Create your own Project Life cards in Photoshop Elements

by Lain Ehmann on November 1, 2012

Today we have a guest post from Melissa Shanhun of DigitalScrapbookingHQ.com. She’s teaching us how to create Project Life cards in PSE.
Finished Project Life card with photo, word art, date and journalling

Do you love the idea of adding journalling, wordart and more to your photos?

Would you like to create your own Project Life cards?

There are a couple of basic techniques you can use to go from a plain photo to a fully fledged card with all the bells and whistles.

Putting text onto a photo

This is one digital technique all scrapbookers can learn and use, whether or not you are using Project Life.

  1. Open your photo in Photoshop Elements
  2. Click on File -Save As to save your photo as a Photoshop Document file. PSD files retain layers and can be edited later.
  3. Use to crop tool to select the size you want your photo to print at (3×4 or 4×6 for Project Life at 300dpi)
  4. Click on the type tool (AKA the text tool!)
  5. Click and drag to draw a text box
  6. Type your text
  7. Edit the colour/font etc as you wish
  8. Click the green tick (check mark) to apply the changes
  9. Save your work!
  10. Print at home via File – Print or File - Save as a high quality JPEG for online printing

I always recommend you save them as a PSD first, then edit and then save a new JPEG for printing or using in a layout. This also allows you to come back to the original if you ever need to.

 

Add Word Art to a Photo

Want to add some word art or a digital embellishment to your card? This is the process for you!

  1. Open your photo in Photoshop Elements
  2. Click on File -Save As to save your photo as a Photoshop Document file. PSD files retain layers and can be edited later.
  3. Use to crop tool to select the size you want your photo to print at (3×4 or 4×6 for Project Life at 300dpi)
  4. Click File – Place and browse to find your word art
  5. Move, rotate and resize the word art using the handles
  6. Click the green tick to apply the changes
  7. Save your work!
  8. Print at home via File – Print or File - Save as a high quality JPEG for online printing

Create your own Project Life Card

In this video I show you how you can create your own template for your card, with a spot for a photo and journalling

  1. Click File – New – Blank File …
  2. Fill out the details to create a 3×4 inch 300 dpi card (or which ever size you’d like to create) 
  3. Select the Shape tool
  4. Click and drag to create an area for your photo (I refer to this as a photo spot)
  5. Click on the type tool 
  6. Click and drag to create an area for your journalling
  7. Click on File -Save As to save your photo as a Photoshop Document file. PSD files retain layers and can be edited later (you can use it again and again!).

Fill out your Card

  1. Open your PSD card and save it as a new name
  2. Click on the photo spot
  3. Click File – Place and browse to find your photo
  4. Move, rotate and resize the photo using the handles
  5. Use Ctrl+G or Command+G (or use the menu Layer – Create Clipping mask) to clip your photo into the photo spot
  6. Click the green tick to apply the changes
  7. Click on the type tool 
  8. Click in the journalling area to type your journalling
  9. Add word art if desired
  10. Save your work!
  11. Print at home via File – Print or File - Save as a high quality JPEG for online printing

Shutterfly’s Project Life Books

Did you know you can upload these card to Shutterfly’s photobooks?

Just  create a new photobook, select Becky Higgins as the designer and you can choose for

For more details head over to my Project Life page at Digital Scrapbooking HQ

Finished Project Life card with photo, word art, date and journallingWish someone already did this for you?

You can download my sample 3×4 card template and my love daddy word art to try yourself.

Download here

Questions?

I’d love to hear your questions in the comments of this post, do you use Photoshop Elements to help you in your project life?

2010 Melissa

I’m Melissa Shanhun, digital scrapbooking educator and owner of Digital Scrapbooking HQ where I answer your digital scrapbooking questions with video tutorials, one-on-one classes and live online workshops.

I’ve been using my computer to create beautiful things for about 15 years now. I’ve spent 10 years working in graphic design using a variety of software systems including Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. I’ve also taught a University unit on presentation systems and graphic design for the past few years.

I’ve been focusing my skills on digital scrapbooking since October 2007, and I’ve been teaching in person classes in Perth, Western Australia since 2009. In 2011 I launched Digital Scrapbooking HQ, where I’m creating a unique system where you can get your Photoshop questions answered and you can use your computer to do what you want it to do.

My work has been published by Log you Memory, The Daily Digi, Scrapbookgraphics, and the Daily Scrapper. I’m currently an Ella Publishing Friend, on the team for Wendyzine Scraps.

If you’d like to learn more about using Photoshop Elements in your scrapbooking you’ll love Fabulous Photos

Learn Photoshop Elements while improving and beautifying your photos.

Melissa shows you how you can use Photoshop Elements to create gorgeous photo effects without the fuss.

You’ll leave with the confidence to create on your own.

What you will learn

  • How to add journalling to a photo
  • How to add a frame or distress the edges of your photo
  • How to add pops of colour to a black and white image
  • How to print multiple photos on one page

This will be an introductory workshop on Photoshop Elements – you’ll be learning while you improve your existing photos for use in your scrapbooking, either paper or digital.

What you’ll receive

  • An easy to follow introductory workshop on using Photoshop Elements
  • A full colour handout
  • Workshop slides
  • High quality video of the techniques demonstrated.

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  • Melinda T

    Great tutorial! Thank you for sharing! I’ll have to try this out!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lainehmann Lain Chroust Ehmann

    Isn’t Melissa great? :)

  • Kelley Fewer

    This is great! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial :)

  • http://digitalscrapbookinghq.com/ Melissa Shanhun

    Thanks Kelley – I’d love to see – so link me up if you post a picture online :)

  • http://digitalscrapbookinghq.com/ Melissa Shanhun

    Thanks Melinda – I’m glad you enjoyed it

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