Dodge and Burn Your Washi

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Lydia-200Washi tape is another crafting trend that I've fallen in love with. I haven't done any paper crafting in years, but I've still accumulated a substantial stash of washi tape. It's kind of silly, but I just can't help myself. I love the stuff. So, naturally, I love using washi tape on my digital layouts as well. Today I'm going to show you my favorite technique for adding a little detail that really boosts the realism of the washi tape on my layouts.

In real life, if you tape a photo to a piece of paper, a little bump is created where the tape overlaps with the edge of the photo. Using the Dodge and Burn tools to create highlights and lowlights on the washi tape gives you the same look of that little bump on the edge of the photo. It's a super simple technique with fantastically subtle results.

Note: For this layout, I used washi tape from a separate element pack and clipped paper from the kit to the tape to create washi that coordinated with the rest of my layout. If you wanted to create your own washi tape, you can use Nann's fantastic Digi Scrap Tutorial from September 2012: Make Your Own Washi Tape.

Tutorial:

Step One: Prepare the Workspace

  • Open (File > Open) the layered scrapbook page that you wish to work with.
  • In the Layers panel, activate the washi tape layer that you wish to alter.
  • Press Ctrl + (Mac: Cmd +) to zoom in on the area of the layout where you will be working.

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Step Two: Add the Dodge Effect

  • Get the Dodge tool.
  • In the Tool Options, open the Brush Preset Picker and choose the Soft Round Brush. If you don't see the Soft Round Brush, open the drop-down menu and choose Default Brushes. (Photoshop: Open the fly-out menu, choose Reset Brushes, and click OK.) Set the Range to Midtones, the Size to 35 px, and the Exposure to 30%.
  • On the scrapbook page, position your cursor so that it overlaps slightly with the edge of the photo or frame that is under the washi tape. Click once where you want the Dodge effect to begin, press and hold the Shift key, and click again where you want the Dodge effect to end.

Note: If you are applying this effect to tape that covers the edge of a frame, apply the Dodge effect to both edges of the frame and repeat each time you change the Size of the Dodge tool.

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  • In the Tool Options, reduce the Size to 25 px.
  • On the scrapbook page, click once where the Dodge effect begins, press and hold the Shift key, and click again where the Dodge effect ends.

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  • In the Tool Options, reduce the Size to 20 px.
  • On the scrapbook page, click once where the Dodge effect begins, press and hold the Shift key, and click again where the Dodge effect ends.

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Step Three: Add the Burn Effect

  • Get the Burn tool.
  • In the Tool Options, open the Brush Preset Picker and choose the Soft Round Brush. Set the Range to Midtones, the Size to 135 px, and the Exposure to 30%.

Note: The Size you choose will vary depending on the width of your tape and how much of it overlaps with the photo. Choose a Size that will completely cover the area between the edge of the tape and the edge of the photo.

  • On the scrapbook page, position your cursor so that it covers the area between the edge of the tape and the edge of the photo. Click once where you want the Burn effect to begin, press and hold the Shift key, and click again where you want the Burn effect to end.

Note: If you are applying this effect to tape that covers the edge of a frame, apply the Burn effect to the tape on both sides of the frame.

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Here is my completed layout. I love the subtle but realistic effect that this technique creates! I would love to see your layouts using this technique in the Digi Scrap Tutorial Gallery!

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Credits:
Digi Scrap Tutorial: Dodge and Burn Your Washi by Lydia Tarbox
Layout: Love Everyday by Lydia Tarbox
Kit: Per Diem by One Little Bird; October 2013 Premier kit
Washi Tape: EZ Tape Vol 5 and EZ Tape Vol 6 by Erica Zane
Font: DJB Amy K Script

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2 Responses

  1. Marzia Aldrighetti
    | Reply

    Great tut! Love it!

  2. Tammy Graf
    | Reply

    I love how the most subtle things make such a huge impact. Thanks for this great tutorial.

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