The theme for Tuesday October 4th is:
Layer 1.Gratitude.This may be a repeat theme, I'm really not sure.... But definitely worth repeating. :) I think!And to spice things up a little, your image must contain 2 different layers of any of my textures.
I normally start my layout with a new blank document. I started with a landscape 11 x 8.5-inch, 300 ppi, RGB, white background document. I use this size since I have my layouts printed into a book through iPhoto on my iMac. And, this is one of the sizes that they make. It really doesn't show you much other than a big white area, so I won't show it.
I thought I would start with one of Kim's textures. I brought in Kim's kk_yesteryear texture for this layer. The texture is a 12 x 12-inch document. I wanted the edges of the texture in my layout, so I used the Free Transform to move its edges to the edges of my layout. I kept the Layer Blending Mode at Normal and the Opacity 100%. I thought kk_yesteryear would be an appropriate texture to use since my subject is my old SCM portable typewriter.
I have my old SCM portable typewriter out from the basement. I had it cleaned and a new ribbon actually made for it to fit on its spools. It now works fine. I took a photo of it on my cluttered dining room table. This is the photo I took and am using for Layer 3.
I didn't want all the clutter to show, so I made selection around the typewriter with the Rectangular Marquee Tool. I did this so I could feather the selection into the background using the Mask Panel as I showed in my blog entry of 8 August 2011.
I opened the Mask Panel and adjusted the Feather slider to what I want the feathering to be. In this case it was 29 px. Of course, it will depend upon your image.
I did not like the color of the typewriter, so I added a Channel Mixer Adjustment Layer to this layer. I just checked Monochrome to make the image a gray scale image. And, I clipped it to the layer so that it just makes only the typewriter image gray scale.
I wanted the image of the typewriter a little darker. I duplicated Layer 3 and its Channel Mixer Adjustment Layer that is clipped to it and have them above Layer 3. I set the image layer to Multiply Blend Mode and reduced the Opacity to 35%. And, with the mask thumbnail clicked on to select the mask, I opened up the Mask Panel and increased the feathering for this layer to 90 px. This now gives me a smoother blending into the background.
Layers 5, 6 and 7.
These are my title and two text layers. I used the Courier font. It resembles the typewriter look. The title is Gratitude. I am really thankful that I no longer have to fuss with such things as white out and carbon paper. For the font color, I selected a color for the hue from the kk_yesteryear texture image and made a darker tint of the color.
Layer 5. I typed the title on it own layer so I could move it around if I wanted to.
Layer 6. With my Horizontal Type Tool selected I clicked and dragged out a text box on the left side of my layout. Then typed in my text.
Layer 7. I needed another text box on the right side of the layout. I wanted it be the same as the text box on the left side. With Layer 6 selected, I made sure my Move Tool was selected in the Tool Bar, I put my Move Cursor over the text area, held down the Option/Alt key (the cursor changes into a double arrowhead, one black one white), also held down the Shift key (constrains the move to the horizontal), and dragged a copy of the left text box to the right side. Selected all the text in the box and then typed in my new text for that box.
For this layer, I used Kim's kk_theladder texture. I actually Placed it in (File/Place) which brought it in as a Smart Object. I resized it so that I have its edges fitting onto my layout.
I set the Blending Mode to Multiply and the Opacity to 30%.
I did not want to see the writing on the texture. So I wanted to blur the image to hide the writing. I went to Filter/Blur/Gaussian Blur. I set the blur Radius to 40 px. And, clicked OK. Since the layer is a Smart Object, this creates a Smart Filter under the layer in the Layers Panel. The blur filter is editable. I can change the amount of blur if I want.
However, if you do not have Smart Objects, you can still apply the Gaussian Blur filter to the layer; but, the blur will not be editable. It will be applied to the layer. So just be sure how much blur you want at this stage.
The 40 px blur smooths out the texture enough so that I no longer see the typing on the texture yet I have most of the darkness still showing, which is what I wanted.
For this layer, I placed Kim's kk_dustyrose texture (File/Place). This texture is a 12 x 12-inch texture, so I transformed it to bring its edges to my layout edges so I could keep the dark edges.
Then I set the Blending Mode to Saturation and kept the Opacity 100%.
And this gives me a nice smudgy looking layout that looks like it could have been saved from the trash can from when I used the typewriter to do my homework for school. Isn't imagination wonderful?
This is the date in the lower left corner. I used the Regular Papyrus font at 12 pt with white color. The Blending Mode is Normal and Opacity 100%.
This is my signature, which is a brush I made. It is in the lower right corner. I stamped it in white. The Blending Mode is Normal, but I reduced the Opacity to 80% so that its brightness looks the same as the date's brightness. The signature is over a darker area than the date is over, so it looks about the same when its opacity is reduced a little.
And, this is the final layout.
I hope that you found this interesting and useful.
I enjoy Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen very much. Her textures are just beautiful and very useful for creating what your mind can see.
Enjoy your scrapbooking and using the tools that we have to create your mind's images on paper.
That's it for now.