Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tutorial: Filling Acrylic Elements

Looking for a way to stretch your scrapping stash and cash? How about filling acrylic pieces to create a completely different look?
This tutorial was from a request from my CT. When they used the grab bag, some of them filled their acrylic pieces with a paper instead of leaving it clear. I thought...what a FUN way to think outside the box. 
Speaking of stretching cash...This example was created using the new alpha available in my grab bag. The grab bag is still on sale at ScrapMatters for only $4.50! hehe...shameless plug!
Let's get started...I've created this tutorial for PSE users. Other programs may have similar features and work arounds.
1. Open your Clearly Oversized Alpha letter (or any other acrylic element).
2. We'll use the Magic Wand Tool. Be sure that the box marked "Continuous" is checked. Click on an area on the outside of the letter.
3. We are going to add the middle of the letter to our selection. While the marching ants are still going around the outside, hold the shift key and click the inside of the "a". When you press the shift key, you should get a little plus sign next to your cursor. This means you are adding to your selection. 
4. Create a new layer under your letter (Layer>New>Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Now select the Inverse by choosing Select>Inverse or Shift+Ctrl+I. Then fill the selection with any color. Edit>Fill Selection>Foreground Color
5. Your letter should now look like this.
6. Open a paper and clip it to your filled letter (Layer>Create Clipping Mask or Ctrl+G)
Now you have a perfectly filled letter to add to your LO! Sweet!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [09 Nov 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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