View Full Version : How I made my Halloween Kits

08-25-2007, 10:54 AM
This is going to be an ongoing thread explaining the steps I went through to make my Halloween kits. I will add to this as I remember, and most likely, edit frequently, so if you plan to use it, you will want to check for changes frequently. If you don't know the kits I'm talking about, see these threads.



08-25-2007, 11:06 AM
Getting started....

Some general info to start.

I made all papers as 12"x12" (or 3600 px by 3600 px) and 300 dpi. These were saved as .jpg files as quality setting of 12, but I have since learned from other boards that quality 8 is fine for printing and makes the file smaller.

Everything else was saved as a .png file. This retains the transparent background so it can be used in layers. Again, these aer 300 dpi.

Before I began this project, I chose my colors and created a color pallet and kept it open in my photo bin whenever I was working on my project. This made it easy for me to keep my colors consistant, and to always be able to use my dropper selector to get the exact color I wanted.

I created the pallet drawing 5 rectangles and using my paint can to color each rectangle. I kept the background white. Before I closed the file, I used my dropper tool to pick up each color and then used the text tool to layer the hexadecimal code onto the corresponding color. I flattened the image and saved as a jpeg. (This does not have to be a large, or hi-res file, as it won't be printed. It is just a tool for you to use).

Here is my color pallet for this project. (You can't tell here, but there IS a white background surrounding this that I was able to use to select white)

crafty grandmommie
08-25-2007, 11:24 AM
OK that all sounds very easy - My only question is what is a hexidecimal code? That's new to me. Are you working in PS cs or PSE?

08-25-2007, 11:37 AM
Go open a new file and use your paint can to fill it in...any color. Now click on your color picker square. You will see 3 types of color codes....HSB, RGB, and at the bottom...hexadecimal. If you google hexadecimal, you will find lots of info on it, but I've never cared enough about it to investigate...I only want to be able to use it http://forum.startascrapbook.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Here is a graphic.. Oh, and remember, I am on a Mac and using PSE4 so yours may not look exactly the same, but should be similar

08-25-2007, 12:27 PM

First I created a new file

FILE-NEW-BLANK FILE opens a window.
Choose these options...

NAME: papers
PRESET: Custom
WIDTH: 12 inches
HEIGHT: 12 inches
RESOLUTION: 300 pixels.inch

Click OK

Save this as papers.psd (you probably have done this, but if not, you will want to create a new folder for your project at this point)

I used this as a starting point for ALL my papers. Then I created a layer for each of my pallet colors.


Give the layer a name. No other setting should need to be changed. Click OK.

Be sure your pallet.jpg is open in the photo bin. Use the color picker tool to choose your color, then switch back to the papers.psd file and using the paint brush tool, fill the layer. Repeat this step for each color.

After all color layers are created, I save and close my papers.psd file. This 'seals' my changes so that when I open again, as long as I close without saving, I can do anything I want and get back to this point (recolor, resize, etc)

Coming soon.....solid color papers

crafty grandmommie
08-25-2007, 02:31 PM
So, in other words, you are taking one document and completely filling different layers in each color of your pallett. Can't you do all that directly from your layer pallette without having to bring up the create new layer box? Not trying to question you, but if there is something easier I know, then I could teach you something. OK? lol

08-25-2007, 02:59 PM
You are absolutely right. You CAN add new layers, edit names and trash layers from the pallet menu and it IS much simpler. For whatever reason, I just never think to do it that way. So everyone else, learn it Lynn's way first and then you don't need to 'unlearn' it!

08-25-2007, 03:12 PM

This one is going to be quick and easy. Just open up your papers.psd file. At this point I like to to all the layers off, and then selectively turn on the one(s) I want to work with, but dragging to the top would work just as well.

(Turn layers on and off by checking the box next to the layer in the LAYERS PALLET)

Turn on one layer. Flatten the file.
Discard the hidden layers.
(IMPORTANT---do NOT click SAVE from this point...always use SAVE AS!!!)

SAVE the image AS a jpeg.
Pull down JPEG from the FORMAT box. You probably want to create a new folder at this step to save all your papers in. Give the file a name; maybe just the color of the paper, or color-solid.
(orange-solid.jpg).Click on SAVE and the JPEG OPTIONS window will open. Be sure QUALITY is set to 8-HIGH and click OK.

You should see that the file name in the title bar has changed from papers.psd to orange-solid.jpg. You can now close the file.

Repeat this process for each of the colors. You should end up with 6 solid color papers.

08-25-2007, 03:26 PM

are nearly as easy as the solids. Just open one of your solid papers, then add a texture. To add a texture...


There are 4 possible textures (as least in my version of PSE): Brick, Burlap, Canvas, Sandstone. Each has 2 sliders you can change: Scaling and Relief. You can also change the direction of the light, or invert the lighting. Play with it until you get what you like, and then flatten the image and SAVE AS as above.

crafty grandmommie
08-25-2007, 03:54 PM
I'm not trying to change the way you teach them. I just wanted to be I was doing the same thing the way I was doing it.
I can explain my way, but don't want you to think I'm changing what you are doing. I appreciate this so much. I'm excited about following all the way through. We can probably all teach each other something. lol

08-25-2007, 04:18 PM
That's ok, Lynn. I know there are usually 3 or 4 ways to do any of these things. When I taught Chemistry, I always tried to stress to my kids that the method they use to arrive at an answer didn't matter as long as it consistantly gave them the right answer. I've always had a problem with teachers that insist on doing it THEIR way only. So if there are other ways of doing things, lets tell about them.

crafty grandmommie
08-25-2007, 04:28 PM
If you are sure. Now keep in mind, I'm working in PhotoShop CS, but I think this is the same in PSE also.

I would create my background, just like you did. Then click on the new layer icon at the bottom of your layer palette. I would probably go ahead and make as many layers as you will want papers. Then go to each layer and right click on it - choose properties and name the layer. Repeat for all layers. You could do this as you create each layer or afterwards - doesn't matter.

When your layers are created, go to each one, use your color picker to choose the color and do alt delete to fill that layer with the color you choose. Repeat for all layers.

Did that make sense? Same as you did it, but probably a little quicker.

I know exactly what you mean about learning it one way and changing. I'm the old dog that it's hard to teach new tricks. lol

Just a secret though, if you try to use some of the shortcuts, even though it's not familiar, it will begin to be and you will be glad you learned them.

08-25-2007, 05:21 PM
Now that's one a didn't know at all. I had to do some experimenting, because the Mac keyboard is different. For any Mac users....The delete key I need to use is the one above the slash key and not the one above the arrows. And the 'alt' key is also the option key. But if you huse apple-del, is fills in with the background color instead of the foreground color. That should really save time, assuming I REMEMBER all that. Thanks Lynn!

crafty grandmommie
08-25-2007, 07:45 PM
Sure, hope I can help some. You guys are really helping me.

08-28-2007, 09:16 AM

This steps will show how a make a pattern paper with existing patterns.

Open your papers.psd file and create a new layer. You can name this now, or wait until later. (I often don't know what I'm going to end up with until I'm done)

Make sure the new layer is selected and then fill with the pattern of your choice.


A 'fill layer' window will open. Set the following options (probably chosen for you by default)

USE: Pattern
CUSTOM PATTERN: to change patterns see below

MODE: Normal

To choose a CUSTOM PATTERN, click the arrow next to the CUSTOM PATTERN box. This will open up the PATTERN PALLET. Click on hte pattern of your choice and click OK (in the FILL LAYER box)

To SWITCH pallets in the pattern pallet, click the arrow at the upper right of the PATTERN PALLET box. A new window will open. At the very bottom is a list of built in pallets. You can switch back and forth between these built in patterns by clicking on one. Then continue as above.

There are other options to modify the PATTERN PALLET, and I'll mention some of those in the next step.

But now your layer should be filled. If it looks the way you want, make sure the layer is named and SAVE your changes. (If not, use your UNDO to back up and try again....or just close the file without saving and begin again.)

AFTER you've saved, make sure only the layers you want to appear in your paper are visible. Now you can follow the steps in the SOLID PAPERS instructions to create your pattern paper.

Close the file WITHOUT saving. You can open again and create a new layer to create another pattern paper.

(Yes, you can create separate PSD files for each paper if you prefer. I like to keep mine in one file.)

crafty grandmommie
08-29-2007, 01:28 AM
Thanks for the tut.