How to Make Digital Decorative Paper

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Many scrapbookers love designing and creating beautiful layouts to show off their favorite pages. But sometimes, the paper crafter doesn't have the right color or design to highlight that special photo. This is where digital paper creation enters the picture. You can make background decorative papers with the exact colors, shades and designs you want, with little to no cost, except printing. Follow a few basic steps to get started creating your own paper.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Program such as Adobe Photoshop, Corel Photo-Paint or Wacom
  • Open a new file in your software program.

  • Set the size you want -- the most common sizes are 12 inches by 12 inches and 8 1/5 inches by 11 inches.

  • Select a DPI of 300, if you want to print the page.

  • Set the initial background color to white. You will change this later.

  • Select a color from the color palette and double-click on it to fill your white page. You can stop at this point for solid colors or continue on to add texture to the paper or to add more colors.

  • Add another color by clicking on the color palette again.

  • Add another layer on top of the first layer. This will allow you to keep the bottom layer unchanged while making changes or adjusting only the top layer.

  • Use different tools such as the paintbrush tool or the line tool to add texture and dimension to your paper. Experiment with different transparencies, opacity and colors until you achieve the desired effect.

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