Paper Makeover with the Graphic Pen Filter
by Jenifer Juris
Make the most out of your patterned papers by giving them a makeover using the graphic pen filter.
For this tutorial you’ll need:
- A patterned background paper
- Photoshop Elements or Adobe Photoshop
To follow along exactly, download paper I’m using here.
Step One: Prepare the Workspace
- Open a patterned background paper (File > Open).
- In the Menu Bar, choose File > Duplicate to create a copy. Click OK. (Photoshop: Choose Image > Duplicate.)
- Close the original paper document.
Step Two: Choose your Colors
- Click on the Foreground Color Chip to open the Color Picker.
- In the Color Picker, pick whatever color you’d like to use for the polka dots. I’m using pure white. Click OK.
- Click on the Background Color Chip to open the Color Picker.
- In the Color Picker, pick whatever color you’d like to use for the main portion of the paper (opposite of the polka dots). I’m using a light blue which is Hex #: e1ebf2. Click OK.
Step Three: Run the Filters
- In the Menu Bar, choose Filter > Filter Gallery.
- In the Filter Gallery dialog box, click on the Sketch folder to toggle open the Sketch options.
- Click on the Graphic Pen Sketch filter.
- Set the Stroke Length to 8, the Light/Dark Balance to 50, and the Stroke Direction to Left Diagonal.
- At the bottom right of the Filter Gallery dialog box, click on the New Effect Layer icon.
- Click on the Texture folder to toggle open the Texture options.
- Click on the Texturizer Filter.
- Set the Texture to Canvas, the Scaling to 133%, the Relief to 2, and the Light to Top Left.
- Click OK.
NOTE: In the Filter Gallery dialog box, make sure the filter layer Visibility icon is turned on. If it’s not, the filters you run won’t be visible.
Here’s another example where I used this paper. This is the paper before:
I used all of the same settings as above except I changed the Background Color to Hex #: fcddea. Here’s how it looks after:
Here’s one more example where I used this colorful patterned paper:
And using the same settings as before and only changing the Background Color to Hex #: e7e1da, here’s how it looks after:
There are so many different ways you can use this technique to make your own beautiful backgrounds. Have fun experimenting!
Here’s how I used the first paper I made in a scrapbook page:
And here’s how I used the third paper I made to create a thank you card:
Page: Jenifer Juris
Photos: Jodi Finley (sister)
Kit: A Mother’s Love by Kristin Cronin Barrow
Extras: Polka Dot Paper from Autumn Days by Kristin Cronin Barrow
Fonts: Shanky, Veteran Typewriter
Card: Jenifer Juris
Kit: Stories 365 by Kristin Cronin Barrow
Extras: Colorful Chevron Paper from New Years Celebration by Just Jaimee
Fonts: Beverly Hills, Didot
Green & Cream Paper from Autumn Days by Kristin Cronin Barrow
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