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This is Trish having no clue what-so-ever what to call this tutorial that I hope you enjoy.
The effect that this tutorial is covering is this:
(^using papers from Eva Kipler's My Happiness Quotient from Sweet Shoppe)
or for a better idea, the picture in this layout also uses that effect:
(^credits for that page are here)
It's a rather simple effect to create, and gives your pages more of a sense of being actually handmade.
First off go to your tools bar and look for your lasso tool, it should be with your other selection tools.
That lasso... it ain't the one you want. Right click it and select Polygonal Lasso.
Now comes the fun, easy part! I'll show you, first, that you can use it to pull some design from one paper and use it as an element. The same way you would if you were making a paper scrap page and you wanted to cut out a piece of another paper to use on your page.
Zoom in on your design and then pick your starting point. The amount of edge you want around it is up to you... or how much room you actually have to leave around it. Just take your lasso and click where you want to start. This lasso only does straight lines, so you're going to go around your item in a series of small straight lines, like so:
Just keep going around your item like that. Once you get back to your starting point a little circle should pop up with your lasso, that means that's where you can close the selection.
Once you've closed the selection go to Edit>Copy and then Edit>Paste or.... just push CTRL+J (that's new layer via copy btw). And viola! You have a fun little cut out that looks like you really and truly roughly cut something out with scissors.
You can also do this with photos
Let me know if you have any questions or if you need something explained more.
mom of: Zach (10), Ryan (8), Bella (5), Mason (2), and pollywog #5 due 12/04/14