I want to try and print text page/s and make a folio. I cannot afford to buy InDesign nor do I wish to learn a new program for a single task such as this. Is it possible to explain how best to set it up and to do it in Photoshop with it's text tool. Perhaps a Photoshop template?
Actually, I cover both Photoshop and InDesign as tools to create folio layouts in our Folios Visual Workshop on disc.
Although Photoshop can be used, its text tools are primitive compared to InDesign. When I have a choice, I always use InDesign — but that's not a choice unless you have it! So, with this in mind, Photoshop is an alternative and can do the job, just not as easily. As far as that goes, you could also use Microsoft Word, Works, Publisher, QuarkXpress, PaintShop Pro, or almost any other program that allows you to add text and image to a layout. Heck, in theory you could use Powerpoint!
And, don't overlook the non-computer methods. In LensWork and LensWork Extended #59 we published a portfolio of work by Carol Golemboski in which she used hand-written and drawn graphics on acetate sheets to add graphic elements to her photographs. She placed the acetate on top of the gelatin silver paper and then projected her negative through the acetate onto the paper with her enlarger. It worked well. This method could easily be adapted to add text, graphics, or even simple crop marks to a wet darkroom print, either gelatin silver or platinum/palladium, for example.
Just because you don't have InDesign, that shouldn't be an impediment to your creativity. I use InDesign because it's a great tool and I own it. It's certainly not the only game in town.