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Learning to Ride a Bike

Learning to Ride a Bike

My DD who learned to ride this summer.

Techniques: Cropping in a Circle, Colored Edge Filter, Making a Tag, Using a Paperclip, Cropping Odd Shapes, Overlapping Elements, Matte a Photo

Cropping in a Circle and Adding a Colored Edge: Here I cropped some photos all using the same size circle. The tags too were cropped from paper. Both the photos and the tags have a colored edge which ties them together.

First select your photos and paper. Now click Crop and choose Pull or Adjust Oval and using your mouse pull out a circle shape. Now click on Keep Crop Rope so that the same crop shape will be kept and then click Crop. Now leave the cropped photo in the rope and click on Correct. Find the Filter Effects tab at the far right and click on it. In the menu on the right, scroll down to find Colored Edge (Rope) and click on it. Now choose a color for your edge by clicking on the button marked Color. You can create any color by clicking on Custom Colors. Lastly use the slider to make the edge as thick or as thin as you would like. I set the slider on 30. Just keep repeating for each photo. For the tags, crop on paper.

Cropping Odd Shapes: Both of the flower tags near the rectangular photo are cropping from flowered paper that is part of this kit. To crop them I clicked on Crop and then chose Draw Loop. Using the mouse I drew a line around the outside of the flower and then clicked crop. Viola!

Matte a Photo: The photo in the lower left has 2 mattes which match the shape of the photo. The Keep Crop Rope tool lets you keep the same crop shape and slide other papers under to crop. First, select your photo and click on Crop. Now choose Pull or Adjust Pattern. From the menu, select Some Rounding. Using your mouse, hold down the left button to pull out the shape. Now click on the Keep Crop Rope and then click Crop. Now click on Correct and move the photo out of the way. Select a paper and place it under the rope. Click on Crop and that paper will be cropped. Do it one more time with the second paper. Now all you have to do is enlarge the mats as you desire. To stack them, place the bottom mat on the background. Move the second mat. If it goes under the first one, then right click on the second mat and choose Show Image on Top and it will slide over the the bottom mat. Now move the photo on top, using the Show Image on Top if needed.

Make a Tag: I cropped a circle out of paper and applied a color edge as above. To make the tag hole, click on Color Brush and choose circle brush. Set the transparency for 255. Using the slider, determine the right size for your hole, then click once and you will have "punched" a hole. Bring the ribbon over, apply a shadow if you wish and then position it so the metal ring is over the hole. Now holding down the left button, move your mouse to remove part of the ring that would be behnd the tag if it were real. It does take some practice and the hardest part is visualizing which part of the ring to remove! Sometimes finding a real tag with a ring from your supplies will help you see what needs to be done!

Paperclip: Click on the Color Brush (again!) and set the transparency for 255. Choose the circle or square brush. Holding the left mouse button, remove the inner part of the paperclip which is the part that would be behnd the paper if it were real.

Overlapping Elements: The trick here to decide which photo will be on the bottom. For this LO I just place the circle photos where I wanted. Then I randomly tried putting some on top and bottom - no real plan here, just did it until I liked it! To move on top or below, right click on the photo and select Show Image on Top or Bottom, depending on what you want to do!

Credits: Girl Power by Clara Wallace of Matter of Scrap. Font is Curlz