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How do I use the Chipboard Bytes Bare Tagboard Alphabet?
1. The chipboard base
2. A solid paper layer
3. A distressed paper layer.
You will need to decide if you want your letter to have a distressed look or a clean/solid paper look.
Open an alpha letter.
Select File > Duplicate (PSE) or Image > Duplicate (PS) to make a copy of the letter so you don't alter the original.
Get the Move Tool.
Decide if you want the distressed look or the solid look for the paper you are going to put on top.
If you want the solid look, then delete the distressed layer and vice versa. You can delete the unwanted layer by dragging it to the trash can in the Layers Palette.
After deleting the unwanted layer, select the top layer that you chose to keep.
In Photoshop Elements:
Open a digital paper.
Still using the Move Tool, drag the paper down from the editing window onto the alpha in the Project Bin.
Do NOT drag the paper UP from the bin onto the alpha.
The paper layer should be directly over the alpha fill layer you selected (not the chipboard layer.) Press Ctrl + G (Mac: Cmd+G) on your keyboard to "glue" the paper to the fill layer.
Open a digital paper.
Still using the Move Tool, drag the paper on top of the alpha document.
The paper layer should be directly over the alpha fill layer you selected (not the chipboard layer.) Press Alt +Ctrl + G (Mac: Opt +Cmd+G) on your keyboard to "glue" the paper to the fill layer.
To resize the digital paper that you are using to cover the letter, get the Move Tool, then hover the mouse over the corner of the paper to pick up the corner handle. Drag toward the paper center to make it smaller or away from the paper to make it larger.
To turn or tilt the paper, hover the cursor over the sides to pick up the side handle and use it to turn the paper.
You can also cover the alpha with digital photos. Simply use a photo in place of the digital paper in the directions.
To learn even more techniques for using layered templates, this is a wonderful tutorial for learning to working with templates: Getting Started With - Templates
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