I wanted to share two tutorials that I recently wrote for the Scrapbook Dimensions blog.
What do these two layouts have in common? Yes, they're both digital. Yes, they both have one photo. And yes, they both employ the same very cool digital rub-on effect. The red flourishy thing behind the photo in the first layout, and the yellow flowers in the second layout, are both lifted from patterned paper. Below you can see the original patterned papers. The red one is by CanDesigns and the flowered one is by Amanda Dykan:
All you do to lift the design is use the magic wand tool in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Click on the area you want to lift, or hold down the shift key while clicking to choose several areas at once. Because the magic wand tool picks up like pixels, the image you get will be distressed. Once you cut and paste it into your layout, you will see that it looks like a rub-on because you can see the layout through it. Be careful not to add a drop shadow as will ruin the rub-on look. Think about how many more embellishments you now have in your scrap supplies!
MAKE YOUR OWN ALPHABET
Have you ever thought about creating your own digital elements? Well, an alphabet is an easy way to start. Here's how you do it...
1. Open a new 12x12 file with a transparent background.
2. Using a textured brush (I used one of the wet media brushes that comes pre-loaded with Photoshop) write out the alphabet.
...then copy and paste it into your layout. Check out how I've used the alphabet below:
So easy! Give it a try!