Photo Fun | Tip No. 1: Create Unique Photo Textures Using Digital Papers
Hi there! My name is Amy Kingsford and I am a proud member of Danielle’s Creative Team! Danielle has been kind enough to lend me your ears once a month to share some fun ways to play around with those beautiful photos of yours! Today I’d like to help you use your digital papers to bring a unique feel to your photos, in a way that can help to unify them with the rest of your page. In just 5 easy steps you’ll be on your way to creating one-of-a-kind photo textures for your photos, using your favorite digital papers!
Let’s get started…
1. First open your photo in your version of Photoshop and preform basic edits and cropping.
2.If you’re looking for a definite “colorized” effect, in which your photo will take on both the hue and the texture of your digital paper, you may want to desaturate your photo first to make sure you’re getting a good color match. This can be done by using SHIFT+CTRL+U in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
3. Next choose a textured paper you’d like to work with. I’ve chosen this taupe colored paper with a subtle woven texture, from Danielle’s latest release “Through The Years”.
4. Then drag your textured paper onto your photo and clip it to your photo using CTRL+G in Photoshop Elements or CTRL+ALT+G in Photoshop.
5. Then go ahead and change the blending mode on your digital paper’s layer to Overlay. This is a great option for getting a nice blend of the details in your photo and the texture/color in your paper.
Now your photo is ready to use on your layout and contribute to the overall feel of your page!
Don’t be afraid to try out different blending modes or to play around with your opacity for different effects. You can also blend together more than one paper! The key is to to have fun and then you’ll be sure to come away with something you LOVE!
Amy Kingsford is a happy wife and blessed mother from Northern Utah who has been scrapbooking for 12 years. She teaches at Get It Scrapped and Masterful Scrapbook Design and is a creative team member for Danielle Young Designs and fellow Oscraps Designer Biograffiti. To see more of her work visit her blog Scrappydoo. And for more “Photo Fun” join us next month to see what other tricks she has in store for you!