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Chalking Around PNG Brush Files or Clipart Using the Burn Tool

Note: Tutorial written using Adobe Photoshop.

This tutorial will teach you how to use the Burn Tool and PNG brush files to create a chalked effect in digital scrapbooking.

Open a brush PNG file. I am using a Sketchbook Flower Brush. Then open your choice of a background paper that will be "chalked" on. I am using a paper from A Little Worn Out Collection.

Drag your image onto the background paper and place it in the desired location on your page.

 

Scrap Girls University - Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial - Chalking Around PNG Brush Files or Clipart Using the Burn Tool
Selected Image

While holding the Ctrl key, click on the image's layer in your Layers Palette. This will select the outline of the entire image. Then hit Ctrl+Shift+I, which will Invert the selection.

 

Scrap Girls University - Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial - Chalking Around PNG Brush Files or Clipart Using the Burn Tool
Selected Image - Inverted

Note: When an image is selected, the marching ants will be around the perimeter of the image. When the selection is inverted, the marching ants will be around the perimeter of the image PLUS around the edge of the entire document. In essence, we are trying to select the entire surface area around the image... excluding the image.

 

Scrap Girls University - Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial - Chalking Around PNG Brush Files or Clipart Using the Burn Tool

Select the Burn Tool in your Tools Palette. On the Tool Bar, select a large soft-edged brush. (I set my brush size at 450 px.) Then set the Exposure to about 20%.

At this point, I like to hide the PNG image by turning its layer off. To do this, click on the little eye on the image's layer in the Layers Palette. When the eye disappears, the layer will turn off.

 

Scrap Girls University - Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial - Chalking Around PNG Brush Files or Clipart Using the Burn Tool

Now, double check that you are on your Paper layer... it will be highlighted blue in the Layers Palette. Then, begin clicking around the edge of the image (defined by the marching ants) until the shaded outline of the image becomes as dark as you would like.

Imagine your Burn Tool brush is a chalked cotton ball as you rub around the edge of a die cut (or in our case, a clipart or PNG brush file) to create a shaded outline of its image on a page.

Now add your photos, journaling and embellishments to complete the page!

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Tutorial written by Brandy Hackman


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