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Layering in Adobe Photoshop for Digital Scrapbookers

Lesson 8 of 36

How to Add Interest with Your Photos


Layering in Adobe Photoshop for Digital Scrapbookers

Lesson 8 of 36

How to Add Interest with Your Photos


Lesson Info

How to Add Interest with Your Photos

We've covered papers there's so many options for papers now, but how do you add interest a little bit with your photos and typically we just we pop a photo down and we build around it and we call it good but there's a couple ways that you can add interest with your photos as well and not just have like sitting here on this campus a photo that's just plopped on top of a design element so you can incorporate photos into your design elements as well. So let's, open up the correct canvas ok, so let's talk about this one. This is cute chevron's and the picture of my baby at the nursery walking around totally cute it's rotated a little bit, so we already have a start on how tio change of our photos and add a little interest to them but let's, go ahead and add in an inner stroke to give it a frame inside and I like to go around ten and a white stroke just to add a little bit of definition around edges because what we're going to d'oh is we're going tio duplicate this photo and we're going to ...

rotate at a little bit and we're gonna move it down so now it's the same photo but we have a couple of stacked photos tio really just say, um here I am stupid we're duplicating the photo but it has just so much more than if you just had this one little photo here hanging out because this photo is small and the chevron's or big it gives the photo more visual weight than if you had just the one sitting here and it's a fun thing to dio way wouldn't do it in paper scrap booking because we wouldn't want to add so many photos that would cost a lot of money and then we can also going to this one instead of of adding him as a frame or a framed photo on top, we can clip him so one of these hexagons because who says that you can't have a funky shaped photo so this would be a really good option for if you had a really big series of photos here of all these faces are distracting if you have a big series of photos but they weren't great photos, they want something that you really wanted to draw attention to but let's say you were at a dinner party and the light the lights were low, but you have all these pictures and they're they're not very good so you can clip them two shapes as part of your design instead of having them stand alone on top of your design and that will help you to incorporate them all but because it's going to be a siri's of photos and they're all together then it won't be that big of a deal it won't draw as much attention so that kind of answers your question to then you could take you're journaling angle down along the edge and it would not detract from but would add to your design okay so then we talked about um go back to this one we talked about these papers and how you can stack him you can also if you offset them but let's say we put them down here instead because we have the magic of dj and we could just pull things off the edge we don't have to worry about it um let me get a photo um a great way to draw attention to your photos is to put them at the intersection of lines so you can put a photo right here in this corner and start building your cluster around this intersection and your eye because you have this vertical line and this horse on the line it's leading directly to your photos and we talked about that live it with the other layout but there's so many different ways to do it you can you can rotate him you can add them together and now you can have multiple copies of this tiny tiny photo and it's just a great way remember we want to leave the eye to the photos or the main cluster always so it's copied a few times you can see without that white stroke around the edge, and actually it's not great, it doesn't look very good. So we wantto make sure that we have some sort of frame around stacked photos, always inside, right. Ten. Now it'll just delineate a little bit and help you. You know, you always want to have shadows, too. We talked about shadows in the shadows in class, and we'll talk about them more in our next segment, but shadows her, he and integral to making sure that your clusters have realism.

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.