Hello November! How to add watercolor texture in Photoshop

Hello November! How to add watercolor texture in Photoshop

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Hello friends!  I’ve been a little bit sick with a cold today, the perfect opportunity to relax and try the “watercolor and ink” technique for the first time, so I painted this autumn inspired floral frame. I then scanned the artwork and opened it in Photoshop to add the text.

The font I used here is called “Spelling Night”, this is a very elegant font that really doesn’t need any extra embellishment but I just wanted to add a little bit of a texture to create the illusion that the text was hand-painted as well. This is very easy to do, you just need to clip a watercolor texture to the text or any image you want to texturize.

Here is how I did it.

Choose a  high resolution texture and open it in Photoshop. Go to Image/Adjustments/Desaturate to remove all color from the texture, this is important in order to keep the original colors unaltered.

Now, go to Edit/Define Pattern, this will add the texture to the pattern library in Photoshop making it available to use whenever you open the layer styles dialog box in the future.

Double click on the text layer, this will open the layer styles box. Click on the option Pattern Overlay, you will see a thumbnail showing the last pattern you added to the patterns library, click on the thumbnail to select it, this will clip the pattern to the text.

Play around with blending modes and opacity to get the desired effect. For this texture I selected “soft light” for the blending mode and 29% for the opacity. Please note that these settings depend on two things, the brightness of the texture you are using and the original color of the graphic the said texture is being applied to, so this will be a matter of experimentation. Since it is possible to preview how the artwork changes as we apply different settings, finding the perfect recipe is easy and fun!

At this point, I always save the file as “PSD layered file” making sure all the layers are editable and the effects I applied are active. This way I can always come back to this file to recolor or apply different textures. Of course PSD files are super heavy and will take a ton of space, but I’ve never regretted having them available.

After I’ve created my back up PSD file, I just rasterize all the layers (file/scripts/flatten all layer effects) and flatten the artwork (layer/flatten image}.

Thank you for visiting and happy crafting!

 

 

How to use photo masks or clipping masks in Photoshop

How to use photo masks or clipping masks in Photoshop

Here is a very easy tutorial on how to use photo masks or clipping masks in Photoshop. This tutorial will work in both Photoshop CC, CS and Elements.

A clipping mask, also known as photo mask, is like the digital version of a paper punch, once applied, your photo will take the shape of the clipping mask just like when you are using a punch to cut out flowers or any other shape.

The areas of your photo located on top of the clipping mask will show through, however the areas that go beyond the clipping mask’s boundaries, will not be visible.

If the photo mask has different levels of opacity and texture the picture will also replicate those details giving your photos amazing texture effects as well.

Where to buy clipping masks or photo masks?

You will find the most beautiful photo masks in any digital scrapbooking online store, I also have many available at Lilmade Digitals.

Here is the three steps tutorial

a. First: organize your layers

Open the photo mask, then open the paper or picture you want to mask. Make sure the paper or picture layer is above the mask layer. As you can see in the picture below, I have my background layer which is simple a solid white layer, then on the second layer, I have the photo mask  shape, and on top of my photo mask I placed the picture I intend to mask. By the way, that’s my delicious home made bread!
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b. Clip the mask

Hold down ALT key (OPTION key for MAC users), and position the mouse pointer over the line in between the two layers in the layers panel, and then click.

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c. Merge artwork:

Your mouse pointer will change to a white square indicating you have a clipping mask. Notice how the edges of our picture have changed and you can now see the white background underneath. If you select the picture layer, you can move it around, reposition it and even resize it it. Once you are happy with the result, right click on the photo mask layer and select “Merge clipping mask”.

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And you are done, that’s all there is to it!

I hope you found this tutorial useful!

Thanks for looking ♥

Smiling daisies digital stamps

Smiling daisies digital stamps set comes with six fun floral stamps, kawaii style, featuring hand drawn floral clip arts  with smiley faces in the center of the flowers. These stamps are great to create handmade cards, scrapbooking elements and even embroidery designs!

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SMILING DAISIES DIGITAL STAMP SET

 

You make my heart smile: the easiest card you’ll ever make!

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YOU MAKE MY HEART SMILE HANDMADE CARD

 

Here is how I made this handmade card:

  • Resizing: the digital stamps measure about 6 inches at the widest or tallest point, so if you are going to use them on a handmade card, you will need to load them in Photoshop or Paint shop pro and resize them to a smaller size, in this case I resized the card to a little bit less than 3 inches.
  • Writing the sentiment: while I was working in Photoshop I also wrote the sentiment “you make my heart smile” at the bottom of the resized image. The font I used is one of my favorite fonts and it’s called Pacifico.
  • Printing: I flattened the image, saved the file with a new name (very important!) and printed out the digital stamp and the sentiment on white Neenah 110 lb cardstock.
  • Cutting the stamp and sentiments: I could’ve cut the stamp very accurately with my Silhouette Cameo and the PixScan mat, but because it was only one image I decided to just fuzzy-cut it with a small scissor, you can see it’s not a perfect cut, but it is good enough and It didn’t take long at all! If you have a lot of stamps to cut, then yes, it would be better to use the Cameo to save time.
  • Coloring: I decided to go with a colored background so that’s why I used the stamp in black and white, however if you are using a white background you can use Watercolors or Copic Markers to color in the stamp and make it stand out.
  • Cutting the backgrounds: to cut the yellow cardstock circle I used my old Cuttlebug and the Sizzix Framelits die set, and for the squares I used the Sizzix Framelites squares. I also wanted to add a sort of frame or mat but I didn’t have a die larger that the one I used to cut the orange square, so I just placed the card on a piece of yellow cardstock and trimmed to fit the card.
  • Assembling the card: to give a fun 3D effect, I mounted everything using double sided foam tape. 

I hope you’ll find this post helpful!

Happy crafting!!