While working on a birthday card for Linda, I needed a short piece of ribbon. Looking through my stash of ribbons I found the perfect “one.” It had the angled cut ends I was looking for, but it was way too long.
If I transformed the dimensions by squishing it, all the proportions get all messed up. So how do you shorten it without making it look strange?
I have the perfect answer, and it is so easy to do. If only things in my life were as easy to change as they are in Photoshop… I certainly would be a lot thinner. (Just between you and me… I sometimes do appear thinner thanks to Photoshop — wink, wink.)
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Step One: Open a Ribbon
- Open the ribbon element (File > Open) that you you want to shorten.
- In the Menu Bar, choose File > Duplicate and click OK. (Photoshop: Choose Image > Duplicate and click OK.)
- Close the original file.
Step Two: Cut the Element in Two
- In the Tool Bar, get the Rectangular Marquee tool.
- In the Options Bar, click on the New Selection icon and set Feather to 5 px.
- On the document, click and drag a selection outline around the middle of your ribbon to select it.
- Press the Backspace key (Mac: Delete key) to delete the part of the ribbon inside the selection.
- Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to Deselect.
Step Two: Merge the Ends Together
- With the Rectangular Marquee tool still active, click and drag a selection outline around one half of the ribbon.
- In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > New> Layer via Cut.
- In the Tool Bar, get the Move tool.
- Move one side of the ribbon over on top of the other half. Use your left and right arrow keys to line up the edges.
Step Three: Merge and Save
- In the Layers panel, activate the top layer.
- In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Merge Down.
- In the Tool Bar, get the Crop tool.
- In the Options Bar, choose No Restriction from the drop down menu. (Photoshop: Make sure there are no values in the Width and Height option boxes.)
- Click and drag an outline around your new ribbon to crop it.
- Click the check mark to accept the changes.
- Save your ribbon (File > Save As) as a PNG file with a unique name.
- Get the Move tool.
- Click on the ribbon and drag it onto your scrapbook page.
Here is a Big Happy Birthday Wish from me to Digital Scrapper!
In honor of Digital Scrapper's 9th birthday, here is a little gift for you:
You can download the template for this Birthday Card here, but you will have to take your own goofy pictures.
Digi Scrap Tutorial: Just the Right Size, by Nannette Dalton
Birthday Card and Template by Nannette Dalton
Rickrack: Taking Time to Relax by Eva Kipler (recolored)
Ribbon 1 : Christmas Past by Scrap Kitchen Desgins (recolored)
Ribbon 2: Carefree by Amanda Heimann Designs (recolored)
Craft Paper: Menagerie by One Little Bird
Software: Photoshop Elements 10 and PS5