Digital kits are an investment, and like all investments you want the biggest return for your bucks. One of the things that I find makes a digital kit more versatile, is your ability to use the papers and elements over again. Many people recolor papers or elements to stretch their stash. You can also stretch your stash by using other add-ons in unique ways. For instance, in Laura Burger’s new kit, Destiny, she gives you these wonderful stamps.
Of course, the easiest thing you can do is to recolor them. Just open the stamp you like in Photoshop and choose a color. Add a new layer above your stamp (click on the sticky note icon or hit SHIFT+CTRL+N). Fill the layer with your desired color by hitting CTRL+Backspace. Then “clip” the color to the stamp (PSE: CTRL+G; PSCS: SHIFT+CTRL+G). (Tip: To match a color in your layout, select the eyedropper and then choose the color from the picture/element/paper.)
What about clipping a cool paper to the stamp, the same way. Just drag the paper above the stamp layer and clip it to the layer (PSE: CTRL+G; PSCS: SHIFT+CTRL+G).
Finally, what about creating a brush from the stamp. Make a selection around the stamp and select EDIT, and select Define Brush Preset in PSCS or Do Select > All (Ctrl-A). Then do Edit > Define Brush from selection in PSE. You will see the dialog shown here which asks you to provide a name for your brush. Let’s give it a more descriptive name than the one suggested like “Leaf Brush.” Now choose the paintbrush tool, (B in PSCS), and scroll to the end of the brushes palette. You’ll notice your new brush has been added to the end of the list for whatever brush set is active at the time. Now open a paper, here I used one of the solid green papers from Laura’s Destiny kit) then added a new layer (click on the sticky note icon or hit SHIFT+CTRL+N). Next click on the foreground color and choose a color you like and stamp your paper. You can use your bracket keys to make the brush bigger or smaller or open the brush palette box to rotate, change the angle or many other options. I always stamp on a new layer each time. Here I just kept changing the size and color and in some cases I reduced the opacity of the brush. I hope you have fun playing around with all your kits and see if you can stretch your stash!
Hope this get your thinking cap on and how you do can stretch your products.