Saturday, January 24, 2009

Ode to a Cup of Joe: Digital Chipboard

This digital scrapbook page is my week four layout for my "Day in the Life" one layout a week 2009 project. [Gosh this project needs a shorter name....ideas anyone?]The page was supposed to be simple and fast, well... The initial idea was: just one photo of my coffee maker on my kitchen counter, some journaling about how much my morning coffee means to me, some quick digital elements and I'd be done. Somewhere along the way I got inspired or carried away, I'll let you decide, and spent way more time on this than I'd planned. But it was a creative and fun journey and I do like the way it turned out. For me, the best part was when I found the little notepaper with the "I LOVE YOU BECAUSE" prompt sitting in my digital stash. Perfect for this project because I do love coffee, maybe even too much, LOL.

I used so many different pieces from different digital kits that the list of credits is going to take me an hour to put together, LOL.

There are also enough how to's in this layout for four different blog posts! So for brevity that is what I will do. They will be, starting today and in order:

* How I made the title look like chipboard covered with the designer paper.

* How I got the text to follow the lines on the notebook paper.

* How I added the Tim Holtz stamped image.

* What I did to the photo, to give it the artsy stamped and painted look.

So on to the first how-to...

1.Copy the designer paper to a new layer and place this on the top. Click on the eyeball to turn off the DP so you will be able see where your title is placed.

2.Open the Text Tool and choose your font. This will work best with a bold thick font.

3.Type your title; Use the move tool to position the title to your satisfaction.

4.CTRL click the thumbnail of the type layer; this is a vary useful keyboard short cut, it creates a selection of whatever is in the active layer. So you should now see the marching ants encircling your type. Okay, I know I am addicted to photoshop because this always thrills me, lol! But I just love how easily you can make some very intricate selections with just a quick click of the mouse!

5.This step can be done two different ways. If you have layer masking available I recommend using step 5A because it will make it easier to edit if you are unhappy with your results. But if you have a version of Photoshop that does not allow you to add a layer mask then step 5B will work just as well.
5A. Keeping the selection active, turn the DP back on by clicking it's eyeball and make it the active layer. Then go to the bottom of the layer's palette and click the layer mask icon [if you don't know it, it is the one that looks like a rectangle with a circle in it]. Voila! Your DP layer is masked so that only your letters remain visible - cool eh? And here is the real power of using the masking tool...if you unlock the mask from the paper by clicking on the little chain thingy that appears between the layer thumbnail and the mask, you can use the move tool to move the paper around to see which part of it looks best on your title. When you are happy with the paper placement on the letters, right click the mask thumbnail and choose "apply layer mask". The mask will disappear and the paper will be cut to the shape of your text.
5B. Keeping the selection active, turn the DP back on by clicking it's eyeball and select this layer to make it the active layer. Now click >Select>Inverse (or Shift+CTRL+I) So that the paper you want to remove is selected instead of the title. You will still see the ants marching around the title but you should also see them marching around the edge of your page as well. Click >Edit>Cut (or CTRL+X) and your paper will be cut to the shape of your Title.

Remember that your title is not a Type Layer so if you want to change the font you will need to start over. Just in case I have second thoughts and want to redo the title I don't delete my type layer [which you really no longer need if you are 100% satisfied with your title] Usually, I just turn it off.

6. Finally I applied a bevel and a drop shadow. The full version of photoshop gives you greater ability to play around with the characteristics of the bevel and shadow, which I did a little but the default settings will still give you a pleasing result.

That's it for today's tutorial. Email me if yu have any questions, I'd be happy to answer if I can! Tune in next time [Okay that phrase dates me] for Using the pen tool to create a text path, or how I got my journaling to look like it was written on the notebook paper lines.

Now for the credits:
Digital Paper:The beige background was created using an Overlay by BannerWoman Designs; the darker brown paper is from J Hansen: In the Groove as is the plaid matt behind the photo. To the brown dotted paper I added a pattern overlay to give it the woven look.
The Notebook paper and the staples are from Jenn Reid: Cinnamon
The photo prong is by Coreen Silke We Escape. The coffee cup was found at a free image site I can't remember now. I used a google image search, copied to my hard drive and then deleted it's white background. The grungy border around the whole page is another Bannerwoman Overlay, the one around the brown paper I created using a brush I customized.
Links for Digital papers and Elements for Coreen Silke and Jenn Reid for J Hansen for Bannerwoman designs
And finally as I said earlier the splatter and coffee rings are a Tim Holtz rubber stamp from a set called Spills and Splatters.

So did I get carried away or what? LOL!

1 comment:

A-M said...

Thanks for this. Your layout looks great.