Category: Photoshop Elements Tips
Operating System: Windows 7
Software: Photoshop Elements 12
There are almost as many ways to color ScrapSimple templates as there are templates! We know we can clip a paper to a template and adjust Blending modes. We know we can use the Paint Bucket tool and create a “wall” of color. How about brushes? Of course, we can use these, too! “But how?” I hear you ask. “There are too many! I don’t know how! Where do I start?”
Well, stay tuned. I will not be going through all the brushes you can use or suggesting my favorite Boutique picks because I want you to be able to go away and try this now — to feel inspired and have a go at it right away. I have chosen to use Brush #54 from the Wet Media Brushes which come as a standard part of Photoshop Elements 12.
When you select brushes from your Tools panel, you are given a Brush Settings menu.
Hue/Jitter: This setting controls how quickly Photoshop Elements switches between the chosen foreground and background colors. Higher values result in a faster change from one color to the other. Lower values result in a slower change.
Spacing: This setting relates to how far apart pattern marks appear when making a stroke. Higher values mean the marks are further apart; lower means the marks are closer together.
My screenshot shows some examples of what happens when we play with the sliders:
Setting Hue and Spacing both to 50 and a brush size of 600 pixels, I selected a light blue and white as my paint colors and started painting on a new blank layer. Part of the way through, I switched foreground to background colors by using shortcut X (or you can click on the small double-headed arrow near the swatches). This allowed me to switch from blue to white as my foreground color and add a little extra white where it was needed.
This super-fast and super-easy technique can be used for many things, but it is perfect for recoloring ScrapSimple templates. Be sure to try out how easy this is and to post your pages in the Scrap Girls Gallery for us to see!
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