In my Digital Media Arts class I’ve learned to create and use templates with Photoshop Elements … and here is my first attempt. Each lettered space is a different layer on which to insert photos. Our instructor is a Scrapbooker and wanted us to use a 12 by 24 inch format to create two book pages together. I’m not sure I’ll continue this practice for blogging purposes … but I see why she likes it.
Using this template in last night’s class, I entered ten photos of Molly and Ms. Kitty … used the Control G (or ‘group’ command) to link each photo to the appropriate layer … added stroke outlines (blue for Molly and red for Ms Kitty) … shadows … and bevels to each … then used one photo with the opacity lowered as a background.
I separated the left and right pages using the cropping tool,
In order to make this a T-13, this morning I repeated last night’s steps to add 3 additional photos … below. I do love the Control G command because it doesn’t require me to crop photos and finesse them into the correct spot. I suspect that with practice (and some experimentation) I’ll figure out simple ways to combine these new skills with ones I’ve mastered previously … and discover new techniques of my own.