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a shanB tutorial on making basic cardstock

 the one thing everyone always seems to need is basic cardstock in a variety of colours.


This is the easiest thing you can make in photoshop.  Open a new canvas 12x12 300 dpi.  fill it with the colour you want... you can use the eyedropper tool to select a colour from your photo, from another paper, and element etc... so that the paper matches your LO perfectly.


Then its just a matter of selecting filter>texture> texturizer to make it look like burlap or canvas or sandstone...  If you want something different on a new layer  try filter>render clouds or fibers for a very cool effect.  Then play around with the opacity and blending modes to change the look.


try layering the effects... clouds then texture over top.  


The possibilities are endless so start experimenting.



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a ShanB tutorial on making striped paper

 Ok another paper tutorial.  I know lots of people always ask how make your own papers.  They really are the easiest elements to make.  


My fav are stripes, I love striped paper.


Lets start with an easy basic striped paper.

create a new document 1 inch by 1 inch 300 DPI.  set your foreground colour to white.

select the rectangle tool on the tool bar.

You want to make sure at the top the little box that says fill pixels is selected (its located just under the menu bar that says layers)


create a new layer in the 1 in canvas and draw a rectangle from the very top to the very bottom on the left hand side.  it should be about a 1/4 in wide or so.  


then go select all and edit>define pattern on the menu bar.  give it a name you remember like basic stripe and save.  This can now be used to make a ton of striped papers.

open a new document 12x12 inches.  fill it with whatever colour you want your paper to be.  Then open the layers palette (where you can do drop shadows and textures....) click on patter overlay and change the pattern to the basic stripe you just created.

the scale can be whatever you want.  A low number like 20 will have a lot of small stripes, where as 120 will be fewer stripes that are big and fat.


What if you don't want white stripes??  you can use the magic wand to select the white and then delete them.  You now have a transparent background that you can add anew layer under the coloured layer and fill it in any colour you like.


If you want an extra colour of stripes select the layer you have the white stripes on and in the layers palette ad a stroke to the stripe, it will add a small stripe of another colour on each side of the white stripe. 

 Here are some examples from this tutorial so you can see.  (  I used a value of about 15 to get my stripes that size)

Thanks for reading!!


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A Shanb tutorial on making crumpled paper

 There are tons of great papers out there and they are probably the easiest thing to make on your own.  Just fill a 12x12 canvas with a colour then go filter> and have fun, add textures or clouds and see what you can come up with.


As much as I like papers like that I go for more of a distressed look.  I like my papers more worn out.  Here is a quick way to make any paper look like it was crumpled up then flattened out again.

Again I apologize this is a tutorial for photoshop, I have never used elements and have no idea how to do this in that program.


Start with a new canvas 12x12.  set your colour swatches to the defaults of black and white. (short cut hit d on the keyboard)

 select filter>render>clouds for a fuzzy look to the canvas.

Go to filter>stylize>emboss.  Now I usually set mine for around height 12 and amount 100%  for a more wrinkly look you can make the depth more or less for a smother paper.


Save this file as some thing you will remember like "wrinkled"


Now open the paper you want to make all wrinkly.

Drag the wrinkly layer onto the paper so that is is on the layer above the paper.  Change the blending mode from normal to overlay. Not wrinkly enough?? try duplicating the wrinkly layer for a more noticeable effect.


that is the easy way.


THere is a way to make the wrinkles look a little more realistic.


open you paper file then go filter>distort>displace and set the numbers to horizontal 10 vertical 10 displacement map = stretch to fit and undifined area=wrap around... again I use 10 if you use a higher number it will have a more noticable effect.

a file box will open, select the wrinkly file you just created and hit ok... wait for it... wait for it... it takes a second (or longer if your computer hates you as much as mine sometimes hates me)


This makes the paper layer actually bend to fit the hills and valleys you created in the wrinkly paper layer.  this only works on a patterned paper though, if it is a solid colour the effect wont' show up this way.  You have to use the first part of the tutorial.


Here is an example of the effect.


Hope you found this helpful.  I'll be back with some more paper tutorials soon.




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A ShanB tutorial for Glitter in photoshop

 Ok first of all I's sorry. This is my first attempt at a tutorial 

2nd, this is for photoshop CS, I have no idea if or how to do it in elements, maybe someone that knows how elements works can answer that question. 

3rd when I say use these settings I'm not the boss of the world, use what settings you like. Changing the numbers will just give you diferent sized glitter, or different shaped or different spacing etc... its your glitter  I can't stop you from doing it your way  

4th this is going to make silver glitter, you can change the colours but I'm making silver to show you  I figure its pretty universal as a glitter colour  

ok so we have to make some stuff to get glitter... trust me once you do these steps and save them making glitter becomes very fast and easy. It's must time consuming the first time around. 

First we need a texture. 

file > new make a 2X2 canvas and fill it with a light grey colour. 

then go Filter > Pixelate > Pointillize set the cell size around 5 or so. 
Go edit> define pattern and save it as something like glitter or whatever you want to call it. 

step 1 done 

Now we need a brush 
We are going to modify one of the preset brushes that comes with photoshop. 
Select the hard round 9 pixel brush. 
open the brush palette menu Window> brushes 

click on brush tip shape 
make the spacing 25% and make sure smoothing is checked off. 

now click on shape dynamics 
use these settings 
Size Jitter=50% 
Size Jitter Control=Off 
Minimum Diameter=10% 
Angle Jitter=100% 
Angle Jitter Control=Off 
Roundness Jitter=5% 
Roundness Jitter Control=Off 
Minimum Roundness=1% 
Flip X Jitter=checked 
Flip Y Jitter=checked. 

Now click on Scattering 
use these settings 
Scatter=400%-500% see what looks good to you 
Both Axes=checked 
Scatter Control=Off 
Count=1, Count Jitter=0% 
Count Jitter Control=Off. 

next is texture 
here are my settings 
Texture Each Tip=Checked 
Mode=Color Dodge 
Minimum Depth=100 
Depth Jitter=100 
Depth Jitter Control=Off. 

color dynamics is next 
and the settings are... 
Foreground/Background Jitter=0 
Hue Jitter=0 
Saturation Jitter=20 
Brightness Jitter=20 

click on the little triangle in the corner of the brush menu and go save as new brush preset. again call it glitter or sparkly or whatever you want 

you don't have to do this anymore again as long as you save you brushes  

you can paint with your brush now, select a grey colour and paint on a white background (make sure you paint on its own layer) 

Wow that is so not glittery or anything, its kinda flat and dull and ugly isn't it. No you didn't screw up anywhere along the line and no we are not yet finished. It needs a layer style now to make it all purdy and shiny. 

click on the layer styles icon on the bottom of the layers palette, first lets change the settings for bevel and emboss to: 
Style=Inner Bevel 
Use Global Light=unchecked 
Angle= neg 40 
Gloss Contour=Ring-Triple (you may have to load contours to do this but this is a standard one that comes with photoshop) 
Highlight Mode=Color Dodge 
Highlight Color=white 
Highlight Opacity=100 
Shadow Mode=Linear Burn 
Shadow Color=medium grey (in the RGB boxes just type in equal values to get grey I use around 150 in each box) 
Shadow Opacity=50. 

Now contour 

Pattern=Glitter (hmm I wonder who made this fab pattern, oh right YOU DID, you rock) 
Depth=-1000 all the way to the left 
Link with Layer=unchecked 

pattern overlay is next 
Blend Mode=Color Burn 
Pattern=Glitter (good thing we made this) 
Link with Layer=unchecked 

now our good friend drop shadow 
Blend Mode=Multiply 
Color=try to get a grey with a little hint of blue in it (make the RG the same and B a little bit higher of a number) 
Use Global Light=checked 

wow we did it, now save this layer style so next time you want glitter you just click on the glitter brush, draw then go layer styles select glitter and everything will be plugged in for you. You don't have to do this long drawn out mess again. 

To change the silver glitter to red, blue, green, pick whatever just change the foreground colour to whatever colour of glitter you want 
and paint away. Zoom in close and see how real it looks. 

Thank you for your time. If you have any questions just let me know and I will try to answer them. (no promises) I hope you could follow this. If you did I may make some more, if you couldn't and its clear as mud then I guess my days as a teacher are numbered. 

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