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Tutorial | DIY Painty Edges

Hi Everyone! Hoping you are all enjoying your April! We are finally getting some warmer weather here in the Northeast, and I’m loving it. Ironically, 50 degrees in April is totally different than 50 degrees in October. April is better in my opinion, lol!

Today, I’m going to show you how to add some painty edges to your papers, photos or any layer that you wish. I haven’t tried it yet, but maybe even on a flower. This technique is perfect for journal and pocket cards too! Here is my final layout:

For my example, I’ve used the Rise and Shine Papers and Pretties that are a part of the April 2015 BYOC at the Lilypad! Such a beautiful collection, that can totally be used for mornings, summer, and beach layouts.

First step is to select the item that you want to add the painty edge to in the Layers Palette – mine is a the background paper. Click on the thumbnail twice to
get the marching ants. (Good thing they never tire out, lol!) You will want to create a layer above the layer that has the marching ants. My Layers Palette is below.

 

Next, you will choose File > Edit > Stroke, and a pop up menu will appear. I’ve chosen a width of 50 pixels, but you can make your edge larger or smaller. Remember, the edge will change, and one you click ok, it will just look like a solid line, not a painty line. We are getting there. Press D to deselect the marching ants.

 

Once I hit ok, this is the edge that I have on my layout. It’s a nice edge and all, and we could blend it in, but for me, I want a painty look, maybe because my photo base is water.

 

Next, you will choose Filter > Blur > Motion Blur from the menus. A pop up menu will appear. I’ve chosen the settings to be at a 45 degree angle, and a distance of 120 pixels. The distance will determine how far away from the edge the blur will be. The higher the number, the larger your edge will be. Here is the view of my pop up menu.

 

Next, you will choose Filter > blur > Radial. I have my settings at 25 for the amount, Spin, and good. This will just determine how much of the edge will look circular. A higher number makes the 4 corners heavy in edging and rounded, with a lower edge seen on the straight sides.

 

Ok. Here’s the fun part. We will liquify! lol! Choose Filter > Liquify. A large screen will pop up, and you will see your whole edge/layer on the right.
I’ve left my settings on the default for the liquify. The brush setting was perfect size for the 50 px stroke. My settings for the Tool are: Brush Size 100, Brush Density 50, Brush Pressure 100. All other settings were not touched (there are a lot there, and I wanted to share an easy DIY Painty look!)

Once I hit ok, my computer did some work for a minute, and then I was brought to the final image. Looks a little painty, and it perfectly matches my kit. You can change the blend mode if you like, but this actually was perfect on “normal.” I did change the opacity to 70, so I could see the background paper through the edge.

 

Again, my final layout. 🙂
Easy, fun, and not messy! A perfect DIY Painty Edge. I’d love to see what you create. Thanks for visiting and have fun trying out this tutorial!
Jenn/jk703

 

 

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Eve Lyne
    April 15, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Great tutorial. Thank you!
    ~danesa

  • Reply
    Eve Lyne
    April 15, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Great tutorial. Thank you!
    ~danesa

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    LizJ
    April 17, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Thank you so much! I have always wondered how that is done.

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    LizJ
    April 17, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Thank you so much! I have always wondered how that is done.

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    suruha
    May 14, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    I have seen this before, but, not like this! This way is far better! Thank you so much!

    Su

  • Reply
    suruha
    May 14, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    I have seen this before, but, not like this! This way is far better! Thank you so much!

    Su

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