Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Scrap Booking with Adobe Photoshop

Last month I published my digital scrap book on my blog and now here's a simple tutorial to create a single page with Adobe® Photoshop® CS. You will need the following:-
  1. Pictures of you and or loved ones.
  2. Adobe® Photoshop® CS or later higher.
  3. Digital Scrap book materials. You can Google them or follow the links via my earlier blog post.
Firstly create a new page (CTRL-N) with standard dimensions of 600 pixels by 400 pixels. Resolution at 72 pixels per inch is good enough. If you plan to print this project, my suggestion is to change the PRESET option (currently set at CUSTOM) to a common page size (ie, A4 size) and set the resolution at 300 pixels per inch. This is going to be your canvas; your end product is on this white paper.

Now I’ll assume you’ve already downloaded the scrap book materials. For easy work, I’ve merged all my resources together and sort them out by categories – paper, frames, boarders, buttons & brads, tags & labels, ribbons & bow, and finally miscellaneous embellishments. This way, I can find my stuffs easily when I’m looking for something specific to match my project

First, select the background design you want and open that image file in Photoshop. Now, select the entire image (CTRL-A), copy (CTRL-C) and then paste (CTRL-V) on your canvas. Sometimes, you may like a certain pattern or design but you don’t quite like the color or maybe it doesn’t match. If you wish to make it opaque (imagine placing a semi-transparent film over the paper), click the OPACITY section (circled in red) and drag the cursor (default is at 100%) to the left to decrease the opacity. If you wish to change color, go to IMAGE > ADJUSTMENTS > HUE/SATURATION (CTRL-U). Drag the Hue cursor (default is 0) either rightwards or leftwards to get the color you like. For this case, I’ll leave the image alone.

Now, for most scrap book projects you would surely use more than one paper pattern. So you add more by repeating the above. By default scrap book papers are 3600x3600 which is huge enough to be printed on a 12inch x 12inch paper. In this project, 600x400 is only small enough to print 3R. So when you copy and paste the paper onto your project sheet, it’s quite huge actually. To resize, right click and select free transform (CTRL-T). If you can’t see a square line with boxed edges, it’s just probably your paper is larger than your canvas so you’ll have to zoom out by pressing CTRL-(minus “-“button) to zoom back in press CTRL-(plus”+” button). Click on the edge (red circle) and drag the image to fit your canvas. Alternatively, you can be a little more precise by keying in the size in percentage in the green circle section. The blue circle section is the coordinate of the image’s centre point. You’ll need this most when you add on embellishments. The black circle is the degree on how much you wish to tilt your image. So if you have a paper with straight vertical lines, title the paper at 45 degrees and you get slanting lines!

If you wish to crop the image, use the marquee tool (M) from the top left corner of the tool box to make a selection. The marquee tool gives you 4 options, rectangular, elliptical, single row and single column. Right click on the marquee tool to make your choice. Now make a selection on your image and press delete. Oops! It wasn’t the result you wanted! You wanted to retain your selection and remove everything else, to take one step back click EDIT>UNDO (CTRL-Z) or look right on the HISTORY tab and select the previous step you wanted to revert back to. Now make your selection again, right click to select inverse (SHIFT-CTRL-I) and click delete. Below the HISTORY tab, you’ll see the LAYER tab; it’s to show which image is on top of which image. To move a particular image to be on top or below another image, click on the specific layer and drag downwards to send it back or upwards to send it to the front.

Once you are done with the papers, you can continue adding boarders, frames and embellishments. At this stage you’ll be using free transform (CTRL-T) most, followed by color saturation change (CTRL-U), and probably plenty of “edit undo” (CTRL-Z) also. Don't worry if you don't get things right the first time.
Good luck!


  1. Beautiful end result. I have been waiting for this post :). Thanks for sharing, my dear. Have a wonderful week.

  2. You are welcome my dear friend. I'm glad you liked it (^_^)


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