Digital Scrapbooking: Your Questions Answered

by Lain Ehmann on January 29, 2012

Today I’m sharing with you my answers to questions that scrapbookers have asked me.

I’ve included video tutorials showing the simplest method I’ve found for each question. It is quite possible that there are other ways to do these things, but I try to make things easy for you by showing you the quick way!

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions, I’d love to hear from you.

Recolouring part of an item

  1. Open your tag file
  2. Save as a new name (so we don’t break the original)
  3. Using the magic wand tool – set the tolerance to 50
  4. Click on the coloured border
  5. Shift click until the whole border is selected
  6. Press Ctrl+J to create a new layer with just the border
  7. Click Layer, New Fill Layer, Solid Color
  8. Click OK
  9. Click OK (yes your whole screen will be filled with colour – don’t stress!)
  10. Press Ctrl+G so that the Solid Color Layer will clip to the border only
  11. Double click on the Solid Color Thumbnail
  12. Then use the eye dropper tool to select a colour you want to use from your layout
  13. Click OK
  14. Now the border should match the new colour you have selected.

Adding a border to a 4×6 photo

Michelle wrote in with a question about Photoshop Elements…

I was wondering how to print white borders on 4×6 photos in PSE.  I see the option to print borders when I select print, but they never come out even no matter what # I choose.


It seems there’s a bug with printing borders on your images. Photoshop Elements add them to outside of your image, so if you print on 4×6 paper, they don’t appear.

How to print a border on your image

For those not in the know, you can set the borders by going to File, Print, then clicking on More options
I can see the borders if I choose a bigger paper size, but not for 4×6 paper. I can understand you would want to easily print on 4×6 without cropping your photo from a larger sheet!

Add a border to your image

To work around this issue:
  1. Open your image
  2. Crop your photo to 3.75×4.75 (for a 1/4 in border)
  3. Go to image, resize, Canvas size
  4. Set it to 4x6in with a white canvas extension colour
  5. Print away!

Text on a Path in PSE 10

This is the most talked about feature in PSE 10, but below I have a few tips for thos with PSE9 and earlier wanting similar effects.

  1. Select the Text on a Custom Path tool (Click and hold the text tool to show the Text on a Custom Path tool)
  2. Click and drag to create your path
  3. Click on the path and type your text

Text inside a Shape in PSE 10


Everyone is excited about Text on a Path, but I love text *in* a shape best!

  1. Draw a shape using the Custom Shape tool
  2. Click within the shape using the text tool (be sure the text colour is different to your shape colour!)
  3. Type your text
  4. Hide the shape by clicking on the Eye icon in the the Layers panel if you don’t want the shape to show on your finished page

Text on a Path in PSE 9 and earlier

Just because you don’t have Photoshop Elements 10 doesn’t mean you have to miss out on text on a path. I walk you through how to use pre-made text paths and text box shapes in  Photoshop Elements 9 or earlier.

See how you can resize, rotate and use the paragraph alignment settings to get different effects.

Create a watermark on your image

I had a question from one of my readers recently:

How do I go about adding (c) copyright type watermark to multiple images in Photoshop Elements?

You may want to do this if you are uploading your photos on the web, so I thought I’d share this with you too! Using the Process Multiple Images feature in Photoshop Elements you can batch process your images and resize, add a water mark and more.

Watch the video or read on below for step by step instructions.

  1. Go to the file menu – then click Process Multiple files.
  2. Navigate to the folder of images you want to process. (or open them first and work with the opened files)
  3. Put in the details of how you want to alter the images (resizing etc)
  4. Leave anything you want to keep the same blank
  5. Add your copyright message into the custom text box on the right hand side – see screen shot below (You can insert a copyright logo by typing Alt+0169 on the numeric keypad, or just copy and paste this one into the text field ©)
  6. Click OK
  7. Wait for Photoshop to process each of the files
  8. The resulting image looks like this:

Fix a photo in Photoshop Elements Quick Edit Mode

Photoshop Elements has some great photo editing features- here is show a couple of ways that you can improve your photos in just minute!

Want to have better photos?

Go from bland to brilliant using just Photoshop Elements.

  • Turn your overcast skies blue
  • Clean away food from your baby’s face
  • Create a perfect group shot – where everyone is smiling & has their eyes open!
  • Get rid of red eyes.

I’ll teach you how to fix your photos using Photoshop Elements quickly, so you can get on with scrapbooking!

The workshop includes:

  • One click fixes for photos
  • Step by step instructions for common photo problems
What are you waiting for? Buy now and in 30 minutes you will be on your way to better photos!


Digital Scrapbooking Primer

Did you miss the earlier posts? This month I’ve shared 20 digital scrapbooking videos with you:


I’d love to hear your questions in the comments of this post, what do you want to know about Photoshop Elements?

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 free 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!

My work has been featured at The Daily Digi, Scrapbookgraphics, and the Daily Scrapper. I’m currently on the team for Wendyzine Scraps and was published in the 2012 Log your Memory Memory Logbook.

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  • Barb in AK

    Wow, Melissa!   I’m really impressed with your PSE tutorials!  Thanks for sharing them all.
      I am fascinated with the Follow the Path and the Text in a Shape.  You said it can be used with PSE 9 and earlier.  I have PSE 3.  Will those techniques really work for me?

  • Ritaymca

    Thanks Lain & Melissa for showing easy fixes and ideas. Much appreciated.

  • Anonymous

    All the credit goes to Melissa!!! :)

  • Melissa Shanhun

    Hi Barb. I’m not sure about PSE3 – I’ve only used PSE5 and onwards, but you can give it a shot! :)

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