Save the Date with Halftone

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Got a date?

I'm referring to the one your scrapbook page needs.
Every well designed layout should have one.

The date doesn't have to be ordinary, however. It can be extraordinary.

Here is one simple, whimsical idea for saving the date using
the Halftone Pattern filter and a few other Photoshop Elements tools.

It's more than just a date, it's a work of heart.

Let's get started...

Tutorial:

For Adobe Photoshop Version click here.

Step One: Prepare Your Workspace

  • Create a new document (File > New > Blank File) that is 1 in x 12 in at 300ppi.
  • Press the letter D to reset the Color Chips to the Default of black and white.

Step Two: Add a Halftone Pattern

  • In the Menu Bar, choose Filter > Sketch > Halftone Pattern.
  • In the dialog box, move the Size and Contrast sliders to their maximum setting.
  • Set the Pattern Type to Line and click OK.

Step Three: Stretch the Lines

  • In the Menu Bar, choose Image > Rotate > 90 Left.
  • Press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) to get the Transform options.
  • In the Options Bar, click on the Maintain Aspect Ratio icon and enter 500% in the Height box. Click the checkmark to commit.

Step Four: Add a Guide

  • In the Menu Bar, choose View > New Guide.
  • In the dialog box, set the Orientation to Horizontal, the Position to .25, and click OK.
Note: If your version of Elements does not include Guides, choose View > Grid instead.

Step Five: Add Some Numbers

  • Get the Horizontal Type tool.
  • In the Options Bar, set the Font Family to Arial and the Size to 18pts.

  • On the document, click on one of the white lines, enter a number, and click on the checkmark to commit.
  • Holding down the Ctrl key (Mac: Cmd key), click on the number and drag it directly above the line and centered in the stripe.

  • Repeat adding black numbers inside all the white stripes using the previous instructions.
  • Press the letter X to make white the Foreground Color Chip.
  • Add white numbers to the black stripes using the previous instructions as well.

Step Six: Add to a Scrapbook Page

  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Merge Visible.
  • In the Layers panel, click on the layer and drag it onto your scrapbook page.
  • Add an embellishment to mark the number of your choice.

Here is the scrapbook page I made with this date strip. I'm sure you can think of many unique ways to use this idea. I'd love to see what you create in the Digi Scrap Tutorial Gallery.

Credits:
Digi Scrap Tutorial: Save the Date with Halftone by Jen White
Using Photoshop Elements 10.0
Scrapbook Page & Photo: Jen White
Papers & Embellishments: Family Together by Lauren Grier

Download a PDF version of this "Save the Date with Halftone" tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose "Save Link As" or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.

Step One: Prepare Your Workspace

  • Create a new document (File > New) that is 1 in x 12 in at 300ppi.
  • Press the letter D to reset the Color Chips to the Default of black and white.

Step Two: Add a Halftone Pattern

  • In the Menu Bar, choose Filter > Sketch > Halftone Pattern.
  • In the dialog box, move the Size and Contrast sliders to their maximum setting.
  • Set the Pattern Type to Line and click OK.

Step Three: Stretch the Lines

  • In the Menu Bar, choose Image > Image Rotation > 90 CW.
  • Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) to Duplicate the background layer.
  • Press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) to get the Transform options.
  • In the Options Bar, click on the Maintain Aspect Ratio icon and enter 500% in the Height box. Click the checkmark to commit.

Step Four: Add a Guide

  • In the Menu Bar, choose View > New Guide.
  • In the dialog box, set the Orientation to Horizontal, the Position to .25, and click OK.

Step Five: Add Some Numbers

  • Get the Horizontal Type tool.
  • In the Options Bar, set the Font Family to Arial and the Size to 18pts.

  • On the document, click on one of the white lines, enter a number, and click on the checkmark to commit.
  • Holding down the Ctrl key (Mac: Cmd key), click on the number and drag it directly above the line and centered in the stripe.

  • Repeat adding black numbers inside all the white stripes using the previous instructions.
  • Press the letter X to make white the Foreground Color Chip.
  • Add white numbers to the black stripes using the previous instructions as well.

Step Six: Add to a Scrapbook Page

  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Merge Visible.
  • In the Layers panel, click on the layer and drag it onto your scrapbook page.
  • Add an embellishment to mark the number of your choice.

Here is the scrapbook page I made with this date strip. I'm sure you can think of many unique ways to use this idea. I'd love to see what you create in the Digi Scrap Tutorial Gallery.

Credits:
Digi Scrap Tutorial: Save the Date with Halftone by Jen White
Using Photoshop CS5.1
Scrapbook Page & Photo: Jen White
Papers & Embellishments: Family Together by Lauren Grier

Download a PDF version of this "Save the Date with Halftone" tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose "Save Link As" or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.

8 Responses

  1. Lynne
    | Reply

    He’s adorable! I want one. Oh, and thanks for the tut.

  2. Shirl
    | Reply

    Another fun tutorial to enhance our layout pages. Thanks. 😉

  3. Renee
    | Reply

    Great idea and tutorial. Love all the extra buttons I get to press while following one of your tuts!!!:) I always learn something new. TY Jen.

  4. Bonnie Cuddihy
    | Reply

    There’s nothing as cute and energetic as a terrier pup! He is a real cutie. Love all the tutorials. Thanks!

  5. Janet Windon
    | Reply

    OMG! This is such a great tut and element! Thanks for giving us the know-how to make it! Love your puppy! I just got a 9 wk old Yorkie/Poo male for my birthday this month, so I’m going through the same widening path of destruction for now! Oh well, they are worth it!!

  6. Rachel
    | Reply

    Thank you for teaching ways to use PE tools and filters. I love your examples of layouts and you are really fun to read!

  7. Peggy Merton
    | Reply

    Love this, thanks! I noticed your pup was obtained from Amanda, Oh….a village away from where I live!

    • Jen White
      | Reply

      HA! Small world. 🙂

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