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Monday, December 4, 2006

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

(....continuation of Step-By-Step Instructions to Creating your First Digital Layout...(Layers 5 through 8)....)

LAYER 9    ADDING TEXT TO YOUR TAG

Okay, now we are going to add some text.

Click once on the 9th tool (the one that is an upper case “T”) in the Tool Palette.  This is the (Horizontal) Type Tool.

Now bring your mouse to your tag or near your tag and click once.  Now you will see a blinking dot that means that you can start typing whatever text you want to appear on the tag.

If you want to change the font, size, color or spacing, then click and drag over the typed text to highlight it.  Bring your mouse up to the menu area above your open file (where the name of the file appears at the top).  Use the scroll down menus to make your appropriate selections.

When you are done with this you can either click on the check mark or click on the “Move Tool” to secure your changes.  Make sure your “Move Tool” is now selected so that you can move this text inside the tag.

If you need / want to rotate or resize the text, follow the previously posted directions for doing so.

Otherwise, editing text can be done this way:

Make sure your text layer is selected in the “Layers” palette.  Click once on the (Horizontal) Type Tool in the “Tool Palette.”  Carefully highlight (by clicking and dragging) the text you need / want to change.  Make your appropriate changes.  Select the “Move Tool” to secure those changes made.


LAYER 10    ADDING STAPLES TO YOUR PHOTO AND MATTING

Now we are going to add some staples.

Step 1:
[File], [Browse Folders]

Find:  “bellagypsy_crookedstaples.png” and select it by double-clicking on it to make it the active file.

Step 2:
[Select], [All]

[Edit], [Copy]

Step 3:
From the Photo Bin, click once on  your “Untitled-1” file to select it.

[Edit], [Paste]

Make sure your “Move Tool” is selected.  Now, with previously given directions you can resize these staples, rotate the group or move them to a new location on your layout.

Step 4:
But, now we also want to duplicate them.  So, Make sure your staple layer is selected through the “Layers” palette.

[Layer], [Duplicate Layer], [Okay]

Now you will have another set of those staples.  You may ask, “Where?  I cannot see them!”

Well, move your mouse and y ou will see that the duplicated layer and the original one are one on top of each other.

You can duplicate again, if you would like, to have a third set.

Once you are done, you can move those staple layers to their desired positions, and even resize and rotate them.


LAYER 11    ADDING BRADS TO OUR TITLE / JOURNALING MAT

Now we are going to add brads to the title, journal or title/journal mat we created earlier.

Step 1:
[File], [Browse Folders]

Find file:  “bellagypsy_brad_purple.png” and click on it twice to open the file.

Step 2:
[Select], [All]

[Edit], [Copy]

Step 3:
In the Photo Bin select “Untitled-1” by clicking once on it.

[Edit], [Paste]

Now you can follow the same steps from the “Staple” layer above.  Duplicate the brad, resize it, and move it to where you want them to be located.



LAYER 12    TITLE

Follow the instructions for typing text that was found in Layer 9 – Text on Tag.



LAYER 13    JOURNALING (or SUB-TITLES)

Follow the instructions for typing text that was found in Layer 9 – Text on Tag.



NAMING LAYERS in the Layers’ Palette
Select the layer you want to rename.
Double click on the name of the layer that already shows up in there.
Type in your desired layer name and then hit enter / return on your keyboard.



SHADOWING
In the “Styles and Effects” palette you will select [Layer Style], [Drop Shadows] to create shadows for your different layers.
To select a shadow first click the layer from the “Layers” Palette.  Then click on the desired shadow.
If you want to delete a style you just applied to the layer, go to [Edit], [Undo (name of action)].



SAVING YOUR LAYOUT

[File], [Save As]

Save as:  (pick a file name)
Where:  (you choose the location where this file should be saved.
Format:  Photoshop
Save:  Layers

[Save]

At the next screen prompt select [OK].

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Now, all you have left to do is to resize your file in JPG format to upload to ACOT’s gallery and show off your digital creation.

Posted by FairyMouseMom

Reader Comments ...
3/8/09 6:29 am
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This is super great for beginning Photoshop users like me!! Thanks!

12/11/08 12:27 am
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Great article, Eg!!

1/28/07 6:04 am
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My questionis how do you print your work??

Thanks
Novine