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Using Layer Masks to Color ScrapSimple Paper Templates in Photoshop

Note: Tutorial written with screenshots from PSCS3 on Windows XP.

 

Scrap Girls University - Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial - Using Layer Masks to Color ScrapSimple Paper Templates

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."

 

Scrap Girls University - Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial - Using Layer Masks to Color ScrapSimple Paper Templates

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.

 

Scrap Girls University - Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial - Using Layer Masks to Color ScrapSimple Paper Templates

Create a new layer and fill with a different colour. Try choosing contrasting colors or a monochromatic colour scheme to get different effects.

 

Scrap Girls University - Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial - Using Layer Masks to Color ScrapSimple Paper Templates

You should now have an image with two layers and each layer should be a different color.

 

Scrap Girls University - Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial - Using Layer Masks to Color ScrapSimple Paper Templates

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."

 

Scrap Girls University - Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial - Using Layer Masks to Color ScrapSimple Paper Templates

You should now have an image that has “marching ants” in the shape of your open paper template.

 

Scrap Girls University - Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial - Using Layer Masks to Color ScrapSimple Paper Templates

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).

 

Scrap Girls University - Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial - Using Layer Masks to Color ScrapSimple Paper Templates

You should now have an image that looks similar to this, depending on what paper templates and colors you chose.

 

Scrap Girls University - Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial - Using Layer Masks to Color ScrapSimple Paper Templates

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.

Computer scrapbooking layout "Love" by Keri Schueller

Layout by Keri Schueller
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Note: Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Darling Biggie and Calligraphy Words Brush Set are also available.

Tutorial written by Diane Rooney


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