JANUARY 15 - Technique 2: Painted Edges Welcome to my technique challenge for Day 15! For this challenge, you will be using a brush to create digital painted edges for paper/elements. CHALLENGE INSTRUCTIONS: Paint the edges of at least 1 product on your layout. This could be your background paper, paper layers or elements (i.e. tag, journal card, label). Your brush work should be visible and prominent. Watercolor brushes and textured brushes are great tools for painting edges but any brush will work. I like to use a soft edged brush as opposed to a hard edged brush, personally. Reduce the opacity of the brush as this can create a build-up of color as you move the brush back and forth over the edge, experiment with opacity but generally 15-50% works well. Here is my layout with painted edges. PAINT/INKING INSTRUCTIONS: Before you start inking, create a blank layer above the layer of what you will be brushing the painted edge on. To get started, select a brush and reduce the opacity (15-50% as a guideline), then click on the foreground color box (see image below) and select a color to paint with. The two layers will be clipped together when you finish inking. This ensures that the inking is only applied to the product you chose to ink, not anywhere else on your layout. (You can ink directly onto the product layer if you wish without creating the top layer but I recommend working on the blank layer for stamping, as this allows you to alter or delete the paint layer without altering your product layer). In Photoshop, with your cursor, hover between the paint/ink layer and the product layer, while holding down the ALT key and then click to clip the two layers together. An alternate way to clip the layers together is to go to LAYER in the menu bar, choose CREATE CLIPPING MASK. The orange highlights show the brush layers clipped to the paper/element layers. Here is my LO with and without the painted edges. With a busy layout such as this, your eye wanders all over the page, but with the painted edges it helps to direct your eye across the page, making it easier to "see" what's on the page. Changing the color or enlarging/reducing the brush size as you swipe around the edges can add another layer of dimension to the inking. Try adding a thin stroke of color along the edge and then go back over that area again with a larger soft brush and build the ink up as you swipe. Also, try selecting a slightly lighter or darker brush color for further variation in the paint/ink build up on the edges. An optional brush step that can create interesting inking patterns but is not necessary in the inking process, is to change the jitter size and/or spacing of a brush which will rotate the brush each time it is applied. Experiment with slider amounts but I find that generally size jitter of 20-50% works well and angle jitter I tend to keep on the low end of the slider amount. But each brush is different, so play around with it and see what effects you can get. Here is a video tutorial on how to paint the edges of your paper in Photoshop Elements. TO RECAP THE CHALLENGE REQUIREMENTS: Paint the edges of at least 1 product on your layout. Make sure that the paint/inking you brush is visible and prominent on your page. MOC GUIDELINES FOR ALL CHALLENGES: Your page must be a new page in order to count for the Month of Challenges. Your page must be posted in three places: Uploaded to the TLP Gallery (not an outside hosting site). Posted in your page thread you created in the MOC Layouts Folder. You should have one post per completed challenge page. If you complete all 31 challenges, your thread should contain 31 posts. Please do not comment in the participants’ page threads so we can keep them clean. Posted in this thread. People can comment here if they wish. Pages must contain at least 75% current Lilypad product (currently for sale in the store from either permanent designers or guest designers).