How to design your own wall gallery

Creating a custom wall gallery can be very overwhelming.  I admit, it used to give me heart palpitations.  I would stare at all of the beautiful empty frames laying around my house and become paralyzed.  I had the hardest time trying to decide what images to use.  I would think I had it all figured out, order the prints, fill the frames, and then enthusiastically begin hanging them on the wall.  Only then would I realize, “I should have ordered that one bigger” or “that one really would be better in black and white” or even “that one over there just doesn’t belong”.  I found myself constantly obsessing over my wall gallery, moving this, switching that, adding a new one here, taking down another.  It was exhausting.

Then one day, I said enough is enough!  Let’s get this done and do it right!  So I spent some time creating a layered photoshop template of all of the frames that I had, complete with my Kilm Beige wall color.  I was able to pull images that I liked, add them to the frames, move things around and tweak it until it was just right.  I was able to see how the colors all worked together, enlarge the images I wanted to emphasize, and then order my prints with confidence.

Here is a screen shot of the template in action.  As you can see, I had a ton of frames 🙂  Simply hide the ones you do not want to use, copy them to add more of a certain size, change the wall color, change the frame color, keep the mats or hide them.

You can view the video tutorial here:

And for a little inspiration, a few images of how I’ve displayed some of the images in my home.

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21 Comments

  1. sarah c. Apr 10 2012 at 7:49 am - Reply

    What a great idea! I just downloaded my template. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jesseca Bellemare Apr 10 2012 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Great write up! I LOVE displaying my work in our home. In fact, I just blogged about it this morning…and here's an image of my favorite display. 🙂
    http://jessecabellemare.com/artwork-display-inspi

    Cheers,

    Jesseca

  3. Jennifer Capozzola Apr 10 2012 at 8:01 am - Reply

    Thank you so much! I liked your FB page.

  4. juli evans Apr 10 2012 at 9:18 am - Reply

    I just uploaded a video tutorial showing how to use the template on my blog. 🙂

    http://julianevansphotography.com/2012/04/10/free

  5. jennifer Apr 10 2012 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Such a great post and thank you for sharing!!!! <3

  6. Leah Cook Apr 10 2012 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    how awesome is this!!! thanks, Juli…and for the template too – my house needs some serious help and your walls are super inspiring!

  7. Jodi Apr 11 2012 at 10:38 am - Reply

    The next best thing to have someone come over and do my walls for me is to use these templates myself! Awesome information here, Juli! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Dawn Apr 11 2012 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    This is awesome!!! Thank you so much for this!!!

  9. mandy Apr 12 2012 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Does anybody know if these measurements happen to be for the Pottery Barn gallery frames? This is a genius idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. juli evans Apr 13 2012 at 7:05 am - Reply

    Mandy, YES! They are the pottery barn frames 😉

  11. Allison Jacobs Jul 18 2012 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    What a great way to plan a wall space! Thanks for sharing with us!

  12. Ale Carvallo May 10 2013 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    Juli, thank you very much!!
    I’m from México, and I downloaded the template.
    I´ll show you my final work!!
    Thank you!!!!!! 😀

  13. May Jan 24 2015 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    Thank you Julian! I just stumbled on your youtube tutorial.. Unfortunately I am not able to open the facebook link, is there a new link? Thanks again for sharing!

  14. Ashleigh Apr 30 2015 at 10:46 am - Reply

    I am unable to open the facebook link, it says the page can not be found. Is there a new link? I’d love to be able to use this tutorial! Thanks Again!

  15. Mae Aug 07 2015 at 11:59 am - Reply

    I am unable to open the facebook link, it it still available? Is there a new link? I’d love to be able to use this tutorial!

  16. Veronica Oct 01 2015 at 4:08 am - Reply

    I’d love to view the tutorial but the link isn’t available anymore. Is the tutorial available elsewhere? Thanks!

  17. Jean May 29 2016 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    I found your fb page but don’t see the download. Is it still available?

  18. Genious Aug 15 2016 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    Is the download still available?

  19. Kim Hamilton Sep 11 2016 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    This is exactly what I have been looking for and needing but I too cannot find the template 🙁 Is there a new link?

  20. Julian Evans Apr 05 2017 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    Here is the updated link to download the FREE TEMPLATE! Enjoy!

    http://julianevansphotography.com/freebies/

    • ALba Mar 10 2018 at 10:55 pm - Reply

      Hi

      This is great, would you mind sharing that link again? The one above doesn’t work 🙂 Huge thanks

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