Project 1: Fine Tune & Finalize
Let's continue, we're almost about finished. There's other things on my layout that I added, more embellishments over here. I'm not gonna get to all of that, we do need to wrap up and get to our second project in a few minutes here. But I do wanna show you a couple more things about fine tuning and finalizing your layout. So number 16 would be to add more layered embellishments to decorate your page and fit your style. You can also add more color and paint layers to fit your style as well. The other things that I like to do is self blend, and I do wanna share this, is that often times my photos look, I don't do a lot of editing outside of my photos, I do use Lightroom so I have the capability and I certainly know how to do it, but I do this instead. I always duplicate my photos, let's say kitty cat photo right there, I would duplicate it and do what we call a self blend process. I will take this and let's say I say you know what, this has not enough contrast, I will duplicate the layer...
, clip it and create a, I did an overlay okay, an overlay. So you get a stronger contrast. Then I would go back to my fill opacity and dial it down. So you see how it didn't have a lot of contrast, I will add some extra contrast in there to make it a little bit more sexy. That's how I think about it, it's just sexier. I will go through all of my photos and kind of add them so they become stronger. I think I did the same thing with this tiger guy. I duplicated his layer, clipped it and then I might say hey you know what, let's do an overlay to add contrast and reduce the fill. Okay, so now he steps out and really looks powerful and stronger, okay. That's the great power of blend modes. Let's see, so you can repeat that step as many times as you need on your photos to help them really stand out, so it's a digital scrapbooking thing. And then I would add text. The pieces that I use, so I can just go to the layout so we can wrap up, you see like I have this little piece right here this is part of the kit, excuse me it's just some word strips and imagine this was done with baskerville type, which is one of my favorite fonts. I used the horizontal tool to add some journaling. I have some embellishments, I've created an embellishment cluster and these are all parts of the kit. But you'll notice that I have like this little doodle squibble, it's white, in your kit you will find that as well. I've added some cool little glitter balls as I call them. The doodle was duplicated on this side over here, and then I added some more glitter balls. So I'd like to create what I call bridges, so what you see on one side is what you'll see on the other. It kinda reinforces those embellishments. So I not only do that with color, but it creates great flow, it helps you look from left to right or top to bottom when you're working with the layout. I added like a little bit of tag, a little memories tag right here, I added some red and extra color and just really punched up the painting as best as I could, and added a lot of detail. And that's really how this page came together.