I have been asked how I take scanned memorabilia and add it to my digital scrapbooks.  This is something I love to do because it adds a touch of Disney to my pages and it is typically something personal and holds a special memory for me and my family.

Over the next couple of weeks I will be using Photoshop Elements 10 to show you 3 techniques I use when working with Disney memorabilia.

Part 1 : Using the Marquee Tool to create a basic shape Element  – Great for stickers and objects that are circles and squares.

Part 2 : Using the Magic Wand to create an odd shape Element (high contrast background) – Great for solid color elements on a white background.

Part 3 : Using the Magnetic Lasso Tool to create an odd shape Element (low contrast background) – Works with any image where the borders are blurred by similar colors.

I am using Photoshop Elements but most Scrapbooking programs have tools similar to the ones I will be using.

Making Digital Embellishments from your Disney Memorabilia

Today we are working with basic shapes.  The only tool you will need today is:

  • Marquee Tool –  The marquee tools allow you to select a specific area of a photo and only work within it so you do not alter other parts at the same time.
Creating Scrapbook Embellishments using Disney Memorabilia and Photoshop Elements

Marquee Tool (also known as Marching Ants)

BEFORE YOU BEGIN: Once you have an image scanned and imported into Photoshop, the first thing you need to do is Layer from Background. Most scanned in objects will be created as a background layer that cannot be modified.   Right click on the layer with the memorabilia on it and click ‘Layer from Background‘.  You can now edit the image.

Creating Scrapbook Embellishments using Disney Memorabilia and Photoshop Elements

Layer from Background

Step 1: Now click on the Marquee tool and select the shape (oval or square) that works for your memorabilia.  Holding down the mouse key create a shape that covers the element.

  • HINT 1:  Click and hold down the SHIFT key while you are making the selection the shape will keep the selection a perfect square or circle.
  • HINT 2: Start your selection from the center of the element and click and hold the ALT key while making the selection will let you work from the center rather than the edges.
  • HINT 3: Use SHIFT and ALT together while making the selection is the easiest way to capture circles and square elements.
Creating Scrapbook Embellishments using Disney Memorabilia and Photoshop Elements

Step 1 : Initial Selection

Step 2: If you are like me, you may not have completely covered the element.  To resize the selection.  Move your mouse inside the selection and right click (mac: CTRL) and select ‘Transform Selection’.  This will show handles around the selection that will let you resize and move the selection so that it covers most of your element.

Creating Scrapbook Embellishments using Disney Memorabilia and Photoshop Elements

Step 2 : Fine Tuning Your Selection

Step 3: Once you have the element selected as you like, click on the Marquee tool and then right click inside the element and choose ‘Select Inverse’.   This will allow us to delete the outside of the element rather the element itself.

Creating Scrapbook Embellishments using Disney Memorabilia and Photoshop Elements

Step 3 : Selecting the Inverse (Background rather than Element)

Step 4: Make sure that you have selected the layer with the element.  Now just click on the DELETE key to remove anything around your selection.

  • HINT 1: Before you hit DELETE ensure that the top menu has Feather: 0 px to get crisp edges.
  • HINT 2: When you hit DELETE if the background turns red then you did not ‘Layer from Background’.   Undo the DELETE and then right click on the layer.  Chose ‘Layer from Background’ and then click DELETE again.
Creating Scrapbook Embellishments using Disney Memorabilia and Photoshop Elements

Step 4 : Deleting the Area around the Element

You now have an element you can save as a png to use in your projects.

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You can use the element as is or you may want to add a border, shadow, or even a bevel style on it.   The options are endless.

Today I walked you through Using the Marquee Tool to create a basic shape Element.  I hope you found it useful and will enjoy adding memorabilia to your albums and projects.

Next time I will focus on Using the Magic Wand to create an odd shape Element (high contrast background).

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