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Thank you for an excellent tutorial. Easy to understand and follow. I love learning something new.
Hey RP fans! Deena Boese from Creating Keepsakes magazine back at the table with another quick and easy Photoshop tutorial! This week I was talking with a reader who was in love with magazine ads and wished she knew how to design her layouts with a similar look. As we talked, we agreed on a couple of factors that contribute to the designer look she was after:
1) A large focal point photo that spans the width of the ad, and
2) Bold graphic text that’s integrated with the image.
She immediately said she was drawn to full-page photos but didn’t know what to do when her photo background ran out before her layout canvas did. Ah ha! Enter Photoshop!
With an array of Photoshop super tools at our fingertips it’s easy to duplicate or clone backgrounds to get that margin to margin image we love. While this technique won’t necessarily work on photos with busy backgrounds, it’s a gem on photos with backgrounds featuring solid colors (think walls and fabric) or nature (think grass, sky, water and sand). By extending your photo backgrounds you create the perfect place to house titles, journaling, and even design elements! Here are a few examples of the impact an extended photo background can make on a layout.
Wanna learn how simple it is to create seamless photo backgrounds? Read on!
1. Create a new document in Photoshop the size of your layout (12x12, 8.5x11, etc.), open photo and position as desired. Use the RECTANGULAR MARQUEE TOOL (M) to select the blank area you wish to fill with your photo background.
6. To further blend the background or to erase any noticeable repeating patterns, use the CLONE STAMP TOOL (S). Move your cursor over an area you wish to copy, hold down the ALT key and click. Next move the cursor over an area you wish to blend and click. (The size and hardness of the clone stamp can be adjusted in the Brush Preset Picker.) Repeat as needed until you achieve the look you desire.
And now you know! I hope you have fun looking through your photos and experimenting to create extended seamless photo backgrounds for your layouts. It’s a quick and easy way to create an instant designer look! For easy reference, I’ve included a PDF handout you can download and add to your “Wanna Learn How” library. And as a bonus gift, be sure to swing by Creating Keepsakes to download this FREE Mad Lib Journal Spot (similar to the one on my layout) for your next project!
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