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07-14-2006, 10:18 AM
My first post :D
My question is a little difficult to put into words, but here goes...
I have noticed layouts that have stamps that cross over onto the photo that look really realistic. The portion of the stamp on the photo looks as if it is raised (as it would if you were paper scrapping over a dimensional photo). I know my description seems a little wonky, but I was hoping someone would be able to decifer it and tell me how I can realistically stamp onto my photos.
Thanks so much for your time!
07-14-2006, 10:19 AM
by the way, I have photoshop cs2
07-14-2006, 10:26 AM
Do you have a LO as an example. Sometimes I will:
--create a new layer
--Select the paper that the alphas are stamped on (marching ants around it)
--Increase the selection by a certain amount of pixels
--Use the paint bucket tool to fill in this selection
--Select the paper again (marching ants around it)
--Cute the paper selection out so I'm left with a tiny outline all around the paper
--Click on the alpha(s) layer
--Select the 'outline' I just created (marching ants)
--Ctrl + X to cut that outline portion from the stamped alpha
--Hide/Delete the outline layer
--view it at 25% to see if it looks okay (realizing you may not see it at the size that's u/l to galleries)
***when I say "Select" up above...I mean to hold down the Ctrl key while clicking on the thumbnail preview on the left of the layer name in the layers pallette.
You could also make the alpha part on the paper and the other alpha part in separate layers and skew them a bit so they are not perfectly lined up...I don't really go that far though :)
07-14-2006, 10:26 AM
Maybe these would help you?
07-14-2006, 10:28 AM
okay there are two ways I do this depending on what I am going for.
First, you can duplicate the text, and put it under the photo or paper or whatever you are crossing over. Erase (well I use a mask since I use a mask for everything but erase would work too) the part of the top half that is NOT on the photo or whatever. Then you slightly slightly move the one underneat so it is the tiniest bit offset.
If I am going for something more subtle, I mask it, "erase" where it crosses over the threshhold and using a lower opacity brush paint it back until it is barely noticeable.
I LOVe making things look real when they cross over. It's the best.
07-15-2006, 05:35 AM
Again, thank you for your help!
07-15-2006, 07:04 AM
In a recent layout that I can't show you... :D ...I used Michelle's Hand Stamped Alpha and I applied a very mild bevel to it. Then, where it crossed over my photo. I used a soft and small (like maybe 5px) brush and erased a line where the photo was. Because of the bevel and the softnes of the brush, it didn't really erase much but the effect was to have a bit of a beveled line following the edge of the photo to give a more realistic definition.
Atomic Cupcake has a free action for a stamped look. I use it whenever I can.
07-21-2006, 10:47 PM
They have the free stamped action + a couple you can buy that are similar.
One thing I do is type out the word, right click and choose rasterize (to simplify the layer) and then erase part of it w/a grungy brush - gives it this great weathered/stamped look.
07-23-2006, 08:15 PM
Wow Karen, you are a genius. I never would have thought of that. :)
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