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One of the things I want to start focusing on here at The DigiCrafter is helping those who are interested in designing and selling their own products to do so. Over the next few months, I will be creating lots of resources to help you do this! Whether you want to sell digital kits, printables or just learn basic graphic design, there will be classes, tutorials and resources to help you get started!
Today is the first tutorial for designers!
Even if you’ve never thought about designing or have thought about it but have no idea where to start, this is a good place!
Most digital layouts are printed on photo paper which is very slick. It doesn’t have any texture to it at all. This can make a scrapbook page look very flat. So, to give a more traditional paper look, we use textured overlays to create the look of real paper! I love texture! And not that it is good to overdo it (believe me, I soooo did that in the beginning), it is important to find a nice balance.
Creating a Digital Paper
To create the paper transformation you see above, I’m going to use this new pack of Shabby Overlays, just released in my CU shop today!
I used two of these in the creation. So, to get started, I filled a blank 12×12 @ 300 dpi screen with the color blue:
Then I pulled in one of the overlays:
Next, I changed the blend option (found on the layer palette on the right hand side) to Soft Light (the drop down to the left of where it says Opacity):
It now looks like this:
I changed the Opacity to about 40%. Giving it a little more subtle look:
I add another overlay and follow the basic instructions. You can tweak a bit on the opacity. Here is my final paper:
It is easy to create textured, beautiful plain papers with the use of several overlays! You will find yourself using these again and again!