After I did that post last week about my shooting the Notre Dame vs. Tulsa game, and I showed that commemorative poster I was making for my buddy Jim who went with me (Jim’s a long time Notre Dame fan), I got a number of comments and emails asking how I did it, so I put together this short video, which starts with just the image, goes into Photoshop for the layout stuff, and then lastly to to turn it into a framed print (I show the final framed image in the video). Hope this helps. :-)

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Scott is a Photographer, bestselling Author, Host of "The Grid" weekly photography show; Editor of Photoshop User magazine; Lightroom Guy; CEO; struggling guitarist. Loves Classic Rock and his arch-enemy is Cilantro. Devoted husband, dad to two super awesome kids, and pro-level babysitter to two crazy doggos.


  1. Wow!I love the way that printed! Also, great tutorial (as usual).

  2. Hi Scott,
    Someone told me one time to save as a .tif file for printing. Do you know if it matters? .jpg or .tif?

    • Hi Stephen:
      I always, always, always use .jpg. The save as .tif is one of those things handed down from generation to generation, just like the myth of having to print at 300 ppi. Either way–you can’t go wrong, both are good file formats—-it’s just that the .tif file will be five or ten times larger than the exact same .jpg file. :-)


      • Scott, the other cool thing about Mpix is, you can upload all of your 5 star photos and they are archived. I lost a photo once and they sent me the file back on a DVD. The only requirement is you have to buy something at least every 6 months (mine are weekly!). It’s my 3rd backup.

      • Cool. Thanks! Together we can stop inexplicable large file sizes everywhere. :)

      • Very good to know – thank you

      • Scott,
        Being a production artist, I think the .tif thing comes from QuarkXpress. The word back then was use .eps or .tif only. Now that we have Adobe inDesign we can import just about any file type. But, I never use .jpg as the images used for print are cmyk.

  3. Awesome post! gr8 work my friend! thanks for sharing..

  4. Good tutorial. The only “problem” I have is MPIX don’t ship to my country (Spain).

  5. Thanks for the tutorial, Scott. I enjoyed viewing it!

  6. Hi Scott,

    great explanation! I actually do it almost the same way when printing images for “big” frames. Got the idea from your post explaining how to do a fake frame for pictures on the web. I usually also add a drop shadow to the image layer (light source at 90 degree), giving it a more three-dimensional look. Makes people believe that there is actually a custom printed mat behind the photo ;)

    Thanks for all the inspiring posts and videos that you put up on you blog!


  7. Sweet, I always wondered how you did this..

  8. Sweet,

    I always wondered how you did this..
    Didn’t know it was that easy..

  9. Heya Scott

    Great tutorial. Love the finished print with it’s sleek frame.

  10. Great Tutorial Scott,
    is MPIX only for the states / Canada or can they ship further afield ?


  11. This is terrific; thanks for putting it together for us. Just wondering why you don’t like non-glare glass? Does it cause a color shift, or is it something else? Thanks again…

  12. Yeah, yeah, nice poster, Scott. But which airline did you fly on to Indiana? That’s what we wanna know. ;-)

    (seriously… I do love the poster AND the tutorial)

  13. Video isn’t working for me either.

  14. Great video as always! For the umpteenth million time you’ve shown me a simple trick (centering layers) that’s going to save me time over and over again. Thanks Scott!!!

  15. Great toutorial as usuall. One thing though, it could be just me, but the bottom of the video is cut off by the player ccontrols. Not a big deal!

  16. It turned out perfect! I know your friend will love it.

  17. Nice tutorial! Once again I really love the picture!

  18. Scott, you say “TRAH-zen Pro” – in my 20 years as an art director, Ive always said “TRAY-gin Pro” – hmmmmm, so now the great battle of typeface pronunciation.

    I may have to bet you a Memphis music logo tee on whats the right way to pronounce said font.

  19. Great work as always. You gave me a great gift idea to send to a friend of mine from our criuse vacation

  20. Did you change video cameras for the studio shoots? This video looks more like DSLR video… much shallower DOF.

  21. Thanks for the video Scott. I’m new to Photoshop so it’s great to see what and how things can be done.

  22. Thanks for the whole process. Did you take the photo with creating a poster in mind?

    • Not usually, but in this case, I knew I was doing for Jim so I did shoot it with that in mind. It’s a 10mm fisheye shot that’s been automatically corrected in Lightroom’s Lens Correction panel. :)


  23. Quick question – the file is in JPG, assuming sRGB. Do I have to worry about any other color space when going to MPIX? I also found that with my monitor, even after correcting it, I have to brighten the image a bit for it to look like the same luminance as what I see on my monitor when I send to MPix…

    • Hi Tom:
      MPIX wants the files in sRGB mode, so before I upload them, I go under Photoshop’s Edit menu and choose Convert to Profile. Then I choose sRGB as the Destination space. That’s all ya gotta do (though the brightening a bit is a good idea, for matching the screen brightness). :-)


      • Scott, been using Mpix for years and always send adobe rgb, maybe they have my number, color is always spot on. I may try sending one srgb and see what happens.

    • Part of your calibration should be to adjust the luminance of your display. It will be way too bright unless you adjust it. In your calibration software you should be able to modify the luminance target. I have my monitor set at 60 cd/m2, when before calibration it was set to over 120.

    • Don’t forget to lower the luminance of your monitor when you calibrate it. That way you don’t need to change the brightness of your images. I can’t imagine doing that for any lab and achieve any consistency. I have mine set for 60 cd/m2.

      Also, the image will have different apparent brightness and color depending on the light source used to view it. Since most of my clients are residential and use tungsten light to view their images, I have my monitor calibrated to 5000K, not 6000K. This way the prints don’t turn out too warm for viewing under tungsten light.

    • There is also an issue with your calibration, and that is the K you calibrate to. If most of your clients are residential, they’ll have tungsten light most likely and you will want to calibrate to 5000K or so. If they are commercial with fluorescent lighting, 6000K is fine, which is what most labs recommend.

      I have mine at 5000K, and the images end up right on, and not too warm as when it was calibrated at 6000K.

  24. Love the video tutorial, Scott. You should do more of these, but you probably aren’t in the office much. Got to use up those restored air miles, I bet!

    I will be using Mpix for a photo shortly, and I can’t wait to see the result.



  25. Scott,

    You showed this at a Photoshop for Digital Photographers class I attended in Philly last year. I then used it to create a 20×30 poster from images I took at a Bon Jovi concert that I attended and it looks awesome!

    Here’s a link to the poster I made:

    Thanks again!

  26. Nice tutorial Scott; I just sooo wish MPix were in the UK too :(


  27. Great tutorial. One question, is there any degradation of the image if free transform is not done on a smart object?


  28. I keep getting a “video not found” message when I click to play

  29. I thought I had put up a message that I wondered if using the “ND” might be a trademark (or copyright) violation. I now wonder if I was censored? I’m not trying to start trouble, just wondering if maybe we should a look at this as an honest mistake. On the other hand, maybe I’m wrong??? Just wondering … please, tell me if I’m wrong.

  30. Scott, thanks for the great tutorial!

  31. Hi Scott. Thanks for the tutorial. I always use a top mat to keep the print away from the glass. Does it damage the print if it is in contact with the glass?

  32. Man, Scott’s designing now. I better watch out. My job may be in jeopardy.

  33. Question on the text and the “pipe” you mentioned holding down the shift key and hitting the backslash key | and it creates the straight line like the one to the left. However, when in photoshop it is creating the | but adds a horizontal line to make the shape of a letter t. I am on a PC using cs4 trajan Pro regular. I works great on your blog but not in my photoshop


  34. Loved it,super easy and cool!
    Just one thing…I cannot get the ruler
    On the right side to work,I know it is
    Something so silly I cannot think of as
    Of today….thanks for a great tutorial!

  35. What software do you use to record your PS tutorial off your computer screen?


  36. Awesome! I can check off “Learn something new” on the todo list for today! Keep up the great work!

  37. Is there anywhere to buy the print? That game was my first Notre Dame Game! Thanks for all you do Scott, Photoshop wouldn’t be the same without you!

  38. Scott–as always, thank you for the start to finish, it really puts a print project in an easy to follow format!

  39. Great tutorial as always. When you submit your photo’s to mpix, do you use their icc profiles? If so, is the file you’re dragging into the poster already converted to their profile?


  40. Thanks once again, Scott. Just a quick comment — the ALT-Right Bracket command did not work for me (CS5 on Windows 7) to increase spacing between letters — ALT-Right Arrow did the trick, though. Great tutorial — I’m making a poster using a photo from the U2 concernt back in August!

  41. Scott,

    This looks great–I am relatively new to photoshop–I have version CS4. After I bring up my image from bridge and open the new file for sizing I lose the image–and I can’t retrieve it. What am I doing wrong?


  42. Hey Scott,

    I am a HUGE Notre Dame football fan, and I was really excited and interested to read your blog post about the Tulsa game a few weeks ago (even if I was pretty peeved at how the final game ended up). I was wondering if it would be possible to get a jpeg or tiff of either your poster or just the image itself to hang up at my house with my other ND paraphernalia? Thanks!

  43. Never mind–I got it! Thanks for a great video.


  44. This was an awesome how to! I really enjoyed it.

  45. That was a good one!! @colorgraphicz:disqus

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