Disclosure: The supplies for this post were provided by the Edelman firm to create a DIY craft using Adobe Photoshop Elements. The opinions in this post are by Mothership Scrapbook Gal by Rina Gonzales.
I am really excited to kick off Crafty Happy Hour in 2017. I have a cool tutorial for a DIY Photo Transfer for an Acrylic Party Tray with Adobe Photoshop Elements to create the perfect decorative tray for the Crafty Happy Hour “Craft Station”.
Let’s get to crafting the DIY Photo Transfer Tray using Photoshop Elements 15, here are the supplies:
- Photoshop Elements 15
- 11 by 17 paper + image printed (in color) by a laser printer
- Clear acrylic tray (14″ by 6.25″ base – available at The Container Store)
- DecoArt Matte medium
- DecoArt Gloss varnish
- Paint brush
- Westcott Scissors (and/or large paper cutter)
- Squeegee (the one I used is by 3M)
- Utility knife (my favorite is a 3M 9 mm Precision Titanium Utility Knife) – this is needed at the end of the project to trim off excess paper and medium residue after the paper has completely dried
- Self-healing cutting mat
Estimated Time: 1-2 hours (to allow for download of Photoshop Elements 15)
Step 1: Download Photoshop Elements 15. You can download a trial subscription to this photo editing program here: http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-elements.html
Step 2: Select a photo and edit your photo with Photoshop Elements 15. Here are some recommended steps for beginners (like me!) to Photoshop Elements 15:
- Open your photo in Photoshop Elements 15
- Correct the white balance. (Go to Guided Edit > Color > Remove Color Cast)
- Enhance the colors. (Go to Guided Edit > Color Enhance Color)
- Adjust the brightness and contrast. (Go to Guided Edit > Brightness Contrast)
- Enter Quick Edit mode by selecting “Quick” from the center menu towards the top of your screen. If your image is VERTICAL, you’ll need to rotate the image by clicking (Image > Rotate > 90 degrees right) (or whatever direction you need the image to rotate)
- Make the image the side of the bottom tray. Select the Crop tool (on the left side bar) > and crop to 14″ by 6.25″. Adjust the side by entering it in the bottom panel.
- Touch up any blemishes in the photo. If you have specs of dirt, paint or other small things you want to remove from the photo you can clean up your image with the Spot Healing Brush tool. Select it from the tool bar (of the left side bar) and simply click over a blemish in the photo and it will disappear! You can also make the brush smaller (Press the [ key) and larger (Press the ] Key).
- I had to completely erase the center of my image – and this tool worked great!
Step 3. Add text and small dots to your image.
- Add text to the top of the photo. Select the Horizontal Type tool from the tool bar. Click and drag across the width of the image to create a text box. Then type in your word or phrase. You can use any font you like. Adjust the font size so that is takes up most of the width. If you want your text to be transparent once transferred, make it white.
- Of course – I had to make a CRAFTY HAPPY HOUR themed image and added that text to my image.
- Enter Expert mode by selecting “Expert” from the center menu towards the top of your screen.
- Create small dots. Select the Shape tool from the Draw section of the tool bar on the left. Select the Ellipse from the options panel on the bottom and change the color to white. Hold down the shift key and click and drag to draw a circle.
- Add more small dots. Select the Move tool from the Select section of the tool bar. Hold down the Option key (alt on a PC) and click and drag from the center of one circle onto another part of the image. Repeat this, adding as many small dots as you like.
Step 4: Save and print your image.
- Save as a PDF. When you’re done, go to File > Save As … > and select Photoshop PDF.
- Print your final image on a wide printer (the paper will need to be 11″ by 17″). I took some paper to Office Max and they printed up color copies in no time – for about $1.50 per copy.
The awesome feature that I want to point out about Photoshop Elements is the beautiful quality of photo that you can create with this program. At this point, I could have taken my image and framed it as art for display at my Crafty Happy Hour event.DIY PHOTO TRANSFER TO ACRYLIC PARTY TRAY
Recommended for: Intermediate/Advanced Crafting Level + Mixed Media pros
Estimated time: 6-8 hours for entire project and up to 12 hours for all drying time
Step 1. Cut the printed image to fit the exterior bottom of the acrylic tray.
Step 2. Use the paint brush to apply a thin, even coat of matte medium all over the entire front side of the printed image. Also apply a think coat of matte medium all over the bottom of the tray. Allow both to dry completely, this will take about 60+ minutes.
Step 3. With the tray upside down, apply a generous but even coat of matte medium all over the bottom. Immediately after, place the printed photo with the image side down onto the tray. Use the squeegee to smooth out any bubbles. Allow the paper to dry completely; you should plan to let dry for at least 4 hours and up to 10 hours.Step 4. Once the paper is dried, you can first trim off any excess paper and/or medium residue with your utility knife, be sure to have a self-healing pad below the tray when you do this. Then, wet the sponge with water and rub it all over the back of the printed page. Use a circular motion to remove the paper, re-wet the sponge as necessary. This step will take a lot of time, be patient as you will need to run the sponge over the images many, many times. This takes a while because you need to let the paper dry in order to peel off the paper layers.
Step 5: Next, you will need to use your finger tips to rub off the excess paper layer.
Step 6. After the paper is completely removed, allow the tray to dry completely and then paint all over the image with a coat of gloss varnish. This will prevent the image from getting scratched.
You are invited to MEET ME AT CRAFTY HAPPY HOUR on Friday, February 3rd at Packinghouse Brewing Co. – please be sure to check out our NEW custom acrylic tray at the Crafty Happy Hour “Craft Station” table this week. We will have Valentine Craft Projects and a Pop Up Shop too with handmade wares.