I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday! I sure did! Santa was very good to me and brought me a Canon Rebel Digial SLR camera! It’s a wonderful gift and I hope I learn to use it beyond the “Auto Everything” setting. I’m thinking of taking a class at our local Community College to learn the basics.
I had been working for several days on these torn strips that I wanted to extract and give away as freebies. The problem is, I was not at all happy with how they turned out. There is no way you can use the pen tool and make it look right and the magic wand tool didn’t work for me either. I tried the background eraser, magic eraser, and extract filter in Photoshop and UGH, crappy looking strips. I wanted the fibers of the tears to be visible to make the tears look realistic. FINALLY I came across an awesome Photoshop filter called Fluid Mask by Vertus. It makes extracting tricky items like hair, smoke, fur, so easy. Wow! I downloaded the free trial and can’t believe how quick the plug-in renders and how easy it was to use (I didn’t even read the instructions and had great results!) And the trial is fully functional, not like many trial plugins that place a huge ugly watermark on your image making it unusable. I am going to have to put this filter to good use for the next two weeks to be sure but so far I am really impressed.
So I extracted these torn strips and was going to write a tutorial on how to use them but in one of my many Google searches for “extracting torn strips digital scrapbook” (or something similar) I found an awesome tutorial by Illustrating Stories and learned some things too! Hop over to learn how to use the torn strips on your layout!
As I was trying to come up with an example I just kind of ran with it and made a layout using one of the first pictures from my new camera this morning! Before adding my title and picture I saved it as a Quick Page and it is included in the .zip along with the strips!
And here’s the preview and download links for the strips and QP: