SUBJECT: Applying a sticker edge to premade elements
PROGRAM: PSE8 (can be adapted for other versions of PSE or Photoshop)
Creating a ‘sticker’ from a premade element involves adding a white border around the perimeter of the element. There are several ways to do this, the simplest being to add a stroke. Begin by opening your element.
Since we will be adding the edge to the outside the of the element, there needs to be sufficent open space on your canvas for the border. If there is half and inch of space or so around your element, you can skip this step. If not go to Image>Resize>Canvas Size.
The adjust the two “New Size” dialogue boxes, increasing each dimension by about an inch. Click ‘OK’ to close the dialogue box.
Go to Edit>Stroke (Outline) Selection
Adjust the following settings in the Stroke dialogue box
Width: this sets the thickness of the border, anywhere from 10-40px is reasonable
Color: White for a traditional sticker look, but you can experiment with other colors
Blending and Opacity should be left at their default setttings; normal and 100.
Click ‘OK’ to close the dialogue box.
A white border should not appear around your element and your sticker is ready to use.
This technique works great for title work. Apply a stroke to typed text or alphas for a quick finishing touch.
Elements shown in this tutorial are from ABC & 123 by Misty Cato, available at Sweet Shoppe Designs.