Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Happy Wednesday everyone! It’s Beckie here again, bringing you the latest edition of Shoppe Tips & Tricks!
Previously, I shared with you a digital way to replicate one of my favorite paper scrapping techniques – watercolor painting. Today, I’m back with another – this time it’s ink! We’ll be using a simple layer style to achieve the inked edges effect in this sample below:
See the subtle effect of ink around the edges of the vanilla cardstock and the “fall” letters?…it’s SUPER simple with Inner Glow! On my sample, I simply selected the vanilla cardstock layer (once it was cropped to the final size) and then with my menu followed this path: Layer –> Layer Style –> Inner Glow. In the Layer Style box that opened, I set the following values:
The new Gracie alpha – used for the “fall” letters in my sample today – is PERFECT for this technique!
A few things I’ve learned:
- PLAY with these settings. Every one of them. Just drag the slider all the way to the right and watch what happens. Don’t like it? Move it back! You’ll learn a lot just from playing around!
- Expect that the “correct” opacity and size will change based on the combination of “ink” and paper colors you’re using.
- Got a combination you really like? Simply click the “New Style” button in the upper right corner and you can save your new Inner Glow creation to use over and over again!
- The easiest method I’ve found to quickly apply styles to multiple elements (like letters in a title) is to get one letter all set with all of my desired styles, then right-click on the that layer in the layers palette and select “Copy Layer Style“. Then select all of the layers on which you’d like to add these styles, and then right-click again and select “Paste Layer Style“.
- If you’ve added a Layer Style like our Inner Glow inked edges and you want to ADD an additional style, like a basic Drop Shadow, you will need to re-open the Layer Style dialog box again to be able to apply an additional style. Simply check the “Drop Shadow” check box along the left edge, then click on the word drop shadow, and you can then set all of your shadow settings as you want them. The below image is of the Layer Style box showing multiple layer styles applied to the one layer.
You can get really interesting effects by changing the Contour in the layer style dialog box. How about this version?!
See the difference in the border around the cardstock and the new “tie-dye” feel to the letters? For the cardstock, I changed the Contour to “Cone”. And for the letters, I changed the Contour to “Ring- Double”. SUPER simple!! I really, really love the look of the line around the inside edge of the cardstock…close-up, you can see that it’s a realistic looking inked line!
Well, I hope this is one more fun trick you’ll add to your scrapping arsenal :) Be sure to join us again tomorrow because Kylie will be bringing you her newest FABULOUS Easy-As-Pie Template Challenge!!