This week, a customer emailed me to ask how to make the
paper clips look like they are clipped to paper.I thought it would make a great video topic
for our weekly tip.
When you purchase a kit or element set with paper clips
inside, the clips are whole, complete clips.So when you drag a clip onto a digital project, it looks as though it is
sitting on top of the page.
To make the clip look like it is actually clipping paper,
drag the clip into position.
Get the Zoom tool
by pressing the letter Z on the
keyboard and draw a box around the clip to zoom in close.
Reduce the opacity of the fastener to 50% by selecting the
clip layer and clicking on the word Opacity
above the Layers Panel. Type the numerals 50 on your keyboard and press Enter.
This allows you to see through the clip to the paper below.
Next, get the Eraser
tool and choose a hard, round brush from the Options Bar across the top of
the editing window.Erase away the part
of the paper clip that would be behind your paper by clicking and dragging the
eraser over that section of the clip. Finish by increasing the opacity of the
layer back to 100% again.
You can use this same technique to attach strings to
tags.Just erase away the portion of the
string that would be behind the tag and it will look as though you’ve threaded
it through the hole.