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Permalink 10:19:07 pm, by blushbutter Email , 570 words, 2531 views   English (US)
Categories: Digital Scrapbooking Layouts, Made with blushbutter designs, Digital Scrapbooking News

Scratch and creasing Overlay templates for Photoshop and digitalscrapbooking designer tools

I've designed these overlays as a designer tool and for digital scrapbookers to utilise in their creations. I creatively used portions of the overlay on the photo in the layout above, you can choose a portion of the overlay to crease a section of a photo or paper and erase the remaining part, it's that easy to use. Each overlay comes in it's own PSD file kit for sale or as a set of 6 in 12x12inch png semi transparent files with a png template included, the creasing is semi transparent and the paper white tears are full opacity. If your not familiar with the current digi trends to rough photos up alot, then you would be left wondering why on earth would you willingly wreck a beautiful photo with tears, scratches and creases, true? Digital scrapbookers often follow the trends of the paper scrapbookers and in the paper scrapbooking industry sanding photos, inking edges and roughing up photos have been done for years now giving the layout a texture interest. I think that digital designers are constantly honing their skills in making kits of digital elements,digital papers and digital designer tools to look more realistic and in an effort to achieve a digital scrapbooking layout that looks like it is real and can be touched. When a viewer leaves a comment in an online gallery saying "I thought this was a paper layout", a digital designer/scrapbooker smiles inside, feeling that much closer to achieving their own goals in the illusive persistance of a more realistic layout. Mind you I do like lot's of the different styles of layouts and love the 3d layouts of books,boxes and baskets being added into pages as well, which is something you wouldn't find on a paper scrapbooking page as they would be impossible to get into an album. All types of digital scrapbooking styles have their own set of rules and the one 'constant' seems to be in getting your shadowing right to pull off your page so it flows to the eye. If there is one thing I could recommend for you to do , it would be to take several tutorials on getting your shadowing skills honed and understanding how shadows should fall on different levels in a the layouts surfaces. I'm asked alot how my viewers and can make their layouts look more like mine and I think it comes basically down to the shadowing techniques, yes it takes alot of time to put custom shadows on several layers in your graphics program but that's what I do and if your looking at your layout and thinking there is something that is just not quite right it might just be that shadow or the lack of it in all the right places to give you those lifts.
*Quick tip* = Select your element, make new layer underneath the element fill with very dark brown or darker element colour, reduce opacity to about 24% guassian blur the shadow to give soft edges and either use your warping tool or your smudge tool(little tool that looks like a finger) to make the shadow come out in uneven places as it would do in a paper layout. Look at the different levels and decide if you need another layer of shadow closer to the background paper. I talk about this in depth in the forum with links to great video tutorials HERE

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Comment from: Deb [Visitor] Email · http://www.dapperdoxie.com
Gosh thats such a cute photo on that beautiful layout! Love your new overlays, grungy is good for so many things!! :)
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Comment from: jack [Visitor]
I came across your website, i think your blog is awsome, keep us posting.
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