Hello all my artsy friends and welcome to September! We are on the verge of my absolute favorite time of the year – Autumn. If you love this time of the year as much as I do you will absolutely flip over the September BYOC. It is full of gorgeous colors, a diverse array of themes and general autumnal goodness.
In honor of this month’s BYOC, I wanted to share with you a fun and unexpected way to use styles. I’ve previously shared ways to use styles with template elements and fonts. In fact, most people generally think of using styles on flat elements to give them some dimension. BUT, have you ever thought about using styles on dimensional objects to convert them into flattened elements? It totally works! Take a look at this page (created with the September BYOC):
Notice the flattened flower shapes? Those shapes were created by applying the awesome BYOC styles by Mommyish to dimensional flowers. The flowers both came from Lynn Grieveson’s The Quiet Life. Here is a look at the before and after:
To apply the styles, all need to do is load them into your PS or PSE program, and then apply it to an element by clicking on your style of choice in the styles panel (just like you would apply a drop shadow). Imagine the possibilities for enlarging your stash! You can double the number of flower elements in any kit, and even combine them to create a layered flowers like I did. Styles work great on leaves also – converting a realistic leaf into a fabric or paper style leaf.
I hope you have fun with this quick tip – be sure to share your creations with us in the TLP Gallery!
Until next time ~