Each month, theStudio design team comes together to create a HUGE and fantastic Mega kit! This month, we’ve banded together to create Small Town Halloween, a slightly vintage, super fun Halloween kit – with plenty of fall for those who may not celebrate!
Check out this gorgeous kit (and pick it up) and be inspired by these layouts I found in the gallery!
BONUS! Purchase the kit (currently only $5) and get the bonus of a full pack of cardstock and a full glitter styles set!
I found these layouts using this awesome kit, they are linked to the gallery – so go leave some love for your favorites!
Over years of looking around different galleries, one particular technique has always appealed to me. I love seeing a page where just the one photo is featured under multiple frames. I’ve created a page as an example of what I mean and I’ve used Studio 4 Design Works’ wonderful new kit MANIFESTED MEMORIES. What a great kit! I guess the color palette really appealed to me for starters, but when I unzipped the files, I was totally won over by the amount and the variety of the elements – and the beautiful selection of papers too!
As in all things with Photoshop (or PSE) there are many different ways of arriving at the same destination. For me, when doing this technique, I find the easiest way is to make colored blocks in separate layers over the the original photo layer – see graphic below. I lower their opacity so I can see to move them around or resize them and get them exactly where I want them to be. If you have a person in your photo, be careful not to put a frame edge over the face and thereby cutting the face in half! By clicking on the thumbnail of one of these colored shapes and holding down the Control key I get a selection, then I go the photo layer and Control J and you then have that piece of the photo on its own layer. Once you have all the pieces (in this case four) on their own layers you can change the order of these layers depending on which piece of the photo you would like on top, bottom, or in between. In my finished page I’ve put a simple stroke around each piece and, of course, shadowing. You could use actual frame elements around each photo piece if this is the look that you are after. In this case I didn’t want to detract from the lovely elements, so I’ve kept it simple with just an inside stroke.
………and the lovely Manifested Memories kit.
Thank you for reading and I hope that you are inspired to try this technique.
Have a great week,
MAKE IT BIG!
One of the challenges in our forum that I particularly love is the Make it Big Challenge hosted by one of our designers, Loucee. Each month she asks participants to feature something on their page and make it BIG. It might be the title, or a word, or a photo. It is very much the opposite concept to the minimalist ‘white space’ pages and I’m sure it can be challenging for some of us. Some photos are just so good that they should be the star of the page, so make the viewer sit up and take notice and make them large! Sometimes a photo is enhanced by the use of a frame, but there are times when a frame might well detract from the central focus of the page – the photo.
This beautiful page by Rae Lynn was created using BooLand Designs’ beautiful new kit, SOLACE. It features quite a large photo with an equally large frame. I think in this case the frame with the netting, fish, shells etc. enhances the nautical theme of the page. If you need some large elements for your page, the Solace kit has plenty of those and they are beauties! You can always reduce the size of a large element, but it never works too well trying to enlarge smaller elements. There is usually a loss of clarity that looks particularly bad if you are printing your page.
I’ve scrap-lifted this lovely page from dillydoodles to make a quick page for you. You can download this quick page (minus the photo of course) which I’ve created using the Solace kit. The photo pretty much dominates the page and doesn’t have a frame. I love this particular photo as it has sentimental value for my family, so I wanted the photo to shine without too much distraction.
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Thank you for reading and have a great week!