Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ways to Use Textures

Jeanine has several sets of textured paper templates in her store.  Texture adds realism to our digital scrapbook pages and there are a variety of ways to use them.  For today's tutorial I'm using Texture 2 from Volume 7.

1.  One way to use these textures is to adjust color and lightness with the Hue/Saturation commands.  You can find the Hue/Saturation dialogue box in the menus.  Go to Enhance>Adjust Color> Adjust Hue/Saturation.  This will open the Hue/Saturation dialogue box.

Or just hit Control/Command-U to bring up the Hue/Saturation dialogue box.  Simply click on the pointer and slide it left or right for each of the sliders to chance the hue, saturation, and lightness. 

If you selected a color with the Color Picker before you opened the Hue/Saturation dialogue, then you can check the Colorize box in the lower right corner first.  That will apply your chosen color to the texture and you can further adjust it by moving the sliders.  Here is a dark paper I made, and you can see how I've adjusted the sliders after checking the colorize box.  (Make sure the Preview box underneath is also checked so you can see your adjustments as you make them.)

Experiment with all the choices and you will be amazed by what you can do!  Here is another paper I made in just 2 more seconds by adjusting all three sliders again.

After making these adjustments, drag the paper onto your layout.  You can also make adjustments on your layout.  Just make sure you have the correct layer selected in your Layers Palette.

If you want to save your new paper to use another time, remember to choose "Save As" in the File Menu and give it a new name so you don't save over the original texture template.

2.  Another fun way to use the textures is to enhance pre-made papers.  Open up any paper.  I used a solid paper from Hearts and Flowers.  Drag the premade paper onto the  texture template. 

One thing you can do is adjust the opacity.  That is located in the upper right corner of the Layers Palette.  Here you can see I lower the opacity of the paper to 85% to let some of the texture show through.

Or, you can use Blend Modes.  They are in the upper left corner of the Layers Palette and there are many of them!  Experiment with them and you will find some that work well and others less so. 

Here is the texture atop the paper blended with the Overlay Blend Mode.

Also, I find it does make a difference whether the texture or the paper is on top, so you can experiment with that too.  While the above example has the texture on top, below the paper is on top and blended with the Color Blend Mode.

3.  These texture templates can be used for other parts of your layout too.  How about using them for a tag or a frame?  They can also add interest to some photos.  I layered my photo atop the texture and tried a few blend modes.  I finally chose the Overlay blend mode but it was a bit too much, so I duplicated the photo layer (Control/Command-J).

Here's my textured photo in a layout in which I also used the texture for the background paper.  The the other paper, which I also used to make the title, is from Jeanine's paper kit, Cirque Dimanche.  The ribbon and button are from her kit, Twiight Snowfall and the stitching is from Hearts and Flowers.

I hope that gets your creative juices flowing.  Have fun with the textures!