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information in my DVD, The Scrapper's Guide to Adobe® Photoshop® Elements, Vol.1.

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020 Slide Mount

These instructions are for Adobe Photoshop Elements but can be used with Adobe Photoshop.
An asterisk (*) followed by a number indicates minor differences between the two programs.
(See Photoshop Tips at the end)


Rounded Rectangle Tool

Open a scrapbook page (File > Open) or create a new document (File > New). Click and hold on the Shapes tool and choose the Rounded Rectangle Tool.

Color Picker

Click on the Foreground Color Chip and choose a color for your slide from the Color Picker, then click okay. I chose a light gray.



In the Options Bar set the radius for the corners of your slide. The number you use will depend on the resolution of your page. My page is 200 ppi so a radius of 10 worked for me. If your resolution is higher you’ll have to use a greater radius number.

Draw square
 With the Rounded Rectangle tool, click and drag a square. If you want to see how big your square is, keep the Info Palette open and watch the numbers in the bottom, right corner as you drag. Actual slides are approximately 2 x 2 inches, but feel free to fudge a bit. (I made mine 2.5 x 2.5.).  
 Click on the “Simplify” button in the Options Bar to change your square from a shape that can’t be edited to pixels that can. (Photoshop: *1)  

draw rectangle

Click on the Rectangular Marquee tool and draw a rectangle in the middle of the square.

Remove rectangle
 Press your backspace or delete key to remove the rectangle and choose Select > Deselect from the Menu Bar.  
Low Shadow

From the Layer Styles palette choose “Low” drop shadow. (Photoshop: *2)


layer style

Look at your Layers palette and double click on the “f” icon that is now on the slide layer. Move the distance slider to the left to decrease the distance slightly.
(Photoshop: *3)


Open Photo

Open the photo you plan to use by choosing File > Open. Navigate through your files to the photo and click on “Open.”

With the Rectangular Marquee tool, click and drag a selection around the area you want in your slide.

Choose Edit > Copy from the Menu Bar to copy the contents of your selection to the clipboard.

Choose File > Close to get rid of your photo

Layers Palette

In the Layers palette click on the layer below the slide layer. Then choose Edit > Paste from the Menu Bar.


Most of the time you’ll need to resize your photo to fit your slide. To do that, press “c/c T.”
If you can’t see the edges of the Transform box you may need to reduce the size of your document window by pressing c/c and the “minus” key a couple of times.

If you still don't see the Transform bounding box, click on the right lower corner of the document window and drag it outward until gray shows around your photo.


To resize your photo, hold down your shift key to constrain proportions, click on a bounding box corner, and drag inward. Click inside the bounding box and drag to reposition the photo.

When you’re satisfied, double click inside the bounding box to accept the transformation, or press escape to try it again.


Here are some ideas for dressing up your slide mounts:

• Add words in blue like the ones you see on real slides.

Rose Garden
 • Add your own words.  
Starry Slide

• Change the color and/or decorate with shapes from the Custom Shape tool. Put a plain colored layer behind the slide. Use the slider at the top of the Layers palette to lower the opacity of this layer to simulate transparency. Add words and a shadow to complete the look.


Graduation Spread

Here’s a spread showing how I used slide mounts to dress up my pages.



*Adobe® Photoshop® Tips

1– Choose “Layer > Rasterize > Shape” from the menu bar to turn your shape into editable pixels.

2– At the bottom of the Layers palette, click on the black circle with an “f” in it to access drop shadows.

3– If you need to adjust the shadow, double click on the shadow effects layer below your slide layer.


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