Requests for Behind the Scenes Tutorials

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I'd like to know how this: was made. Is it just this kind of font or can I create this with any font?

@Kathrin: I'm guessing that's a font, but I can't say for sure. You could try contacting Brooke if you're really interested.

@Marisa, ever since I have re-discovered pixel scrapper, I am hooked on to this site. I think this is the best place for me to be. smiley

I am a designer but I have very little knowledge about Digital scrapbooking. I see the wonderful colour palette you create every month and I want to make some papers based on those lines and share with the team here as a freebie. Just as a token of gratitude for all the freebies that everyone shares, through which I am learning. Maybe you can critique them to see if they are acceptable as quality graphics.

I saw that the papers are all very high res 300 dpi Jpeg and the elements are png.

Can you pls tell me the dimensions that is best for uploading here. I want the dimensions for paper and journal cards. Also are elements always to be displayed with a shadow...

I think I got a mail from Holly in my mail box some time back, but now I can't seem to locate it now.

It would be a great help, if you could let me know the final resolution and size required for quality graphics, so that I can start creating something.


Hi Sangha,

Digital Scrapbooking papers are always 12x12 inches at 300 dpi. Journal cards are either 3x4 inches, 4x4 inches, or 4x6 inches. Generally people prefer elements to NOT have shadows.

If you have any more questions about the Blog Train and making items, please post in the Blog Train Forum. You'll get better responses that way smiley

Thank you Marisa,

I am making some embossed papers right now and this is really helpful. will surely put in some queries at the blog train.

Thanks for the answer! I was wondering how to do that myself. smiley

I would love to know how to make these kinds of papers. I love the water coloured/blended/art ones, and even the basic photo masks that people sell in kits for an artsy page layouts that are everywhere lately, but when I try they end up very messy and over full/heavy. I just need to know how to make it clean without maybe 20+ layers. - Thanks for any help. smiley

Do you have tutorials on snow, crystal, ornament, christmas related embellies? Thanks!

Karin - the answer you're looking for is BRUSHES! lol. I make the photo masks & painted papers and I use brushes to create addition to playing with the blend modes to get the desired look I want.

You can add as many layers as you get your desired look. We have some beautiful brush kits here at Pixel Scrapper, but you can also do a search for watercolor brushes....there's quite a few of them out there.

To get you started, Sheila has these super fun snow styles!

Thankees! smiley

Also, don't forget Wingdings-type fonts for things like that when you're first starting out--since a font is usually a vector-based artwork, you can use a large font size to get a smooth piece of artwork. (Remember that for fonts, it's 72 points to the inch, so 144 pt will be 2" tall, etc.) Just be sure it's a commercial-use-friendly font before you do that.

Also, some sites have free commercial-use clipart or vectors that you can modify and use, as long as you do something like credit them.

Hi hun, are you sure you have the "Colorize" checked on the hue and saturation? Also if you have applied any type of layer style first it will not colorize it.


Thanks Rachel smiley I do have a few brushes, that I've collected and I have been playing around with them, but they (papers) always end up muddied, dull, and messy. I have some blended templates all gray and black but can't get the lovely colours that others have. I will keep playing around and hope somehow it comes together. smiley

I keep trying to make gesso and spackling brushes for days with no success. I scan my textures into PS and when I select/refine edges, then make the brush, they turn out "backwards" (meaning, what I want to be the color - the texture- turns out clear and the part I want clear is the color. I hope that made sense?) Inverting hasn't been successful. Help? Thank you!

It's been a while since I made brushes from gesso, I can't remember what I did. I think I may have inverted the image. I'll see if I can get a better answer for you.

Thank you!

The answer should be in inverting the page. The black is what makes the brush : 100% black gives you a brush without opacity, the more gray you have, the more transparent your brush will be. But if you are trying to turn a white part into a brush, it won't show you anything (except for the darker background). So you can either invert your brush and play with the levels to make it more black and white, or, if the inverted brush looks strange to you, you can try painting with a heavy black paint on white paper and recolor your brush to white afterwards.

Found a tutorial here (can't find anything on scanning gesso, so I think you will need to make your paint black or gray for this to work):

That makes sense! I was doing white spackling on black paper. I will have to try the black on white! Thank you so much! (yes, the inverted brush looked ugly to me! smiley )

Not sure this is the proper place to ask this question, but here we go. Is there a way to color a file without changing the color of the image itself? Reason I ask is all the clear or barely visible images will not show on a white background. So when I scroll through my PC's File Explorer, or open a smoke or white image in Microsoft Office viewers, I cannot see them. Rain drops the same way. I have only once seen a clear file entirely colored over with a yellow something so that I could see the image. All the other white and clear files just show a white blank preview.

Appreciate any advice you may have. Have had trouble with black images on black backgrounds too.


Hi Susan. I'm not sure this is the right place for your question. Are you just concerned with seeing the images while browsing in Windows Explorer? I'm not sure there's a way to change that without modifying the file, which will make it less useful to actually use. You may want to post your question here, and maybe someone will be more helpful than me smiley

This may seem silly and I may be over thinking it, but is there anything more to word arts other than a fun font and creativity (and some simplified layers)?

It seems as though the answer is an obvious no, but on the other hand I could be wrong.

@Christi: I think the key to word art generally comes down to font choice. Of course, hand-lettering would add a unique twist, but most of what you're seeing is fonts.

That's what I was thinking. But like I said I felt pretty sure I was over thinking it a bit.

Hi I'd really love to know how to make a lace flower. I tried using a flower template and clipping lace to that but it doesn't work at all. I can't see any of the petals etc of the flower below. So when I use a blend, ie: overlay or multiply. The lace is not looking like lace it just looks like a lace pattern on top of a flower. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks smiley

Thanks for your answer Rachel. I'm still not having much luck with making the photo masks even after so many tutorials. Most seem to assume that you already *have* a photo mask to use, where as I want to *make* my own. I tried just starting with a new transparent document and painting a black square on it and then stamping with various brushes ie: butterflies/flowers/script around the edges, and it kind of works.... is that all there is to it?

Susan, Holly Wolf has a very simple solution HERE

Good morning! I am pretty familiar with Photoshop as I've done photography for years however I've been asked to design something and I would love to learn more about how to make the journal cards. I have no problem getting the rectangle with slightly curved corners but can't seem to get the large curved corners. Is there a tutorial on the best way to do this. Besides my current project I am also trying to design a memory board for my mother in laws celebration of life coming up soon. And am looking for any ideas. I apologize for any miss spells, I am on my phone and it tends to have a mind of its own lol! Thank you in advance!

You'll want to adjust the radius of the rounded corner. When you have the rounded corner shape tool selected in Photoshop, in the top menu is a place where you can type in a number for the radius. The higher the number, the more rounded the corners will be. FYI: if you're planning to distribute these digitally, you may want to take a look at this thread where people discuss the preference for unrounded edges.

Hi, I'd love for somebody to show me how to make some photo masks myself, with a video showing the step by step, from start to finish, using PSE - thanks and please.