Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Tuesday Tutorial - PSE Key LInes, Encore une Fois

I have made these key lines a zillion times, and yet, half the time I go to make them, I forget the method. I don't know why some techniques in PSE stick in my head and others just drift off like smoke from a snuffed out candle. 

Today, I printed it out...once again. Today I'll share it with you and hope that it sticks in your brain a little better than it has in mine! Today this version of the method comes from Designer Digitals, a source of many, many tutorials to help you along the way. Today I'll also share with you, one of the little journaling cards I made for my Project Life. Hope you enjoy it!

Creating Keylines with Rounded Corners in Photoshop and PSE  

1. Begin by opening your project in Photoshop or Elements.

2. Get the Rounded Rectangle Tool and set your Foreground color to a color that contrasts with your open document. In the Options bar, choose a Radius. The larger the number, the more rounded your corner will be. Click/drag out a rectangle on your page.  Holding the Shift key as you click/drag will create a square instead of a rectangle.

3. Next, select the shape layer in the Layers Panel.  Ctrl click (Mac: Cmd click) the thumbnail of the shape to select it. Marching ants will surround your selection.

4.Tick the Layer Visibility icon which looks like an eyeball on the left side of the shape layer to hide your shape.

5. Make a new transparent layer by clicking the New Layer icon in the Layers Panel.

6. Target the new transparent layer and then choose Edit > Stroke to activate the Stroke dialog box.

Select a size and color. Set the Mode to Normal and Opacity to 100%. Uncheck the Preserve Transparency box. Click OK.

7.Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to remove the selection from your keyline.

8. You can use the Move tool to reposition and resize your box, since the outline is on its own layer.

The hidden shape layer can be deleted by dragging it down into the trash bin once you’re satisfied with your keyline.

Click HERE for Card PSD

If you have any questions on the method, or use, just ask and I'll try to answer you if you have an email link. Otherwise, the answer will be here. 


click here for Journaling Card

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