How to Make an Ombre Scrapbook Embellishment

If my pinterest account is to be trusted, ombre is quite popular lately. I’ve seen ombre hair, ombre nails, ombre clothing, and ombre home decor. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, ombre is the fading of a color. (It’s the french word for “shaded.”)

Ombre Petals

A cake with Ombre petals. Photo by SweetPea0613.

Recently for the September Webspiration challenge at Oscraps, I included an ombre flower in my layout. I got a question about how to go about making an ombre embellishment, so I thought I would write up a step-by-step tutorial for those interested in making their own. An ombre embellishment pairs nicely with the ombre papers in the Diptych kit by Paislee Press.

We’ll be making an ombre fabric flower like the one in the bottom right corner.  I’m using Photoshop CS6, but you should be able to do this in any version of Photoshop.

 

Open up your element. I’m working with the lace yo-yo from Paislee Press’s diptych kit.

 

To make it easier to recolor your element, we’ll first want to make it greyscale. To do this go to your Adjustments panel and choose “Black and White.”

 

Play around with your presets. Each one will you give you a slightly different effect when you recolor your element. In this case, I’m going to use “Maximum White.” Merge your adjustment with your layer.

 

Now merge the adjustment with your layer and duplicate it.

 

Now double click on your top element layer to open “Blending Options.” We’re going to add a Color Overlay.

Choose the color you’d like your element to be and change the layer style to “Linear Light.” Play with the Opacity slider to get the desired level of detail.

 

Now we’re going to add a mask to our layer. First make sure you have white selected as your foreground color and then enter quick mask mode by pressing “Q.” Then we’re going to open our gradient tool.

 

We’re going to use the “Foreground to Transparent” gradient.

 

Start your gradient about a third of the way up from the bottom of your flower and draw it up to the top. Your result should look something like the photo below.

 

Exit quick mask mode by pressing “Q” again. And find your layer menu, go to layer mask, and choose “Reveal Selection.”

 

And now you should have a beautiful ombre flower! Save it as a .png to use it in all your scrapbook layouts.

 

You can play with how you draw your gradient to get different effects. You could also try blending two colored flowers together to get a different look. Play around!

I hope this was helpful to you. Let me know if it was or if I could have explained a step more clearly. I want your feedback.

- Kim

 

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2 Responses to “How to Make an Ombre Scrapbook Embellishment”

  1. Ellen September 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    thanks Kim, I had to find my own way as I have Photoshop CS but managed to do it .
    It looks great

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