Episode 7: Photoshopping Scrapbooks

By Ash Davies
November 1, 2009 from Graphic Design,Photoshop,Podcast

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Scrapbooks are a great way to preserve a memory. In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a high resolution digital scrapbook on photoshop, including torn paper, sticky tape, handwriting and spilt ink.

This is a method I created in mid 2008 when I was designing pages for the school magazine. I had to create 5 pages for the year 12 class, featuring a selection of photos from their valedictory dinner and all of the students names. As a result, this technique can be used to create great full page spreads. The paper file is almost A3 quality, and the sticky tape and torn paper is realistic enough to be viewed in large.

There are a number of files you may need to complete this tutorial yourself. The paper file and the sticky tape file are available to members only, but you can join for free. Once you’ve logged in, the ‘Members Get More’ image above will turn into download links for these files.

You can however download the fonts and brushes via the links below:

Download the Ink Spill Brushes

Courtesy of Inobscuro.

Download the PC friendly Handwriting Fonts

Courtesy of Free Fonts.

In this tutorial I create a scrapbook themed on ‘The Simunye Project’. This is a community service experience I went on to South Africa in early 2009. If you’re interested in hearing more about The Simunye Project head over to The Simunye Project website. You might also like to have a look at Simunye 3096, a time lapse video I created about my experience.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the tutorial. I find that the little components of this tutorial can be very handy when creating other pieces on photoshop (the torn paper section in particular).

Good Luck!

  • Andrew

    great tute it’s so realistic and tearing the paper is handy for heaps of other things too

  • http://www.photoguides.net/?fbconnect_action=myhome&userid=135&height=400&width=370 g8kprl035

    great stuff!! keep sending them

  • Robert

    Great tutoral.
    Thanks for sharing.
    I am a beginner and this type of tutoral is valuable to me.

  • http://www.photoguides.net/?fbconnect_action=myhome&userid=305&height=400&width=370 geelyn011

    hi i can’t download the sticky tape and the paper. how do i download it? thanks

  • http://www.photoguides.net/?fbconnect_action=myhome&userid=1&height=400&width=370 Ash Davies

    Sorry about that. The links have been fixed and you should be able to download the files now

  • http://www.photoguides.net/?fbconnect_action=myhome&userid=654&height=400&width=370 RicardoMPT

    Very very good :) TY

  • http://www.photoguides.net/?fbconnect_action=myhome&userid=750&height=400&width=370 Howlerzz

    VERY nice tutorial…really helps me as a beginner. The link to the Ink Spill Brushes doesn’t seem to be working right…target web page is catching it and complaining about it.

  • http://www.photoguides.net/?fbconnect_action=myhome&userid=888&height=400&width=370 WillFinlay

    Very Good Tuts you have ob here boi!! Got a few design m8s informed about your site!

  • http://www.photoguides.net/?fbconnect_action=myhome&userid=1410&height=400&width=370 Johnthelad

    just sign up on this site great tutoral

  • http://www.photoguides.net/?fbconnect_action=myhome&userid=4245&height=400&width=370 dexterwong

    thank you so much for the work.
    i have spent the whole day learning!

  • http://www.photoguides.net/?fbconnect_action=myhome&userid=5530&height=400&width=370 lwamar

    Ash Davies im lemuel from philippines, i’ve been learning from your tutorials.thnkz a hve a nice day..

  • http://www.photoguides.net/?fbconnect_action=myhome&userid=6425&height=400&width=370 Bigman

    Thank you very much it helped me a lot ..

  • http://www.photoguides.net/?fbconnect_action=myhome&userid=7917&height=400&width=370 jo ker

    Nice.. like it!! thanks for the tutorial..

  • Edrieyl

    great tutorial and a great site !!!!
    thanks for all the info

  • http://twitter.com/nelchee Nela Dunato

    Thank you for featuring my brushes in your tutorial, but please do not send people directly to my download files – they probably won’t be able to download them that way anyway, because I’m blocking outside referrers. You should use the URL: http://inobscuro.com/brushes/view/35/ instead.