Using Photoshop Elements
by Beth Price, Creative Team Member
Creating an epoxy dragonfly from a child’s hair clip
(Note from Editor: If this is something you crafted, you may use it to create and sell digital elements. However if it is store-bought, copyright prevents you from using it for sale or re-sale - you may use it only for personal use once you make it into a digital element. The exception would be vintage items older than 25 years as the copyright expires.)
I saw this hair clip and thought it would be so cute in a layout along with my daughter actually wearing it. So I am going to make it into an embellishment – I’ll give you two looks. I’ll show you how you can create an epoxy bubble sticker, or just create a dimensional-looking charm.
First get an image to work with. This was small, so I scanned it. You could also take a high resolution photo on a white background.
1.Scan the hair clip at 600 dpi
2.import into PSE5
3.use magnetic lasso to select the image and copy to a new document with transparent background (feather set at 10)
4.copy and paste into a new document with transparent background
5.You may want to sharpen the image if the copy and paste left it a little fuzzy around the edges. To do this, at the top tool bar, select Enhance / Adjust Sharpness
To create an epoxy bubble sticker:
1.Select the shape tool, and draw a circle layer underneath the dragonfly
2.Apply these layer style effects:
1.Bevel – Simple Sharp Outer
3.Wow Plastic – clear
You should have a bubble looking sticker now. Save as a .png or .jpg file to use with any digital project.
To create a plastic charm:
Apply these Layer Style Effects
1.Select Layer Style / Emboss / Simple Emboss. Adjust the size and distance until you’re satisfied with the effect.
2.Add a drop shadow to increase the 3-D effect. Adjust the size and distance until you’re satisfied.
3. Save as a .png or .jpg and use on your next digital project
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