Embossed Background Paper

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Sometime you just need a little extra 'something' to spiffy up a scrapbook page without stealing interest from the subject.

Embossing a shape into your background might be just the thing that makes the difference. Try it out and see what you think...

 

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Step 1: Create a New Document

  • Create a new document (File > New > Blank File) at 300ppi with a white background.

Step 2: Add a Background Paper

  • Open a background paper (File > Open). I'm using the SolidTaupe paper from At Home by Paislee Press.
  • Get the Move tool.
  • Holding down the Shift key, click on the paper and drag it onto your scrapbook page.
  • Close the original background paper.

Step 3: Add an Element, Shape, or Stroke

  • Open an element (File > Open) with an interesting outline. I'm using Leaves1 from At Home by Paislee Press.
  • Click on the element and drag it onto your scrapbook page.
  • Close the original element.

Step 4: Apply an Emboss Layer Style

  • Open the Effects panel by choosing Window > Effects from the Menu Bar.
  • In the Effects panel, click on the Layer Styles icon.
  • Open the Styles drop down menu and choose Bevels.
  • Double click on the Simple Emboss icon from the selection of bevels.

Step 5: Adjust the Embossing

  • In the Layers panel, double click on the fx icon in the element layer to open the Style Settings.
  • Move the Bevel Size slider to 0 and click OK.

Step 6: Duplicate the Paper and Move It

  • In the Layers panel, activate the paper layer by clicking on it.
  • Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) to duplicate the paper layer.
  • Press Ctrl ] (Mac: Cmd ]) to move the duplicated paper layer to the top of the Layers panel.

Step 7: Clip the Paper Down

  • In the Layers panel, choose Layer > Create Clipping Mask.
    Note: Earlier versions of Elements will refer to this as Group With Previous.

Step 8: Lower the Layer Style Opacity

  • In the Layers panel, activate the element layer.
  • Lower the Opacity of this layer to around 50% or whatever looks good to you.

 

Here are more examples showing what can be done with this technique using the same paper and different elements:


Above: Swirl-Doodle from our Sugar and Spice kit.


Above: Flourish-Border from our Cherish This Moment kit.


Above: WordArt3 from our Back 2 School - Whimsy kit.


Above: And never underestimate the powerful addition of just a straight line or two.

Credits:
Tip of the Week - Embossed Paper by Jen White
Paper: At Home by Paislee Press
Elements:
At Home by Paislee Press
kit
Sugar and Spice
kit
Cherish This Moment
kit
Back 2 School - Whimsy
kit
Software: Photoshop Elements 10.0

 

Download a PDF version of this "Embossed Background Paper" tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose "Save Target As" or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.

Step 1: Create a New Document

  • Create a new document (File > New) at 300ppi with a white background.

Step 2: Add a Background Paper

  • Open a background paper (File > Open). I'm using the SolidTaupe paper from At Home by Paislee Press.
  • Get the Move tool.
  • Holding down the Shift key, click on the paper and drag it onto your scrapbook page.
  • Close the original background paper.

Step 3: Add an Element, Shape, or Stroke

  • Open an element (File > Open) with an interesting outline. I'm using Leaves1 from At Home by Paislee Press.
  • Click on the element and drag it onto your scrapbook page.
  • Close the original element.

Step 4: Apply an Emboss Layer Style

  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Layer Style > Bevel and Emboss.
  • In the dialog box, change the Style to Emboss.
  • Move the Size slider to 0 pixels and click OK.

Step 5: Duplicate the Paper and Move It

  • In the Layers panel, activate the paper layer by clicking on it.
  • Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) to duplicate the paper layer.
  • Press Ctrl ] (Mac: Cmd ]) to move the duplicated paper layer to the top of the Layers panel.

Step 6: Clip the Paper Down

  • In the Layers panel, choose Layer > Create Clipping Mask.

Step 7: Lower the Layer Style Opacity

  • In the Layers panel, activate the element layer.
  • Lower the Opacity of this layer to around 50% or whatever looks good to you.


Here are more examples showing what can be done with this technique using the same paper and different elements:


Above: Swirl-Doodle from our Sugar and Spice kit.


Above: Flourish-Border from our Cherish This Moment kit.


Above: WordArt3 from our Back 2 School - Whimsy kit.


Above: And never underestimate the powerful addition of just a straight line or two.

Credits:
Tip of the Week - Embossed Paper by Jen White
Paper: At Home by Paislee Press
Elements:
At Home by Paislee Press
kit
Sugar and Spice
kit
Cherish This Moment
kit
Back 2 School - Whimsy
kit
Software: Photoshop CS5

Download a PDF version of this "Embossed Background Paper" tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose "Save Target As" or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.

 

 

3 Responses

  1. Gwen Gordon
    | Reply

    That was very impressive. Love your tutorials.

  2. Nathalie St-Onge
    | Reply

    Very nice! Thank you 🙂

  3. jayell
    | Reply

    OK .. so I’ve been a little out of touch lately .. and I just found this tutorial. But I love it!!
    So simple .. but so elegant.

    Thanks!

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