Welcome to my stop on the Craft Squad’s Con-Graduation Blog Hop. If you’re coming from The Crafty Neighbor, you are in the right place. If you want to start at the beginning, go to http://stampinginferno.blogspot.com/2014/05/congradulations-blog-hop.html.
Graduation is a big deal at our house. Our youngest is graduating on June 8th. Thrilled as we are that he’s been successful, my husband and I aren’t really looking forward to his absence. With that in mind, I wanted to create a scrapbook layout that shows my mixed feelings. I also wanted to highlight the fact that the memory of him starting kindergarten doesn’t seem old and faded. In fact, in many ways it seems like yesterday.
My Graduation Layout
I use PhotoShop Elements (PSE) 10, but you can accomplish these steps with other software packages including the open-source (free) GIMP.
Preparing the background photograph
To start my project, I found a picture of my son on his first day of kindergarten. I wanted the photo to look a little dreamy (like a memory).
First, I opened the photo and made a duplicate (File -> Duplicate) and closed the original so I wouldn’t mess it up. Next, I duplicated the background layer and turned it off . This gives me something to fall back on if I mess up.
Finally, I used the Magic Extractor tool (Image -> Magic Extractor) to remove the background of my photo.
I decided to start with a template and adapt it to my purposes. I choose a GettinGrungy template.
I used the “clipping” function to add texture to each shape in the template. To do this, import your image or background paper and set that layer directly above your shape layer. Then select both layers. While they are press the alt key as you hover the mouse over the layers. When the little inter-locked circles appeared, hit enter.
The same technique worked for my son’s current photo, although I filled in the shape a little before I used it.
I typed in my text and dropped in the kindergarten photo. To fade the old photo, I set its opacity to 41%. I wanted to include a graduation tassel, so I moved my title and subtitle to the banners. To make the title and subtitle pop off the page, I used Layer -> Layer Style -> Style Settings to give the titles a drop shadow. On the subtitle, I also added a 1 pixel bevel (outline).
I also selected the banner and tassel layers and gave them drop shadows as well.
Last Stop on the Con-Graduation Blog Hop
I’m the final stop on this blog hop.
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