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Epson Computer Tip: PBS Segment #8: Creating Digital Grosgrain Ribbons
By Barbara Kotsos

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The most realistic ribbons, strings, and twine we have found are scanned or photographed elements. A scanned ribbon looks just like the real thing and gives your page a look of authenticity and without the bulk. The ribbon color can be changed by clicking on Enhance | Adjust Color | Adjust Hue/Saturation (Ctrl U) and adjusting the sliders.

If you cannot find the perfect ribbon to scan or photograph, you may need to create one digitally. To create digital Grosgrain ribbon, just follow these easy steps:

Step 1: Choose the color of your ribbon and set it as your foreground color by clicking on the Set Foreground Color box on the bottom of your toolbar.

This will bring up the Color Picker which will allow you to choose any color you wish.

Once you have set the Foreground Color, Set the Background Color in the same way. You’ll want to set the background color as a slightly deeper version of the foreground color.

Step 2: Open a new document in Photoshop Elements by going to File | New | Blank File and set your width to 12”, your height to .4, your resolution to 300, Color Mode to RGB, and Background Contents to White.

Step 3: Fill your ribbon layer with the foreground color by clicking on the Paint Bucket Tool (K) and then clicking on your file.

Step 4: We want to apply an effect to this ribbon, so we’ll have to double-click on the layer in the layers palette in order to rename the layer (styles and effects cannot be applied to Background layers). Just enter a name for this “new layer” and click on OK. Now we can give the ribbon a soft bevel by selecting Styles and Effects | Layer Styles | Bevels | Simple Inner. You can adjust the size of the bevel by clicking on the “f” on your ribbon layer in the Layers Palette.

Step 5: Next, switch the foreground and background colors by clicking on the curved arrow near the foreground and background color icons.

Step 6: Rotate your ribbon by choosing Image | Rotate | 90° Right.

Step 7: Select Filter | Sketch | Halftone Pattern from the tool bar. This will bring up the Halftone menu. Set the pattern type to “line”, the size around 3 and the contrast around 25.

Step 8: Click OK and admire your digitally created ribbon!



How many clicks: Papers, layout and photos by Angela Moffatt; fonts 2Peas Mister Giggles and 2Peas Raspberry.

I Adore You: Gina Cabrera Daydream Kit from; layout and ribbons by Leigh Brown.

Sponsor: Epson America, Inc.

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