Digital Scrapbook Blog Background : A Great Tuesday Tutorial

I generally like to keep my Tuesday Tutorials video based, but I recently stumbled upon this great digital scrapbook blog background post over at Kevin & Amanda’s site. Even though it’s a few years old,  I found their instructions, screenshots and <gasp> the actual PSD file to be invaluable.

Digital Scrapbook Blog Background

 

Stuff to know – This tutorial was written using Photoshop CS3 on Mac OSX. Things might be slightly different if you’re using Windows or a different version of Photoshop, but hopefully you’ll still be able to follow along. 😉 Also, any time I refer to shortcuts, I will probably say something like CTRL-C (copy) or CTRL-V (paste). On Mac, use CMD (or the apple key) instead of CTRL. Even though I use a Mac now, I still say CTRL because I am just so used to Windows and I just recently switched. 🙂

In this tutorial, I use rulers and guides. I just found out that Photoshop Elements does not support rulers and guides. If you’d still like to try making a background, but don’t have a full copy of Photoshop, I would suggest using The Gimp. The Gimp is a free download that is very similar to photoshop. You can use layers, guides and rulers in the Gimp. Setting the guide is a little different, you don’t go to View > New Guide. All you have to do is open up your document, and on the side and top you will see the rulers. Click on the ruler and start dragging over to your document. This will make a guide. You’ll have to manually drag it over until it gets to 400 or 1200 or where ever you want it to go, but at least it works and you’ll have the guides!! 🙂 I love the Gimp, it’s a great, free alternative to Photoshop. And I love free. 😀

 

See original here. Just as a side note, this blog has some really scrumptious recipes on it. Be sure to check it out.

Of course, the lazy option would be to download the digital scrapbook blog background PSD file, launch photoshop (or Gimp) and start playing without regard to instructions or anything so….ahem…fiddly.

I’m going to go with that option, so expect to see some snazy new background on this blog shortly!

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