Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Have you ever wonder how to turn something into a sticker??
Sometimes doing this gives an element on your page a little 'uuumpf'.
Today I'm going to show you how to make a sticker element by using the Stroke tool.
Basically.... a stroke adds a border around anything you want it to. There are so many fun things you can do with the stroke tool. You can use it on: - Elements - Titles - Word Art - A photo cut out and "sticker-ed" - Photo (as a Polaroid) I will also show you examples of creative ways in how you can use the stroke tool in your digital scrapbooking!
(I am using Photoshop Cs3 for this tutorial)
The first thing is I've done is opened up an element and placed it on a dark background paper. (This way you can see what we are doing a little better). This element is perfect for making a sticker because it already has that doodly sticker feel to it.
First I'll make sure that the element I want to stroke is selected in my layers palette.
Next I'm going to go to Edit, Stroke.
When I select stroke, a dialogue box will pop up giving me some options on how to customize my stroke.
You can see options for color, width, location etc...
To change the color, click inside the colored box, and it will open a box that gives you a whole spectrum of color to choose from. I'm going to go straight to the corner and choose white.
You can play around with the other settings to see what looks best with your sticker. In this example, I've set my sticker color to white, set my stroke width to 20 pixels. I set the placement to "outside" for this sticker. I kept the blending mode to normal at 100 percent opacity and kept the preserve transparency box. That is it!! Just remember to play!! For most other things such as photos or a title I use "inside". I also added a paper shadow to it for some realism.
If you are using a PSE program, it can be done!! Here is a screenshot using PSE5:
And Voila! You have just made yourself a sticker!
There are so many things that you can do with the stroke tool in your photoshop program. Let's take a look at a few ideas and examples!
USING IT ON A PHOTO
Looking for that Polaroid look in your scrapbook pages? Add a stroke to your photos!
USING IT ON A TITLE or WORD ART
Looking for extra uummpf on your words? Add a stroke to your title or word art!
USING IT ON an ELEMENT
Looking for extra uummpf on an element? Make it stand out... Add a stroke!
USING IT ON A CUT OUT PHOTO
Looking for a "COOL" factor for your photos? Cut around your image, add a stroke to make a cool cutout sticker.
Now go out and STICKER something!