by Becky Soto
You know those neat layouts where there is a section (or sections)
of the photo that appear as if they are on a pop dot? Or those
cool layouts where the photos look like a set of offset tiles?
Well this tutorial will teach you how to achieve that effect.
First open the photo or photos you are going to use on your layout.
You might choose a photo where you want to highlight an item that
relates to the theme of your layout. Or you may just want to create
a tiled effect with a single photo.
Now, open a new document (for your layout) and paste your photo(s)
into it. Close your original photo files. Position your photo
on your layout. Now for the fun!
Click on your Marquee tool in your tool box. Draw a selection
around the item in your photo you want to highlight or pop up.
Now press Ctrl-J to make a new layer from your selection. This
will make a new layer out of your selection and will not affect
the original photo layer. Repeat this process as many times as
you like, making sure you are on the original photo layer when
drawing out your marquee. Now it's time to add the effects.
In your layers palette, on your new selection layer, click on
the small "f" to add a layer style. In this example
we will add a drop shadow and an inner glow, but you can play
with different effects to achieve your desired result. The drop
shadow is what will make this small portion of your image appear
to "pop" off the page, rather like in paper scrapping
where you would use a "pop dot" to lift an item up off
the page. The larger the shadow, the further off the page your
selection will appear to be. Try these settings, and see what
works for your image.
If you are using a single photo, and are looking for a "tiled"
effect, rather than highlighting a portion of a photo, once you
have made as many selections as you wish, and added the layer
effects, you may either delete the original photo layer, or simply
turn off the visibility. Here you can see two examples, one that
highlights certain portions of the photos, and the other going
for a more tiled effect on a single photo. Now go have some fun
with your photos!