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Get Artsy with Food

By Thursday, February 1, 2018 (MST) No Comments
Get Artsy with Food  Creative Team member, Miki, shares her process on how to Get Artsy with Food using digital artistry and scrapbooking techniques in Adobe Photoshop Elements.

This tutorial may also be followed using Adobe Photoshop.

Get Artsy with Food

Love to cook? Love to photograph the food you cook? Love to dine out? Have a story or experience about food?

This tutorial shows you how a FotoBlendz Clipping Mask can help you Get Artsy with Food in your artistry and digital scrapbooking.

The story behind my layout is about me baking an apple pie and my husband dropping it on the driveway. There might be another story soon about him stopping the car quickly and the lasagna sliding off the back seat and ending up on the car floor on its side.

Get Artsy with Food

1. Create a Foundation. 

  • Create a New Layout at 12 x 12 layout 300 dpi, by going to File> New.
  • Open and move the digital paper of your choice onto the layout using the Move tool from the Tools panel. SolidPaper1.jpg from Artplay Palette Delicious was used for this page.
  • Add a clipping mask from 12 x 12 Page FotoBlendz No. 5and resize as preferred, to create a foundation for the photos and design.

Get Artsy with Food

Get Artsy with Food

2. Build Color and Textures. 

  • Clip a pattern paper from Artplay Palette Delicious  to the 12 x 12 Page FotoBlendz No. 5 
  • Layer Transfers/Overlays from the same ArtPlay Palette over the paper and mask.
  • Apply these layers to the Clipping Set, by selecting them all in the Layers panel, then press CTRL/CMD + ALT/OPT + G to clip them to the paper.

Note that Transfers placed on the left side of the page enhance visual division in the design.

Get Artsy with Food

3. Add Photos. 

  • Clip the a photo (apples) to the same Clipping Set i.e. the chain of clipped layers.
  • Apply a Layer Mask to the photo layer. Go to Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal All and use the Gradient Tool to mask the edges of the photo to improve the blending.
  • Add a mask from Framed FotoBlendz No. 1.
  • Clip a second photo (pie) to the mask.

A secondary photo placed on the opposing side of the page creates visual interest and balance.

Get Artsy with Food

4. Color and Depth via Brushes.

Notice how this technique dimension quickly and easily to the page.

Get Artsy with Food

5. Embellish.

Embellishment completes the composition the page.

Get Artsy with Food


In this tutorial, you have learned how to:

  • Create a foundation for your page using a FotoBlendz Clipping Mask.
  • Clip multiple DigitalART and image layers to a mask to form a Clipping Set.
  • Mask a photo that is part of a Clipping Set to improve blending using a Layer Mask and Gradient Tool.
  • Use multiple FotoBlendz Clipping Masks to add more photos and enhance the visual interest in a composition.
  • Add different kinds of embellishments to your page.

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Lindy Krickbaum

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