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Painting with Layer Styles
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Painting with Layer Styles
Tutorial created using Photoshop CS5 with Windows 7
Layer styles are so much fun to use when digitally scrapbooking. A fun technique to get custom looks from layer styles is painting with them. I'll show you how to take an ordinary shape and customize it with layer styles to make it something that is uniquely you!
So let's get started:
Open a new 12x12-inch, 300-dpi transparent document. Select the Custom Shape Tool from the Tools Palette and choose a shape. (I am using a slide from ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Build A Flower 6302 by Syndee Nuckles.) Hold down the Shift key while you drag your mouse across your document. I am making my shape very large so what I'm doing can be seen easily in this tutorial, but you will want to create your shape at the size you intend to use it on your layout or other project.
I need to rasterize my shape before continuing to work with it. To do this, go to Layer> Rasterize> Shape, or right-click on the layer and choose "Rasterize Layer." (In Photoshop Elements, choose Layer> Simplify Layer.)
Now I am going to fill my slide with patterned paper. Open the digital paper of your choice. I am using a paper from Super 7 Spread: Sweet Life by Syndee Nuckles. Drag it on top of the document your shape is in. In the Layers Palette, make sure that your paper layer is above your shape layer and that your paper layer is selected.
Next, we will create a clipping mask. If you are unsure of the shortcut for creating a clipping mask for your program and version, you can go to Layer> Create Clipping Mask, and this will show you the shortcut you can use in the future when using clipping mask. Your shape should now be filled with your paper. You can move the paper around to get the pattern where you want it and you can even resize if you need to.
We are almost ready to start "painting" with our Styles. I'm going to show you several different Scrap Girls ScrapSimple Tools Styles for this tutorial so you can see some of the possibilities. Each new style that I want to use will require me to create a new layer.
So, the first thing I will do now is go to the Layers Palette and make sure my paper layer is selected, then click on the "Create New Layer" icon at the bottom of the Layers Palette.
I'm going to name this layer Puff Paint. To do this, double-click on the name next to the layer, and type in the new name and then hit Enter.
Now comes the fun part - you get to start painting on your styles. First, I chose a basic round brush - the size 32 brush, but the size you choose will depend on the size of your project. On the Puff Paint layer, I painted with the brush where I wanted to apply my style.
Now, simply go to your Styles and apply a new style to this layer; for this example, I chose Puff Paint 2, the white color.
I wanted to add more to my flower, so I added a touch of glitter. (Who doesn't love glitter?!) Again, you will create a new layer and rename it, so you'll remember what is on that layer. I named mine "glitter."
Grab your brush again and paint on where you want to apply your style. Keep in mind, these lines do not have to be perfect. After I painted on my lines, I used Amanda Fraijo-Tobin's ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Everyday Glitters His 6401 Biggie to add a green glitter to the leaves.
Once you have applied your style, you may decide that you want to adjust your painted area some or add more to it. To do this very simply, choose the layer for the style you want to adjust, make that the active layer, and take your brush and continue painting. As you do this, you'll see instead of the basic black strokes of the brush, your glitter will now start appearing, and you can now add more to your shape or even thicken up your original lines.
After you have finished painting on your styles and are happy with it, I suggest to first save your files as a PSD file. That way, you can go back and make changes in the future. You will also want to save the file as a PNG so you can use it on your layout.
Following these basic steps and just playing around with styles you have, you'll find there's an endless amount of possibilities that you can create to get custom embellishments.
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Build A Flower 6302, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Everyday Glitters His 6401 Biggie and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Everyday Glitters Hers 6401 Biggie are also available.
Article written by Angie Briggs
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