Last week we talked about Using the Liquify Filter in Photoshop. Many of you wrote to say that you have not used Photoshop Filters before. So today let’s look at another filter that can be helpful to you in your scrapbook layouts: the Shear Filter.
The use of paper strips is very popular in layouts. Here is a beautiful example of this technique:
I think Cathy’s layout is perfect as it is, but what if she wanted to put a slight curve to the green paper strip under her photograph, or wanted to add other paper strips with just a slight bend in them? The Shear Filter can help with that.
The Shear Filter can be found by going to the top Menu Bar and clicking on Filter > Distort > Shear. The path is the same in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
In the image below I have opened a paper from Cool Beans. After placing a blank layer above the paper, I used the Rectangular Marque tool to create a rectangle of my desired width, then filled it with color.
I used the keyboard shortcut Control + D to deselect the rectangle. Alternatively, I could have gone to the top menu bar, and Select > Deselect.
Next, with the rectangle layer active, I followed the path: Filter > Distort > Shear to bring up this dialogue box:
Here is where the magic happens! In the grid in the upper left corner, there are 16 boxes, separated by dotted lines. In the middle is a darker line. Adjusting the positioning of this line, will adjust the curvature of the rectangular strip that you created. I want just a very slight bend in my strip, so moved the top part of the line only slightly to the left and the bottom part of the line only slightly to the right. We can see the adjustment that I am making reflected in the view box. (Be sure that “Wrap Around” is checked, for this technique.)
Once I was satisfied with the curvature on the strip, I clicked OK to commit the change.
Now I have a pretty shape that I can use however I like. I elected to rotate the shape and clip a paper to it. I then placed a pre-made Cool Beans Cluster on the shape, and my page was finished in mere minutes.
It’s as simple as that! I hope you enjoy exploring the Shear Filter this week!
The beautiful cluster in the image above was created by Renee, a member of my Creative Team. You will find it on our Facebook Page for you to download and enjoy. If you have “liked” our Page, just click on the FREEBIE tab underneath the Facebook Cover to access the download link. And if you haven’t “liked” our page yet, just click on the “Like” tab in order to gain access to this and other freebies in the future.
16 comments ... Join the conversation!