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Photoshop Elements Tutorials

Animation
Extract Object
Layers
Colorize
Color Change
Glass Objects
Web Ads
Restore Photo
High Light Portrait Effect
Pencil Sketch
Torn Edge
Line Pattern
Rivets
Vellum
Cloning
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Look for similar tool icons in your program:

  Polygonal Lasso

  Brush Tools

  Eraser

  Healing Brushes

  Crop Tool

 


Photoshop Elements 3 Tutorial
Rivets - Digital Scrapbooking

Creating your own graphics from scratch for your scrapbook pages can be very rewarding. It means that your stuff is different from everyone else's stuff and over time, you can develop your own look and style. But there's nothing wrong with using clipart or scanning in your own objects to create unique embellishments for your projects either.

One of the easiest objects to create from scratch is a rivet. Rivets bring a three dimensional touch of the traditional scrapbooking look to your digital photo pages as much as wire art, jewelry, pressed flowers and personal possessions of the person that will be showcased in your scrapbook page does.

To start, open a new file 'File | New | Blank File' at 40 x 40 pixels with a transparent background. Select the Elipse tool, pick a color and draw a circle in the middle of the background leaving room around the edges for a drop shadow. Select the Eliptical Marquee Tool and draw another smaller circle inside the one you just drew. Simplify the layer when prompted. With the smaller circle, hit delete to cut out your rivet. Turn visibility off of the shape layer and deselect (ctrl + d). Next, use the magic wand tool to select the color area. With the rivet selected, you can paint, airbrush or add special effects just on the rivet without affecting the transparent layer. Select the layer styles palette | inner glow | simple. Duplicate the layer or drag the layer into the 'Create a new layer' icon on the layers palette. Then select 'drop shadow | low' opacity at 50%. Also, try 'drop shadow | soft edge' to see the different effect. Adjust the opacity of the rivet until it looks the way you want it to.

 

                                  

 

Save your rivet as a .gif or .png to preserve the transparency so you can use it in your scrapbooking projects. Create other color variations using 'Enhance | Adjust Color | Color Variations' from the drop down menu and save each one with a unique file name.

 Other rivets and color variations (you can think of lots more):

    

 

 

 

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