Paper Punch!

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Jenifer Juris bio picHaving a creative hobby like digital scrapbooking means I am constantly looking for fresh inspiration. Whether I’m looking in the online galleries, Pinterest, or magazines, I often find ideas or concepts that I hope to use on my pages.

In this case, I found inspiration in an element from a kit. This particular element was a folded paper flower with a perforated edge, and I wanted to bring that same idea to other parts of my scrapbook page. In this tutorial, I will show you how to punch your paper and give it a small detail that will make a BIG impact!
Tutorial:

Step One: Prepare the Workspace

  • Open the layered scrapbook page (File > Open) with which you wish to work.
  • In the Layers panel, activate the top layer.
  • Click on the Create a New Layer icon.
  • Press the letter D to reset the color chips to the default of black and white.

Step Two: Paint the Dots

  • Get the Brush tool.
  • In the Tool Options, set the Mode to Normal and the Opacity to 100%. (Photoshop: Also set the Flow to 100%.) Open the Brush Preset Picker and choose a Hard Round brush. If you don’t see a Hard Round brush, open the drop-down menu and choose Default. (Photoshop: Open the fly-out menu, choose Reset Brushes, and click OK.) Set the Size to around 25 px. Click on the Brush Dynamics button. Set the Spacing to 175%. (Photoshop: Click on the Brush panel icon to toggle open the Brush panel. In the Brush panel, check Spacing and set it to 175%.)
  • On the scrapbook page, while holding down the Shift key, click and drag to create a line of dots from the top of the page down to the bottom. Let go of the mouse and then let go of the Shift key.

Note: Because you are holding down the Shift key while dragging, you will only be able to brush vertically or horizontally.

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Step Three: Move the Layer into Place

  • Get the Move tool.
  • In the Tool Options, uncheck Auto Select Layer. (Photoshop: In the Options Bar, uncheck Auto-Select.)
  • On the scrapbook page, click and drag to position the dots where you would like the paper to be punched.

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Step Four: Punch the Paper

  • In the Layers panel, while holding down the Ctrl key (Mac: Cmd key), click on the thumbnail of the dots layer to create a selection outline.
  • Activate the paper layer you wish to punch.
  • Press the Backspace key (Mac: Delete key).
  • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to deselect.
  • In the Layers panel, click on the Visibility icon of the painted dots layer to see the changes.

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Step Five: Move and Repeat

  • In the Layers panel, activate the dots layer.
  • Click on the Visibility icon of the dots layer to make them visible again.
  • On the scrapbook page, click and drag to move the dots into position for the next set of paper punches.

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  • In the Layers panel, while holding down the Ctrl key (Mac: Cmd key), click on the thumbnail of the dots layer to create a selection outline.
  • Activate the paper layer you wish to punch.
  • Press the Backspace key (Mac: Delete key).
  • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to deselect.
  • Repeat these steps as many times as desired.
  • In the Layers panel, drag the dots layer to the Trash icon.
  • Save the layered scrapbook page (File > Save).

As you can see, this technique can add just the right amount of detail to give your page the finished look that otherwise might seem missing. Punching your paper is a method you can use in numerous ways to add a finishing touch to your overall page design! I hope you will give this a try, and I can't wait to see the pages you create using this tutorial. Please post them in the Digi Scrap Tutorial Gallery so we can all see your lovely creations.

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Credits:
Paper Punch Tutorial by Jenifer Juris
Software: Photoshop Elements 11, Adobe Photoshop CC 2014
Scrapbook page: Together by Jenifer Juris
Papers and embellishments: Mother Is a Verb by Krystal Hartley
Fonts: BlackJack, UglyQua

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16 Responses

  1. Sharronn
    | Reply

    Thank you for this interesting technique. It does generate ideas.

  2. Tora Geirs
    | Reply

    Thank you this looks really great.

  3. Tammy Graf
    | Reply

    This is such a great effect for any page and so easy! Why didn’t I think of that? Thanks for sharing, I love everything I learn at Digital Scrapper.

    • Jenifer Juris
      | Reply

      Thanks so much, Tammy! I love it here at Digital Scrapper, too!!

  4. jomama
    | Reply

    Love it! Just in time for those back to school pages.
    Thanks!

  5. Gina Manriquez
    | Reply

    I love the new ideas and design.
    I can PDF can you help. thanks

  6. Annette
    | Reply

    Good done Jenifer

    • Jenifer Juris
      | Reply

      Thanks so much, Annette! 🙂

  7. donnal
    | Reply

    Love this tutorial, Jenifer. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Jenifer Juris
      | Reply

      Thanks so much, Donna! I’m so glad you like it! 🙂

  8. Shirl
    | Reply

    Thanks Jenifer for a fun and whimsical tutorial. 🙂

    • Jenifer Juris
      | Reply

      I’m so glad you like it! 🙂

  9. Melissa Shanhun
    | Reply

    Great tutorial 🙂 I could see me using this with all sorts of brushes

    • Jenifer Juris
      | Reply

      I can’t wait to see all the ways you use this tutorial! 🙂

  10. Brigitta
    | Reply

    Thank you so much for this tutorial, I’ve tried this out quite a few times in different ways and I LOVE it!
    You, ladies here at Digital Scrapper are a great inspiration for us all.

    • Jenifer Juris
      | Reply

      I’m so glad you love the tutorial! I love being a part of Digital Scrapper as I agree, everyone here offers inspiration for new ideas, etc. 🙂

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