The Secret to Creating your own Embellishments
|Here we are going to create a few of the elements
that you can use for
digital scrapbooking. Start off with a new
document that is large enough for you to work with. If you are
planning to use everything for print then choose 300 resolution so
you can create work at print resolution, otherwise Iím using 72 for
web here because itís a smaller file size.
Itís really not that difficult to create your material that you can work with. Go to the custom shapes tool.
You can use fill pixels or shape layers. Here Iím using fill pixels.
This means youíll create shapes on whatever (normal) layer is active so youíll want to create a new blank layer
for each new shape unless you want some of them on the same layer.
Now simply choose a shape from the shapes drop down menu. You may
have to load or choose different shapes if youíre stuck to the
default. I have created some custom shape downloads from
Photoshopdownloads.com of grunge-tek shapes that I also use for
Simply click and drag to create your shape. Click drag and hold down the shift key and then release the mouse first and then release shift to get a perfect scaled proportionate shape.
Now go to your Styles palette.
Go to the popout menu and load styles...
then locate in your folders where you have the custom .asl premade layer styles such as my discover photoshop downloads styles. Click ok to load these.
This is basically the big secret right here of a lot of
scrapbooking elements: Layer Styles (and
having a good collection to use from).
Just keep clicking on different styles to find one that you like for a particular shape/layer.
Just click on the arrow to hide the drop down menu. You can turn on or off individual effects by the eyeballs.
Go to Ctrl T or Edit: Free Transform and hold Shift to scale it down to make it smaller.
Iíve scaled this one down so itís smaller. Now go to the styles palette and choose another style such as this gold look. Ooh, a gold crown.
Remember you can create layer sets to organize layers by clicking on the folder icon and then dragging layers into it.
Now go through your layers styles to see if you can find something that makes the paper clip look realistic!
ok you can create duplicates by dragging this layer to the new layer icon and use the moVe tool to move it around.
Make several copies if you want. These will be in proportion to the rest of your Ďscrapsí.
Now go ahead and organize these shape layers into their own layer set and name the set so you remember what they are.
How cool and easy is that?! If you're ready for some SERIOUS digital scrapbooking tutorials then check out the link.
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