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Layering in Adobe Photoshop for Digital Scrapbookers

Lesson 36 of 36

Creating Other Types of Stitching


Layering in Adobe Photoshop for Digital Scrapbookers

Lesson 36 of 36

Creating Other Types of Stitching


Lesson Info

Creating Other Types of Stitching

It's really easy to make straight stitching but what about sitting that curves around or sitting that follows a path? It is the same concept as the text let's start with the shape you can make stitching in a circle and if you accidentally use the shape tool instead of the path tool it's fine but we can let's change a bag who might create a pass now we can stroke this path with the brush we want make sure we have the brush selected this was the original one that doesn't have the spacing right and we want to make sure that the size is right was to fifty and here's the path and this is stroke path with brush so you click on this and you have to make sure that your brush tool is selected and it will stroke the path and now you have a circle of stitching now the problem with this is you can have a little bit of overlap if that is a new issue with your shape you just adjust the size a little bit um we can adjust it just buy one or two pixels and it will restrict the path and weaken eventuall...

y we'll get to the right place and then you have to go in and you can add your layer style to make it stitching and then then you have to go in and add all of your holes individually now what I like todo to make it a shorter process is I like to come in here and do half of the circle and then actually I'll do a quarter of the circle so let's make sure that we know where the middle points are so I'll do all of these and tvs but I'm going to save you some time anyway just one second oh oh oh and we there would be one here tio ok, so we have a quarter of the circle done so we want to duplicate this layer and change the point of rotation to the middle of the circle may be close to it as close as we can get ok and then you can rotate just the holes until they line up as close as possible area and then you can do that again so that you don't have to do all of the holes individually and then when you were done you would march of the layers and then apply the layer so stitching it's pretty crazy but if you love stitching you can also one more trick there's also other kinds of sitting there is um ex stitching which if you just created an ex brush it wouldn't have any depth to it it would all when you play the layer silent with all have the layer style applied so what you do instead is you create the x and apply the layer style individually and then you duplicate them across instead so these ex is there a little banks of the layers to it looks funny you can also do the same with blankets stitching um oops I headed to the background only er you create a t with blankets a chain and then you want this um vertical stitch to be underneath the horse almost it and apply the later styles individually and that gives you more realistic depth than if you just created a brush out of it so that was a lot of information you think you guys think you can make your own sitting now but the spires but what happens if I don't have the color you need or the shape you need or the size you need it's good to be able to do it on your own I think also the challenge will be with the cross stitch particularly unless they're with the blanket stitch but is doing the whole from those as well be extremely well way I normally dont patients yeah what I would wait not what I do is um what's maybe a little bit smaller because they're wrong I think I'm just a touch smaller but I normally would dio is instead of trying to create all of the holes at once is I would put a whole needs to be a little bigger I would put a hole here and a hole here and then just replicated across so let's do the other way so we would replicate it, pull it replicated across and what you have to make sure that you dio is make sure that the whole layer goes underneath the sitting but you're replicating the holes across with the stitches so it saves time because the fact that she is quicker than during the changed yes, it is way quicker yeah so there you go stitching in a nutshell there's one thing we just need to us very, very quickly because the word I should have asked you earlier when you were saying that want his rest arise mean a few people in the chat room so far the rast arising is when you take a layer that is a path or a shape, which is a mathematical thing. Anything that has a path is mathematical and rast arising is taking that path away and just making it a plain old like a p and g on the file. So once you're asked, arise it, you lose the ability to make a bigger again like we were talking about with the, uh like we were talking about earlier with the embellishments. Another very popular question was do you take high quality photos of your elements like photos, flowers, buttons, ribbons do shooting yourself a new source and what do they come with kits that you use if you're as a scrapbook her they're going to come with the kids that you use a designer there's lots of different ways to get them um but yes it's always gonna come from a photograph somebody either the designer or a commercial use designer that the designer has purchased from well have taken a photo of the flowers like those amazing flowers in that kit but if you're just a scrapbook er typically they're going to come with the product that you buy you don't have to worry about extracting on yourself now the other most popular question I know we are going to be covering a future course and that is about how printing we are going to be touching on that way we are going to talk about printing and saving our layout and the best ways to source that out tested well do have any final questions from our studio audience information from a lot of stitching going on you got to get to my computer we'll trace any final thoughts you'd like to leave with the audience for this particular course. Um like I said yesterday I know like it's a ton of information and it's so much to digest all at once especially if it's all new to you so make sure that you just go slow and you incorporate one step at a time until you're comfortable with that tip and then move on to the next one

Class Description

Learn how to make your layers lovely in Layering in Adobe® Photoshop® for Digital Scrapbookers! Traci Reed will teach you how to assemble papers, photos, and embellishments so your scrapbook pages look professional and polished, not cluttered.

There are so many fun elements to work within digital scrapbooking, but making pages that are pleasing to the eye can be a surprisingly difficult task. In this class, Traci will teach you how to use basic Adobe Photoshop tools to improve the overall look of your layout. 

You’ll learn:

  • How to create realistic depth
  • Enhancing using the dodge and burn tool
  • Designing with lighting effects

In Layering in Adobe Photoshop for Digital Scrapbookers you’ll learn how to layer from the ground up. Traci will show you how to lay the perfect foundation and how to finish it off with advanced final touches like painting and stitching.

For even more advanced scrapbooking tips check out Shadowing in Photoshop for Digital Scrapbookers & Design Layouts in Photoshop.



I have recently discovered digital scrapbooking and have been using a great scrapbooking software that I downloaded on-line. There are limitations with the software that prompted me to look deeper for ideas. Traci's course was fantastic! I learned so much from her not only in scrapbooking layouts and using different elements in a page but my level of understanding of photoshop has improved dramatically. The presentation was easy to follow and broken into perfect chunks to go back and review the techniques. Thank you so much Traci for presenting this awesome course. I will look for more of your courses. Your scrapbooking is beautiful and inspiring!


I'm a photographer. I do a lot of graphic design for my business. I feel like I'm fairly knowledgeable. I saw this class being shown for free on Creative Live one day and it wasn't my first choice to watch, but was the best out of the list... I was wrong. This is a great class. I didn't expect to learn that much and I've been learning a lot! Great info!


This course was amazing. I learn some things I didn't know how to do. Traci is simple and straight forward in her teaching. Very easy to understand.