• How to Make Gingham Paper from Striped Paper in Photoshop and PSE

    This week we are beginning a series on using digital papers in innovative ways. We'll show you how versatile a set of basic papers can be. With just a few clicks, you'll be able to transform the paper designs and get more use from each paper pack.

    We'll begin with a quick and easy way to use striped paper to make gingham paper in Photoshop and PSE.

    Open a piece of striped digital paper. The paper can be striped horizontally, vertically or even diagonally, but I find that the technique works best with a simple stripe of white and color.
    For the sample, I used striped papers from the Batty Mini Mix paper pack and the Cameron Essential Papers

    Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) on your keyboard to duplicate the paper you opened. Now you'll see two copies of the paper stacked in the Layers Panel at the bottom right corner of the screen.

    Select the top layer and press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) on the keyboard to get the Transform controls. (Note: If you can't see the entire paper, including the corners, press Ctrl 0 (Mac: Cmd 0) to reduce the paper to fit the screen.)

    Get the Move tool and move your cursor to the corner of the document. The cursor changes to a curved arrow. Hold the Shift key and click/drag the corner handle to rotate the paper until the stripes are turned in the opposite direction. Holding the Shift key keeps the turn incremental so that the paper will line up more easily.

    Tick the checkmark to confirm the turn. This will be in the Options bar in PS or below the document in PSE.

    Click to select the layer you just turned.
    Locate the Blending Modes at the top of the Layers panel. It is set to Normal by default.
    Click the down-arrow and choose Linear Burn.
    Now your paper is no longer just a stripe you should be able to see the gingham pattern already. Trying a different blending mode will give you a different effect don't be afraid to try a few to see what they do.

    Finally, give the pattern more depth by reducing the opacity of the top layer (the layer with the blending mode set to Linear Burn.) Just select the layer in the Layers Panel and click the Opacity arrow at the top right of the Layers Panel. Change the Opacity by typing in 50% or using the slider to find an opacity that looks pleasing to your eye.

    Now choose File > Save As from the Menu Bar. Give the paper a new name and save it as a jpg to use again and again.