template are at the end of this page.  And here is how you use it:

  • First off, this file is a PSD.  You need Photoshop or Elements to add photos and customize it.
  • It will print as an 8×10 at 300 dots per inch resolution.
  • The download contains two files – one has a horizontal slot for an individual photo, and the other has a vertical slot.  For example, the screen shot above is the horizontal version.  You will need to unzip the download before you can see or use the files.
  • No installation required!  To use it, simply open the file in Elements just like you would any other photo.
  • Add your photos using the Place Command.  Begin by clicking on the layer that says “Place individual (or team) photo above and clip.”  Just click once, so that the layer is active.  Go to the File menu, select Place, and navigate to the location of the photo you’d like to use.  Drag the image over the slot where it will be on the memory mate – you don’t need to be exact here, we will perfect it next.  Click the green check mark to commit.
  • Go to Layer/Create Clipping Mask, or type command/control G.  This clips the photo to the slot, so that the photo only appears within its edges.
  • Put the photo in Free Transform mode by typing command/control T.  Make sure that Constrain Proportions is on – see screen shot below.  In Elements 11, this option is under your workspace.  In prior versions, its above the workspace.
  • Now you have corner sizing boxes – drag them to size the photo as you’d like within the slot.  You can also move the image by clicking and dragging inside to locate it where you’d like.
  • Repeat this process for the other photo.
  • To customize the border size or color, double click on the fx on the right side of the slot layer.  You can adjust the stroke size using the size slider.  Change the color by double clicking on the color box.
  • Or, to turn the border off, remove the check box from the stroke box.
  • Now, customize the rest of the template.  You can change the background color by double clicking on the thumbnail for the “Change Background Color” layer.
  • Use the text tool to add team or player names.
  • Use the Place command, as described above, to place logos, graphics or other clip art.  No need to create a clipping mask for these layers, since there is no slot for them to fit into.
  • After adding your graphic or design elements, turn off the instructional layers to hide them. 
  • The blue, outside border in the example above is not part of the template.  You can create your own border with a Color Fill adjustment layer and a layer mask.  Do a test print first to make sure your border is within the printable margin.
  • Print at the print lab of your choice.  I used MillersMpix is the consumer wing of Millers.  I’ve printed at both and highly recommend them.

All that’s left is for you to download the memory mate templates so that you can get started.  To do so, you need to subscribe to my weekly newsleter.  This is the newsletter that goes out every Friday with a series of articles in it, not the RSS email that comes out each time I post to my blog.  If you are a weekly newsletter subscriber, look on the right side of your newsletter for the words “Download  Free Templates Here.”

If you don’t subscribe to this newsletter, subscribe here.  You will receive an email not only with this template, but also with all of my free actions for Photoshop Elements (and Photoshop too).  And what if you are a subscriber but missed some actions?  Unsubscribe and the re-subscribe.  You will receive an email after re-subscribing with all the free actions.

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ashley matteo June 7, 2013 at 1:05 pm

hey
thank you so much for this tutorial. i love your 5 part series you did on the gymnastics poses. i will be doing some school photography for preschools in the fall and am interested in downloading this template. however, i can not find where to download it. i looked at the upper right hand corner and couldn’t find it. then i unsubsribed and then re-subsribed and am still at a loss. will you please email me or point me in the direction of how to download this template? thank you very much!

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Erin Peloquin June 7, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Ashley, please look up and down on the right side of today’s newsletter. The one with multiple blog posts in it. It says Download Free Templates in large orange letters. If you resubscribed, you also would have received an email with links to all my free products.

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Shiela Gerleman June 8, 2013 at 7:10 am

Thank you so much for this template. Perfect timing for me, as I am going to be taking photos at a basketball camp in a few weeks. This will work perfectly!
I also want to say that I love your newsletters and blog, and can’t thank you enough for all the tutorials and your generosity with your knowledge, freebies, and the great pricing for your actions, that I use all the time!
Thank you, thank you!

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Erin Peloquin June 8, 2013 at 9:49 am

What a nice comment, Shiela. You made my day! :)

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michelle a June 11, 2013 at 10:26 am

love this … thanks so much for sharing! I’m having trouble changing the border color; when I double click on the fx and try to change the color overlay it changes the inside not the frame? Am I doing something wrong?

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michelle a June 11, 2013 at 10:28 am

never mind I figured it out … you can delete my comment :) thanks again!!!

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Carol June 11, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Thanks so very much for these templates. I have many plans to use them right away. My grandson’s basketball and baseball team and individual pictures as well as my little granddaughter’s ballet and tap dance classes. Also have both grandkids Taekwondo class and individual pictures which I should have very soon. Will love making these to put in frames for their bedrooms or family room.

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Teresa June 11, 2013 at 9:55 pm

How do I download the Free Memory Mate Templates Thx ,Teresa

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Erin Peloquin June 12, 2013 at 9:07 am

Teresa, please read the article above. Everything you need to know is there.

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Teresa June 12, 2013 at 10:50 am

Hi Erin
I did the following above I signed up and I’m following you download a free action so I can try it, but the link isn’t showing up..! Download Free Templates Here. Thx ,Teresa

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Teresa June 12, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Hi Erin Do I have to become a member to get the free template ,Thanks Teresa

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Teresa June 13, 2013 at 8:14 am

I still can’t download this free template ? The link isn’t showing up..! Download Free Templates Here Thx,

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Erin Peloquin June 13, 2013 at 8:16 am

Teresa, did you sign up for my email list? If so, you would have received a welcome email. That is where the link is.

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Michelle A June 13, 2013 at 9:35 am

For some reason I cannot download the vertical image file; I have the horizontal one and love it; but when I download the vertical file it’s not opening?

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Erin Peloquin June 13, 2013 at 9:38 am

Hi Michelle. I wonder if the download was interrupted before it finished. No one else has report this issue, so I think it might be on your end.

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michelle a June 14, 2013 at 7:33 am

The download went through fine; even download again on my laptop. I get the download fine, extract all the files; then double click to open the vertical template. Photoshop opens (I use CS4) but no template ever shows. Photoshop is just opened with a blank screen. I really would love to get the vertical image template downloaded. These are perfect for a current job I’m working on. thank you so much for sharing these!!

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Joli Griffith August 24, 2013 at 9:26 pm

I am trying to get photography going and have some interests for memory mate pictures. I need help with templates to make it go faster.

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Meg November 9, 2013 at 1:35 pm

How do you change the border color on the 2 other images/text? And, how do you change the background color?

Thanks!

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Chris January 21, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Thank you so much for the memory mate templates – they were a life saver for a gymnastics fundraiser that I am completing. The instructions helped a lot and I can’t wait to read your blog for more tips.

Thanks again :)
Chris in VA

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tonya February 13, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Hi Erin, I subscribed, received the newsletter, when I click on the free memory matte link, it opens but the screen is empty?
Thanks

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Monique May 31, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Hi Erin. I LOVE your blog, tutorials, and newsletter. I downloaded your sports memory mate template and it pulls up in my PSE12 but I do not see anything about the layers as shown in your tutorial on how to use this template. How do I see those layer boxes to the right so that I may drag and drop pictures in the template? As you can tell I’m in desperate need of your photoshop elements class and really want to take it!

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Erin Peloquin May 31, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Display your layers panel using the Window menu.

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