Don’t you just love it when you are creating a page and everything just seems to fit together? Your pictures match the colors in the kit you are working with, and the elements fit the idea and mood you are going for. Well, I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have to help that happen a bit.
It is really nice to have a few tricks up your sleeve when you want a page to look like it was made to go with the pictures and the story you are trying to tell.
Maybe you know how to use the Eyedropper tool to create a paper that will perfectly match the colors in your layout but would like to take it up a notch. Well I have a tutorial for you!
In just a few EASY steps you can create your own custom-made gingham papers. A little warning, though—it is so fun and easy that it is a little addicting. I just couldn’t stop making them. (See my layout below.)
Step One: Prepare the Workspace
- Create a new document (File > New > Blank File) that is 12 in x 12 in at 300 ppi with a transparent background. (Photoshop: Choose File > New.)
- Open a picture or layout (File > Open) from which you would like to pull the colors.
Step Two: Choose Two Colors
- Click on the Foreground Color Chip to open the Color Picker.
- When you move your cursor over the document, it will turn into the Eyedropper tool. Click on a color you want from the layout or photo and click OK.
Because I wanted my colorful pictures to pop, I picked a yellow (#d8c600) from the wig that wasn’t a prominent color in my photo.
- Click on the Background Color Chip and repeat the above steps.
Note: Most gingham is created using white as one of the colors, but you can also use two different colors if you want. Be creative!
Step Three: Apply a Gradient
- Click on your new document to activate it.
- Get the Gradient tool.
- In the Tool Options, open the Gradient Picker. Choose Foreground to Background. 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.)
- In the Tool Options, click on the Linear Gradient icon. Set the Mode to Normal, the Opacity to 100%, and make sure Reverse is unchecked.
- On your document, position your cursor at the top left and drag a diagonal line across your document to the bottom right.
Step Four: Apply the Wave Filter
- In the Menu Bar, choose Filter > Distort > Wave.
- In the dialog box, choose the following settings:
- Number of Generators: 999
- Wavelength: Min 100, Max 101
- Amplitude: Min 990, Max 991
- Scale: Horiz 1, Vert 1
- Type: Square
- Click OK.
Did magic just happen? I told you; it is fun. Now, go create something spectacular with your new paper. Here is my crazy, gingham loving layout.
Digi Scrap Tutorial: Create Your Own Gingham Papers Like Magic by Nannette Dalton
Layout: Dress-up by Nannette Dalton
Kit: Hop Along by Penny Springmann available to Premier Members April 2013
Cardstock from Cardstock-Lunch Bag by Susie Roberts
Word Art from Soulful Silhouettes Class by Michelle Shefveland
Template: Geometric Vol 2 by Nettio Designs (altered)
Font: DJB Angel Baby