Creating Realistic Vellum
By Lauren Bavin
Jun 1, 2004, 19:41
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Although written for Photoshop 7 the same principals will apply when making vellum in any graphics programme
The basis of making realistic vellum is in reducing the opacity of the vellum layer and adding a small drop shadow to give the realistic "layered" look
With your background image open create a new layer for your vellum to be placed on Use the selection tools to create your piece of vellum to the required size - I used the rectangle marquee tool for mine, and fill with your chosen colour - lighter colours work best.
2/ In the layers palette adjust the opacity slider till you can see the background layer through your vellum - the amount of opacity is up to how see through you want your vellum to be. Mine is set here at 62%
3/ Now all you need to do is add a drop shadow - you do this by cliking on the little black "f" circle on the bottom of the layer palette to bring up the layer styles palette
4/ Adjust the sliders till you have the amount of drop shadow you want - this too is personal preference
And there you have your realistic looking vellum! Easy wasn't it?!!
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