Photoshop Elements 3 Tutorial
Line Pattern for Digital Scrapbooking Paper
Open Elements and create a new blank file, specifying 12 x 12 inches at 300 ppi for digital scrapbooking papers that will be printed out on an ink-jet photo printer. On the background layer, select all and use the paint bucket tool to color the background in solid. Choose a compatible lighter color for the stripes you will create.
Create a new layer and select the gradient tool. Pick the last selection on the 'edit' button which should look like stripes in the preview box. Select the 'linear gradient' box in normal mode, 100% opacity and check the transparency box.
Draw a straight line from left to right on the new layer. A shorter line will create narrower stripes. If the line you draw is slanted, your stripes will slant. Use 'ctrl + z' to undo and try again if necessary.
Select the stripe layer on the layers palette, hold down the 'ctrl + alt' keys and move the stripes you just made to the right until they match up, then release them. Keep the 'ctrl + alt' keys selected and pick up the set of stripes again to clone them again, dropping them to the right of the last set until the background is covered. You just cloned stripes to make a pattern. Make sure you line up the cloned stripes with each other.
Now that you have the pattern, you can flatten all layers and apply some special effects to it or use it just like it is. Save the flattened image as a .jpg and you can reuse the paper again and again in your layouts.