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elenasworld
05-28-2009, 12:27 AM
Okay Scrap N' Chatters!
You asked for this little tutorial, so I hope you can make some sense of it. I wasn't able to get screen shots, but I do have some images to go along with the steps. (I couldn't figure out how to get these smaller right now)

I will say first off that I use Photoshop. I am not very familiar with other programs, but I think Element is similar.

Step One:
Open up a blank 12 x 12 document, with a transparent background.

Step Two:
Drag the shape or photo/clipping mask you are going to use to the new document
(I created this soft curve because I want to add text to the side border)

http://s160.photobucket.com/albums/t195/elenasworld_photos/th_shape1.jpg

Step Three:
Clip a textured paper to the shape or mask you are using.
In Photoshop, you place the paper or photo or item you want to clip to the shape on the layer above the shape.
Next press Alt + Ctrl + G, or go to Layer > Create Clipping Mask.
You should see the top layer moved to the right a bit, with an arrow next to the icon
> at this step you can resize either one of these layers. You can move the paper or photo to center it or place it where you want, you can also adjust the color, transform, or even delete parts.
>Once you have the paper/photo placed where you would like it, merge the two layers. Make sure you have the top layer selected/active. You can press Ctrl + E (Merge) or go to Layer > Merge Down
> Now you should only have one layer, the paper/photo in the shape you have chosen
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t195/elenasworld_photos/clipped-paper-to-the-shape.jpg


Step Four:
Type in the lyrics to a favorite song, quote, or words you want scattered along the border. I grabbed the lyrics to a favorite song, Broken Road by Rascal Flatts and copied these onto my new document. (I chose a favorite font called Pea Kate)
>Position this layer above your clipped paper/photo/shape

http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t195/elenasworld_photos/text-_-broken-road_rascal-flatts.jpg

Step Five
Now we are going to delete some of the pixels from our clipped paper to give a grunged effect to the text and remove portions to add visual interest to the border.
> I used the magic wand tool, set my tolerance between 11 and 15, and then I started to select portions of the paper I want removed. I am going for a jagged effect, but I do want some large areas where text will be visible
If your tolerance is set too high, large areas will be removed. I picked a paper with some texture that would give me some freedom to select regions of the paper easily. A solid paper would not work with this.

http://s160.photobucket.com/albums/t195/elenasworld_photos/th_magic-wand-to-remove-pixels.jpg

from the image you can see I removed quite a bit of the paper, but I have pixels scattered all around still.

Step Six:
Move your text layer above your clipped paper layer
>Repeat the steps for creating a clipping mask (from Step Three)
>Make sure that your text layer is on top
>You may need to rasterize the text first. before you can clip it
> To do this, right click the text layer and the drop down box will give you "rasterize" as an option. Once you do this, you will not be able to edit the text using the text/font tool At this stage, check your spelling before you rasterize the layer.
>Dont forget you can resize or move the text so that you get coverage where you need it.


http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t195/elenasworld_photos/text-over-the-mask.jpg


Step Seven:
At this stage, I lightened my paper (I should have done it earlier, oops)
(I chose to use this method: Image > Adjustment > Hue Saturation)

>You might have some space where you will want to fill in a large open area
You can add more text and clip the new text to the existing shape
I had a blank spot, and added the words "you are my" to another layer, so that I could clip these words near "dream"
>after I placed the "you are my" I clipped these words to my paper


http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t195/elenasworld_photos/add-some-more-words-to-this-spot.jpg

You can stop here if you like and use this along the border of a page
I chose to spice it up a bit

Step Eight:
This is where the fun starts
I love the above sample, but I wanted to add some whimsy to my page, so I grabbed a favorite flower shape, and placed it above my clipped paper layer
(I duplicated this a few times, and hid those layers for future use)
>Clip the flower shape or something fun and colorful, could even be a photo. the possibilities are endless. Play around and have fun.
I thought a rainbow effect would be fun
I placed the duplicates of the flower above my text.
I recolored each one, mimicing a rainbow
I then clipped each flower to the text, one at a time
> Remember, move things around, play with the colors or the opacity
> If you dont like how something turned out, you can undo, or clip something else in its place.

http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t195/elenasworld_photos/wordbits.png

and, try these out on different papers, you will get different looks simply by changing the bg paper
The main thing to remember is, have fun, experiment, play around for a while and get used to the possibilities of clipping masks, they aren't just for photos.
There are so many fun ways to add some interest to your pages
This is just one
Hope you give it a try

http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t195/elenasworld_photos/samples.jpg

2SparkleOn
05-28-2009, 04:54 AM
What a great tutorial. I will definitely have to try this out. Thanks for sharing the information.

agarzaldynrd
05-28-2009, 05:00 AM
Thanks for the tut. I'll have to try this to see if it works with pse 6. Again, thanks.

jessrdgs
05-28-2009, 05:44 AM
Thanks for the tutorial. I have been looking for instructions on clipping masks and this one is excellent.

j_camargo6
05-28-2009, 06:19 AM
Awesome tutorial, Liz! Thanks so much for taking the time to post it....it's such a fabulous technique!

tbcarter2002
05-28-2009, 06:30 AM
Great tutorial Liz! Thanks for posting it.

emst
05-28-2009, 07:15 AM
Great tutorial Liz, I'm going to have to try this.
So I can read it as I try it I'm going to have to print this out.
Thanks!!!

mosser77
05-28-2009, 07:42 AM
Thanks, Liz, you rawk! :)

britnkaysmemaw2
05-28-2009, 01:05 PM
This is awesome Liz. You rock! Thanks soooo much for getting this tutorial together for all of us. I'm using PSE 7 so will let you know how this goes with it.

donakat
05-28-2009, 02:39 PM
Liz, this was so nice of you to take the time to demo out this great tut for us! Thank you so much!:balloons:
Dona

elenasworld
05-28-2009, 02:56 PM
I am glad you all like the little tutorial
I know I whipped it together, but I was having such a time trying to save the files to show some samples
I will be looking for some fun clipping in the galleries!

If anyone uses a different method, or comes up with some fab design they want to share, link us up baby!

Helen
05-28-2009, 06:14 PM
I skimmed through this - will copy and paste into word doc so I can read it later - but wow - it looks fantastic! Love it!

Now I know who can sub for me on the techniques challenges - if you ever want to help me out - let me know - I am always looking for techniques for it. After doing it for almost 2 years now - I am getting brain farts on what to use sometimes.

Gem
05-28-2009, 06:54 PM
Liz, Thank you so much! I can't wait to try this.

JAB
05-28-2009, 06:56 PM
Wow- This is great :) Thanks

kcsimpson99
05-28-2009, 07:25 PM
Way cool, Liz!! I will print it out, too, as sometimes I "accidentally" stumble upon a technique that I somehow did in PSE 7, and I swear I can't repeat the same thing again to save my life, and I have no idea how I did it!!
Does that happen to anyone else or just me?? LOL!! :eek1

britnkaysmemaw2
05-28-2009, 09:08 PM
Way cool, Liz!! I will print it out, too, as sometimes I "accidentally" stumble upon a technique that I somehow did in PSE 7, and I swear I can't repeat the same thing again to save my life, and I have no idea how I did it!!
Does that happen to anyone else or just me?? LOL!! :eek1

LOL Oh boy, does it ever. I have a ton of files I have saved into word files so that I can refer back to them, but then I can't find the file. :laugh:One of these days I am going to organize them and put them in binders.

britnkaysmemaw2
05-28-2009, 09:09 PM
I skimmed through this - will copy and paste into word doc so I can read it later - but wow - it looks fantastic! Love it!

Now I know who can sub for me on the techniques challenges - if you ever want to help me out - let me know - I am always looking for techniques for it. After doing it for almost 2 years now - I am getting brain farts on what to use sometimes.

Liz would be your girl for the job for sure Helen. She comes up with some amazing lo's using different techniques she has tried.
But we all know that your brain fart is only temporary. You will come up with lots more great technique challenges for us!

elenasworld
05-28-2009, 09:15 PM
you are ahead of me -- I write things down on scraps of paper, envelopes, dd's drawings, and then I can never find them again -- or I find them months/years after frenzied searches. the only things I can find, are the ones on my computer

majula
05-28-2009, 09:38 PM
Thanks so much for this fantastic tutorial!

hugs Martina

gigichet
05-29-2009, 05:44 AM
what a great tutorial...thank you Liz...I am going to have to give this a try

Helen
05-29-2009, 11:54 AM
you are ahead of me -- I write things down on scraps of paper, envelopes, dd's drawings, and then I can never find them again -- or I find them months/years after frenzied searches. the only things I can find, are the ones on my computer

LOL - ditto me - I keep finding files on my backup computers that I completely forgot about. I have tutorial folders - but keep finding several of them filed under different folders. now if i could just have one ehd dedicated to tutorials and tips only - that would be a dream - maybe some day. LOL.

britnkaysmemaw2
05-30-2009, 10:49 AM
OK, Liz, I made an attempt to try your tutorial using PSE 7. It worked great. I still need practice, but it was fun trying. Thanks so much for sharing your expertise with us. My Man (http://www.godigitalscrapbooking.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=57759&ppuser=8288):

http://www.godigitalscrapbooking.com/photopost/data/500/My-Man.jpg

Scrappinsass
05-31-2009, 12:38 AM
Thank you for your awsome work on this! Where would we newbies be without all you great gurus!!

donakat
06-05-2009, 05:05 AM
I did a layout, too, using a slightly altered technique. Instead of doing your step eight, Liz, I applied a rainbow gradient across the type layer. It seemed to do pretty much the same sort of thing. Here's my LO:
http://www.godigitalscrapbooking.com/photopost/data/500/Monkey_jumper.jpg

britnkaysmemaw2
06-05-2009, 08:32 AM
I did a layout, too, using a slightly altered technique. Instead of doing your step eight, Liz, I applied a rainbow gradient across the type layer. It seemed to do pretty much the same sort of thing. Here's my LO:
http://www.godigitalscrapbooking.com/photopost/data/500/Monkey_jumper.jpg



It looks great Dona. Great job.

MissLilly
06-13-2009, 11:41 AM
Thank you so much for sharing this info,I will be trying it out for sure xox

donakat
06-13-2009, 07:29 PM
MissLily, Hope we'll see your layout in the gallery, too!

MissLilly
06-13-2009, 09:25 PM
Oh most definitely,this will be the 1st place I post my layout,I am most thankful for the tutorial xox

diginan
06-15-2009, 04:13 PM
I'm going to have to try this, thanks for the great tut:)

coldwave
07-19-2009, 04:55 PM
What a wonderful tutorial it is !! I like it very much.

But I stopped at step 5....:confused1:

I don't know the way to delete some of the pixels from the clipped paper to give a grunged effect to the text .

I'll appreciate if anyone here can help me with that.....:wub1:

donakat
07-19-2009, 07:00 PM
As Liz instructed, you use the magic wand to select only parts of the paper. Make sure "contiguous" is unchecked, so it will select that particular color all over the paper layer. Then use the delete key to delete those selected spots. Repeat if necessary with another selection.

Or, you could also use the eraser, with a grungy, open brush and lower the flow and/or opacity to get the same sort of effect. That's what I did on my layout.

Hope this answers your questions.
Dona

coldwave
07-20-2009, 11:37 AM
As Liz instructed, you use the magic wand to select only parts of the paper. Make sure "contiguous" is unchecked, so it will select that particular color all over the paper layer. Then use the delete key to delete those selected spots. Repeat if necessary with another selection.

Or, you could also use the eraser, with a grungy, open brush and lower the flow and/or opacity to get the same sort of effect. That's what I did on my layout.

Hope this answers your questions.
Dona


I got it.....:wink:
Thanks very much for Dona's help and I deeply appreciate your kindness.

briarwoodpups
07-20-2009, 12:10 PM
Donakat - Oh man, how did I miss that layout! That is a beautiful layout. Love the papers, the pictures, the theme and the rainbow words. Very cool!

CaliMini33
07-22-2009, 09:54 AM
WOW!! Looks great!!