Egg-cellent Element – Part One

with No Comments

JenWhiteTOTW_shadowEaster brings to mind fond childhood memories.

My mother had eight siblings – making for a boatload of cousins for me. As an only child, I cherished the times we would get together in any type of celebration.

Easter was no exception.

Easter eggs were crafted by the dozens during these family gatherings. My anxiety level still rises at the thought of rushing out of the house with recycled butter tubs in hand to find our works of art.

Ahh, good times, good times.

Adobe Photoshop Elements does not come packaged with a custom egg shape. However, with just a couple tools and a few minor adjustments, you'll find yourself crafting eggs by the dozens in a matter of minutes.

In this tutorial I'll show you how to create your own custom egg shape. Then, next week I'll show you how to take any linear object – such as a ribbon or stitches – and give it a little “warp” as it wraps around your egg.

Let's get started…

Tutorial:This complete Digi Scrap Tutorial is available to our Digital Scrapper Premier Members. If you're a member, please take a moment to log in, then just come back here and refresh this page. Not a Premier Member? Find out more information here.

For Adobe Photoshop Version click here.

Step 1: Prepare a Document

  • Create (File > New > Blank File) a 4×6 inch document at 300 ppi.
  • Press the letter D to reset the Color Chips to the default of black and white.
  • Choose Layer > New > Layer to add transparent layer to the Layers panel. Click OK.

Step 2: Draw an Oval

  • Get the Elliptical Marquee tool. It is nested with the Rectangular Marquee tool near the top of the Tool Bar.
  • In the Options Bar, choose the New Selection icon and make sure Feather is set to 0.

  • Click and drag out an oval that is slightly smaller than the boundaries of the document.
    Hint: To reposition the selection while dragging, press the Space Bar.
  • Press Alt Backspace (Mac: Opt Delete) to fill the selection with the foreground color of black.
  • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to deselect.

Step 3: Transform Oval

  • Get the Rectangular Marquee tool. It is nested with the Elliptical Marquee tool near the top of the Tool Bar.
  • In the Options Bar, choose the New Selection icon and make sure Feather is set to 0.

  • Click and drag out a selection outline around the bottom half of the oval as shown in the first image below.
  • Press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) to get the Transformation options.
  • Click on the bottom-middle handle of the bounding box and drag upward as shown in the second and third images below.
  • Using your keyboard arrow keys, nudge the selection up two times. This will get remove the microscopic line left behind when transforming a shape using this technique.
  • Double click inside the bounding box to commit the changes.
  • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to deselect.

Step 4: Save Shape

  • Save (File > Save As) the document as a PSD file.

PART TWO preview:
Next week I’ll show you how to take any linear object – such as a ribbon or stitches – and give it a little “warp” as it wraps around your egg.

Here’s a little preview to give you a hint as to what is in store:

Credits
Tip of the Week – by Jen White
Software – Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.0

Download a PDF version of this “Egg-cellent Element — Part 1” 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 a Document

  • Create (File > New) a 4×6 inch document at 300 ppi.
  • Press the letter D to reset the Color Chips to the default of black and white.
  • Choose Layer > New > Layer to add a transparent layer to the Layers panel. Click OK.

Step 2: Draw an Oval

  • Get the Elliptical Marquee tool. It is nested with the Rectangular Marquee tool near the top of the Tool Bar.
  • In the Options Bar, choose the New Selection icon and make sure Feather is set to 0.

  • Click and drag out an oval that is slightly smaller than the boundaries of the document.
    Hint: To reposition the selection while dragging, press the Space Bar.
  • Press Alt Backspace (Mac: Opt Delete) to fill the selection with the foreground color of black.
  • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to deselect.

Step 3: Transform Oval

  • Get the Rectangular Marquee tool. It is nested with the Elliptical Marquee tool near the top of the Tool Bar.
  • In the Options Bar, choose the New Selection icon and make sure Feather is set to 0.

  • Click and drag out a selection outline around the bottom half of the oval as shown in the first image below.
  • Press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) to get the Transformation options.
  • Click on the bottom-middle handle of the bounding box and drag upward as shown in the second and third images below.
  • Using your keyboard arrow keys, nudge the selection up two times. This will get remove the microscopic line left behind when transforming a shape using this technique.
  • Double click inside the bounding box to commit the changes.
  • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to deselect.

Step 4: Save Shape

  • Save (File > Save As) the document as a PSD file.

PART TWO preview:
Next week I’ll show you how to take any linear object – such as a ribbon or stitches – and give it a little “warp” as it wraps around your egg.

Here’s a little preview to give you a hint as to what is in store:

Credits
Tip of the Week – by Jen White
Software – Adobe Photoshop CS5

Download a PDF version of this “Egg-cellent Element — Part 1” 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.