Sketchy Leaves with the Wave Filter

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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)

 

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Step One: Prepare the Document

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.
NOTE: Since you just ran the Wave Filter, it will show up at the top of the Filter menu.
NOTE: You can run the Wave Filter multiple times on the same leaf outline to create an even more random effect.

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.
To resize the leaf and sketch lines,
  • 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.
To duplicate only the sketch lines,
  • 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.
Finish up by clipping a photo to the Photo mask layer. For help watch A Scrapper’s Guide to Clipping. To access this video you will need to have an account in our classroom and be enrolled in our FREE Fundamentals class.
  • Save the completed page (File > Save As) in an easy-to-find location.
Credits:
Frame, Leaf, word art, and background: Syndee Rogers

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16 Responses

  1. Lisa McGuinness
    | Reply

    So easy and such a great way to add that hand sketched look to a page – thank you !!

    • Syndee Rogers
      | Reply

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Maryanne Hyson
    | Reply

    Thank you so much. I love it and have once again gotten a beautiful well done and easy to follow tutorial from you.

    • Syndee Rogers
      | Reply

      I’m so glad it was easy to follow Maryanne!

  3. Glori
    | Reply

    Love the fun tutorial and your layout using it!! Thank you, Syndee!! <3

    • Syndee Rogers
      | Reply

      Thank you Glori, so glad you like it!

  4. Barbara
    | Reply

    Well this will be fun to try thanks so much for the info.

    • Syndee Rogers
      | Reply

      Thank you Barbara, I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  5. Margaret
    | Reply

    Thank you!! You are so sweet to share.

    • Syndee Rogers
      | Reply

      I’m glad you like it Margaret!

  6. Jessie Trotter
    | Reply

    Thanks, Syndee! This looks like great fun! Great tutorial!

    • Syndee Rogers
      | Reply

      You are so welcome Jessie!

  7. Carla
    | Reply

    What a fun effect! Thanks for sharing with us!

    • Syndee Rogers
      | Reply

      It is fun isn’t it! So glad you enjoyed it Carla!

  8. noreen stack
    | Reply

    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.

    • Syndee Rogers
      | Reply

      I am so glad you liked it Noreen and found it easy to follow!!!

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