I am embarking on this big project to get caught up on my digital scrapbook pages for 2013. I have chosen to create a lot of weekly layouts in the Project Life®/Pocket Scrapping style. I have some templates in my stash…OK, a LOT of templates in my stash that will be great for these pages and I also picked up some nice free templates. The first few free templates I worked with happened to have rounded corners, as is the signature Project Life® style but just about everything else I have is straight. That’s actually fine but I am kind of grooving on the rounded corners right now so I dug deep into my digital scrapbooking toolbox and resurrected an idea I first started working with in 2006 or so but got away from: a Photoshop brush that works like a paper corner rounder. If you’ve never paper scrapped, a corner rounder is a little mechanical punch that you use to clip off the edges of a photo or paper piece to make it round. Today I am going to show you how to digital clip off the corners of a paper or photo to make them rounded.
Instead of this (which I actually really like anyway)
I converted into this (which seems a little more elegant to me)
Layout credits: Sweet Shoppe Designs New Beginnings Collab | Deep Girl Designs Love My Square Mat Gift 1 (I think both of these products are retired but there is a really nice set of DeepGirl templates in the December Fix at DigiScrapAddicts thru Jan 16)
Here’s how. (Instructions assume you have a working knowledge of your program: how to use layered templates, how to use brushes, etc)
NOTE: It’s easiest to modify a template BEFORE you start clipping stuff onto it. (Believe me! I made 5 straight edge pages that I went back and modified)
First save a COPY of your template and name it modified or rounded etc.
1. Download my corner rounder brush set HERE. (link corrected from earlier post). It’s free for personal use. PLEASE don’t redistribute or do anything mean like copy/repackage and offer for sale somewhere. It’s really disheartening! Make note of your download location or move to your favorite brushes folder right away.
2. Load the brushes in PSE/Photoshop. Don’t know how?
PSE users: instructions HERE (Everyday Elements Online)
Photoshop Users: instructions HERE. (Akvis.com)
3. Select your eraser tool – just hit E on your computer keyboard
4. zoom into the corners of your template – about 200% should be good
5. carefully position the properly oriented brush (there is one for each corner) so that it matches the straight edge of the template piece or photo. Then just CLICK your mouse to erase.
That is ALL it takes…except clipping off all the other corners. Don’t forget to save your work at the end. Now you have a template you can use over and over again!
This technique can of course be used on your photos and any paper pieces you crop to size yourself or on premade journaling cards with straight edges.
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