Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Club Scrap Blog Hop October 2014 - Homestead

Today I thought I would show you how to create a digital quick page that you can save to use time and again.  So with no further ado open up a new blank canvas with a transparent background.

Once that is done the world is your oyster so to speak.

Now select some of the papers and elements you would like to use.  At this point you can start building your quick page.

Here you can see that I have two different papers stacked and have used the rectangular marquee tool to select (rectangle surrounded with marching ants).

Go to edit and you will then be able to "cut" the selected rectangle out of the paper that his highlighted in the layers panel.  Duplicate this set of actions and you will create a "hole" in which to put a photo.

Wouldn't you know it, but CS has come up with a perfect cluster to go along with our newly created hole.

I have decided that the background paper (patterned) is too loud so went back and changed the opacity a bit.

Add your photo.

Select your stamp and in this case I thought that picking a color from the cluster was cool so used that.

Apply your layer styles at this point if you wish and you now have a finished layout.

Here is the finished layout with the photo and layer styles applied.

Now that you have a really pretty layout you need to remove the photo that you have tested your layout with.  What I typically do is turn off the photo using the eyeball in the layers panel.

To make this layout usable as a quick page, you will need to save it as a merged file.  A word of caution here - if you go ahead and flatten your layers at this point, your hole will not remain transparent.  So you need to go to Layers>merge visible.

The file type that is best is a .png which will give you the most color information at 300ppi.

This is the dialog box which appears when you go to save.

Once you hit the save button you have a quick page that you can use again and again.

Here are some examples.

As you can see - quick pages can be used for many different types of photos.

I hope you all enjoy my little tut on how to make a quick page.  Of course you can make these as simple or as complicated as you like.

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  1. Beautiful combinations for great pages, Annette.
    Great Autumn colors.I love the backdrop in squares.

  2. Thanks for the quick tips to make a quick page! It turned out great!

  3. Thank you Tricia and Tiare - Always have fun creating my blog hop entry.

  4. Annette, very clever and how great that all those different photos work perfectly with the layout.

  5. Very cool and just another fine example of how these kits can really work for ANYTHING!

  6. I love Club Scrap's QDDL pages, but it never occurred to me to create my own. Thanks for the "how to"!

  7. Thank you for the instructions on how to make a quick page. Love how yours turned out.

  8. You are the queen of making lovely quick digital pages! Your great photos that fit in that long narrow vertical space really are eye catching, love the bride and groom, and the bridge, well and the tracks...oh boy, I couldn't pic a favorite!

    1. Thank you so much Kay. I love making these.

  9. I like the window frame! I wouldn't think to do that! Great idea!

  10. Love your page and you give the best step-by-steps!

  11. Thanks my dear - Bless your heart!

  12. Fabulous LO! and thanks for the idea on making my own QDDL pages! Have a great day!

  13. Thank you all so much for leaving me some love. It means a whole lot to me that you are enjoying what I do.