I've seen others post questions about photoshop and I am not sure if anyone has started an official thread. I have a question, so I am hoping someone can help and that others will post their questions here as well.
My question: I have a map of the us state boundries and I need to fill them in with color. Right now they are appearing on my document with the background color, so I assume the boundries are transparent right now. I've tried a few different things and can't figure it out. Any help would be appreciated. TIA!
You should be able to use the "magic wand" tool to select the area inside the border of each state (choose the wand tool and left click inside the area you want to select...use the crtl key if you want to select multiple areas). Then you should be able to use the "paint bucket" tool to fill the selected areas with color (the color will only go in the selected areas).
I didn't even check the lock out. Thanks, it is working now. Before when I would use the paint bucket, it was changing all my borders to white as well, but now that the lock is off it is working. Thank you all, I was wacking my head on this one all morning !
QUESTION: Is it possible to create things like address labels and CD labels using Photoshop? If yes, then how?
All you need to do is create a new file and use the inches in the size box. Make sure your dpi is set at least to 200, 300 is better. A CD label is 4.25x4.25, but double check with CD's you have to make sure.
For the address label: Once you have created the label design, open another new file of 'letter size'. This is your print page. Most if not all address label packages will have a template showing your borders, etc. By having the rulers up, you can drag guides into the page to mark it the same as the template from the label package.
Drag the rectangular marquee over your design, go to 'edit/copy merged, then open the new page you'll be printing, go to edit/paste and, with the move tool, place the label within your guides. Don't merge the layers!. Print. Save as a PSD.Hint: to avoid possible borders where they aren't wanted, use the bucket tool and cover the print page the same as the background of your project.
How do I make and fill a shape with the background contents? For example, say I want to create a heart shape using the custom shape tool. What do I need to do to fill the inside of that heart with the background pattern (ex: a striped background paper)- not a solid color? Does that make sense? I'm working on digital scrapbooking, and trying to figure out how to make a shape that's the color/pattern of a cute background paper that I downloaded.