find the grid, and the snap to grid, very helpful in PSP while lining
up elements (especially the backgrounds and ribbons or fibers that
I want to make sure reach both edges). You can set the grid to pixels,
inches, or centimeters for spacing across the page. If you plan
to add drop shadows, they should be done before this as you will
be creating new edges and will have a shadow run across your element
To loop a fiber or ribbon through a tag or element,
you can remove or move an area of the fiber or an area of the element.
In this example, I have placed the elements on top of the fiber
and am cutting an area of the fiber to the clipboard, then adding
a new raster layer and pasting the contents of the clipboard into
that same selection (Ctrl+Shift+L). Then I moved the new layer to
the top. I use the smudge brush to push any stray fibers of the
new layer off the eyelet and make a smooth seam.
NOTE: When using the selection tool,
turn off the anti-alias or feathering
(these will cause a smudged look at your seamlines).
same concept that I used for the tag and fiber works for a paper
clip (shown here with vellum). If I am using one on a photo, I'll
sometimes use the Lighten/Darken Brush to make the paper look bent
or soiled where the clip is (or wrinkled and folded in the case
of a belt buckle or ribbon).
- Place items over clip
- Select area of clip I want to move forward
- Cut area to clipboard
- Create a new raster layer and paste clipboard
contents into selection
- Use smudge or blur if you need to clean up an
- Use the Layer Link Toggle (see the PSP help files)
if you want to move it around without having to piece them together