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PhotoShop - Chalked Edges With Layer Styles

Today we are going to talk about giving your backgrounds, tags, or ribbons, a chalked edge using Photoshop. You don't need to buy any filters, and you don't need to do any fancy steps, its easy and its all built into Photoshop out of the box. For this demo, I will be using Photoshop from CS2. The steps are the same for Photoshop 6 and above. For the Photoshop Elements users, you do not have the (f) symbol, but you do have an inner glow.

1. Open your element or background in Photoshop.

2. Make sure the element or background you are chalking is on a layer all by itself and have your layer palette window open (windows- layers).

3. Highlight the layer your element or background is on.

4. Click on the little button that looks like an "f".

5. A new window will appear named layer style

6. Select the "Inner Glow" option on the left list so it is highlighted and the checkbox is checked

7. You will now see the Inner Glow options/settings. Play around with them. There is no right or wrong way. Its all up to personal preference. Select the color you wish your chalking to be - you can play with the noise and opacity settings to get the desired effect - the main thing to remember is to make sure edge is selected rather than center- The choke and size will adjust the thickness of the shading.

And that's it. Your done. Here is how my tag came out.

Now go play around with this technique. It can be used on journaling areas, torn edges, over all backgrounds, and even photos.

Thanks for your time, and keep on scrapping

Till next time


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Published on: 2006-06-07 (849 reads)

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