I have an interesting technique to teach you today. Using the Silhouette Studio Software, and Some Odd Girl Digi Stamps. It does take a little bit of studio skills, but I find it a fabulous way to add fun texture to your digital images.
Step 1: Decide what computer program you are going to use. Today I am usings The Silhouette Software, and on the 31st I will show how I used Photoshop to do the same thing. If you do not have either of these programs I will show you a way to add the texture to a digital image that is a little less technical, on my post on the 31st.
Step 2: Open your digital stamp in the silhouette software! Today I used Sea Song Mae. You will want to find a stamp that contains a lot of white space (such as her tail).
Step 3: You may want to blow up your image a little bigger than the size you want to print so it is easier to see. You then trace the area you want to add your pattern. (I only traced the areas I want to add pattern instead of the whole image). Then hit trace. This will trace both the inside and outside lines that are in your selected box.
Step 4: Pull the digital stamp to the side, then you should have both the digital image and the trace lines in view.
Step 5: You may want to zoom in a little at this step. Then Right click on the traced lines, and select release compound path. This will separate all the lines making it a little bit easier to remove all the lines we do not want patterned.
Step 6: Move the piece that you want patterned to the side so that we don’t accidentally delete it. Then select all the leftover bits and press delete. This makes it a digital fussy cut! (Please note I had a bit of her fins still on the traced element, so I carefully erased the majority of it. I didn’t mind that it wasn’t completely gone, as it is such a small area, and I probably wouldn’t bother if I was really fussy cutting.)
Step 7: Open your fill pattern and find one you like. (I downloaded a pattern that was black and white scallops. This way I can have fun colouring in each scallop area).
Step 8: Optional: I found the size of my scales was too big, and I also wanted them facing down, not up. This is a easy fix if you go to your fill pattern advance options. You can change your pattern’s orientation, You can also scale your pattern so it makes it a little smaller.
Step 9: Carefully move your pattern piece back over to where it belongs. Right click and hit group. That way the pattern will be stuck in place, and you can resize the image to whatever size you want. Then you can print out and colour to your hearts desire! (in the silhouette program you may still see the red trace lines, this will not be on the image you print!)
Important: you may want to save your image, in case you need to fix anything. I usually print my images out first on a printer paper sheet to make sure everything looks ok before printing on my expensive copic paper.
I hope you can use this idea to help add a pattern to a digital stamp image in the future! Please let us know if you do! If you have any difficulty trying this out, please send me a message on facebook, or leave a message on the Some Odd Girl wall. I love using the silhouette but it can be a bit difficult sometimes.
Stay tuned to next Wednesday’s post where I show how I coloured up this delightful Mermaid, but also how to do the same idea in Photoshop, and again how to do this the more traditional way with less advance programs!
Lots of hugs!