• Stitching Up Backgrounds with Photoshop and PSE

    When you want to add interesting details to your background pages, try adding stitching to the design. Whether you are using patterned paper or a solid, subtle stitching can make it extraordinary.

    Begin by opening a digital paper in Photoshop or Elements. Open a row of digital stitches. Get the Move tool and drag the stitches onto the background paper. Position the stitching near the top of the paper.

    Select the stitching layer and press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) on the keyboard to duplicate it. Drag it into position. If your stitching is irregular, you can make the stitched design look more realistic by flipping the second row of stitches.
    In Photoshop, flip the layer by selecting Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal or Flip Vertical.
    In Elements, flip the layer by selecting Image > Rotate > Flip Layer Horizontal or Flip Layer Vertical.

    Now make it easy on yourself by duplicating the two rows of stitching at one time. One easy way to do this is to get the Move tool and Ctrl click (Mac: Cmd click) both stitching layers in the Layers Panel. Drag the two layers onto the Create a New Layer icon. This makes a copy of both layers and selects the two new layers. Use the down arrow key on your keyboard to drag them into place or hold the Shift key and drag them down with the Move tool.
    Next, select all four stitching layers and drag them to the Create a New Layer icon. This will copy all four of the stitching layers and select them so that you can drag them into place. Continue duplicating stitching layers until you have completed your design. Using this method is much faster than applying the stitching one layer at a time.

    If you’d like to make a grid with your stitches, simply select all of the stitching layers (Ctrl or Cmd click) and drag them to the Create a New Layer icon.
    In Photoshop, turn the duplicated stitches by selecting Edit > Transform > Rotate 90° CCW (or CW.)
    In Elements, turn the duplicated stitches by selecting Image > Rotate > Layer 90° Left (or Right.)

    Thanks for watching and be sure to check back next week for another Photoshop or Elements Tip of the Week.