Here, we'll continue working on the back-to-school scrapbooking page that we started in the previous post.
We've finished the chalkboard background. So now we'll add a photo and begin adding some embellishments.
To add the image, choose File>Place from the top menu bar and then navigate to the image file you want to use.
Resize the image as necessary by clicking and dragging on the corner points of the bounding box around the photo. When you have finished resizing, either press the Enter key or click on the green checkmark to confirm the change.
Add a drop shadow to the photo to add some depth to the page. To do that, go into the Effects panel and choose the Styles tab. Select Drop Shadow from the drop down box.
Double click on Low to apply.
I like the effect to be a bit more subtle than that. So I'll edit the drop shadow by going to the Layers panel and double clicking on the fx next to the photo layer.
The Style Settings dialog box will open. There adjust the size and distance to 10 px and reduce the opacity to 50%. Click OK when done.
With the photo in place, let's start adding some embellishments.
Create a selection outline around the photo by Command-clicking (Ctrl-clicking on a PC) the layer’s thumbnail in the Layers panel. When you do this, you will see a selection outline (marching ants) along the border of the photo.
Expand the selection outline by choosing Select>Modify>Expand from the top menu bar. Type in 100 pixels in the dialog box and click OK.
Create guidelines along the top and bottom of the selection outline. To do this, first make sure that the Rulers along the top and left of the Image Area are visible. If the rulers are not visible, choose View > Rulers.
To create a new horizontal guideline, drag with your mouse from the top horizontal ruler to the top of the selection outline. When you release the mouse button, you will see a new blue guideline along the top of the selection outline.
Repeat to add an additional guideline along the bottom of the selection outline.
Now press Command-D (Ctrl-D on a PC)to deselect the area and remove the selection outline.
Click to selection the Brush tool from the toolbox along the left. Change the brush tip to the Stencil Sponge - Twirl found in the Faux Finish Brushes.
In the Options bar at the bottom of the workspace, set the brush opacity to 100% and the size to 65px. Then click on Brush Settings to open the Brush Settings dialog box. There set the spacing to 200%.
Change the Foreground color chip to a very light greyish white. Here, I'm using #e6e6e6.
Add a blank layer above your photo layer and select the new layer. Click the brush tip at the leftmost end of one of the guidelines. Then, holding down the shift key, click the brush tip at the rightmost end of the same guide. Elements will create a line of brush marks along the guideline.
Duplicate this layer to make the dotted line more visible and then merge these two layers by selecting both and choosing Layer>Merge Layers from the top menu bar.
Duplicate the merged layer and, using the Move tool, move the second dotted line to the other side of the photo, lining it up with the second guideline.
Turn off the visibility of the guidelines by choosing View>Guides.
Ok, that's it for today! We'll continue working on our scrapbooking page in our next post.
To download the work I've created so far (without the photo), click on the link below.
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f you are just getting started in photography, exposure is one of the first things you need learn.
But even beyond that, getting a good handle on exposure and how the different components of exposure work together is essential if you want to take control of your photography and the images that you are creating.