Making Your Own Digital Scrapbooking Paper with ScrapSimple Paper Templates
Let me show you how easy it is to use ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Gingham to make your own digital scrapbooking gingham papers.
First we’ll open a new document and one of the Gingham Templates.
Next I put the Gingham on top of my white background. Of course, I could have had any color in the background that I wanted.
Now I am going to my color balancing adjuster. In Photoshop, I get there by going to Image> Color Balance. All software has something similar to this where you can adjust the colors, so just click around in your particular software until you find it.
Notice that I have moved the top slider clear over to the red end as far as it will go. I do that for all of the lighting settings (shadows, midtones, and highlights).
And here is my red gingham digital scrapbooking paper! Pretty easy, wouldn’t you say? I can experiment with the sliders to get the exact tone I want to end up with.
Okay, now let’s try this another way. Some people who are running different kinds of software may have an easier time doing it like this. You’ll just have to experiment in your software to see what works best for you!
This time I have created a third layer which I have colored red. I have lowered the transparency level so that I can see the Gingham peeking through it.
Now I have merged the pattern layer and the red layer.
Next, I used the Magic Wand Tool to select the lighter color (it looks kind of pink).
Then I hit my Delete key and guess what happens? Yep. The red goes away and my red gingham appears.
Want to make your gingham paper a little bit more interesting? Look what happens if I drop another paper template on it (one of the Touch Templates), lower the transparency, mix up the colors and change the lighting settings.
Now let’s change it up even more by introducing some crinkle to it with a ScrapSimple Photo Template: Crinkle Template (retired).
Here’s what I end up with once I lower the transparency, change the lightings to what I liked, and then bent the color of the photo overlay to red. See how it makes it look like there are loose threads running around on my gingham? And the gingham almost looks like it has been sitting in a trunk for years and years. Kind of cool, eh?
So you can see, it’s perfectly endless what you can do by mixing up the templates and playing around in your software.
Digital scrapbooking, you must admit, allows you to be as creative as you want!
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