Aloha! Natacha here, surfing around … This is my first post in the tutorial area for Jen Allyson Digital Designs, and I’m happy to share some little tips for you to enjoy. I love blending papers and adding subtle shadows – and these techniques work really well with the soft color palettes in some of Jen’s kits. Below is a layout that shows examples of these techniques (kit credits are listed under the layout, in case you want to grab anything):
Credits: all by Jen Allyson Digital Design
Here is a great way to blend two papers. Start by choosing two papers with a similar color palette and intensity or depth of color. Insert a transparent layer between them and then follow these steps —
- Select the first paper layer and click Control+G to associate the transparent layer. You’ll know when this is done correctly when the second layer indents or shifts to the right in the layers palette.
- Select the second layer (transparent) and then select the Gradient Tool from your toolbox.
- Select white and transparent gradient.
- Click at the top of your layer and drag a line straight down to the bottom.
That’s it! You now have the blended papers, going top to bottom on your layout. The gradient tool serves as a way to (essentially) hide part of one paper and reveal pieces of another. For something a little different, you can also go side to side with the blending, or even diagonally.
And now, quick and easy shadowing —
- First, choose one of your favorite stamps (particularly love Jen’s Vanity Fair collections …).
- Insert a white paper as the layer immediately above your stamp layer.
- Click Control+G to associate white paper and stamp layer. Once again, the associated layer should shift to the right.
- Select the stamp layer and apply a shadow effect by clicking on the small “fx” button on the far right of the layer information.
- Choose small size for the shadow (only a few pixels) and change the color of your shadow. When you click on the color box, a pop-up window with the color options will appear.
- Select a color that will give you some transparency, like a light grey or brown.
Once again, that’s all there is to it. Adding shadows to brushes and stamps can give you a whole new way of using these items in your stash – and make your digital dollar go further.
Can’t wait to see what you come up with.