The Easiest Coloring Method
Color is obviously the first thing you need when transforming ScrapSimple paper templates! And the easiest way to color them is by using the Magic Wand and Paint Bucket tools. This technique works best when you want to color patterned templates with crisp edges, rather than templates that are grungy and distressed.
1. Merge and Select:
If your template has a lot of layers, you can merge them all together and then select the different pieces to color by using the Magic Wand tool. Set the Tolerance level to a low number – between 5 and 10, and make sure the Contiguous box is not checked.
2. Click and Paint:
Click on one element of your pattern and see the little “marching ants” appear. That means the element is selected. Now switch to the Paint Bucket tool and pour paint into that part of the pattern.
3. Repeat with Shortcuts:
Third, repeat until all of the different pattern elements are colored! Switch between the Magic Wand and Paint Bucket tools, using the shortcut W for the Magic Wand and K for the Paint Bucket.
Sometimes you want to mix up your pattern templates even more by combining them with other templates to add texture, creases, folds, wrinkles, etc. The easiest way to do this is with Blending modes. Layer a distressed template (one that has a fold, crease, texture, wrinkle, tear, etc.) on top of a patterned template, and play with the Blending mode settings. The list of Blending modes is at the top of the Layers palette. The default mode is Normal. Scroll through and see what combination works best with the particular colors and templates you’re using.
You can add several layers of distressed templates on top of a pattern template to customize it more and more. Remember that you can adjust the opacity of each distressed template to lessen the effect of each layer as desired.