Border Patrol – Apron Lace

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JenWhiteTOTW_shadowEvery scrapbooker needs a toolbox.

I have one (a.k.a. a folder) on my PC called “templates and shapes.”

It houses me-made shapes and elements that I find myself using over and over again on my scrapbook pages.

This collection of mine saves me tons of time.

In this tip, you can follow along with me as I add another great template to my stash in the shape of apron lace.

Tutorial:

For Adobe Photoshop Version click here.

Step 1: Prepare Your Document

  • Create (File > New > Blank File) a new document that is:
    • 12 x 12 inches
    • 300 px/inch
    • Transparent background
  • Press the letter D to reset the Color Chips to the default of black and white.
  • Maximize or Doc your new document so you can clearly see the past the edges of it.

Step 2: Adjust Your Brush Tool Settings

  • Get the Brush tool.
  • In the Options Bar, check the following settings:
    • Mode: Normal
    • Opacity: 100%
  • In the Options Bar, open the Brush picker.
  • In the Brush picker, open the fly-out menu and choose Reset Brushes.
  • Open the fly-out menu again and choose Large List.
  • In the Brush picker, choose a Hard Round brush.

Step 3: Paint a Line of Dots

  • In the Options Bar of the Brush tool, type in 225 for the Size.
  • Open the Brush options and change the Spacing to 95%.
  • The Fade, Jitter and Scatter should stay at zero.

  • Place your cursor near the top of the document and slightly outside the left edge.

  • Holding down the Shift key to maintain a straight line, click and drag a line of dots all the way across the document.

Step 4: Paint a Line of Holes

  • In the Layers panel, click on the Create a new layer icon.
  • Press the letter X to switch white to the Foreground Color Chip.
  • In the Options Bar of the Brush tool, change the size of the brush to 125 px.
  • Open the Brush options and change the Spacing to 171%.
  • Place your cursor centered inside the first dot in the line of dots.
  • Holding down the Shift key, click and drag a line of dots all the way across the document.

Step 5: Punch Holes

  • In the Layers panel, Ctrl click (Mac: Cmd click) on the thumbnail of the white dot layer to get a selection outline.
  • Activate the black dot layer by clicking on it.
  • Press Backspace (Mac: Delete) to punch out the holes in the black dots.
  • In the Layers panel, drag the white dot layer to the Trash can icon.
  • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to deselect.

Step 6: Add Apron

  • Make sure that black is the Background Color Chip.
  • Press Ctrl 0 (Mac: Cmd 0) to fit the document to screen.
  • Get the Rectangular Marquee tool.
  • In the Options Bar, set the following:
    • Choose the New Selection icon
    • Feather: 0
    • Style: Normal

  • On your document, click and drag out a selection box from half of the dot line to the bottom of the document.

  • Press Ctrl Backspace (Mac: Cmd Delete) to fill the selection outline with black.
  • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to Deselect.

Step 7: Save as PNG

  • Save your new template as a png file to preserve the transparent pixels.

Step 8: Use Template

  • Open (File > Open) a background paper.
  • Get the Move tool.
  • Holding down the Shift key, move the paper onto your template.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Create Clipping Mask.
    Note: Earlier versions of Elements, choose Layer > Group With Previous.

Here is the scrapbook page I used my template on. Make sure you share your template design in the gallery at Scrappers Guide so we can all enjoy it!

Credits:
Tip of the Week – Border Patrol – Apron Lace by Jen White
software used: Photoshop Elements 9.0
photo and scrapbook page by Jen White
paper and elements from Soaring High by Eva Kipler
font is Eras Light ITC

Download a PDF version of this “Border Patrol – Apron Lace” 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: Prepare Your Document

  • Create (File > New) a new document that is:
    • 12 x 12 inches
    • 300 px/inch
    • Transparent background
  • Press the letter D to reset the Color Chips to the default of black and white.
  • Maximize or Doc your new document so you can clearly see the past the edges of it.

Step 2: Adjust Your Brush Tool Settings

  • Get the Brush tool.
  • In the Options Bar, check the following settings:
    • Mode: Normal
    • Opacity: 100%
    • Flow: 100 %
  • In the Options Bar, open the Brush picker.
  • In the Brush picker, open the fly-out menu and choose Reset Brushes. Click OK.
  • Open the fly-out menu again and choose Large List.
  • In the Brush picker, choose the Hard Round brush.

Step 3: Paint a Line of Dots

  • In the Options Bar of the Brush tool, click on the Brush panel icon to toggle on the Brush panel.
  • In the Brush panel, adjust the following:
    • Size: 225 px
    • Spacing: 95%
    • Un-check all the Brush Tip Shape options

  • Place your cursor near the top of the document and slightly outside the left edge.

  • Holding down the Shift key to maintain a straight line, click and drag a line of dots all the way across the document.

Step 4: Paint a Line of Holes

  • In the Layers panel, click on the Create a new layer icon.
  • Press the letter X to switch white to the Foreground Color Chip.
  • Open the Brush panel again.
  • Change the Size to 125 px and the Spacing to 171%.
  • Place your cursor centered inside the first dot in the line of dots.
  • Holding down the Shift key, click and drag a line of dots all the way across the document.

Step 5: Punch Holes

  • In the Layers panel, Ctrl click (Mac: Cmd click) on the thumbnail of the white dot layer to get a selection outline.
  • Activate the black dot layer by clicking on it.
  • Press Backspace (Mac: Delete) to punch out the holes in the black dots.
  • In the Layers panel, drag the white dot layer to the Trash can icon.
  • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to deselect.

Step 6: Add Apron

  • Make sure that black is the Background Color Chip.
  • Press Ctrl 0 (Mac: Cmd 0) to fit the document to screen.
  • Get the Rectangular Marquee tool.
  • In the Options Bar, set the following:
    • Choose the New Selection icon
    • Feather: 0
    • Style: Normal

  • On your document, click and drag out a selection box from half of the dot line to the bottom of the document.

  • Press Ctrl Backspace (Mac: Cmd Delete) to fill the selection outline with black.
  • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to Deselect.

Step 7: Save as PNG

  • Save your new template as a png file to preserve the transparent pixels.

Step 8: Use Template

  • Open (File > Open) a background paper.
  • Get the Move tool.
  • Holding down the Shift key, move the paper onto your template.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Create Clipping Mask.

Here is the scrapbook page I used my template on. Make sure you share your template design in the gallery at Scrappers Guide so we can all enjoy it!

Credits:
Tip of the Week – Border Patrol – Apron Lace by Jen White
software used: Photoshop CS5
photo and scrapbook page by Jen White
paper and elements from Soaring High by Eva Kipler
font is Eras Light ITC

Download a PDF version of this “Border Patrol – Apron Lace” 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.

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