Hi Peas! Sande Krieger here.
This week's digital challenge is to make your own background paper using brushes and/or filters! Rhonna did a super cute layout for this challenge using a variety of brushes. You can check it out here.
Using brushes to make a background can be as simple as using a round brush to make a polka dot pattern on your paper.
If you are using Photoshop or PHotoshop Elements here are some easy steps to get you started.
- Open a new document (12x12 or 8.5 x 11 - at 300dpi)
- Fill the background with a color - I used blue.
- Change your foreground color to the color you want the polka dots to be.
- Select your brush tool.
- Select a round brush and make it as big as you want your polka dots to be.
- Go to the brush palette and set the spacing to be how far apart you want the dots to be.
- Start a new layer by clicking on the New Layer Icon button at the bottom of the Layers palette.
- Hold down the SHIFT key and drag your brush along your paper. By holding down the SHIFT key it will make the dots go in a perfect line.
- Copy that layer by dragging it down to the New Layer Icon at the bottom of the Layers Palette and letting go.
- Use your Move tool to stagger the new line of dots you just copied.
- Keep copying and staggering each line of dots until you've filled your entire paper.
For a video on how to use brushes in Photoshop Elements, click here.
I'm excited to see all the fun background papers you make for this challenge!