Digital Scrapbooking for Back to School – Part 3

September 02, 2015

Digital Scrapbooking for Back to School – Part 3

Let's continue working on the back-to-school scrapbooking page that we started in our previous post by adding the chalk heart and chalky text.

digital chalkboard and scrapbooking for back to school

To add the Heart Outline

Step 1

Select the Shape tool from the Elements Toolbox and then select Custom Shape Tool in the Options bar at the bottom of the interface.

digital chalkboard and scrapbooking for back to school

Step 2

Click on the down facing arrow just to the right of the selected shape to open the Custom Shape picker.

digital chalkboard and scrapbooking for back to school

Step 3

Click on the arrow at the top right of the Custom Shape picker to show a list of the shape categories. Choose Shapes.

digital chalkboard and scrapbooking for back to school

Step 4

Choose the Heart Frame from the selection of shapes.

digital chalkboard and scrapbooking for back to school

Step 5

Make sure 'Create new shape layer' (the icon on the far left) is selected in the options bar.

digital chalkboard and scrapbooking for back to school

Step 6

Change the Foreground color chip to the same color that was used for the chalk dots above. Again, I'm using #e6e6e6.

digital chalkboard and scrapbooking for back to school

Step 7

Using your mouse, drag to create the shape. Release the mouse button when done.

When you release the mouse button, the shape will fill with the Foreground color.

Step 8

Using the Move tool, reposition the heart and rotate it slightly by dragging a corner point of the shape.

digital chalkboard and scrapbooking for back to school

Step 9

Click on the green check mark when you're done.

To Add Text

Step 1

Select the type tool and choose a font you like. For my page, I'll be using Bubblegum Sans that you can download for free at FontSquirrel.com.

digital chalkboard and scrapbooking for back to school

Other fonts that would work for this page:

Step 2

Set the font size. I'll be using 80 pt.

digital chalkboard and scrapbooking for back to school

Step 3

Change the Foreground color chip to the same color that was used for the chalk dots above. Again, I'm using #e6e6e6.

Step 4

Now click on your page and type the text you want. Using the Move tool, reposition the text as you like.

digital chalkboard and scrapbooking for back to school

Make Heart Shape and Text Look Like Chalk

Now we're going to apply some filters and effects to the text and shape layers to make them look chalk-like. We'll do this one element at a time. Here, I'm starting with the date text.

Step 1

Create a selection outline of the shape of the text 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 text.

digital chalkboard and scrapbooking for back to school

Step 2

Hide the text layer by clicking on the Eye icon on that layer. This will leave just the dotted outline of the text visible. Then create a new blank layer above the text layer by clicking on the Create New Layer button at the top of the Layers panel.

digital chalkboard and scrapbooking for back to school

Step 3

Feather the selection outline a small amount by choosing Select>Feather.

digital chalkboard and scrapbooking for back to school

Step 4

An amount of about 3-5px seems to work well. For my design, I used 5 px for the heart shape and 3 px for the text.

digital chalkboard and scrapbooking for back to school

Step 5

Select the Brush tool. Change the tip to Chalk-light which you can find in the Natural Brushes 2 group.

digital chalkboard and scrapbooking for back to school

Step 6

Make the brush tip relatively large, about 250 px. Then, with the new layer selected and the selection outline still active, paint randomly over the selection, leaving a few small areas unpainted.

digital chalkboard and scrapbooking for back to school

Step 7

Press Command-D (Ctrl-D on a PC)to deselect the area.

Step 8

With the painted layer still selected, add some Noise. Choose Filter>Noise>Add Noise.

digital chalkboard and scrapbooking for back to school

Step 9

Enter 35% (Gaussian, monochromatic) and click OK.

digital chalkboard and scrapbooking for back to school

Step 10

With the painted layer still selected, add some motion blur. Choose Filter>Blur>Motion Blur.

digital chalkboard and scrapbooking for back to school

Step 11

I used a -35 degree angle and 4 px size.

digital chalkboard and scrapbooking for back to school

Step 12

That's it! Repeat with the other text/shape layers and your page is done!

digital chalkboard and scrapbooking for back to school

To download the completed page (without the photo), click on the link below.




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