Sunny Delight

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JenWhiteTOTW_shadowI live in Indiana.
An old saying goes, “If you don’t like the weather in Indiana, stick around for a few minutes. It’ll change.”

Well, I’m here to tell you, the weather ain’t changin’! I haven’t seen the sun in over 3 days.
It’s an outrage I tell ya!

Sometimes a girl has got to cut her own path, make her own way, brighten her own day. How about this – let’s do it together. We’ll create our own sunshine. Let’s get started…

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Step 1: Get ready

In this step we’ll begin our new scrapbook page and get ready to create some sunshine.

  • Create a new document (File > New > Blank File) that is 12×12 inches, 300 pixels/inch, RGB color, and has a white background.
  • Press the letter D to set the Color Chips to the default of black and white. This way we will be at the same starting place.
  • Turn on the Rulers by choosing View > Rulers from the Menu Bar.
  • Press Ctrl 0 (Mac: Cmd 0) to view the entire document.

Step 2: Create Sun Strokes

In this step we’ll be creating the sun. The rays will be later.

  • Create a new layer by choosing Layer > New > Layer from the Menu Bar. Name this layer Sun Stroke. Click OK.
  • Get the Elliptical Marquee tool. It is nested near the top of the Tool Bar with the Rectangular Marquee tool.
  • Near the center of your scrapbook page, hold down the Shift key and click and drag out a circle that is approximately 3 inches in diameter. Tip: Hold down the Space Bar while dragging if you need to reposition your circle.
  • From the Menu Bar choose Edit > Stroke (Outline) Selection. Enter 3 px for the Width, Inside for the Location. Press OK to accept the changes.
  • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to remove the selection outline.

  • Repeat Step 2 as many times as you want. I made two additional circles just inside my larger one.
  • Also, I like the wobbly look. But if you’d like to keep your circles perfectly centered inside each other, then do this:
    • In the Layers panel, click on the top Sun Stroke layer. Then Ctrl click on the bottom Sun Stroke layer. All Sun Stroke layers should be active.
    • Get the Move tool.
    • In the Options Bar, choose Align > Vertical Centers, then choose Align > Horizontal Centers. Your circles should now be exactly centered within each other. See the image below for direction.
  • With all the Sun Stroke layers still active, choose Layers > Merge Layers from the Menu Bar. Now all your Sun Stroke layers will be together on one layer.

Step 3: Create Sun Rays

In this step we will create the rays that go away from the sun.

  • Press Ctrl 0 (Mac: Cmd 0) to view your entire document. I do this a lot just so I can gain better perspective on what I am creating.
  • Create a new layer by choosing Layer > New > Layer from the Menu Bar. Name this layer Sun Ray. Click OK.
  • Get the Polygonal Lasso tool. It is nested with the Lasso tool. In the Options Bar choose the New Selection icon. Feather should be set to 0.
  • Moving clockwise, draw out a sun ray by clicking once on the first three corners of the ray. On the fourth corner, double click and the shape will automatically be closed for you. You should now see a selection outline (marching ants) resembling the shape of a sun ray.

  • Make sure the Sun Ray layer is active.
  • From the Menu Bar choose Edit > Stroke (Outline) Selection. Enter 3 px for the Width and Inside for the Location. Press OK to accept the changes.
  • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to remove the selection outline.
  • Repeat Step 3 to form the rest of the sun rays. Your finished sun should look something like the image below.

Step 4: Merge Layers

In this step we will merge all of our sun layers into one.

  • When you are satisfied with your creation, merge all the sun layers together. To do this:
    • In the Layers panel, click on the top sun layer, then Shift click on the bottom sun layer. All the sun layers should be active. Make sure you do not include the background layer.
    • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Merge Layers. Your sun should all be on the same layer now.
  • Get the Move tool and click on your scrapbook page to drag your sunshine to its new home. I put mine up in the corner.
  • In the Layers panel, reduce the Opacity of the Sun Ray layer to around 25%, or whatever looks good with your scrapbook page.

Step 5: Save Page

Follow good advice and save (File > Save As) the beginnings of your scrapbook page as a PSD file. You wouldn’t want to loose all that hard work!

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling sunnier already…regardless of the dreary skies outside my window.

I’ve finished my scrapbook page that features this tip…check it out below. I hope you’ll do the same and share it with me and the rest of the gang in the Tip of the Week Gallery at Digital Scrapper. Have a great week!

Credits: Jen White created this tip using Photoshop Elements 8.0. She also designed this scrapbook page and took these photos of her son, Galen. Featured kit is “At Home” by Paislee Press. This kit is available at Digital Scrapper Premier members in the month of October, 2010. After October it will be available in our store.

Download a PDF version of this “Sunny Delight” 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 live in Indiana.
An old saying goes, “If you don’t like the weather in Indiana, stick around for a few minutes. It’ll change.”

Well, I’m here to tell you, the weather ain’t changin’! I haven’t seen the sun in over 3 days.
It’s an outrage I tell ya!

Sometimes a girl has got to cut her own path, make her own way, brighten her own day. How about this – let’s do it together. We’ll create our own sunshine. Let’s get started…

Step 1: Get ready

In this step we’ll begin our new scrapbook page and get ready to create some sunshine.

  • Create a new document (File > New) that is 12×12 inches, 300 pixels/inch, RGB color, and has a white background.
  • Press the letter D to set the Color Chips to the default of black and white. This way we will be at the same starting place.
  • Turn on the Rulers by choosing View > Rulers from the Menu Bar.
  • Press Ctrl 0 (Mac: Cmd 0) to view the entire document.

Step 2: Create Sun Strokes

In this step we’ll be creating the sun. The rays will be later.

  • Create a new layer by choosing Layer > New > Layer from the Menu Bar. Name this layer Sun Stroke. Click OK.
  • Get the Elliptical Marquee tool. It is nested near the top of the Tool Bar with the Rectangular Marquee tool.
  • Near the center of your scrapbook page, hold down the Shift key and click and drag out a circle that is approximately 3 inches in diameter. Tip: Hold down the Space Bar while dragging if you need to reposition your circle.
  • From the Menu Bar choose Edit > Stroke. Enter 3 px for the Width, Inside for the Location. Press OK to accept the changes.
  • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to remove the selection outline.

  • Repeat Step 2 as many times as you want. I made two additional circles just inside my larger one.
  • Also, I like the wobbly look. But if you’d like to keep your circles perfectly centered inside each other, then do this:
    • In the Layers panel, click on the top Sun Stroke layer. Then Ctrl click on the bottom Sun Stroke layer. All Sun Stroke layers should be active.
    • Get the Move tool.
    • In the Options Bar, choose Align Vertical Centers, then choose Align Horizontal Centers. Your circles should now be exactly centered within each other. See the image below for direction.
  • With all the Sun Stroke layers still active, choose Layers > Merge Layers from the Menu Bar. Now all your Sun Stroke layers will be together on one layer.

Step 3: Create Sun Rays

In this step we will create the rays that go away from the sun.

  • Press Ctrl 0 (Mac: Cmd 0) to view your entire document. I do this a lot just so I can gain better perspective on what I am creating.
  • Create a new layer by choosing Layer > New > Layer from the Menu Bar. Name this layer Sun Ray. Click OK.
  • Get the Polygonal Lasso tool. It is nested with the Lasso tool. In the Options Bar choose the New Selection icon. Feather should be set to 0.
  • Moving clockwise, draw out a sun ray by clicking once on the first three corners of the ray. On the fourth corner, double click and the shape will automatically be closed for you.
    You should now see a selection outline (marching ants) resembling the shape of a sun ray.

  • Make sure the Sun Ray layer is active.
  • From the Menu Bar choose Edit > Stroke. Enter 3 px for the Width and Inside for the Location. Press OK to accept the changes.
  • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to remove the selection outline.
  • Repeat Step 3 to form the rest of the sun rays. Your finished sun should look something like the image below.

Step 4: Merge Layers

In this step we will merge all of our sun layers into one.

  • When you are satisfied with your creation, merge all the sun layers together. To do this:
    • In the Layers panel, click on the top sun layer, then
    • shift click on the bottom sun layer. All the sun layers should be active. Make sure you do not include the background layer.
    • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Merge Layers. Your sun should all be on the same layer now.
  • Get the Move tool and click on your scrapbook page to drag your sunshine to its new home. I put mine up in the corner.
  • In the Layers panel, reduce the Opacity of the Sun Ray layer to around 25%, or whatever looks good with your scrapbook page.

Step 5: Save Page

Follow good advice and save (File > Save As) the beginnings of your scrapbook page as a PSD file. You wouldn’t want to loose all that hard work!

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling sunnier already…regardless of the dreary skies outside my window.

I’ve finished my scrapbook page that features this tip…check it out below. I hope you’ll do the same and share it with me and the rest of the gang in the Tip of the Week Gallery at Digital Scrapper. Have a great week!

Credits: Jen White created this tip using Photoshop CS3. She also designed this scrapbook page and took these photos of her son, Galen. Featured kit is “At Home” by Paislee Press. This kit is available at Digital Scrapper Premier members in the month of October, 2010. After October it will be available in our store.

Download a PDF version of this “Sunny Delight” 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.