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November 26th, 2008, 06:38 AM
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Hi. I'm fairly new, so I'm still clueless about some things.. so, could someone help me with stitches?
I love the way stitching looks on pages. I'll use this one by Kay Miller as an example:



Also notice the stitching on the circle paper w/ the journaling. I love the look of that, but I have no idea how to do it. I did download a brush pack, but brushes aren't easy to work with, unless I'm missing something there, too. If they're in a straight, horizontal line, there's no way to curve them into a circle, right? LoL Plus, they look so flat. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Either to some elements or how to even make my own in photoshop? Thanks so much
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December 1st, 2008, 07:55 PM
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Hey!
I apologize, I'm not one to know how to create your own stitching and I haven't really found anything real great for stitches in any of the kits I've downloaded. I am going to check with a few others and see if they would be able to help you out!
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December 2nd, 2008, 12:32 AM
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Stitching like that most likely comes in an elements pack. I know Annick Philibert has some in her store at scraporchard.com, I've seen some in Flergs store at scrapbookgraphics.com, and in kits many other places.
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December 2nd, 2008, 05:16 AM
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Stitching is actually rather simple to do in Photoshop! (I have CS3 - so my instructions may vary for different versions)

It may sound a bit daunting at first, but if you follow these instructions you'll be amazed that it's really much simpler then it seems.

You mention you downloaded stitching brushes. I'm not sure if they the right shape, the brush I made for a zigzag stitch looks like this:

So you will need to use that brush and then go to your brush presets. (You should be able to open your brush presets by pressing F5) I keep my brush preset window docked on the side because I use it alot!

In your brush preset, you want to click on "Brush tip shape" and space out your stitching so it looks right. (By moving the slider for the spacing option)

It should look like this:

One more option to look at in the brush preset and then we are ready to start stitching.

Click on "Shape Dynamic" and make sure that all your sliders are at 0% (They probably will be if you don't regularly play with yours like I do with mine) and in the "Control" drop down box under angle jitter, select the option "Direction"



Your brush is now ready to start brushing. Now depending on what you want to stitch, you can do different things! You can just freely brush on your layout if you want a messy stitching type of look, you can hold down the shift key while brushing to keep the stitching in a straight line or you can stitch around a shape by using stroke path.

So to stoke a path you need to select the layer with the object you wish to stitch around. and on your layer panel right click on the image of your layer and select "Select pixels"



Create a new layer on top of that shape then go to the "paths" panel and click on "Make work path from selection" The icon looks like this:

If you are sure you have your new layer selected and your brush selected, then click on "Stroke path with brush" The icon looks like this:

Right click on your work path and choose delete path.

You can then play with the styles to give it more depth and realism by playing with embossing and drop shadows.

I promise it all sounds more difficult then it is
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December 11th, 2008, 01:03 PM
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Stitching is actually rather simple to do in Photoshop! (I have CS3 - so my instructions may vary for different versions)

It may sound a bit daunting at first, but if you follow these instructions you'll be amazed that it's really much simpler then it seems.

You mention you downloaded stitching brushes. I'm not sure if they the right shape, the brush I made for a zigzag stitch looks like this:

So you will need to use that brush and then go to your brush presets. (You should be able to open your brush presets by pressing F5) I keep my brush preset window docked on the side because I use it alot!

In your brush preset, you want to click on "Brush tip shape" and space out your stitching so it looks right. (By moving the slider for the spacing option)

It should look like this:

One more option to look at in the brush preset and then we are ready to start stitching.

Click on "Shape Dynamic" and make sure that all your sliders are at 0% (They probably will be if you don't regularly play with yours like I do with mine) and in the "Control" drop down box under angle jitter, select the option "Direction"



Your brush is now ready to start brushing. Now depending on what you want to stitch, you can do different things! You can just freely brush on your layout if you want a messy stitching type of look, you can hold down the shift key while brushing to keep the stitching in a straight line or you can stitch around a shape by using stroke path.

So to stoke a path you need to select the layer with the object you wish to stitch around. and on your layer panel right click on the image of your layer and select "Select pixels"



Create a new layer on top of that shape then go to the "paths" panel and click on "Make work path from selection" The icon looks like this:

If you are sure you have your new layer selected and your brush selected, then click on "Stroke path with brush" The icon looks like this:

Right click on your work path and choose delete path.

You can then play with the styles to give it more depth and realism by playing with embossing and drop shadows.

I promise it all sounds more difficult then it is [/b]
Wow. Thank you so much! I know I'm behind on replying LoL I never thought it would be semi easy to just do it myself. I'll have to try that out right now I actually lost the elements I had downloaded and they're no longer available. so, this is perfect!
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December 12th, 2008, 01:50 PM
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If you need the right brushes, here are some I made:

http://www.4shared.com/file/74683037/eea56...ng_brushes.html
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I am so happy that you posted this! I was just looking for how to do this the other day and there wasn't much help where I was looking. Thanks!
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