Requests for Behind the Scenes Tutorials

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Hi, Marisa, Recently I saw a challenge to make a BIG Title and make it transparent. I know I have done this many years ago, but can't for the life of me remember how I did it. Thanks for making a tutorial on this - step by step if you can.

@Karin: What sort of transparency do you mean? If you really made it transparent you couldn't see it!

When you add a shadow style to your title and then reduce the fill (not opacity!) of your text layer to zero then your title will look like it is transparent because you only see the shadow... you can choose any shadow (drop shadow or inner shadow) or 'bevel and emboss' and adjust it after you reduced fill to 0(zero).
Just tried it myself and I like the bevel and emboss effect best...

I have so many digital buttons with holes. However, just like in traditional layouts. I don't like the look of buttons with having string through the holes. Is there a way that I can make the buttons looked stitched. Is there already a tutorial for it. I can't find a way to search in the tutorial forum, so I apologize if there is already one there.

@Lisa: To add a stitch to a button I would just find a stitch I liked and then layer it on top of the button. I know we have a few buttons on the site that have a stitch through them. So I would erase the button and then use the stitch on a new button.

This is not a request for a full tutorial but I am VERY curious about how Elif goes about making charms like this? I mean I know she's in a league of her own & I can never hope to be half as good but I do want to understand the process:

or this
Are the top three layers photographed and extracted? Or are they made in photoshop or painted? And if they're photographed does she make the element herself?

Thanks Patricia - This does work smiley
I ended up doing an outline of my title in light grey, and then as you mentioned deleting the actual title word itself- leaving just the outline that worked well.

Marisa - I wanted the look of a glass/see-through alpha - and mostly just how to make my own.
I ended up doing what I said up above.
Since then I have found old kits going back 10 years that included clear/glass look alphas. <--- example of the look I was after smiley

@Jill: I'm pretty sure those charms are real charm that were scanned and extracted.

@Karin: Glad you found the steps for what you were looking for!

I'd love a tutorial for scanning and extracting elements as well as maybe some other ways of photographing things to extract and use as elements. I have not been able to find a satisfactory way of getting a crisp clear picture. I feel like I remember hearing about using a white box to photograph in? Any help on that end would be amazing!

@Rachel: I personally haven't figured out how to photograph things well either. And my extracting is nothing to write home about. I just use the eraser and go for it smiley I'll see if I can get some better help.

I do it this way (I like to have the button and the stitch in different colors):
I use the magic wand to select the stitch, edit the selection to fit perfectly, then I create a layer from the selection and make the stitch a little bit larger - 102% to 105% to cover the stitch on the bottom layer entirely but not too big, it should still fit into the holes.

Now I have two layers: the bottom layer with the button with the stitch and the stitch by itself on the top layer and I can edit every layer separately the way I like to. And of course I can also copy the layer with the stitch and use it on a new button like Marisa wrote.

I hope you unterstand what I mean. It's now so easy to explain in english ... all my tools have german names and I use PSP but I think it should work the same way in Photoshop.

I've been curious about photo masks, lately. More like obsessed with! Seems like all the layouts I'm pinning on Pinterest, have photo masks. Now I know they're just brushes but how are the more complex ones being made?

Thank you!

@Katherine: Most photo masks like the ones you linked to start with a basic shape, like a circle or square. Then you can just add different brush strokes until you like what you have. Merge it all together into one layer when you're finished and you have a photo mask.

Marisa, thank you, I will give it a try!