Thursday, September 2, 2010
Get more from your alphas...check out this tutorial!
I am in LOVE my newest alpha...the one in Kick it! And I wanted to share with you some quick ways to recolor it and make it even more versatile.
For all you photoshop and photoshop elements users...
Start with one of the letters in the alpha. You can do all the letters at once if you flatten them to one layer (but not if they overlap...then just repeat this for every letter)
Add your favorite paper on the layer above and group the two together. (Ctrl-G or alt click when you mouse over the crack between them in your layers palette)
Now change the blending mode to lighten. (This won't work for papers darker than the black of the letter, nor papers lighter than the white of the border...but stay tuned I have a tip for those borderline papers)
Here's another twist to make it even more versatile...what if you don't want white around the edge, what if black would suit your needs better. Go back to just the letter, but this time the first step is to invert the letter. Invert is found under Image or just use Ctrl-I. Now the alpha is white (kinda grey) with a black edge.
Add your favorite paper and clip, this time choosing darken as the blending mode:
If you look closely, some of the grey of the alpha is showing through. So here's the extra tip (it works for those borderline papers too.) Use the levels command (ctrl-L with the alpha layer chosen) to adjust the original alpha. If you are working with the black version, move the far left slider (the black one) to the right. If you are working with the white version -- like we are here--then move the far right slider to the left.
It'll take out the light grey leaving our alpha perfectly aqua.
Now you can tweak this alpha to work perfectly on ANY layout! Woo Hoo! Leave me a comment telling me which Chelle's Creations kit you'd use it with and one lucky winner will get the alpha FREE! Reply by 9/6 to enter.
Karen tried it out on this layout:
Isn't that alpha FABULOUS!!! Wait 'til you see the CT layouts tomorrow. You're going to LOVE it. Definitely a MUST HAVE alpha...worth the price of the whole kit.
See you tomorrow!