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#1 MrsCropper

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 11:43 PM

I am working on an album for my best friend who recently became a grandma. What I want to do is have a picture of the baby sleeping on clouds. I extracted the picture and I am using Brandy's Time Traveler brush set but it doesn't look right. When I see layout's done by others, the clouds seem to be different colors and have more depth. How do you do this? Also, is there a way to have the clouds "surround" the baby so it looks more like she is sinking into them?

Thanks in advance for you help!

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 07:36 AM

I haven't done anything like this, so I'm afraid I'm no help, but I'm going to watch this thread, because I'm interested in seeing the answers you get.

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 08:26 AM

There was a tutorial in a newsletter but I don't have the date. I do however have the instructions. I hope it's okay to post it here.

DIGITAL SCRAPBOOKING TUTORIAL
Tinting Brush Set: Time Traveler ? Clouds to Match Your Layout
Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS3 with Windows Vista.
I am going to teach you a trick to tinting cloud brushes to match the layout you are designing. This is something I stumbled across when doing my sample layouts for the Brush Set: Time Traveler ? Clouds.
Clouds always look more realistic when used in white. But sometimes we want a little tint of color to make an element blend nicely with our layouts. It's a subtle change but one that can make a difference. However, using a clipping mask to add color to a white element is difficult, and using a different color for your cloud brush can make it lose the depth of the shading variation.
Using white as the foreground color, brush your cloud on a separate layer in your digital scrapbooking layout. I like to use a separate layer for each cloud.
Make sure the cloud layer is the active layer. While holding Ctrl, click on the cloud layer in the Layers Palette. You should have marching ants in the shape of your cloud. It won't be all the way to the edges, but it is picking up the important parts we need.
Click on your background paper layer. Hovering your cursor over your work area, right-click and choose "Layer Via Copy." This creates a cutout of your background paper in the shape of your cloud and puts it on a new layer.
Move this new layer above the cloud layer you wish to tint. Change the Blending Mode of the paper cutout layer to "Overlay." You now have a tinted cloud that looks realistic on your layout.
Add a drop shadow for a floating look. Be sure to move the distance of your shadow far enough away from your cloud so that you keep the vibrancy. For this sample, I moved the distance to 138 pixels.
The Blending Mode "Color" can be used when you have a patterned paper for your background. It picks up the color without the pattern of the paper being so visible. You can also get some pretty color blends on your clouds this way. Remember that you don't want to use a clipping mask with this brush, as you will quickly see your color and details disappear.
I hope you enjoy using this brush set. They can add a magical feel to your layouts and can be used in many ways. Use them as a grungy eraser brush. They can also be used to blend photos or to create mist, fog and cresting water.
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Posted 05 August 2010 - 09:25 AM

Thanks Heather - I will have to try this when I get home from work tonight.

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 10:13 AM

To make it look like the baby is sinking into the cloud, you could erase (or mask, if you know how) the bottom edge of the baby with a fuzzy brush, revealing the cloud layer beneath.
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Posted 05 August 2010 - 10:42 AM

I just like your idea and want to keep it in mind to try in the future! :)

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 11:15 AM

Thanks Heather - I will have to try this when I get home from work tonight.



You're very welcome. Remember to post your layout in the STL thread so that I can see it! lol


I would cut a curvy edge across the bottom section of cloud then paste it as a new layer - over the baby picture, then lower the opacity to make it look like the baby has sunk into the cloud. I'd add a light shadow to both cloud layers and the baby, to give it dimension. The colourmatch shadows would probably work great for this. I'm sure there are many ways to get the effect and am looking forward to seeing what you do. :-)
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Posted 05 August 2010 - 11:32 AM

Great tips Heather, I am anxious to see how your LO comes out! Babies in clouds are so precious.

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 11:41 AM

Put a cloud layer in front of the baby, and an identical layer behind the baby. Then erase the parts of either layer you don't need.

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 11:44 AM

Put a cloud layer in front of the baby, and an identical layer behind the baby. Then erase the parts of either layer you don't need.



That sounds a lot easier than what I said and I've done it that way too! I claim confusion, because I'm still overwhelmed with the puppies. lol Thank you! :-)
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Posted 05 August 2010 - 11:47 AM

Put a cloud layer in front of the baby, and an identical layer behind the baby. Then erase the parts of either layer you don't need.

Sounds like a great idea! I hope this works for you!!

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 02:15 PM

In this layout, I think I used a soft edge brush, probably with opacity reduced, and removed some of the baby where the cloud would be in front of the baby.

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 04:34 PM

In this layout, I think I used a soft edge brush, probably with opacity reduced, and removed some of the baby where the cloud would be in front of the baby.



It's gorgeous Pat! I LYSL. :-)
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Posted 07 August 2010 - 12:24 PM

I finally got it! Heather, I used the tutorial you provided and it worked great. Here is the final layout.

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 01:23 PM

I just left you some love on it! It came out great!

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 02:40 PM

Great layout Mrs C. LYSL in the gallery :)

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 02:43 PM

Great final LO, I left you some love in the gallery!

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 03:39 PM

Great job! Left you some love.

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 04:50 PM

It looks terrific!

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