Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0 with Windows XP.I love the look of creating dimension with my digital scrapbooking layouts. I’m always looking for ways to create the look of realistic texture within the embellishments and papers in my digital layouts. Today, I’m going to show you how to create the look of peeled paint.
Open one of the ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Peeled Paint 1 in your program.
Open one of the papers from Fall Watercolors Collection Mini. I like to use this set of papers because they already have the blending and textures of bleeding paint, which will work well with the peeled paint templates.
Drag your watercolor paper below the peeled paint layer on your Layers Palette.
Make sure your watercolor paper is selected. Right-click on the layer and select “Duplicate Layer.”
You now need to move the duplicated layer above your peeled paint layer on your Layers Palette. Click on the eye on the bottom watercolor paper so that it is not visible in your window.
Select the top watercolor layer. You need to create a clipping mask with the peeled paint layer. To do this, hit Ctrl+G (Alt+Ctrl+G for Photoshop) while your watercolor paper is selected. You will see it become indented with an arrow pointing to the peeled paint layer below it. You will also see the watercolor paper take on the shape of the peeled paint layer in your window.
You now are going to change the Blend Mode of the watercolor paper by selecting the drop-down menu at the top of the Layers Palette that shows “Normal” in the window. Once the drop-down menu comes up, select “Linear Burn” and watch how your watercolor paper takes on the depth, texture and dimension of the peeled paint layer below it.If you are working with different papers than I am demonstrating with, you might need to go through the various Blend Modes to find the effect that looks the most colorful and realistic to you.
Merge your watercolor paper and your paint layer together by selecting both of them in the Layers Palette and hitting Ctrl+E.
Click on the eye on the bottom watercolor paper making it visible again in your window.
Apply a shadow to your peeled paint layer using the Layer Styles. I applied a “low” shadow for this example.
You might need to adjust the depth or size of your shadow. Mine is too big, so I dropped the distance of the shadow down to seven, making it more realistic. Click OK when you are finished.
You have now created a peeled paint background which can be used in your digital scrapbooking layouts.
You can take these basic steps and create a variety of fun looks. Try creating peeled paint on your digital scrapbooking titles. Try putting a wood paper behind the peeled paint to make it look the paint is peeling off the wood. Try applying a photo to the peeled paint to make your photo look old, curled and distressed. This technique can be used in endless ways.
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Peeled Paint 1 are also available.