Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Planet Photoshop Teaches Crumpled Paper

Hi :-)

I've been meaning to add this fabulous site to my sidebar for some time now. As I absolutely can't believe some of the real high quality tutorials that are available FOR FREE. The Blog is called Planet Photoshop. The blogger is Corey Barker, one of the leading educators in his field and author of many great books. Today I was there and played around with the lesson on how to make crumpled looseleaf paper. Yes you could crumple up a piece of the stuff and scan it, but you would still have to remove the background and deal with the shadows on the edges. By the time you have done all that you could have made one digitally from scratch and learned some useful photoshop shortcuts and features in the process. Oh and with the layered psd saved on your computer you can add writing to the paper that will also be crumpled, and change it for future use! The tutorial shows you how. So here are some cool links for you...

Link to the How To at Planet Photoshop

Link to downloading the one I made as a png for FREE!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Creating a Custom Photoshop Brush from a Stamped Image

Hi! As promised in my last post here is the tutorial on how to take a stamped image and use it to create a custom brush in Photoshop. I am using CS3 in the tutorial but this is basically the same in Elements. But first, some art to share. This is a digital page I created using the technique. The shamrocks are a rubber stamp from Hero Arts. In real life it is a 1 x 1 inch stamp. Limitless resizabilty is one really cool reason to use this technique.

The "Irish Eyes" font is called Family Tree from Creating Keepsakes. You may recognize it from a previous post. I'm surprised by how useful a font it has been for me. To think I was on the fence when I downloaded it. The journaling is my own handwriting.(I love my Wacom tablet, well I'd be lost without it in my business) The paper texture is an easy thing to do in photoshop (to see full size click on the image)

I have created a detailed .pdf with step by step screen shots. You can download it here. What follows is a brief summary.

1. Stamp your image with Black Stazon ink on white paper and scan it. Save the scan as a .jpg.
2. Open your saved scan with Photoshop.
3. Select Edit > Define Brush Preset
4. You will get a dialog box. Name your Brush and click OK
5. Your new brush is now available to you in your brush palette! Take a look and go play!

Some important notes

1.Stamps are copyrighted images. So any electronic reproduction, including a photoshop brush is protected by the copyright. Therefore you should not share and certainly not sell brushes made this way.

2. Your new Brush will remain available in the brushes palette until you reload, replace or reset the the brushes. Then you will lose it. To avoid this you must SAVE the brush as part of a set. The pdf gives details on how to do this.

In future posts I will discuss more about playing with brushes. You will see it can be lots of fun to make your own brushes from your stamps! Go play and PLEASE show me what you've done:-)