digi scrap question

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LindieLu's picture
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digi scrap question

Ok, so i bought a alpha template last night figuring that all i would have to do is insert a paper and the alpha would be decorated with the color. Well... the templates are just individual png files and I don't have a clue how to get the paper into the alpha. Something about "clipping"... i have no idea! I work with PSE 6, is there anyone that can help me?!? I tried to google, but didn't have much luck. Thanks - i hope there is someone out there who can help me!!

mommys's picture
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I wish I knew Photoshop for you, but I don't. Haven't bothered to figure out elements yet Sad

In my program, I "fill with texture or color". Do you have that option?

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Pull your alpha png file onto your new document (your layout, whatever)
Put your paper in the layer ON TOP of the layer with the alpha
No, go to your layers palette click on the paper layer, and hold down the ALT key while you put the mouse just below the line of the layers, I don't have PS on this computer, but I'm pretty sure that's where it is.

You'll see the cursor turn to a black arrow-like shape, left click and it'll 'fill' your alpha with your paper.

This is called a clipping mask - you can do this with any object/shape (it's how most templates work with PS/PSE). The paper will be indented with an arrow to show it's clipped to the object below it. Once you position the paper how you want (you'll still be able to move it around), you may want to merge the 2 layers together to make them easier to move around, do shadows, etc.

If this doesn't make any sense (and it might not), let me know and I'll do some screen shots when I get home.

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I got it!!! Thanks so much Trina!!

It was actually easier than I thought. All i had to do was put the paper I wanted over the alpha and press Ctrl+G. That was it! Geez! How simple! Thanks again!

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"LindieLu" wrote:

I got it!!! Thanks so much Trina!!

It was actually easier than I thought. All i had to do was put the paper I wanted over the alpha and press Ctrl+G. That was it! Geez! How simple! Thanks again!

Yip that is what I was going to tell you. It's the "group it" trick!

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See, I learned something new too! I didn't know that Ctrl G would work there ...