I thought I’d share a little tutorial post today – using the new Sunny Flowers Digital stamp set. The tutorial is a little long, but its mostly pictures…. so hopefully that is OK….
The stamp set contains a variety of different files to make it more versatile and easy to use.
You can use the images like traditional “digital stamps” by simply arranging either the JPG or the PNG files and printing them like I did in the card above. I printed the sunflower image and name and colored it with my beloved Copic Markers. Here are the colors I used…..
Coloring with Copics… fun, fun, fun….
But, in case you want to try something different, also included are Photoshop PSD files of the images. The PSD files allow you to quickly “color” the images with digital papers. I’d like to show you one way to use these files with Photoshop or Photoshop elements. I’m doing this tutorial in Photoshop – but its the same process in Photoshop Elements.
Here is the card I made with this method:
In this sample, I used digital papers and elements from the Wishing Well Creations Summer Garden Digital kit – a super fun and cheerful new release at the DigiChick (except the green – which came from the Country Love Digi Kit by Etc. by Danyale – another amazing new release that I just had to have ).
Then you open the PSD file, you will see something like this, with the background of each element of the image on a separate layer and the image lines on another layer.
To use this, simply select digital papers in the colors you want your image elements. The big advantage to this is that you can choose a digital kit for your project so the image and the elements and patterned papers coordinate. Plus – its a perfect excuse to buy this lovely Summer Garden Digi kit (which I really wanted badly – I love the little birdies!).
Ummm… tutorial…. right….
First, save your PSD as a new file using “save as” so you don’t over write your original. To add a digital paper, select the layer where you want to add the paper. Bring the paper into your file – it should come in right above the shape layer you wanted to fill.
In the layer pallet on the side, hold down the ALT and hover the cursor on the line between the paper and the shape layers. When you get the double circle cursor shape, click the mouse to clip the paper into the shape (these shapes are called “clipping masks” by the way).
The paper layer will indent and the paper will conform itself to the shape. Repeat this with all the shapes, using your choice of papers.
Now, that looks pretty good and was so quick and easy. But you might want to refine it a little by adding some shading and highlights. One easy way is to use the burn too to darken areas where you want shading and the dodge tool to lighten areas where you want highlights. These tools are found in the left set of icons a little more than half way down.
Choose a soft (fuzzy) edge brush and make it whatever size works for your image. Make sure you lower the exposure (less than 25%). Its better to darken or lighten a little and then go over it again if you need to. Each time you pass the cursor over an area it will darken or lighten a little more.
Its important that you are on the paper layer, not the shape layer or nothing will happen. Then just rub the cursor over the areas to darken/lighten until you get the shading you like. Then switch to the next paper layer and repeat.
The burn/dodge tools are here in Photoshop Elements:
For my image, I would like my stamp lines to be a dark brown instead of black. So, I chose the brown I wanted using my foreground color picker. I select the stamp lines layer. Then I choose Edit, fill layer. When the dialog box comes up, I make sure Foreground color is chosen and the preserve transparency box is checked. Then click OK.
The lines are changed to brown.
Another thing I want to do is create a solid border around my image so that it stands out more on the front of my card. So, with all my layers selected, I drag them to the create new layer button to create copies of all of them (at the top of the layer stack in Elements, at the bottom in Photoshop).
All the copies will be selected so just go to the top and select Layer -Merge Layers to create a merged copy. You could also just merge all your layers, but by making a copy its easy to undo it if you want to change something.
Now, CNTR+click on the image thumbnail of your new merged image. You will get “marching ants” around the outside of the image.
Create a new layer under the image.
While on your new blank layer, choose Select – Modify – Expand. When the dialog box comes up, choose a width to expand. I like 20 pixels for most things. Then decide what color you want for your border and put it in the foreground color picker box.
Use the bucket tool to fill your selection with your chosen color (just click with the bucket in the middle of the sunflower). Use CNTR D to deselect and remove the marching ants.
So now you have your completed image. You can print it as is, place it on a digital scrap page or use it to make a digital or hybrid card. Its very quick to do this and the finished image can be used over and over (to make all those teacher thank you gifts!).
I chose to use my image on a hybrid card. I like to create digi or hybrid cards right in Photoshop.
I usually create my pieces and make them into clipping masks (maybe a tutorial on that in the future?). That way I can see the finished card and the clipping masks let me try 10 different papers easily. I just take one out and put the new one in. Here is my compiled card.
I can just print this and place it on a card base, but that would just be too easy right?
I like to add a little dimension and layering, so I pull the card apart on a 8.5″x11″ document. This allows me to print one page and cut out all my elements. Then I layer them on the card so they have physical dimension and look more handmade. For my card, I popped the sunflower up on foam tape.
Whew! Anyone still out there?? If you are, I think you deserve a little reward!
So… Comment on this post and let me know either “yes, I’d like more Photoshop tutorials and templates” or “no – knock it off with Photoshop already and go back to the Copics”.
If I get at least 20 comments by June 5 – I’ll select one random comment to with this Sunny Flowers Digital stamp set. How’s that?
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!