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Create a retro scrapbook

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General, by The Photoshop Creative Team
June 2, 2011

Merge photos and patterns to create a retro-inspired scrapbook design

Us Photoshop Creative types can’t resist a cake, nor can we resist playing around with scrapbooks, so this tutorial seemed the perfect combination for us! Discover how to use patterns and photos to make eye-catching displays. Don’t feel limited by the recipe theme – this process will work with any type of image you like.

Here’s an excerpt…


Everyone loves cake. Or at least they should do! But a cake recipe scribbled on a bit of scrap paper and shoved into a box just isn’t being given the appreciation it deserves. So why not make your recipes look as appealing and delicious as the cakes themselves?

In this tutorial we’ll create a simple retro inspired scrapbook page, perfect for your favourite cupcake recipe. You’ll be taken through the whole process, from using the Pattern Fill tool to Free Transforming. We’ll be using layer masks to set photographs within a Polaroid border, and adding drop shadows to various elements to give a 3D feel to the page. There’s even a quick and easy method to give a photograph a simple sketched effect.

All the elements you will need to complete this tutorial are supplied on the CD, including photos, a paper texture and some colourful sprinkles. We even made our very own chocolate cupcakes to take photographs of; it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it! On the CD you’ll also find a pink and brown striped pattern which will set the colour theme for the recipe page, but if you’d like to take the look of your recipe page in a different direction we’ll also show you how to make your own pattern in Photoshop, and you can use any choice of colours you like.

You should also try out the cake recipe we’ve included on our scrapbook page. They’re delicious, trust us!