Using Layer Masks to Color ScrapSimple Paper Templates in Photoshop
Note: Tutorial written with screenshots from PSCS3 on Windows XP.
Open your digital scrapbooking paper template and change the Image Mode to Grayscale (Image> Mode> Grayscale). If you get a dialogue box come up asking to discard colour information, just click "OK."
Create a new image (File> New) the same size as the computer scrapbooking paper template. For this tutorial, it’s a 12x12 300dpi. (IMPORTANT: You must leave your original paper template image open.)
Fill with your chosen colour.
Create a new layer and fill with a different colour. Try choosing contrasting colors or a monochromatic colour scheme to get different effects.
You should now have an image with two layers and each layer should be a different color.
We are now going to load a selection into the new document (Select> Load Selection). You will then get a dialogue box up. Where it says Document, choose your open paper template image and for the Channel, choose "Background Gray" and then click "OK."
You should now have an image that has “marching ants” in the shape of your open paper template.
We are now going to use a layer mask to reveal the pattern as a color. Go to Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal Selection (Layer> Add Layer Mask> Reveal Selection in earlier versions of Photoshop).
You should now have an image that looks similar to this, depending on what paper templates and colors you chose.
You can now duplicate this image so you have a backup copy and then experiment with colors by clicking on the layer thumbnails and using the Fill Bucket. Be sure to click on the actual layer thumbnail and not the Layer Mask Thumbnail when trying different colors.
Layout by Keri Schueller
Tutorial written by Diane Rooney