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Old 01-04-2009, 04:29 PM   #1
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Default Easy Tutorial for Creating PSE 6.0 Card Sketches?

Hello all you Photoshop Elements Experts!! I have been messing around with mine today and just can't figure it out. Has anyone created a tutorial for creating their own card sketches, similar to what is used for the Weekly card sketches? I would love any assistance and/or direction you can offer!!

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Old 01-04-2009, 05:06 PM   #2
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Interesting..... Didn't even know that I could draw objects in PSE. I only use it for photos. I went over and tried it, but don't see very good drawing helps. For instance I can't see the size of the item as it's being drawn.

For drawing sketches or templates I use Adobe In Design. It seems a lot easier than PSE. But that might be because I've been using it "for a hundred years."

Do you have any other drawing programs on your computer? Most of them will allow you to export your sketch into a PDF document. Then when you post it online, anyone with Adobe Reader can open it.
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Old 01-05-2009, 06:36 AM   #3
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I've never had any luck making sketch in photoshop. I don't know if I'm just doing something wrong or what. I just use paint (which I think comes on most or all computers). It's super easy! I just use the tools on the left to draw shapes and the paint bucket to fill them in with color.
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Karolyn, here is a site addy you might find helpful. She has quite a few card sketchs, some for sale and I think a few are free. They are in psd format so you can use them with PSE. Look on the right side of the page and see all the features she does have on her site. HTH! Marcia

http://dihickman.blogspot.com/search/label/templates
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Hi, Karolyn --

I'd typically use a line art program like Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw for drawing card sketch layouts. Assuming you don't have one of those, I can explain the concepts for how to do it in Photoshop. I don't have PSE, although I am guessing the process would be similar.

1. Open a new drawing the size of your layout in inches, not pixels. My sample below is 4.25" wide by 5.5" high.

2. Display your rulers and change the units to inches rather than pixels. You can also set up a grid every 1/8" (or whatever) to help keep things aligned, and set it to snap to grid.

3. Draw each element on its own separate layer. In my sample, on the background layer 1, I selected the entire white canvas and stroked it for the green outline. That's the only thing on layer 1.

4. Add a new layer. In my sample, that would be layer 2. Use the rectangular marquee tool to define an area. Fill it with a color and, if desired, stroke it with a darker outline.

5. Continue to add layers and draw only one element on each. My sample shows 5 layers.

6. At this point, you can select the layers separately and use the move tool to independently shift the design elements around. You can also change the layer order to switch which elements are on top of each other.

7. Save your original drawing file in layers. Then save a copy of it for the web. Either a gif or a png format is better than a jpg for these types of graphical files.

That's the basics. It's easier if you do not stroke the outlines of your shapes, but my preference is to work with them outlined. You can also use grayscale mode if you don't want to be influenced by the colors.

If any of that process is too confusing, post back again and someone with PSE will probably be able to help.
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Okay. I think I've figured out how to insert an image into this post...



This sketch goes with my previous directions.
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Thank you, ladies! I knew I could count on you all! Judi, YOU ROCK!! That is exactly what I was talking about. Thank you ever so much!! I'm off to try your instructions in PSE to see if they are the same or similar.

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Great! Be sure to let us know whether or not it works. Good Luck.
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thanks for the help! *~*
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I need to learn how to use Illustrator for work. I am yet to find an understandable tutorial.
Can anyone here tell me how to do anything simple?

Please! I am begging.. on my knees and my lip is out!!
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