I decided to create a paper blocked look with a series of short strips of paper down one side of my layout. So first I needed to create the shape to which I would clip my papers. I used the shape tool, located near the bottom of the Tool Panel.
After selecting the Shape Tool, click and drag the shape out onto your layout. Here's what mine looked like.
Next, so I could manipulate my shape, I simplified the layer by right-clicking on the layer in the Layers Palette and selecting Simplify Layer.
Then I clicked on the layer again and hit Command/Control-J several times to duplicate the layer until I had as many copies of the shape as I wanted. I decided on 9 because it fit and because odd numbers are more visually interesting in design. Notice I did not worry about lining them up or spacing them. I have a computer and Photoshop Elements to do that work for me!
Next, I selected all the shapes at once. I do this by clicking on the top and bottom shape in the layers palette while holding down the Shift Key. This highlights all of them in the palette. Then, making sure the Move Tool is selected, I clicked on Align in the Options Bar at the top of the workspace and selected Left Edges. Make the choice that best fits the shapes you want to align. (By the way, I want to mention that this is a fabulous technique for lining up alpha letters when making a title!)
After I got the left edges aligned, making sure I still have all the shapes selected (highlighted in the layers palette), I went back up to the Options Bar and clicked on Distribute and chose Vertical Centers. The program calculates and spreads out the shapes so their centers are evenly spaced along the vertical.
While the shapes are still all selected, it's a good time to arrange them precisely. I decided to push the strips over behind the the frame a bit. (You can see my title word art in front of the strips now too.)
Now it's time to turn all those shapes into pieces of paper. This is done by clicking on the shape to select it, dragging a paper onto the layout directly above that shape (so it's immediately above the shape in the layers palette) and then hitting Command/Control-G to clip the paper to the shape. Here's how my layers palette looked after I clipped my first paper.
You can resize and reposition papers you have clipped to a shape.
After I clipped all my papers to my shapes just so, I clicked on each paper in my layers palette, one at a time, and hit Command/Control-E To flatten the paper together with its shape.
Then I finished my layout.
|created with Jeanine's kit, Twilight Snowfall|