Thursday, July 7, 2011

Tutorial Thursday: Creating a Scalloped Border

Hey everyone!  Hope you are having a fabulous week so far!  I am going to share a tutorial with you today on how to create a scalloped border using your shape tools and brush tool!  I LOVE the look of scallops and you can easily create your own in any size you like- it is a breeze!  So let's get started!

First of all, open a new document.  I made mine 12 inches x 12 inches at 300 dpi.  I like to do all my elements on a 12x12 doc so I can see what size they will be on the actual layout.  Start a new layer and grab your brush tool.  Select a hard round brush and use these settings:  Diameter 200 px, hardness 100%, and spacing 100%.
Next you start at the top of your page and holding down the shift key, create a straight row of round brushes down the page.
Go ahead and start a new layer and grab your rectangle tool or rectangular marquee tool, either works for this.  If you are using your rectangular marquee tool, just be sure to use paintbucket tool to fill the shape.  Next make a thin rectangle the same length of your circle border.
The next step is to move the rectangle on top of the circles to have a straight edge on one side like so:
You can now merge the two layers by going to Layer-Merge Down or by deleting your background layer or hiding it and then going to Layer-Merge Visible.  Make sure you do not flatten image with the white background.  Your next step is to crop the image so it is a little more manageable.
Your last step is to go ahead and save it as a png file so you can use it over and over again!  You can recolor it, clip a solid paper to it, clip a patterned paper to it.  The possibilities are endless!  Now you can go make your own scalloped border to add to your stash!  Play around with different sizes of brushes to make a larger scallop or smaller scallop!  Feel free to ask me any questions!  You can always contact me at!  Have a great day!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this great tutorial! This is the simplest way to make a scalloped border that I've come across.