Mixed Media for Digital Scrapbookers


Mixed Media for Digital Scrapbookers


Lesson Info

Project 2: Fine Tune & Finalize

So that's the end part of embellishments. Now, let's add the trash can and really have fun with texture. Texture can come in anywhere. It doesn't have to be at the beginning, it doesn't have to be at the end, it's just where I purposely chose to stick it, okay? But you can, like I said, I think it was, Jen, was it your question, when you were talking about the process? I'm not sure whose it was, and I know we've narrowed down our people who are here with us, but. When you have a layout, and is there a specific process. That was your question. Okay. If you have a specific process, it's fluid, so it doesn't always have to be like, okay, I have to add my substrate all right now. And then I have to add all of my photos all right now. And then I have to do all of my blend work right now. It is never that way. It is always about moving and adjusting and changing things around, and so the layout fluidly builds itself together over time with different layers. Okay? So let's rack this up. We ar...

e going to fine-tune by adding our pockets of texture. So we're gonna target the gesso layer which is in the background, and we're gonna go to file, open, and we're gonna navigate to our trash can. And again, like I said, the trash can photo that I took further out so I could show you guys it was a trash can, but I came right up to it. During the break, we've been talking about how great this table is, because it has such a nice finish to it. And if you took a picture, I mean they had even little ink spots where people have done some stuff up here. I'm gonna take a picture of this table and use it in a layout. (laughter) Totally am. But it's pretty much the same thing, you wanna get as close to it, but you don't want it to be fuzzy. So now that we have this texture, we're gonna bring this texture, oops! And I can't do it because I don't have enough room to see everything. So I'm gonna close some stuff out, because all I need is the layout. I'm gonna drag it into my layout here, with my gesso and that even creates, just look at that effect. And then I can choose to enlarge it, just depends on where I want my texture. I don't think I enlarged it as much, at all, or anything. But you can kinda see some of that texture, you can visibly see it, kinda pushing through. So we're gonna remove the color, let me bring it all, there we go. So we can remove all the color. Command-Shift-U to make it black and white, okay, pretty simple. And again, because I'm not worried about the highlights of it, I'm not gonna use a gradient map. And then we can use the move to and I have to use my transform tools, just because I need to be able to grab the layout and my auto select is not gonna grab it. Then we're gonna hold down the Alt key to create a reverse layers mask, and I chose a soft round brush, so let's grab the soft round and kinda paint some of that texture back in. And if I remember right, with white as the foreground color, that texture was kinda off to the side. I do think I have it at the end of the layout. So I'm gonna bring it over here so you can see the texture. And it's right in here where that part of that trash can made such a great torn look, okay? Then we need to add a blend mode to it, so let's try a color blend which is gonna pick up all of those darker colors. And we can duplicate the layer to create a more dramatic look, okay? So it's not blending as well as I would like into my lighthouse, so again, let's cycle through our layers a little bit. Let's go above the lighthouse, and then let's reduce it down. That looks good. So color burn, reduce the fill opacity so you just see a little bit of that texture behind there. Then we can clip a layer to it to self-blend, reduce the fill. Now I'm not gonna do a color blend, I would do an overlay. Pretty much the same tricks that you saw before, where it increases that contrast and now you have that trash can blended back into the texture. So what's cool about digital is, again, you don't have to, because you can arrange, rearrange things in your layers, and that's probably why that's there, is that if you were doing this in a mixed-media, you would have had to do this well before you started adding all of your photos and embellishments. This would have had to have been done at the beginning of the process. If you missed it, then you were out of luck, my friend. However, because of digital, all the options that we have for our layers, we can move this around as often as we want. Now, this looks pretty much like my original. My shell, in my original, and I'll hold it up. My shell is not as dark. It's not as prominent. So it's really something that I pushed into the background. I probably didn't even have a multiply on it, but it is there. But I want you guys to see it and if I reduce it down as much as I did on my layout, then you really won't see it, at least on the screen. (silence)

Class Description

Switching your medium from paper to pixels doesn’t mean you’re giving up the highly tactile, artsy, eclectic nature of scrapbooking. Bringing your scrapbooking into the digital age lends the artform even more versatility and vibrance than it already has. You can add personal objects to digital pages, and once you’ve digitized your objects, you can reuse or pull from finished pieces as often as you want. Save money, time and satisfy your drive to create unique art on digital platforms.

Join Tiffany Tillman-Emanuel for this intermediate-level class, and you’ll learn:

  • How to scan flat objects and photograph dimensional objects.
  • How to digitize objects to look their best.
  • How to digitally alter the objects so they stand out on a finished page.
Mixed media digital effects are difficult to create without a solid understanding of the hardware involved. Tiffany will teach you how to use a scanner and a camera, and how to make your objects stand out on a finished page by using a photo editor. Don’t be intimidated by new technology! Take your art into the digital space and discover new scrapbooking frontiers. 

Purchase to get the in-depth Mixed Media for Digital Scrapbookers workbook. The workbook includes step-by-step instructions on digitizing media, extracting individual elements from a photograph, and so much more!