Happy Sunday, everyone! I hope you are having fun with this year’s Month of Challenges. I am hosting today’s challenge, which involves using a template from the “oh so fabulous” Cheryl of Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs. You can find the challenge HERE. If you haven’t heard about the Month of Challenges, you definitely need to check that out in the Lilypad Forum. It is not too late to join in – you have the entire month (plus a couple of days) to get all your layouts done.
As I mentioned in the challenge, today’s blog post is a quick tip to show you how I made the colored outline around the photo frame. Here is my challenge layout:
My technique uses the “Photo’s Inner Stroke” layer in the template to create the border.
Step 1. Select the “Photo’s Inner Stroke” layer (which is just above the photo layer in the layers palette) and add a stroke layer style. You can do this in Photoshop by clicking on the fx button at the bottom of the layers palette and choosing “Stroke” from the pop up menu.
Step 2. When the stroke dialogue box appears, choose your stroke settings. On my layout, I used an outside stroke set at 10 pixels.
Step 3. You can also adjust the color of the stroke by clicking on the box next to “Color:” toward the bottom of the dialogue box. When you click on the color box a new dialogue box will appear that lets you choose your color. You can choose a color within the box itself, or you can click on your page to coordinate the color with your layout. I clicked on one of the dark navy elements on my page to choose my color. Click OK when you are done and the color picker box will close. Click OK on the Stroke dialogue box to finalize the effect.
And that is all there is to it! I love it when I can use template layers to personalize my layout to the colors on my page. If you are wondering what the other stroke positions look like, here is a comparison of Outside (which I used on my page), Inside and Center. You will likely need to adjust the size of the stroke, depending on which position you choose. I included the measurements for each of the examples below.
I hope you have fun with this technique! I can’t wait to see all of your fabulous MOC 8 creations in the Lilypad Gallery. :)
Until next time ~