Friday, October 28, 2011

Turn a solid image into an outline image with a shadow - H.A. Haunted House

Slow poke, moi....
Today's card was another one I made for the Hero Arts window card
challenge ages ago, but never got to enter, 'cause I craft in slow motion.
Should I dress up as a turtle for Halloween, do ya think? ;o)

Hero Arts haunted house window card by mel stampz

It was such a hoot to make!



The digital element of today's tutorial focuses on taking the
"find edges" technique
(that turns a solid image into an outline image)...

(in this older post):


...just a little bit further:
Creating a quick shadow behind
a thin outline image.

Why?
Because sometimes the "find edges" filter in Photoshop
leaves you with an outline that is too thin & the image sort of
seems to disappear. This is one way to remedy that.

My particular project today starts out with this Hero Arts digital set,
but the technique should work with most solid images.

Hero Arts Happy Haunting:

(I turned the solid house image that comes with the set
into an outline stamp for colouring.)



...turn a solid image into an
outline image with a shadow:

This involves:
1) Making a copy of your image,
2) Turning it into an outline image and
3) Then pasting it over the original solid image
(which will show through as a shadow)

It's surprisingly easy & quick to do.

But please note:
Your images need to have a transparent background & solid white fill for
this to work. If they don't have transparency, you should be able to
use the magic eraser tool to erase the background on most images.

here's how...

Step 1) Open your image file. Select filter then stylize and then find edges

Step 1) Open your image file in Photoshop. Select filter then stylize and find edges.

Step 2)  The find edges filter will create a thin outline (works with most solid images)

Step 2) The find edges filter will create a thin outline (works with most solid images)

Step 3) To make a shadow, paste this outline over the original. Use rectangular marquee tool & control C to copy

Step 3)
To make a shadow, paste this outline over the original. Use rectangular marquee tool & control C to copy

Step 4)  Click on title to go back to the original black version (white outline is in your clipboard)

Step 4) Go back to the original black version (the white outline one will be in your clipboard).

Step 5)  Paste the outline white image over original black silhouette. Use move tool to reveal shadow

Step 5) Paste the outline white image over original black silhouette. Use move tool to reveal shadow to whichever side you like.


(Here's a one-page reference sheet)

Click this link to Download
the one page reference PDF
for this tutorial.






Here are some other things I did to make the card...

Fill with different levels of text in Photoshop
(to get the house white & the sky grey).



Step 1) Enlarge the canvas of the new shadow image & make new layer. Temporarily, fill it with text to serve as a guide. Read it to decide what text you want where & move the house accordingly. (Select Layer then new; name it if you like & hit okay.)



Step 2) Delete that temporary text layer (right click & select delete layer).



Step 3) Click the bucket tool & then select the pattern tab & fill with custom text.
There's a tutorial on how to create custom patterns and use them to fill things here.



Step 4) To create grey colour: Switch to foreground fill & fill the background with Black at 50 percent opacity. (Bucket tool; foreground tab; solid black colour).



Step 5) Switch back to pattern & fill the background with text at 27 percent opacity.

6 Print image & cut out the house roughly - stick to a 5 1-2 inch SQ black temporarily & cut out

Step 6) Print image & cut out the house roughly. Temporarily stick it to a 5 1-2 inch SQ black top-fold card & cut around it.

7 Cut out windows with a hobby blade or exacto knife

Step 7) Cut out the windows with a hobby blade or Exacto knife.

8 Colour & glitter the house

Step 8) Colour & glitter the house. I used Copic markers & S.U. Dazzling Diamonds glitter on Heat'n'stick powder.

...and added some vellum:

8b added vellum coloured with orange copic & glittered to some windows

(The vellum was coloured orange with Copic markers & glittered).

9 Cut out two moon shapes by sticking watercolour paper back to back Make a little template to follow

Step 9)
Cut out two crescent moon shapes by sticking 140lb watercolour paper back to back. If you like, you can draw a little template to follow.

10 Pressure emboss the moons for texture

Step 10) Pressure emboss the 2 moons for texture (this is Provo Craft's Spots & Dots folder).

11 Distress Moon with Copics & adhere to cloth wire

Step 11) Add the moon to the card:

A) Distress the Moon (I used Copic markers and blender).
B) Adhere the two pieces together, sandwiching apiece of cloth floral wire between them.
C) Attach the wire by wrapping it around the top of the card fold & gluing it in place, if need be.

12 add a fence & gate made with Hero Arts Flourish Grids clear stamp

Step 12) Add a piece of stitched black cardstock and top it with a fence & a gate.

I made these with Hero Arts Flourish Grids clear stamp:

A) Stamp both stamps on a piece of watercolour paper with versamark ink (repeating the square stamp to get a long enough fence piece & cutting the circle stamp to get the gate shape).
B) Heat emboss it with white embossing powder.
C) Distress it with black ink.
D) Cut around the stamping to make the shapes.
E) Adhere the fence to the hill.
F) Attach the gate with mini hinges (I got these at the dollar store).

and there you have it:





Here's the text paper I made
from Edgar Allen Poe's short story The Black Cat
in case you'd like to use it:



Here's a closer view:
poe black cat sample

and the links:

DARK GREY POE PAPER:
Poe's Black Cat text paper PNG
Poe's Black Cat text paper JPG
Poe's Black Cat text paper PDF

or large JPG (original size) GREY on flickr here
(right click & save image as JPG)

WHITE POE PAPER:
Poe's Black Cat text paper White PNG
Poe's Black Cat text paper White JPG
Poe's Black Cat text paper White PDF

or large JPG (original size) WHITE on flickr here
(right click & save image as JPG)


(For help with how to use Adobe acrobat
to download these files,
please see the bottom of this older post.)

Happy Haunting!


P.S. Disclosure: I'm not affiliated with Hero Arts in any way.
This is just some stuff I bought... :o)

12 comments:

E.T. said...

This is incredible Mel. I do the outline thingy all the time but your shadow idea is suppppperr! I will have to try that. Again, thanks for the inspiration. I love your wee little gate!

Anesha said...

Wow, your work is just amazing. Thanks for the tutorial.

Linda said...

Mel, Thanks so much for this series of Photoshop tuts., especially combined with the hybrid type crafting. I almost gave up on learning Photoshop because it just would not click for some reason. Following you, it is actually making sense and I am using it a lot! I love all the pngs you give us to play with!!

Dawn said...

another AWEsome idea... you are amaaaazing dahling!

xoxo

Cindy2 said...

Fabulous idea - love the background paper, thanks so much.

CraftyLoops said...

Mel this is a spectacularly spooky project. I love it, thank you for sharing. Lee x

vdoyle8 said...

you are the most generous person! thank you for sharing all your talent and knowledge. This project is incredible!

kksb said...

Fantastic Mel!

Shirley said...

Great details on how to use your digitals and the whole project is so scarrrrrry fun and wonderful!

Jennette Warren said...

This is Fabulous!!!!! Thanks for sharing Mel!!
Hugs!!!

Rhonda Miller said...

What a great card. Thanks for showing how you did this and for sharing the paper.

Fairly Odd Mother said...

Thank you so much for taking time to share your knowledge and enthusiasm with all of us! I don't have Photoshop but you just sold me. Any suggestions on the best version or pricing for a newbie? Happy crafting!