Cut It Out

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Cut It Out
By Jenifer Juris

This time of year, presents are being wrapped, trees are being decorated, and cookies are being baked by the dozens. Each year, I see new cookie cutter shapes that make me want to get into the kitchen and start baking. Those cookie cutter shapes also inspired this tutorial; a cut out layered design that is sure to make your scrapbook page shine.

Step One: Prepare the Workspace

  • Create a new 12 x 12 inch document (File > New > Blank File) at 300 ppi with a white background. (Photoshop: Choose File > New.)
  • Get the Move tool.

Step Two: Make the First Layer

  • In the Layers panel, click on the Create a New Layer icon.
  • Click on the Foreground Color Chip to open the Color Picker.
  • In the dialog box, choose a medium gray color and click OK. I used Hex Code #848484.
  • Press Alt Backspace (Mac: Opt Delete) to fill the layer with the foreground color.

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Step Three: Make the Second Layer

  • In the Layers panel, click on the Create a New Layer icon.
  • Click on the Foreground Color Chip to open the Color Picker.
  • In the dialog box, choose a lighter shade of gray and click OK. I used Hex Code #c7c7c7.
  • Press Alt Backspace (Mac: Opt Delete) to fill the layer with the foreground color.

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Step Four: Add the Shape

Next choose a shape you wish to use on your scrapbook page. If you’d like to follow along with my shape, download the snowman shape HERE.

  • Open a shape (File > Open).
  • On the document, click on the shape and drag it onto the scrapbook page.
  • If necessary, Press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) to get the Transform options.
  • On the scrapbook page, click and drag from a corner handle of the Bounding Box to resize the shape. (Photoshop: Press and hold the Shift key while dragging to maintain proportion.) Click inside the Bounding Box and drag the shape into place. Click the checkmark to commit the transformation.

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Step Five: Cut the Layer

  • Get the Rectangular Marquee tool.
  • In the Tool Options, click on the New Selection icon, set the Feather to 0 px, and the Aspect to Normal. (Photoshop: Set the Style to Normal.)
  • In the Layers panel, activate the lighter gray layer.
  • On the scrapbook page, click and drag a selection outline that cuts the shape you’re using approximately in half while making sure to go from the top of the scrapbook page to the bottom.

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  • Press the Backspace key (Mac: Delete key) to delete that portion of the layer.
  • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to deselect.

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Step Six: Cut the Shape

Note: Before you do this next step, make sure the shape is where you want it, because moving it after this step will mean you have to start over.

  • In the Layers panel, Ctrl click (Mac: Cmd click) on the thumbnail of the shape layer to get a selection outline.
  • Activate the light gray layer.
  • Press the Backspace key (Mac: Delete key) to cut out the shape.
  • In the Layers panel, activate the medium gray layer.
  • Press the Backspace key (Mac: Delete key) to cut out the shape.
  • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to deselect.
  • In the Layers panel, click on the shape layer and drag it to the Trash icon.

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Step Seven: Complete the Scrapbook Page

  • Use these layers as clipping masks for papers. If you need help using clipping masks, see these free videos HERE.
  • Add drop shadows, elements, and other finishing touches to complete the scrapbook page.

As you can see, I finished my page in such a way that it really showcased the layered paper look. I did some extra cutting on the top layer to expose more of the paper that I had clipped to the bottom layer. The options are endless with this, and I can’t wait to see how you’ll use this idea! Please upload your creations to the Digi Scrap Tutorial Gallery so we can all see how you make this tutorial your own.

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Credits:
Cut It Out Tutorial by Jenifer Juris
Christmas Lights by Julie Billingsly
Fonts: Caviar Dreams, Wisdom Script

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15 Responses

  1. bthiels
    | Reply

    I finished the cut-out tutorial and love it. But my “cut-out” doesn’t look so cut out. Can anyone give me tips on shadows and or bevels that will make the element look more cut out?

    • Jenifer Juris
      | Reply

      I’m so glad you love it! One of the things I did was add a drop shadow to the top background layer (the light gray one). This should help make your cut out pop unless you decided to do it differently. I hope this helps but let me know if you need more than this. 🙂

  2. Carol Henderson
    | Reply

    Took me awhile to figure this out, but finally managed it. Great tutorial.

    • Jenifer Juris
      | Reply

      Hi Carol – I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks for giving it a try!! 🙂

  3. Mary (cheerio54)
    | Reply

    This is a great tutorial, Jenifer! I love how the cutouts add such depth to the page!

    • Jenifer Juris
      | Reply

      Mary – I’m so glad you liked it! I love the page you made with this tutorial, too!! 🙂

  4. Shirl
    | Reply

    I just love cutouts, and this is definitely a winner with its custom shadow and natural depth. I will give it a try. Thanks for the tut. 🙂

    • Jenifer Juris
      | Reply

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you liked it!! 🙂

  5. Donna
    | Reply

    Love this tutorial, Jen. This is so clever and useful!

  6. Loretta
    | Reply

    Super cute! Looking forward to trying this.

    • Jenifer Juris
      | Reply

      Thanks so much Loretta! 🙂 Can’t wait to see how you use it!

  7. Joann
    | Reply

    how do I get inner shadow in the snow man?

    • Jenifer Juris
      | Reply

      Hi Joann – on my page, I added a drop shadow to the light gray colored (top most) background layer. Hope that helps! 🙂

  8. Kathy
    | Reply

    Love this Jen! Can’t wait to do it!

    • Jenifer Juris
      | Reply

      Thanks so much Kathy – love the layout you made using it, too!

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