How many times have you found the
perfect background (pattern- and texture-wise) but it's the wrong
color? It's easily changed. There are probably several ways to achieve
the same result, but I use the Adjust Hue and Saturation. I have
several photos here, but it's really only two or three steps.
Go ahead and add your photograph
to your chosen background. I love this paper by Stacey Stehley,
and it sort of matches, but I want the focus to be on the child,
not the floral arrangments.
Use your color picker tool to select
a color from your photo, which you would like the background to
match. I chose her pants:
Note the Hue (H) and Saturation (S)
on the palette. I don't worry about the RGB values. Now click back
to your background layer, and then go to Adjust, Hue and Saturation,
Colorize. I'm using PSP8 but it should be similar in all of them.
In the little box that pops up put
your Hue and Saturation values and click okay. In some cases this
is all you need to do. In my case here it's not quite right:
I need to go to Adjust again, and
choose Hue and Saturation, Hue/Saturation/Lightness. Here you can
move the slider Lightness scale to get to your target. I adjusted
the saturation a bit, too, in my case.
When it looks right, click OK and
you have your background that matches so much better. Now the focus
is on the child:
And the finished layout, using the
flower from Stacey's kit as well, and some of Tina's word art: