It’s confession time. Many scrapbookers cringe when they see their first layouts. But honestly, I think I have most people beat. Not only did I not use awesome Creative Memory tools (I am being sarcastic), I free handed my cuts and nearly 10 years worth of photos.
|Someone got a little scissor happy.|
So, I’m trying to salvage my photos by lessening the impact of my scissor-happy ways. There is no way to re-cut the above photo into an eye appealing shape. So, I’m going to attempt to make the effort look more intentional. Or at least, I want to cringe less.
|Adding a dark background.|
My first step was to place the photo on a dark brown background. Then I used my eraser tool to soften the harsh contrast of the photo and the mat. We’re heading in the right direction. But, I’m stuck as to what to do next. I would really like the photo edges to blend more into the background. I’m thinking I need some sort of mask, but I am stumped.
What’s in my head isn’t coming out into the photos. So, dear readers, what PhotoShop Element techniques would you use?
Take home lesson for any future heritage projects: Don’t cut your photos without digitally preserving them first.