Digital Scrapbook templates with Photoshop elements
STEP ONE: Go under the File menu, under New, and
create a new Blank File.
STEP TWO: The size you make your pattern will be the
same size it will show up in your final product. In the
example to the right, the pattern will be about 1 inch
square. The Resolution needs to match the resolution of
the final project to keep the size accurate. The standard
resolution is 300 dpi, but for most scrapbook pages, I
would recommend 200 dpi because you will have a lot of
layers and your file sizes will get very large. When you
are finished press OK.
STEP THREE: Your pattern could be as simple as a line
down the middle of your new document, but for this
example, use the Custom Shapes tool to get a more
intricate pattern. Click on the Custom Shape Tool or press
“U” on the keyboard. Click on the Shape drop down
menu and notice there is a small triangle to the upper
right of the menu. Click on the triangle and you will see
many different shape categories. Choose the category
“Ornaments.” This category contains a lot of shapes that
are easy to repeat in a pattern. Choose the shape
“Ornament 6” as shown to the right.
STEP FOUR: Press “D” to set your default colors to Black
and White. Click in the upper left corner of your blank file and
drag your shape down to the lower right corner. Leave a little
bit of room at the edges, because this particular pattern will
need a little space when it is repeated to look consistent.
STEP FIVE: The custom shape tool creates a more
advanced graphic that can be resized easily – before it
can be used as a pattern, it must be simplified. Go to
your layers pallet and right click, to the right of the icon,
on your shape layer and choose Simplify Layer or from
the Layers menu choose Simplify Layer.
STEP SIX: Now you are ready to make your shape into
a pattern that can be used to fill a background. Go to the
Edit menu and choose Define Pattern. A dialog box will
open up asking for a name – type in any name that will
mean something to you later and click OK.
STEP SEVEN: Now try out your pattern by creating a New Blank File – try 4 inches by 6 inches at
200 dpi (the resolution we created the pattern in) and press OK. Now with your new blank
document open, choose Fill from the Edit menu. When the dialog box comes up, choose Pattern
from the drop down menu – the pattern you just created will be at the very bottom of the Custom
Pattern drop down menu. Click OK and you will see how your final pattern looks!
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Source by Rex Allen