Digital Layout Class

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Digital Layout Class

Please give me feedback so I know how to do this better in the future. I tried to give lots of screenshots to help clarify what I am doing. Many of you use a different program so it may not be the same for you, but hopefully it will help. I bolded the basic directions and then tried to fill in some details with extra directions.

Can't wait to see your pages.

I use Microsoft Digital Image Pro 10

-Start by opening a new page. In my program, I go to “File”, “New” and choose the appropriate size. This layout is a 12x12.

-Open the backgrounds you would like to use and insert them onto your page. There are two options in my program. The first is to go to “Insert” and import it that way. I prefer the second method which is to actually “open” the files so that they appear in my files section on the right and then just drag them in.

-Insert your picture. Use the same method for inserting papers above.

-Choose your marquee tool.

-Be sure you have your picture selected in your layers stack. Select a small section of your photo. Copy and Paste the selection. The portion will show up in your layers stack as a new element. Do not move the selection of photo or photo itself.

-Repeat this selection on different areas throughout your photo. You may need to be sure your full picture is selected each time. After each new copy/paste, the selection will show up in your stack.

-Go back to your Object tool.

-Select your original picture and delete it. This will leave you with just the small selections you made. Your picture is now broken up. As you can see, some of my piece overlap. This is okay. If you are unhappy with your broken picture at this point you can “undo” your delete and choose some new pieces.

-Next, we are going to add an outline to your pieces. In my program, I have chosen to “highlight” the edges. Different programs will have different options, so hopefully you can figure this out in your program.

-Choose the width and color of your outline. I have chosen a white outline, 25 pixels.

-I now have one selection outlined.

-Repeat this process with each selection until all of them are outlined.

-Now you want to be sure you have the selection layers in the correct order. This order is of your choosing, but you may want to be sure key elements are on top. For example, I wanted Andrea’s eyes and nose to be above the picture of her mouth. You can move the layers around my dragging them up and down within your stack.

-Group your completed selections together. Do this by selecting all of them and right clicking to group them.

-Move your grouped photo to wherever you would like it on the page and size it appropriately.

-Open and insert the elements you want. Use the same method you used for papers and picture.

-Move the elements to where you want them and resize as appropriate. Use your layer stack to move elements behind the photo or where you feel is appropriate.

-Open an insert an alpha for your title. (You may also just use your text tool.)

-Move and resize your title. In this case, I also wanted to offset it and turned the ! a little.

-For journaling, selected the text tool.

-Type in your journaling. Move and orient it as needed. Also select your font, size and color.

-Here is my finished page.

-You probably want to add shadowing to your page to make it look more finished.

Here are a couple other examples of this technique.

MommyCB's picture
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This really is such a cool technique!!!! Actually, I'm going to try it with paper, since you inpired me. Biggrin

I think even I'd be able to figure that out with all your helpful screen shots, if I was going to go digital. Oh and that layout is good too! I like that you scrapped a pic of her crying. I should've done more of K...maybe I'll go back and do one, after all...it happened A LOT here too. Wink

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That's neat I'm going to have to see if my program can do it

wiltedrose314's picture
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i always wondered how to do that. now i know. i might have to give it a try later this week!!!

slurpeegirl13's picture
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Very neat, and very good screen shots - I miss DIP!!!!

LindieLu's picture
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thanks for sharing stephanie! I'll have to see if I can do it using PSE. I love that you included screen shots - I am a total visual person!

mommys's picture
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DIP is just so user-friendly and Windows-friendly. I have Elements but just can't bring myself to learn it.

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Awesome Stephanie! Your directions were really clear and the screenshots helped alot! I am definitely going to give it a shot.

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THANKS so much!!!!!!! I am waiting for my copy of Digital Image Pro to arrive in the mail. Can't wait to get started. Smile

coolmama72's picture
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very cool! I bet that was so time consuming to get all of the screenshots. thanks for putting this together, I can't wait to see all of the layouts from everyone for this. Smile

(not sure I will get a chance to try it this week, need to get that consignment stuff knocked out and plan my class for next week)

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That is a very cool idea! I'm not a digital girl but I may have the courage to try that in paper one day.

auret's picture
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What a cool effect! Thanks for sharing!

coolmama72's picture
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has anyone tried this yet? looking forward to seeing what others create with it.

I'm thinking if there's room in the sticky list, maybe we can have the list of classes and then each class (with no comments) preserved as a reply on that thread. (does that make sense? I'm delirously tired right now).

wiltedrose314's picture
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i would love to try this. but ive been crazy busy lately. so hopefully soon i can get back into my scrapping!!

mommys's picture
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What if we added it to the getting started thread. We already have too many stickies (we are just a busy board). We are only "supposed" to have 5. We could make use of the getting started thread though since it just sits there mostly. They are not going to start policing us on stickies though, so what do you think?

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"mommys" wrote:

What if we added it to the getting started thread. We already have too many stickies (we are just a busy board). We are only "supposed" to have 5. We could make use of the getting started thread though since it just sits there mostly. They are not going to start policing us on stickies though, so what do you think?

sounds good to me Wink

tialee's picture
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I think thats a great idea. Also I am not digital but it would be cute since the pic is cut up like a puzzle for someone to do a "You complete me" page just an idea

mommys's picture
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No one has tried this? That makes me sad. Sad

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"mommys" wrote:

No one has tried this? That makes me sad. Sad

I'm working on one! I just don't like it yet (not the photo part, the other elements part!)

MommyCB's picture
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I'm planning on giving this a try with paper Stephanie. Hopefully it will be done this week.

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This is really cool! I will totally try it this week, but we've had a lot going on around here. The twins turned one on Thurs and we're having a small party tomorrow (just a few people since it's still RSV season)...

oops gotta go....!

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"mommys" wrote:

What if we added it to the getting started thread. We already have too many stickies (we are just a busy board). We are only "supposed" to have 5. We could make use of the getting started thread though since it just sits there mostly. They are not going to start policing us on stickies though, so what do you think?

That's a good idea... and maybe just have a list of the classes with links to the original class posts, that way someone looking for a certain technique will be able to see everyone's examples.

LindieLu's picture
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if i have time today, I'll give it a try - no promises though - it's going to be a beautiful day (in the 70's!!)

LindieLu's picture
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Ok, well I figured if I was going to give this a try, then I outta do it while it was fresh in my head... so... here is my take on it. I took this picture of Cadence yesterday and thought it would be a neat one to this technique with. Thanks Stephanie! I look forward to trying this out more often - I really like the effect of it!

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Wow Linda! Your take rocks!! I just love how you did the bubble pics.