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

    One of the things I love most about digital scrapbooking is the ability to use digital supplies over and over again in different ways. Using a little imagination and a few techniques, you can customize papers to each project, giving them a different look each time you use them. For example, you can use a striped paper to make a plaid or gingham one. Here's how:

    Open a piece of digital paper with a striped pattern like one of Katie Pertiet's Striped Mix papers.
    Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) on your keyboard to duplicate the paper.
    Select the copy layer and press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) on the keyboard to get the Transform controls.
    Using the Move tool, hold the Shift key and drag a corner of the paper to rotate it so that the stripes will be running in the opposite direction.
    Next, select the top layer and change the blending mode to Multiply. The blending modes are found at the top of the Layers panel. The default is set to "Normal," but by clicking the down-arrow, you can
    use a different mode.
    Like magic, your striped paper is transformed into a plaid or gingham design.

    Save the new paper as a jpg by changing the name and choosing jpg as the file format.

    Using this technique, you can get creative with your digital paper packs and develop all sorts of different combinations for your scrapbooking needs.