How to split a two-page layout (24”x12”) into two printable JPGs (12”x12” each)

How to split a two-page layout (24”x12”) into two printable JPGs (12”x12” each)

When you first begin digital scrapbooking, it’s typical to start with a one-page layout. The subject is simpler, and it’s often easier to design a single-page layout because the shape is a perfect square — 12” x 12”.

But if you have several or a lot of photos related to a single subject, a two-page layout might make more sense. A two-page layout (or “spread”) is defined by two pages that are visible at the same time, side-by-side, when a scrapbook is open. 

When creating a digital scrapbook layout that will be two pages in a hardbound book or album, you’ll want to design the layout as a 24” x 12” Photoshop document. That way, you can see how the page will come together, as you design it. You will design both pages at the same time, and then will divide the layout into two JPGs when you’re ready to print.

Below is a tutorial that shows how to divide a two-page layout that is designed as a 24” x 12” document into two, 12” x 12” JPGs for printing.

Elements for the layout featured in the video: Shawna Clingerman, Mister Awesome kit, Sweet Shoppe Designs. Background paper: Digital Scrapbook Ingredients & Libby Pritchett, Life in Black and White, Sweet Shoppe Designs. 

A bonus for Story Squad members

If you’re a Story Squad member, I have made this process super-easy for you! I have saved the process as a two-step action, which you can use each time you need to save a two-page spread into two separate JPGs. Here’s how to use it.

  1. Inside your members area, look for a file called: Story Squad – Splitting a 24×12 into two 12x12s.atn
  2. Download the file to your hard drive. Don’t change the file name.
  3. Open Photoshop.
  4. Go to Window > Actions to open the Actions palette.
  5. In the top-right corner of the Actions palette, click on the hamburger menu (three small, stacked, horizontal lines).
  6. Choose Load Actions…
  7. Navigate to where you saved the action file you just downloaded, select it, and hit OK.
  8. Open the two-page spread you wish to divide into two 12×12 JPGs.
  9. Click on the top line of the action, “Splitting a 24×12, part 1,” then hit the Play button (triangle) at the bottom of the panel. 
  10. Follow the instructions to divide your layout into two.

The next time you want to divide your layout into two, you can simply start with #8 above and finish the action steps outlined for you when you play the action.

Easy, right?!

Thoughts? Agree? Disagree? What do you think?

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