3.) Now, once you click on this fx icon and choose Color Overlay, a Layer Style window will pop up. Find the #1 on the screen shot below. You will leave the Blend Mode as Normal and leave the Opacity at 100%. All you will need to do here is click on the little color block to change the color.
Once click on it, the Select Overlay Color window will pop up. Look for the #2 on the screen shot below. You will click on the TOP color square... this is your foreground color. Now look for the #3... I usually just run my mouse over a certain color in my photo... your cursor should change to a little eyedropper, then just click anywhere on the picture to choose your color. Then hit OK on the Select Overlay Color window and hit OK on the Layer Style window. Viola... your word art now matches your layout.
4.) Now we are ready to turn it into a sticker. The first thing you need to do is activate the layer with your element on it. Then, holding down your CTRL key, click on the thumbnail part of the layer. (There should now be marching ants around your element.)
5.) Now we want to put a new layer underneath our element layer. So, making sure your element layer is activated, hold down your CTRL key and click on the New Layer icon in your layers palette as shown below. (Holding down your crtl key will just ensure that when your layer is added, it be automatically added underneath the active layer.)
6.) Now we want to expand the area within the marching ants. Go to your top menu and choose Select and then Modify and then Expand.
7.) When your Expand Selection window comes up, (in this case) I typed in 15. You can always type in a smaller number of pixels for a thinner border or a larger number for a larger border. Then click OK.
8.) Now you will notice that the marching ants around your element have expanded.
9.) Now refer to your Tools Palette and choose your Paint Bucket Tool. (If your Gradient Tool is the icon that shows on your tools palette, you can simply right click it and choose the Paint Bucket tool like I have.) Then click on your TOP color box and change the color to white.
10.) Now, making sure your white border layer is active, simply click somewhere inside the marching ants to fill the expanded area with white.
11.) This will be the result. Now, you can leave it like this if you like, or you can read on to learn how to add a realistic shadow behind it that makes it look almost like it's coming unstuck in places!!
11.) To add our shadow, we will repeat Steps 4 and 5. (Simply click on the icon of the WHITE BORDER layer and then CTRL + click on the thumbnail part of the layer. Then hold down your CTRL key again and click on your New Layer icon.)
12.) Since we want the shadow to be directly behind our "sticker" we will not expand this layer. So skip that step and move right on to Steps 9 and 10, except now we want our color to be black.
13.) Now, make sure your "shadow" layer is active and reduce your opacity to somewhere around 50-65 (depending on how dark your background color is.)
14.) Now, since real shadows appear a bit blurry, lets put a bit of a blur on it. First, hit CTRL + D on your keyboard to get ride of the marching ants. Now, go to Filter and choose Blur and then choose Gaussian Blur.
15.) When your Gaussian Blur Settings window comes up, slide the lever so that it says somewhere between 3-5... 3 being less blurry and 5 being more blurry. You will already notice the shadow beginning to show behind the word art.
16.) Now, in order to make the shadow look even more realistic, we will use our warp tool to warp it just a bit so that appears as if the sticker is coming unstuck in certain places. Go to to your top menu and choose Edit and then choose Transform and then choose Warp.
(**Notice comment from a Photoshop Elements user --- lynette said...
Awww...shucks. I don't think PSE has a warp tool. But, I can get a similar effect using the perspective, skew, and distort tools.Thanks again!!!)
(**NOTE: GREAT instructions from another Photoshop Elements user:
There are two things you can do. Both will give the most realistic effect, but you can do either.
First, go to Filter--Distort--Wave
These are the settings I use
Wavelength Min: 455
Wavelength Max: 470 (you have to enter this number before Min)
Amplitude Min: 1
Amplitude Man: 4
Then click OK
You can stop there or do this next
Brush size: 600
Brush pressure: 50
Click on the bloat tool on the left of the liquify screen. (It looks like an oval with arrows pointing out)
Then you click on the edge of the shadow to bring out whatever part you want. If you mess up you can click revert on the right side of the liquify screen. Keeping the brush really big makes it easier to get a more realistic effect.
Then you can expand the shadow with the move tool if you want it more pronounced.
17.) Once you click on Warp, you will see a grid appear over your element.
18.) Each dot you see on the grid is a warping point. Just click on one of the points and (very slowly) pull it diagnally as shown below. (You only need pull each point slightly... too much of a shadow will appear fake and unrealistic.)
**This will also work for photo frames. Just follow all of these steps on your photo and you will be able to create sort of a "curled" photo frame effect. Again, here is our finished layout:
On my layout, I used:
TAYLORMADE DESIGNS: Lemon Ice paper from the Quench paper pack
PAISLEE PRESS + TAYLORMADE: Mailing Lables Vol. 2
SWEET GENEVIEVE: Week 21 word art and flourish (altered) from 52 Inspirations
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