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Photoshop Friday Episode 8 : Stroke A Border

Welcome (back) to Photoshop Friday! I am so excited to bring Photoshop Friday back and we are starting off with a bang!

For those of you who are new to Photoshop Friday, you are in for a treat. Every week I will bring you 3 short video tutorials that will teach you a new technique in Photoshop that you can then use on digital scrapbooking layouts, hybrid layouts, cards, and so much more. Before you know it, you will have a whole arsenal full of cool Photoshop tricks. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday of every week, I will feature tutorial videos from my past Photoshop Fridays. 

In addition to the video tutorial, you will receive a layered PSD template to make your own digital layout and you will receive a PDF instruction sheet. Not only do these PDFs have all of the video instructions in written format, but they also are full of gorgeous layouts from our Creative Team. They will show you how to take the technique you learned and apply it to a different layout for a whole new look. How cool is that?

Ready to get started? Today we are going to learn how to use the stroke feature in Photoshop to create a cool outline around our journaling or a title. I will also show you how you can use your drawing tools to erase part of the stroke in different areas to add to the overall design of the layout.

When you are done with the tutorial, make sure you check the PDF to see how our Creative Team has taken this technique and applied it to journaling as well as titles. To add a stroke to the title, all you need to do is control + click or command + click on your thumbnail of your title layer. Make a new layer. Then use the stroke feature to create an outline around the title. Increase the pixel size of your stroke to get a bolder outline.

Here is the layout that I created using this technique. This also gives a sneak peak at the template that you will be working with today.

Step 1: Downloads

2. Download the printable PDF instruction sheet here. Make sure that you have the most current version of Adobe Reader found here.

Step 2: Video Tutorial

Here you can watch the video tutorial. It was filmed in Photoshop Elements, but it works the same in Photoshop CS3/CS4/CS5.

Step 3: Complete & Share

Create your layout with the Photoshop Friday template and customize it with your own pictures and digi supplies. When you are done, tag us or share it on my Facebook page, Pinterest it and let the world see the beauty you've created! I would love to see your creations!

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