I love using Anna Aspnes’ products. They have a way of making me feel like I’m an artist. As you put her elements on a page, something magical happens, and before you know it, you have a work of art.
As I was working on a page, using her ArtPlay Palette Give Thanks kit, I knew that I wanted to play around a little bit with light and dark. I wanted that to be a big theme of my page.
As I experimented, I found a way to blend papers using the Gradient tool that gave the look I was going for. It seemed to add a little drama to my layout. And, you won’t believe how easy it is to do!
Step One: Prepare the Workspace
- Create a new 12 X 12 inch document (File > New > Blank File) at 300 ppi with a white background. (Photoshop: Choose File > New.)
- Get the Move tool.
- Open a first piece of paper (File > Open).
- While holding down the Shift key, click on the paper and drag it onto your scrapbook page.
- Repeat the above two steps for a second piece of paper.
Note: I am using papers from ArtPlay Palette Give Thanks by Anna Aspnes. My bottom paper is SolidPaper1, and the paper on top is SolidPaper2.
Step Two: Create a Gradient
- In the Layers panel, activate the top paper layer.
- Click on the Add Layer Mask icon.
- Click on the white layer mask to make sure it is active.
- Get the Gradient tool.
Note: At this point your Color Chips should have reset themselves. If they haven’t, press the letter D to rest the Color Chips.
- In the Tool Options, open the Gradient Picker and choose Foreground to Background. Click on the Linear Gradient icon. Set the Mode to Normal, the Opacity to 100%, and check Transparency and Dither. Reverse should be unchecked.
Note: If you do not see Foreground to Background, open the drop-down menu and choose Default. (Photoshop: Open the fly-out menu, choose Reset Gradients, and click OK.)
- On the document, position your cursor at the top of the document.
- Holding down the Shift key, click and drag downward about two-thirds of the way down the page.
Note: Experiment with the gradient until you find the look you want.
Here are some examples. I had the darker paper on top of the white paper for these examples.
Change the direction:
Change the type of Gradient and drag your mouse across the whole page or just part of it:
Here is the page that I ended up with. I was really happy with the dramatic effect that blending the papers had on it. If you want to know how I added all the light in this layout, check out the credits for the tutorials I used.
Digi Scrap Tutorial: Dramatic Gradient Mask Backgrounds by Nannette Dalton
Layout: Tell You of God by Nannette Dalton
Kit: ArtPlay Palette Give Thanks by Anna Aspnes
Tutorials: Create a Photo Glow by Barb Brookbank and Create Some Dramatic Flair with Filters by Nannette Dalton
Fonts: Myriad Pro, Allura