Recycling Stripes

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JenWhiteTOTW_shadowI am a big time bargain hunter.

But that’s not always good… I’d buy a used coloring book as long as it was marked “80% off”.

Lucky for me, I’ve got Adobe to help me be frugal in the digital aspects of my life. In this tip you and I are going to recycle. It just doesn't get more bargain-y than that! We’ll take any ole piece of striped paper and give it a fresh new look.

Let’s get started!

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Step 1: Prepare

  • Open (File > Open) a piece of striped paper. For this tutorial I’m using ‘paper1’ from One Little Bird’s Menagerie kit.
  • Follow good advice and never work on an original. To do this,
    • Choose File > Duplicate from the Menu Bar.
    • Click OK to accept the name for your new image.
  • Close the original.

Step 2: Wave

  • Choose Filter > Distort > Wave from the Menu Bar.
  • In the Wave box that pops up, play with the settings till you come up with something fun. I chose the following settings:
    • Type: Triangle
    • Number of Generators: 5
    • Wavelength: Min 211, Max 211
      Tip: Move the Max bar first, then the Min bar.
    • Amplitude: Min 24, Max 24
    • Click OK to accept the changes.
  • Unfortunately the Wave box does not offer a Preview option. So if you don’t really like the results, simply undo the changes by pressing Ctrl Z (Mac: Cmd Z). Then you’ll just have to redo it. I usually have to do this several times before I get settings that look good to me.

Step 3: Crop

Many times when you apply filters to patterns, the edges will be a bit distorted. But not a problem, we can just crop off the edges. To do this:

  • Get the Crop tool in the Tool Bar.
  • In the Options Bar, set the Aspect Ratio to 'Use Photo Ratio'. This will make sure that your end result has the same dimensions as your original image.
  • You should be able to see the distorted edges of your patterned paper. With your cursor, click and drag a selection outline that will crop those out.
  • Press Enter on your keyboard to accept the changes.

Step 4: Save

Now you have an original piece of paper to add to your collection.
Be sure to save it (File > Save As) with an original file name.

I think that is really cool! Now I’m going to get busy and create a scrapbook page with my new creation. I hope you will do the same and then share with me in the Tip of the Week Gallery.

Credits: Photoshop Elements 8.0 tip, photo and scrapbook page by Jen White. Kit: Menagerie by One Little Bird. This kit is part of the September 2010 Premier membership.

It will be available in our store for general purchase in October 2010.

Download a PDF version of this “Recycling Stripes” 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.

JenWhiteTOTW_shadowI am a big time bargain hunter.

But that’s not always good… I’d buy a used coloring book as long as it was marked “80% off”.

Lucky for me, I’ve got Adobe to help me be frugal in the digital aspects of my life. In this tip you and I are going to recycle. It just doesn't get more bargain-y than that! We’ll take any ole piece of striped paper and give it a fresh new look.

Let’s get started!

Step 1: Prepare

  • Open (File > Open) a piece of striped paper. For this tutorial I’m using ‘paper1’ from One Little Bird’s Menagerie kit.
  • Follow good advice and never work on an original. To do this,
    • Choose Image > Duplicate from the Menu Bar.
    • Click OK to accept the name for your new image.
    • Close the original.

    Step 2: Wave

    • Choose Filter > Distort > Wave from the Menu Bar.
    • In the Wave box that pops up, play with the settings till you come up with something fun. I chose the following settings:
      • Type: Triangle
      • Number of Generators: 5
      • Wavelength: Min 211, Max 211
        Tip: Move the Max bar first, then the Min bar.
      • Amplitude: Min 24, Max 24
    • Click OK to accept the changes.
    • Unfortunately the Wave box does not offer a Preview option. So if you don’t really like the results, simply undo the changes by pressing Ctrl Z (Mac: Cmd Z). Then you’ll just have to redo it. I usually have to do this several times before I get settings that look good to me.

    Step 3: Crop

    Many times when you apply filters to patterns, the edges will be a bit distorted. But not a problem, we can just crop off the edges. To do this:

    • Get the Crop tool in the Tool Bar.
    • In the Options Bar, click on the button labeled 'Front Image'. This button will make sure you are cropping with the same settings as the original image.
    • You should be able to see the distorted edges of your patterned paper. With your cursor, click and drag a selection outline that will crop those out.
    • Press Enter on your keyboard to accept the changes.

    Step 4: Save

    Now you have an original piece of paper to add to your collection.

    Be sure to save it (File > Save As) with an original file name.

    I think that is really cool! Now I’m going to get busy and create a scrapbook page with my new creation. I hope you will do the same and then share with me in the Tip of the Week Gallery.

    Credits: Photoshop CS3 tip, photo and scrapbook page by Jen White. Kit: Menagerie by One Little Bird. This kit is part of the September 2010 Premier membership. It will be available in our store for general purchase in October 2010.

Download a PDF version of this “Recycling Stripes” 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.