Templates are time-savers—but even when you have a template, you still end up copy/pasting to fill in the blanks. So the template gets you most of the way there. A Zap can bring you across the finish line.
A while back, I wrote about how to create and autopopulate a Google Docs template. Take a look at that to see how it works. The tldr is that it takes info from whatever app you want and replaces the blanks in a Google Docs template with that info. It can do anything from automatically creating RFQs to sending out offer letters.
The Slack team actually uses this workflow to send form responses into a template to create art briefs for their blog. Take a look at how they make it work (c/o Matt @ Slack).
How do you use templates? Think you can simplify the process even further with a Zap? Leave your automation inspiration in the comments!