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Extracting Digital Elements for use in Project Life Albums by Jennifer Hignite


Extracting digital elements is something I find myself doing  time and time again, on almost every one of my project life layouts! This trick is a simple way to customize your pages to be fun and unique!

You can see an example of how I used this technique on the project life page below to get the happiness is here word art on the bottom left photo:


The journaling card I am using today for this tutorial is from Mye’s Abundance | 3×4 journaling cards:

 First you want to open the journaling card you want to use in a photo editing program ( I use PSE 10):

Next you need to select the Magic Wand Tool on your toolbar:

With the Magic Wand tool, Select (left click) the element/shape you want to remove from the journaling card. Once it is selected you should see little marching ants around the element:

 *tip: to select the letters ( or other elements to add to your selection) hold down the shift key and click letters (element) so they are surrounded by marching ants too!*

Now you need to right click (with your mouse) on the selected element and it will pull up a menu that looks like the image below. Move you mouse down and highlight “Layer via Copy”:

Once you do that you will see a copy of the selected element in your layers palate:

In the layers palate deselect the original layer of the journaling card and you should be left with the extracted element!! Voila!!

 Now you can drag and drop that element anywhere you want onto your Project Life layout! You can also recolor these elements   to black or white (as I did above) using the short cut (Ctrl +U) to use them as brushes on top of your photos!

A super simple and easy to use tutorial to make your project life pages all your own!!

Let me know if this works for you too, and how you plan on using it on your PL pages 🙂

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    September 15th, 2014 at 6:20 pm

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  2. Dawn McF

    September 15th, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Thank you for this tutorial. I love the ideas! Opens up so many possibilities.

  3. Geri

    October 10th, 2014 at 1:09 am

    Thanks for this extraction tip. I am slow but I pick things up in time.

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