What's typically included:
- ProPhoto design .zip
- Flattened JPGs and PNGs
- Masthead Templates
- Single layout PSD file with all layered graphics (for full Photoshop users)
- Additional PSDs, if needed (most templates will include at least a separate background PSD)
After you download your template package, your first step is to install your template. If you haven't already set up your hosting and installed ProPhoto, you can refer to this post for more details on these steps.
Unzip your template package and locate the file called exported_design_template_name.zip. You won't unzip this file -- the theme will handle the unzipping for you when you upload the file. Just be sure you know where the file is located, then follow the instructions in ProPhoto's tutorial here: http://www.prophotoblogs.com/support/installing-prophoto-designs/
Once your template is installed, head over to Photoshop. Your template package will include all of the flat JPGs and PNGs used in the design, but you will not use these images to make your changes. They are just for your reference. Instead, open the main layout.psd file. In most cases, you'll have a single file called layout.psd, but if there are additional files, you might need to use them all in order to make your changes. I can't stress enough that Photoshop users should NOT use the flat JPGs and PNGs or the individual Elements PSDs to make your changes -- Photoshop users should always use the single PSD method.
The single PSD method will probably be new to most people, but I promise you'll find it so much easier than working with dozens of tiny little individual files. Once you have your layout.psd open, you will want to take some time to watch my first two video tutorials on working with your template:
Use the techniques you learn in the video to make your changes. Remember to use "View --> Show Slices" and "View --> Show Notes" to turn on the slices and notes so you can follow along. The notes will offer important information about where each graphic should be uploaded in the ProPhoto customization area.
Note for Elements Users:
If you purchased an Elements-friendly template, you will use the included individual PSDs to make your changes. You will not be able to see the notes in the main layout.psd, so you will also find a separate JPG with tags that indicate where each graphic will be uploaded.