I like to try different blending effects that give images various optical illusions. In this instance I made a rose appear broken.
I started out opening up a new print, 12″ x 12″ file in Adobe Photoshop CC 2020. Under “Preset Details” I set the resolution to 300 pixels /inch, the “Color Mode” to RGB color 8 bit, “Background Contents” White, and Color Profile to, “Working RGB: sRGB IEC61966-2.1, with a Pixel aspect ratio set to “Square Pixels.”
Next I added the images to manipulate. I made multiple copies of the leaves and rose.
I then highlighted all the leaves layers and one rose layer and merged them together into one unit, leaving a single rose separate.
I then duplicated the flower leaf unit. I clicked on the copied layer and enlarged it by using the keyboard shortcut, “Command + T” or CRTL + T on a PC . I placed my pointer on the handles until it changed to arrows. I then clicked and dragged the image to a slightly larger size.
I clicked on the pen tool and began making points in a crooked form vertically down the enlarged image. I went around the left and back to the top of the image at the starting point.
Once the points were connected, In the Layers Panel, I made sure that the “Paths” window was open and clicked on it. While in the Paths box I clicked on the “Load Selection” icon (dotted circle).
I clicked back to the “Layers” panel and clicked “delete”. Hint: If when you hit delete the the pixels surrounding the highlighted area are removed, then undo your last move. Go to the “Selection” menu and click “Select” then “Inverse”. This will keep the area inside the marching ants (dotted lines) highlighted instead of all the pixels outside of them. This action will delete the selection. With the same loaded selection highlighted, I clicked on the original layer beneath the copy layer and hit delete. The broken flower effect is now visible. I took it a step further and deleted half the top, enlarged image to really give the flower a noticeable “cracked” look.
I started adding background layers to complete the layout.
I took the single rose and added it over top the rose/leaf unit and enlarged it to the size of the bigger cracked half. I used the same path selection and deleted a portion of it. Once the crack was open, I deleted the left half of the rose, giving the unit a deeper 3-D effect.
I began adding shadows to each layer of the rose. I embellished the final image with some flowers, leaves, and a touch of various color blends. There are so many things you can do with all the Photoshop options available.
I hope this article was helpful. Happy crafting!
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So for week two of the September Hues (9/6 – 9/12, 2020) I am designing with shades of Brown.
Similar to week one, I began by opening up a new print, 12″ x 12″ file in Adobe Photoshop CC 2020. Under “Preset Details” I set the resolution to 300 pixels /inch, the “Color Mode” to RGB color 8 bit, “Background Contents” White, and Color Profile to, “Working RGB: sRGB IEC61966-2.1, with a Pixel aspect ratio set to “Square Pixels.”
On the background layer (layer 0) I changed the color to a brownish tan tone. I added a new layer (layer 1) and used a number brush I acquired from Sahin Designs on Pixel Scrapper, across the page.
Next, I added a picture as my focal point and began to build around it. I added some elements and papers from the Pixel Scrapper collaboration bundle called, “The Good Life Bundle“. I used the Kit from that bundle called, “Autumn Bramble” by Jessica Dunn. I made sure to use the color pallette to alter the tones to shades of brown.
I then added a layer of paint and used some water styles across it, to give it a raised 3-d look.
I finished the layout with the sentiment, “Water Falls”. This was a very easy and fun project. All you need is your photo editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop, or PaintShop Pro and a great imagination. Gather your papers, elements, and vision and you are off to designing a beautiful layout.
I hope this message was helpful. Thanks for reading it and Happy crafting!!
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For the month of September, I have decided to challenge myself each week to scrapping with certain hues. This week (September 1-5, 2020) I am using shades of green.
I began by opening up a new print, 12″ x 12″ file in Adobe Photoshop CC 2020. Under “Preset Details” I set the resolution to 300 pixels /inch, the “Color Mode” to RGB color 8 bit, “Background Contents” White, and Color Profile to, “Working RGB: sRGB IEC61966-2.1, with a Pixel aspect ratio set to “Square Pixels.”
I hope everyone has been doing well and is still sharpening their skills with digital crafting. I’ve been playing around with some clip art and decided to design a simple photo frame layout. This freebie comes with a psd and a png transparent file.
Adobe Photoshop Applications come with multiple preset patterns that are fun to use but only cater to a select number of themes. They are great to have when designing scrapbook pages, layouts, templates, and many other projects. It may seem as though the pre-installed patterns only give you few options to build with. However, the Adobe Photoshop software allows you to increase your patterns inventory by designing your own. There are multiple ways of doing this, but in this post, I will show you one of the ways that I create mine.
The first thing I do is open the application. I’m using a Windows PC. The software version I’m using is Photoshop CC 2019. I click “File”>”New”. The “New Document” box opens.
There you can choose which type of document you want to create. I choose “Print” on the Document menu bar at the top. Under “Preset Details” I leave the default “untitled-1” name. I also keep the default settings of 8.5” width x 11””height”. I changed the resolution from 72 pixels/Inch to 300 pixels. I also make sure that the color mode is set to “RGB Color” and the background is “white”. Then I click “Create”.
When the document opens, the background layer is automatically white, and it is locked. I’m then going to add a new layer in the “Layers” Panel to the right. You can do this by either clicking on the “new layer” icon at the bottom right of the Layers Panel, or by clicking “Layer”>”New”>”Layer” on the menu bar at the top, or by using your keyboard shortcuts “Shift+Ctrl+N” on a PC or “Shift+Command+N” on a MAC. I will label this background because the original white background layer will get deleted at the end of the design.
Once the new layer has been created, we will begin to design the pattern. There are a few ways of accessing your patterns library. A very common method is by going to the menu bar and clicking “Edit”> “Presets”> “Preset Manager”. The Preset Manager panel opens. Using the drop-down options, you can choose the “Type” of preset you want. In this case we want “Patterns”. The files in the “Patterns” library appear. You can see what is already loaded. You can also access your Patterns another way.
It is helpful to have the “Tool Presets” window open. Some may find this method of finding your tools as a good option. To add icon to the panel then follow these steps. If it is already available, or you don’t want it open, then skip to the section “Designing The Pattern”.
Opening the Tool Presets Icon
On the menu bar go to “Window”> “Tool Presets”. Ensure that “Tool Presets” is checked.
Once it is, you will be able to easily access it using the Tool Presets icon, as shown below.
Simply click on the options menu (three stacked lines) to view the preset manager.
Once in the Preset Manager Panel, choose the “Patterns” option from the “Preset Type” drop down list.
Here you will see your installed patterns. There are just a few available. We can now design our own.
Designing The Pattern
Open a PNG file. For this illustration, I will use the blue present from the freebie graphics kit (Presents Mini Kit), from this site for the pattern design.
Click “File”>” Open”> choose the file to use. With your file open, use the keyboard short cut keys to copy [(Ctrl + C) on a PC or (Command +C) on a Mac] and paste it [(Ctrl +V) PC or (Command +V) Mac] into the “untitled-1” file.
With the graphics layer selected, make another copy of it using the keyboard short cut Ctrl + J or Command + J on a Mac. Click and drag the copied image above the original one.
Make about seven more copies. Click and drag them on various parts of the page.
Now click on Layer 0 or the bottom white layer and delete it. Then highlight all the remaining layers. To highlight all the layers, simply click on the bottom layer, scroll to the top layer, and hold the “Shift” key and left click at the same time.
We will now finish up the pattern. With all the layers selected go to “Edit”> “Define Pattern”.
Give your pattern a name when the Pattern Name dialogue box opens. I will name mine presents. Then click “ok”.
Now you can test your pattern. Open a new document. In the layers panel click on the white background layer. On the Menu bar go to “Layer”> “New Fill Layer”>” Pattern.
The “New Layer” dialogue box opens. Click “ok”. You will then see the “Pattern Fill” dialogue box. You can scale the percentage of your pattern up or down using the drop-down menu beside “Scale” (arrow). At 100 percent it looks identical to the size of the pattern you just created. By scaling it larger (moving the handle to the right) it makes the images bigger, and less filled on the screen. By dragging your handle to the left, the images are scaled smaller, and fill the page more, as shown in the photo below. I typically make mine smaller for my digital scrapbook papers. In this illustration I scaled mine down to 23 percent. When you are satisfied with the size you want click “ok”.
You can view your pattern by following the same steps from above by accessing the Preset Manager. Your pattern will be the very last one in the file.
This technique can be used from various files, brushes, shapes, and more. I will cover those in other tutorials. I hope you found this post helpful. And as always, happy crafting!