Add Light to Your Layouts Digitally

by Kim Jackson
Add Light to Your Layouts Digitally

Holiday light can be as simple and beautiful as the still, soft glow of the moon on a winter's night. Re-create that peaceful look on your scrapbook layouts using Photoshop Elements 8 and the fonts of your choice. Give this simple digital light effect a try on a layout about your child sleeping and dreaming of Santa.


Holiday Light digital layout

Holiday Lights by Tiffany Tillman as seen in the November/December 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes.


How to create a glowing title          


Select Soft Light

1. Type title using Horizontal Type Tool. Go to Layers Palette menu; select Soft Light.


Open Layer Styles Menu

2. Click Layer > Layer Styles > Style Settings to open Layer Styles menu.


Add Small Drop Shadow


3.  In Layer Styles menu, add small Drop Shadow. Add Outer Glow (size: 50, opacity: 20). Add Bevel (direction: up, size: 5).

Hint: Before adding your bevel, play around with your colors to match your Outer Glow to your background paper.

Adjust Layer Style settings

4. Click OK, and adjust Layer Style settings to your taste.


Look for more ideas and techniques to light up your holiday scrapbook pages in the November/December 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes.

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