This post about using ArtPlay Palette was written by AnnaTeamer, Heather Prins, and is designed to provide guidance and direction to those new to ArtPlay Palettes as well as additional inspiration to seasoned ArtPlay Palette users.
Background. I remember when I first saw the Artplay Palettes in the store. I felt terrified to try them. They didn't look like any of other digital kits I was used to seeing and I was intimidated by all the gorgeous artsy looking layouts people made with them. They looked so complicated, especially with my limited knowledge of Photoshop, but I couldn'e have been more wrong.
I finally bit the bullet and purchased my first Artplay Palette and it wasn't long before I became a serious hoarder. I quickly discovered that each component was as easy to use as a button or paper from more traditional-styled digital kits. It's a matter of dragging them onto your layout - no fancy PS techniques required! The ArtPlay Palette provides beautiful transfers, brushes, elements and papers that do all the artsy work for you!
In this post, I want to show you how to use the same Artplay Palette 4 different ways to achieve 4 easy layouts.
The following layout types are made using Artplay Palette Awaken.
1. The Easiest Layout. Add a single photo to an artsy paper with simple embellishment to create a quick and easy artsy page.
Begin with an artsy paper and optionally rotate 90 degrees to lend a different look to the design.
Clip a photo to a frame and position on the paper. Select an ArtStroke, place on the layout and flip as desired to frame the photo. Add a few embellishments to complete the layout. All these components are included with Artplay Palette Awaken.
2. The Customized Layout. Use transfers and brushes on an artsy background to personalize your layout foundation.
Select an artsy paper from the ArtPlay Palette.
Add 2 framed photos to the layout. Use the same photo frame, duplicate and resize accordingly to create 2 similar frames of differing size.
Add brushwork in a bright color to frame and draw the eye to the the larger focal photo. Finish the layout with co-ordinating embellishments and a title from Artplay Palette Enamored.
3. The Blended Layout. Use FotoBlendz clipping masks and brushes with the Eraser tool to create a blended look to your pages.
Open the patterned polka dot paper and add a clipping mask from Fotoblendz Overlay No. 4. Clip a photo to the mask and add 2 framed photos using frames from Free Form Frame No. 1 and Fine Edge Frame No. 1.
Add the floral pattern paper behind the photo layers, reduce in size and erase the edges using the Eraser tool to create your own custom transfer or matter. You can draw the eye to any photo by matting with a transfer in a contrasting color.
4. The Template Layout. The ArtPlay Palette works in perfect harmony with the Artsy Layered Template to create an east artsy page. Simply use each of the layers within an Artsy Layered Template with the clipping mask function or recolor as desired.
Clip a photo to FotoInspired Masks No. 5 and place at the center of the template. The dotted layer was recolored to co-ordinate with the photo by sampling the image with the Eye Dropper tool. Note that frames can also be rotated by 90 degrees to better support the orientation of your own photos.
Add the background paper of your choice, position transfers to matte your photos, elements and/or titles. You might also consider clipping a transfer to any of the texture layers in the template to add color to your page.
Complete the layout with a title (Artplay Palette Enamored) and a few more co-ordinating embellishments.
There is no right or wrong way to use an ArtPlay Palette. The best way to harness the magic is just to open one up, start adding components and move them around the layout, all in the name of PLAY. See also this ArtPlay Palette series for more guidance and instruction on using the individual components included with each ArtPlay Palette.