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Tutorial : resizing & adding a stroke

Hi there!

Firstly, yes it is actually Wednesday today, not Tuesday as our banner says- so I do apologise if I’ve confused you LOL! (Just thought I’d check and see if you are awake! hee hee) This is my first Tutorial here at W&W and I hope it is going to be useful to you. I know that that’s how I learnt the basics of digital scrapbooking. When I first started with Photoshop Elements I had no clue whatsoever! My first layout was simply awful as I had no idea of where to start or how to add shadows etc. Purely from reading tutorials, I was able to improve and managed to find my way around PSE. I now have PS CS3 and though I also read tutorials , I ended up taking an online course to learn it properly as it has many more features than PSE.

When I scrapbook digitally, I like my layouts to look as though you could touch them and feel the different layers. I want them to be realistic looking. I want certain elements like staples to be the correct size for the page. Sometimes they are too big for a 12×12 page and when printed, they are simply too big to be real – I’ve never seen a giant staple before ;o) That’s just me. Perhaps you prefer a more graphic look to yours.

One thing though, we all want the photos and elements to be in proportion, not distorted. So I decided a quick and easy beginners tut on RESIZING would be good. I have also done another tutorial on adding a border (STROKE) to photos, elements and text to create a ‘sticker’ look for wordart or a title, thus making your elements you buy a little more versatile and giving them a brand new look.

If anything is unclear, please just ask!

If you have any tutorial requests, please add them here in the comments – it really helps to know what you would like to learn.


Have fun playing!


13 Comments (Add Yours)

  1. Whoa!!! Thank you so much for the stroke tut!!! You don’t know how long I’ve been wondering how to outline my text with black. I like it colored and then to stand out a little bit. I never would have thought to search for stroke. Thanks so much!!!

  2. Thanks for the stroke tutorial!!! I had no idea I could do that. This will save me soo much time as I like my photos with a white border.

  3. Nice tutorial and I like having the pdf copy. Well done, I always learn new techniques with these. Thanks a bunch.

  4. Thanks for the tutorial can’t wait to do it!!!!
    Thanks Darline

  5. Thank you so much. The reason I gave up on the Project 365 last year – very early, was because when I started, I could not figure out how to resize my photos. I have been using DIP and just do not know enough in PS CS3, which I do have now. Thanks SOOOOOOO much!

  6. oh this is SOOOOO awesome! I cannot thank you enough! I am certainly not new to the digital scene, but there are always these types of questions I have and never seem to find the time to go “research” how to do it! You are a gem!

    This is such a great website!

  7. I would like to learn how to make the circle flairs I see everywhere :)

  8. Laser, please could you clarify “circle flairs” – what exactly do you mean by “flairs”? I’d be glad to help if I can.

  9. I have a question, I am not sure if it is worthy of a tutorial request though. I’ll let you decide.

    In many kits that I buy there are papers enclosed that have the wrinkled, or “folded” look. While although I do like this look, it doesn’t work for everything that I do. Is there a way to use an overlay that will not alter the papers’ color, pattern, etc., but will make the paper smooth?

    I know this is probably a really dumb question, and perhaps there are even TOU’s that state you cannot do this, but if there are no TOU limitations, can this be done?

    Thanks so much!


  10. Gosh Candi, that is a tough one- let me think about it for a while, I’ll come back to you.

  11. Thank you for making this tutorial, mu husband always complained about how I distorted the pics.

  12. You’re awesome, Veronica!! :)

  13. Thanks Veronica! I love the borders on the text!