Sketchy Leaves with the Wave Filter
by Syndee Rogers
Welcome fall by adding a sketchy hand-drawn border to a leaf shape using the Wave Filter.
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For this tutorial you will need:
- Photoshop Elements or Adobe Photoshop
- A document containing a traceable shape (download mine below)
Download the PDF Manual and Layered Quick Page Below
Watch the Video
Step One: Prepare the Document
Download the layered PSD layout I’m using for this tutorial, and then, unzip the folder.
Open the qt-SketchyLeaves-DigitalScrapper.psd file (File > Open) located in the folder.
In the Layers panel, click on the Leaf layer to activate it.
Step Two: Add a Stroke Outline
In the Layers panel, Ctrl (Mac: Cmd) click on the thumbnail of the Leaf layer to make a selection of the leaf. In the Layers panel, hold down the Ctrl key (Mac: Cmd key) and click on the thumbnail of the Leaf layer to get a selection outline.
In the Layers panel, click on the Create a New Layer icon.
In the Menu Bar, choose Edit > Stoke (Outline) Selection. (PS: choose Edit > Stroke.)
In the dialog box, set the Width to 7 px, the Location to Outside, the Blend Mode to Normal, and the Opacity to 100%. Click on the Color Chip and choose black. (PS: Click on the Color Chip, choose black, and click OK.) Click OK.
In the Menu Bar, choose Select > Deselect.
Step Three: Add the Wave Filter
In the Menu Bar, choose Filter > Distort > Wave.
Photoshop Elements Only. Set the Number of Generators to 4, Wavelength Min. To 101, Max. to 164, Amplitude Min. to 16, Max. 75. Set the Horizontal Scale to 36% and Vertical to 37%, Type to Triangle, and Undefined Areas to Repeat Edge Pixels. Click Randomize and then click OK.
Adobe Photoshop Only. Set the Number of Generators to 10, Wavelength Min. To 10, Max. To 252, Amplitude Min. to 9, Max. 102. Set the Horizontal Scale to 36% and Vertical to 37%, Type to Triangle, and Undefined Areas to Repeat Edge Pixels. Click Randomize and then click OK.
Step Four: Duplicate the Wave Filter
Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) to duplicate the leaf outline.
In the Menu Bar, choose Filter > Wave.
Step Five: Complete the Page (optional)
In the Layers panel, click on the Visibility icons of the remaining layers to turn them on.
Referring to the scrapbook page below, position the leaf and outline layers behind the photo mask and frame.
In the Layers panel, click on the top wave layer to activate it, then holding down the Shift key, click on the leaf layer. Now three layers should be active.
Press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) to get the Transform options. Click and drag on the corner handles of the bounding box to resize. Click and drag inside the bounding box to reposition. Click OK to commit the changes.
In the Layers panel, click on the top wave layer to activate it, then holding down the Shift key, click on bottom wave layer. Now two layers should be active.
Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) to duplicate the layers
Transform and reposition as needed.
Save the completed page (File > Save As) in an easy-to-find location.
Click on the button above to download the PDF manual
and layered quick page.
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Thank you! I am still unsure of what I am doing on PSE, but I did this exercise over and over again to feel more comfortable. I wondered how it was done and this really helped.
I’m so glad you enjoyed the video Terri!
So easy and such a great way to add that hand sketched look to a page – thank you !!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
Thank you so much. I love it and have once again gotten a beautiful well done and easy to follow tutorial from you.
I’m so glad it was easy to follow Maryanne!
Love the fun tutorial and your layout using it!! Thank you, Syndee!! <3
Thank you Glori, so glad you like it!
Well this will be fun to try thanks so much for the info.
Thank you Barbara, I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Thank you!! You are so sweet to share.
I’m glad you like it Margaret!
Thanks, Syndee! This looks like great fun! Great tutorial!
You are so welcome Jessie!
What a fun effect! Thanks for sharing with us!
It is fun isn’t it! So glad you enjoyed it Carla!
Syndee Rogers, Thank you for this tutorial. It is the first one that I have been able to go all the way through without messing up! I have done a lot of tutorials over the years and have always got the point where I cannot continue. Your instructions were very easy to follow.
I am so glad you liked it Noreen and found it easy to follow!!!