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This is one of my favorite parts about digital scrapbooking! It’s super easy to do and can give such a great layered look! I’m going to show you two different ways you can create a cut out look on your layout. Both examples are shown in PSE but work just the same in Photoshop.
For today’s example, I’ll be using my new release, “Color Your World: Pink”. It’s on sale in my shop for just over $4 this weekend.
We’re going to start off with a paper underneath. I like for this to either be a subtle pattern or even a plain paper:
This will be the layer under our cut out. Next we’re going to add our main background paper. Because I went with a striped here, I’m going to do a plain paper on top:
As you can see from our layer palette, the pink is under the grey. Now I’m going to choose a shape. We’ll go with a star shape (be sure to right click and simplify so that it isn’t a vector image.):
Now to put the marching ants around the star, we’re going to hold down the control/command key and click on the star in the layer palette:
Now you should have the marching ants around your star:
Activate your dark grey layer and click Delete. And then drag the star layer to the trash can just above:
All we have left to do is apply a shadow to the grey layer and we have our cut out! You can move forward and scrap your page.
This will work with a shape you draw, with text or with any element you add to a page.
But the one downside to this method is what if you change your mind of the location of the cut out? Just as if you’d scrapped a paper page, once that cut out is gone, its gone. You either live with it or pull in a new paper and start over.
What if I could show you a way to create this cut out look AND you can move it all over your page? Sounds pretty magical, doesn’t it!
For this we’re going to start by opening the grey background paper:
We’re going to draw our shape on just like before and we’re going to simplify it:
This time we’re going to clip the striped paper directly to the star (remember command/control G automatically clips the paper to the shape):
We want to link the striped paper and the star and then make sure the star layer is the active one:
Instead of a drop shadow, we’re going to apply an inner shadow. This will happen in the effects palette but instead of a drop shadow from the drop down menu, we’ll choose Inner Shadow:
Choose the one you want. I went with the default middle one which was a little lower than the others. I double clicked to apply it, and here is the end result:
And the best part is, I can move it, change out the paper, etc. I can even duplicate it. No starting over!
How easy and wonderful is that? I’d love to see what layouts you create with this technique! It’s so fun to add the depth of a cut out underneath a cluster!