by Jen White
Wood embellishments are all the rage right now. I’m seeing them in my local craft stores and in the digital kits of designers I follow. One great perk to going digital with your scrapbooking is that the wood stain on these embellishments can be easily altered. Let me show you what I mean.
Here are two versions of a star from Stories: 365 by Kristin Cronin-Barrow. The one on the left is in its original form. The star on the right has been given a slightly darker stain simply by adding a Blend Mode adjustment in Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
Here’s how to achieve this look:
• Open an embellishment, create a duplicate, and then close the original.
• Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J). You should now have two identical layers in the Layers panel.
• Change the Blend Mode (in the Layers panel) of the top layer to Multiply.
Too much or too little? No problem.
• To make the stain a little lighter: In the Layers panel, lower the Opacity of the top layer.
• To make the stain darker still: Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) to create a copy of the top layer.
Here is a snip of my scrapbook page before applying this tip:
And, here is the same snip after applying several Multiply layers to the wooden tree. I think it looks MUCH warmer and inviting.
That was just a teeny tiny tip demonstrating the power of blend modes. Interested in digging in deeper?
Whether you’ve just dabbled with blend modes or you feel pretty comfortable using them, I invite you to step up to a new level of blending where you create powerful imagery and art from your photos.
Author: Jen White | firstname.lastname@example.org
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