I recently released a new set of six PNG journal card files called “StorySavers” and wanted to show you how to use them in a hybrid project.
The StorySavers are 4 x 8 journal card files, designed to be layered into digital products, or printed out and used on traditional scrapbook pages. They feature cute little check boxes, and have a fun, form-like feel that I’m really digging.
I wanted to do a layout about seeing Crowded House earlier this month with Aidan as my date. It was a really special night, to see my favorite band, with my favorite girl, and a girl who knows more than her fair share of Neil Finn songs. The final page looks like this:
Very simple. A story and a few snapshots. Here is short video that shows how I customized the colors of the StorySaver PNG file.
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
All instruction is given using Photoshop Elements 8.0. There is always more than one way to accomplish anything in PSE. These are my steps.
Customizing PNG elements using the Layer via Cut command is the easiest way to isolate elements, and then re-color them.
With the PNG file open, simply use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to select completely around the element you’d like to recolor, in this case, the word “LOVE.” Note: I zoomed in really big so I could clearly see where I was clicking and dragging.
Next, go to Layer > New > Layer via Cut. Your element will now be isolated on its own layer.
To change the color of the element, use the Set Foreground Color control in the tool palette to choose a color by clicking once on the top square. The Color Picker will come up and you can choose a color. Or, do what I did, and use the Eyedropper Tool to sample a color from one of your photos.
Once you have the color, go to Edit > Fill Layer. Make sure you have Foreground Color selected, make sure the Blending Mode is set to Normal, and make sure Preserve Transparency is checked. Click OK. Your element color should change.
Next, I changed the size of my journaling card to be 3.4 inches wide, to make for a slightly smaller card size.
Finally, I decided to add a text layer for my journaling. While I love the idea of hand journaling on these, I knew I would run out of room to tell the whole story.
I sent this to print on white cardstock, then trimmed out the card leaving just shy of 1/4 of an inch of white to frame the entire piece.
FREEBIE PHOTO TEMPLATE FOR YOU
I figured since I designed all of the elements for this page digitally, why not give you the photo template that goes with the layout. (Click on the green link below to begin download.)
The photo template contains layer masks for your photos, and layers that contain the crop marks to show you where to trim in order to get a nice even white photo border on your shots. With my photos dropped in, the file looked like this:
To mask a photo into a layer, you simply copy your photo into the template, make sure your photo is directly above the intended mask layer in the Layers Palette, and then go to Layer > Create Clipping Mask (also achieved by hitting Control + G or Command + G). You can then size accordingly within the mask, and move photo to a desired crop.
Print this sheet onto photo paper, then trim. To use the crop marks, you simply line them up on the edge of your paper trimmer.
Do not cut all the way through, however. Trim to the edge of one mark, lift up the paper, turn, and repeat. When you are done, voila! A lovely photo with a nice white border.
If you have any questions about today’s post, leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to answer.
Cardstock: Kraft Cardstock, OP White by Bazzill Basics
Patterned Paper: Sonoma Sierra Place by Scenic Route (striped sheet), Basics Poll by BasicGrey (brown sheet)
Border Punch: Fiskars Threading Water Punch
Digital Journal Card: StorySavers 1 (Cathy Zielske for Designer Digitals)
Photo Paper: Ilford Gallerie Smooth Pearl Font: Archer
Stamps: Making Memories Magnetic Stamp Kit