This is the first of a 3-part series on other ways to use kits and Photoshop. I will be showing different projects I've done using my skills, that might give you a few ideas!
When I first started out with digital, I did what everyone does. I found any freebie kit I could get and downloaded it. But after awhile, I learned to not use freebies so much.
1. Freebies are often low quality
2. Freebies are overdownloaded--everyone will have pages with the same kits!
3. Freebies are often small and incomplete, with few papers and elements.
4. Freebies are often NOT WORTH the storage space.
Here's a little tip though--how did I get the word "READ" behind the teacher's head? I used my polygoal lasso to outline the top of her head. Then I just copied and pasted. This created a new layer of just to top of her head. Then I placed the layer on top of my READ layer. That simple.
This one could never have been done without a LIBERAL use of ACTIONS. First, the title is using atomiccupcake's gold action. one of my persona favorites. The torn paper is actually a picture of the map of Middle Earth that I got off of Google Images. I used my polygon lasso to cut a few holes in it. Then I ran atomiccupcakes burned edges action to get that burnt look.
Then there are the staps. Those are so awesome. I created those with regular shapes and text. Then I ran another action. I can't remember which! I think it was atomiccupcake's Rough Lithograph. I'll have to check on that one.
All this required was a stroke border (I draw a shape, add a separate layer stroke, and delete the original shape) Then I silhoetted the picture, added the text, and done! Very quick and easy.
Then I just add the menu on top of it. I then create a CD cover for it with the same kit, and print it on CD labels. I know, I'm a total nerd. But oh well.
And one last one for my teaching stuff:
Ok! Next post, part 2, will be all church related projects!