Skew Transformations

Skew

A great way to add some interest to your pages is to take advantage of transformations within Photoshop. Today I’m going to highlight some ways that digital scrapbookers can use the “skew” function. Just like in the title graphic, using skew allows you to create interesting and non-parallel angles.

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THE BASICS ABOUT TRANSFORMING USING SKEW

You can find it in your Photoshop menu here:

Edit>Transform>Skew

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Skewing lets you add a slant to an item at its corners:

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Read on for a few ways that digital scrapbookers can make use of this function in Photoshop:

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SKEW A PURCHASED TEMPLATE

For a 5-second change-up, you can take a linear template that you own, select several layers and then use the skew tool to move all the selected layers at the same angles, like this:

Straight: Here’s Janet Phillips’ original template from her Scrap Your Heart Out 5 collection. I’d use this one for a set of portraits, with soft-muted tones.

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Skewed: Here I’ve skewed the background papers and then placed the photo blocks on an angle. I’d use this with brighter colours and a set of 4 related “action” type photos.

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This is an easy (and free) way to change up something we have in our digital stash and use it again in a fresh way.

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SKEW TITLES

For a fun title effect, you can skew text, like this:

Straight:

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Skewed: Wouldn’t this be great in a speech bubble or coming directly out of an extracted photo of somebody yelling?

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You could also use it directly on a photo, to place the title “on” a wall or object, like in this tutorial I found.

Tip: To skew text, rasterize the text layer. Rasterizing converts the layer into pixels –  just note that it will no longer editable via the Type tool.

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SKEWED PAPER STRIPS

I used the skew tool to create slightly wonky paper strips on these layouts:

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CREATE A PAGE

Here I drew a simple set of blocks:

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Then, I played with the skew tool a few times:

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And then I scrapped!

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(Page is linked to credits)

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There you have it! The skew tool is so handy. Hope you create some fun and wonky pages! Winking smile