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Monday, December 4, 2006

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS to Creating Your First Digital Layout  
   
   
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Part 2 of 3 (using Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0)

(...continuation of STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS to Creating Your First Digital Layout (Layers 1 through 4)....)

LAYER 5    ADDING YET ANOTHER PICTURE MAT ON TOP OF A DOUBLE PICTURE MAT (Triple mat)

Follow the same directions as for Layer 4, but use a different paper.

Step 1:
[File], [Browse Folders]
Find:  “bellagypsy_paper_berry.jpg” and select it by double-clicking on it to make it the active file.

Step 2:
Locate the “Rectangular Marquee Tool” on the “Tool Palette” and click on it once.  Bring your mouse on that paper and click and drag your mouse to a size that you think would be workable as the bottom mat layer and let go of your mouse button.  (You do not have to be exact, because you can always redo what you do not like… or change the size later.)

Because you only want that section with the marching ants, this time you will only do this:

[Edit], [Copy]

(Otherwise, you would be selecting the entire piece of paper if we chose [Select], [All] first!)

Step 3:
Now in your Photo Bin click one time on your “Untitled-1” file to make this the active file.

[Edit], [Paste]

Now your photo mat should be showing up, too.  If you want to move it, follow the steps we did for the border strip above.

Once your photo mat shows up, it may actually be larger than the middle green mat.  If so, do the following steps:

Step 4:
In your “Layers” palette to the right of your screen make sure you click on the current layer you want to change / resize.  In your “Tools” palette click once on the “Move Tool.”  Now you should see your selection outlined and with squares in the corners and line centers.  While holding down y our shift key on your keyboard, left click your mouse button and drag in one of the corner squares to make that layer larger or smaller.  When you have the size you want to keep, release your mouse button, then your shift key.


LAYER 6    ADDING A PICTURE

Step 1:
Now you will add your picture!

You will need to search for your file yourself by selecting:

[File], [Open]

When y ou locate the file, double click on the filename to open it.

If you want to crop it or use the rectangle marquee tool to size your photo, follow the directions previously posted.  Otherwise:

Step 2:
[Select], [All]

[Edit], [Copy]

Step 3:
Again, in your Photo Bin, click on  your file, “Untitled-1” to make it the active file.

[Edit], [Paste]

If you need to resize it, follow the resizing instructions listed above in “Layer 4.”


LAYER 7    ADDING A MAT FOR TITLE / JOURNALING

Okay, so now you have your wallpaper, a border, a triple mat, and your picture!  Now, let’s add a mat to use for your title, journaling or both.

Step 1:
[File], [Browse Folders]

Find the paper titled:  “bellagypsy_paper_green.jpg”

(We have already used this one for one of the mats.  You may still have the marching ants on that paper when you click on it to open it.  If so, all you have to do to clear that rectangle, if you still have your rectangular marquee tool selected, is to move your mouse to a new location on that paper outside of the previous rectangle and click your left mouse button and drag it to the point of the rectangle you want.  Release your mouse button.

Step 2:
[Edit], [Copy]

Step 3:
Now select “Untitled-1” from your Photo Bin and make it the active file by clicking on it once.

[Edit], [Paste]

If you need to move that rectangle to a new location or resize it … follow the instructions in the previous layers’ instructions.


LAYER 8    ADDING A TAG

Now we are going to add a tag!

Step 1:
[File], [Browse Folders]

Find the file titled:  “bellagypsy_rimmedtag_1.png”

Step 2:
[Select], [All]

[Edit], [Copy]

Step 3:
Now, from the Photo Bin, click once on “Untitled-1” to select it.

[Edit], [Paste]

If you want to resize the tag follow the previous directions listed for doing so.

Step 4:
Now, you will also need to move the tag to the right-hand side of the picture and triple mat.

We will start by rotating the tag.  Here is one way of doing so:

Click once to select the “Move Tool” from the Tool Palette.  Now bring your mouse to one of the corner squares.  You should see a curve with arrows at either end.  When you see this just click your left mouse button, hold it, and rotate your tag to a desired angle.  When you are satisfied with it, click on the check mark above your current opened / active file.  This will save the rotation.  You may need / want to adjust its location after rotating.  If you do so, please follow the previously posted directions for moving a layer.


(Layers 9 through 13...along with some extra information will appear in a separate article.)

PART 3


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