Challenge - Digital Challenges : Color Challenge - Loves of life: use red
by Sande Krieger
Each Valentines Day, I make a layout for each of my boys and Mike with a little warm fuzzy message to each of them. Using the color red as an accent to express love is something I always do. It might be a heart, or journaling or their name.
So this is my challenge to you. Do a layout that tells someone that you love them. You can make the entire layout red…or you can just pop in a little red to highlight something special on the layout.
This is my middle son, Spencer. He is the funnest kid to be around. He is always doing something…juggling, jumping rope, chatting…he’s just a happy, busy kid.
The journaling reads: “I even love you when you’re telling me how to drive (which he does everytime we’re in the car!). I even love you when you beat me at every card and board game we play. (which he does…every day) I love you because you get me to laugh at myself and not take life too seriously. I love you now…and I’ll love you forever!”
I used Photoshop CS2 to create this layout.
To show you how to make this layout, I’ve taken a couple of screen shots and added in the steps so it would be easier to follow. I have listed a couple of tips below.
1. I changed the scalloped lined paper from the 2 Peas All is Calm kit from cream to white by using the Levels command and the white set point eyedropper. There is a tutorial in the digital section of 2 Peas on Lightening Photos using the Threshold command that demonstrates how to do this. The brown background paper is from the Free With Purchase Family Time kit.
2. If you have Photoshop and are interested in learning how to mask (what I did for the photo on this layout to make the silhouette), there is a tutorial in the digital section of 2 Peas on masking. If your program (like PSE) doesn’t have the masking tool, you can achieve the same effect by using the eraser tool. Just make sure you are working on a copy of your photo and not the original.
3. I love using text to make things. Here I made a chair with it for Spencer to sit on. Using text that is in a box (like the 2 peas Gallery font) is perfect for this kind of thing. I also used the XOXO as a footrest for him. Be creative with your text. Try using the ‘create warped text’ tool (which is at the top of the screen…T over an arc in Photoshop).
4. You don’t have to own a Wacom or drawing tablet to doodle or write on your pages. Check out the tutorial in the 2 peas digital section on using your handwriting if you don’t own a writing tablet.