A Little Wiggle (Photoshop)

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JenWhiteTOTW_shadowI've got this jingle stuck in my head...

"Watch it wiggle, see it jiggle..." you know the rest, don't you?
Or maybe you have to be cool and fruity to know this tune? hmmm.

Either way, this mindless repetition has made me think of a certain Photoshop filter.

Perhaps you know the one I speak of? It's the Shear filter, and it is surely the easiest way to add a wiggle to almost anything. Let's get started.

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Step 1: New Page

  • Press D to reset your Color Chips to the default of black & white.
  • Create a new document (File > New) that is 12x12 inches and 300 pixels/inch with a white background.
  • Press Ctrl R (Mac: Cmd R) to turn on your rulers.

Step 2: Add Paper

  • Get the Move tool.
  • Open (File > Open) a piece of scrapbook paper.
  • Pressing the Shift key, drag the paper onto your scrapbook page.
    Pressing the Shift key will cause your paper to land in the middle of your page.
  • Pressing the Shift key, click on your paper and drag it to the right side of your scrapbook page so that only 3 inches of your paper is showing.
    Pressing the Shift key will cause the paper to move in a straight line.

Step 3: Shear Filter

  • In the Menu Bar, choose Filter > Distort > Shear.
  • In the Shear dialog box, choose Repeat Edge Pixels.
  • Place Points on the Control Line by clicking on it. Then slide the points to the left or right depending on the look you are trying to achieve.
  • Click OK to accept the changes.
  • Or press Alt (Mac: Opt) and the Cancel button turns into a Reset button. Then you can start over.

Step 4: Repeat as Desired
You can add as many papers with hills as you want to your scrapbook page. Just repeat the process with each paper.

Step 5: Rotate Layers

My hills are going the wrong way, so I’m going to rotate them. You will want to do this step after you are finished creating all your hills and before you add any other elements or papers.

In the Menu Bar, choose Image > Image Rotation > 90° CW.

Step 6: Save
Save (File > Save As) your scrapbook page.

I’ve finished my scrapbook page that features this tip…check it out below. I hope you’ll create a page yourself and share it with me and the rest of the gang in the Tip of the Week Gallery at Digital Scrapper. Have a great week!

Tip of the Week: A Little Wiggle, by Jen White
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Photo: by Jen White
Featured kit: “Waiting for the Sun” by Stephanie Ogren. This kit is available in our store.

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