Tutorial: Scrapping with Multi-Photo Quick Pages (Part 1)

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As we enter week two of the 275 Photos Challenge, thanks to the incredibly talented scrappers over at Oscraps, our gallery is now brimming with many beautiful and inspiring layouts.  I am so impressed with the creativity everyone is bringing to this challenge and am excited to try out many of the themes and techniques I’ve seen in these pages myself.

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There have also been a few requests for a tutorial that can provide a little extra guidance for both new and experienced scrappers on how to scrap with Quick Pages that have multiple photo windows.  Since I have a number of Quick Page albums in my shoppe and have focused most of my recent scrapping on multi-photo pages, I am very happy to share some of the tips & tricks I’ve gathered along the way.  I am far from a skilled tutorial creator though, but I will try my very best!

Please note – all of my tutorials are designed to be used with Adobe Photoshop.  My screenshots are taken from Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 – though any of the newer editions will have the same tools. 

It’s also important to note that scrapping with multiple photos is a labour intensive project.  When you take on a page designed to showcase five, 10 and even 25 photos, both your time and patience will be tested.  Having now completed and printed four photo books loaded with multi-photo pages, I can offer both a virtual hug 🙂 and reassurance that all of this effort will be rewarded once you see, not just a couple, but dozens of your photos brought to life on just a few pages.  It really is the coolest thing!

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A page from my recently printed Autumn Album

This is a two-part series using two very different approaches to scrap multi-photo Quick Pages.  Today I bring you my go-to, the Drop & Clip Technique.   Tomorrow, it’s all about photo masks and the Photo Mask Set Technique.

This tutorial uses a Quick Page from the Still Life Collection: White Space 12×12 Album available in my shoppe.

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Scrapping with Multi-Photo Quick Pages: The Drop & Clip Technique

If you are reasonably comfortable with your Photoshop program and have a steady, free-styling friendly hand, this is by far the easiest and quickest method to scrap your photos. Essentially, instead of using a solid photo mask, you are creating an invisible photo mask shaped and customized by you using the Polygonal Lasso Tool to crop your photo to fit the size of the window.

Step 1: Getting Started

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Once you have opened your Quick Page, copy and paste your first photo onto the layer below the Quick Page.  Reposition and resize your photo to display the contents you wish to showcase in the window.

Step 2: Clipping your First Photo

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At this point you will want to get up close to the target Quick Page window.  Select the Polygonal Lasso Tool and use this to outline your photo.  Be sure to outline your photo close to the window’s edge, but still leave a little breathing space around the photo (as demonstrated with the dotted line in the screenshot).

Step 3: Pasting Your Photo

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Copy and paste the new clipped version of your photo onto the layer below the Quick Page.  This newly clipped version of your photo should be slightly larger than the target window, but not large enough to spill over into neighboring windows.  Your original photo can now be hidden in the layers palate.

Step 4: Clipping Your Second Photo

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Follow the exact same steps you used to clip your first photo.  First, copy and paste your second photo onto the layer below the newly clipped first photo. Then, reposition and resize your second photo to display the contents you wish to showcase in this window.

Select the Polygonal Lasso Tool and use this to outline your photo.  Again, be sure to outline your photo close to the window’s edge, but still leave a little breathing space around the photo (as demonstrated with the dotted line in the screenshot).

Step 5: Pasting Your Photo

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Copy and paste the new clipped version of your second photo onto the layer below the newly clipped version of your first photo.  This newly clipped version of your second photo should be slightly larger than the target window, but not large enough to spill over into neighboring windows.  Your original photo can now be hidden in the layers palate.

Step 6: Clipping Your Third Photo

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Same steps as above – copy and paste your third photo onto the layer below the newly clipped second photo.  Reposition and resize your third photo to display the contents you wish to showcase in the window.

Select the Polygonal Lasso Tool and use this to outline your photo.  Again, be sure to outline your photo close to the window’s edge, but still leave a little breathing space around the photo.

Step 7: Finishing off Your Page

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No different than how you clipped the first and second photos, after setting up the Polygonal Lasso Tool outline, copy and paste the new clipped version of your third photo onto the layer below the newly clipped version of your second photo.  Your original photo can now be hidden in the layers palate.

Since all of the drop shadows are done for you on the Quick Page, your next steps are to add journaling, titles and any additional elements to the layers above the Quick Page.

Your page is now complete!

For this tutorial, I’ve used a Quick Page with three windows, but you can easily repeat all of these steps to fill in Quick Pages with additional windows.

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Quick Tip:  As you progress onto using Quick Pages with 10 or more windows make use of your magnifying tool to ensure you get close to each window every time you are creating that invisible photo mask with the Polygonal Lasso Tool.  This habit will ensure you do not select too much or too little of the photo.

If the free-styling nature of this technique is simply not for you, come back tomorrow for a detailed tutorial about how to use coordinating photo mask sets to scrap your photos

Don’t forget to check out the 275 Photos Challenge here! 🙂

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