Thursday, February 25, 2010

Proclamation to the Family Photo Overlay Tutorial

I have this hanging up in my home and get asked quite often how I made it.

So...here's how.


I used Adobe Photoshop CS3, but this can be done in any version of Photoshop. The first time I made this was in Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0.

1. In Photoshop, click File - New (Ctrl+N). Set the width to 8 inches and height to 10 inches, with at least 200 pixels/inch. (I like to do mine at 300 pixels/inch). Click ok. From now on I will refer to this as the project.

2. Open (Ctrl+O) a copy of "The Family: A Proclamation to the World". (I got mine by scanning my paper copy and saving it as a jpeg file.) Using your move tool (V), click on the Proclamation, then drag it to your project that you started in step 1. Resize by grabbing the dots in the corner with your move tool. Make sure to hold down the shift key while resizing so the width and height change proportionally. You should now have your Proclamation all set.

3. Open (Ctrl+O) the photo you would like to use. Using the same method in step 2, drag your image onto your project, and resize as necessary.

4. Now you will notice that your picture is hiding the proclamation. We need to move it behind the proclamation. If you glance over in your layers palette, you will see something similar to this: (If you can't see your layers palette, click on window in the top toolbar and select layers).

To move layer 3 behind layer 2, make sure layer 3 is highlighted in your layers palette (if not, simply click on it in your layers palette), then hit Ctrl+[ (the key right above the quotation mark key).
5. Layer 2 (The Proclamation) should now be showing. Click on it in your layers palette. At the top of your layers palette is an option that says Opacity. Click on the button by 100% and start dragging it lower. You will notice your image starting to appear through the proclamation. Play around with the opacity until you have it the way you like it. I chose 40%.6. That's it! Now we just need to save it. Click File -Save As... (Shift+Ctrl+S). Name it then make sure to change the format to jpeg. Now all you have to do is print it off as an 8x10.You can make them in black & white, color, family, engagement, wedding, etc. They make great wedding gifts if you use the couple's wedding announcement photo! Have fun with it and don't hesitate to ask questions if you have any!
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31 comments:

  1. I'm so featuring this amazing tutorial!! Thank you!

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  2. could this work with a horizontal picture?

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  3. I LOVE this! I'm so bummed I don't have a good family vertical picture, ours are all horizontal.

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  4. Very cool! It is amazing all the things you can create with Photoshop!

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  5. You can do a horizontal photo as well, just layout the poem or lyrics that way to "fit" :)

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  6. Beautiful!
    I found you on UCreate.

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  7. Thanks soooo much for this awesome tutorial...I have never seen this and luv it! Hope you have a FUN day!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  8. I did this a couple of months ago (http://craftedition.blogspot.com/2009/12/photo-document.html) and an even easier way is to open a photo, fade the color, and then print it directly onto The Proclamation (just run The Proclamation through your printer) - I love the look of it!

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  9. Suzie-
    Some horizontal pictures can work if you can crop it to an 8x10. If you want, send me your picture and I'll see what I can do!

    Thanks everyone for the love! It's making my day!!!!

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  10. Oh my glory!!!! These are AMAZING!!! I must have one!!! Hugs! Sariah

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  11. WOW!!!! Great idea, thanks for sharing the how to. I just got photoshop a few months ago, so this will be a great project to test it on!

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  12. I can't get your email link to work. Can you email me.
    Thanks,
    Liz
    lizabet_00@yahoo.com

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  13. You're so creative, I'm super impressed!
    God's blessings,
    Sarah :D

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  14. Hi! I found your blog through U Create. Thank you very much for this idea. Perfect gift for anniversary too..

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  15. I loved this little project so much that I already made mine. My son get's married in 8 short weeks. Perfect gift! Thanks!

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  16. Such a handy tutorial...and one that makes me want to splurge and buy CS3!

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  17. I meant CS4...but CS3 would be an imporvement too! ;D

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  18. What a great idea, thanks for sharing!

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  19. I just ADORE your blog, and have been following it for a while now. You are so talented, thank you, for sharing.

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  20. I LOVE this!! I just Googled and came across it, I was just called to doing the "monthly" meeting and we are doing the families this month and thought this would be great idea.Do you have any ideas on how I could have this be a project for the ladies to work on? C_bee29@msn.com

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  21. We got one of these for our wedding, and I've been wondering how they did it. Thanks for posting!

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  22. What a wonderful project! I can't wait to try it!

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  23. I love this and have had it in my Crafts file as a To Do for Super Saturday or something. What I would like to do is get a group of people together no more than 10 and see if you could do this for them. Of course we would pay you something for your help - but I was thinking this would be a great Craft for my "Girls Night Out" craft group. What do you think or say?? Please e-mail me @ tessamei@cox.net. Thanks,

    Erin

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  24. Can a semi transparent photo just be printed directly onto an already printed proclamation?

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  25. LaRon and jNae- I haven't ever tried printing a semi-transparent photo directly onto the proclamation. It sounds like it could work. I would say it's worth a try and if it works - Great! If you test it out, let me know how it turns out.

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  26. this is so awesome! and I totally am using it for a present for our anniversary!

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  27. love it, love it, love it!!!!!!!!!!! can i still send you my family picture?

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  28. Can I still send you a picture, also? I LOVE this!!

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  29. Hi, I came across your blog and subscribed. I realize you are super busy with your kiddos and I don't personally know you, but if you ever get a spare moment could I send you a picture so you could do this for me? I do not have photoshop or any other such software... Thanks, Heather

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    1. Of course you can still send me a picture! I would love to help you out. Please send me an email with the picture you would like (sewdangcute@gmail.com). Thanks!

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  30. This is awesome! I am doing a wedding book on blurb for my nephew and his new wife. They were just sealed in the San Diego temple, and it was beautiful! They are going to love this! Thank you! I found you on Pinterest :)

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