3 Ways to customise the Make Your Mark Templates

The fastest and easiest way to use the Make Your Mark Templates is to leave them as-is but sometimes you might want to change the colour of the paint or get a little more creative and I've got some fun tips to help you do that today!

For my examples i'm working in Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 and using my Digital Scrapbook Template Make Your Mark 5.

1 Re-colouring

There are lots of ways to re-colour in Photoshop and we all do it differently. Here are a few fast and effective ways to quickly change the colour of the paint in the templates.

It's worth noting first that if you are afraid of ruining the original watercolour background you could duplicate it and work on a copy. Or, if you know how to use adjustment layers, you could work on the following techniques with adjustment layers so that you can switch them on or off or edit them later. 

Selective Colour technique

With the painted paper layer selected choose image > adjustments > selective colour from the menu. I like to re-colour this way because you can target specific colours and tones that you want to change and I find you can more accurately adjust your colour. So for this template, I'll be looking to adjust either the cyan or blue seeing as those are the base colours and I'll experiment to see what works best. Once you've picked selective colour from the menu you'll get a pop up box open and there is a little menu with a drop down arrow where you can select which colour you want to work with. Play around by moving the sliders and your colour will be adjusted. I like to have the preview box ticked so I can instantly see the changes.


The colours adjusted in my image more dramatically with cyan selected and you can see in my example image how the change in blue came about by simply dragging the sliders for Magenta and Black all the way across. Have a play with the different colour sliders to see what changes you can make. 

Hue/Saturation technique

If you want to change the blue to something totally different you can quickly do this with the Hue/Saturation option in the same menu image > adjustments > hue/saturation. It works in a very similar way in that you can leave the default option as master and the slider will adjust for all of the colours in your image, or you can try and target a particular set of colours. 

In the first image I left the Master default option on whilst I dragged the Hue slider all the way to the left.

And in this image I change the drop down menu to cyan and moved the hue slider all the way to the left, this left a dappled colour effect. 

Make your Mark Templates are being developed in various different colours, and more sets will be coming soon, don't hesitate to ask if you'd like a set in a certain colour scheme and i'll do my best to accommodate you!

2 Blending Papers

Blending other papers and overlays with the painted background can create stunning and complex looking layouts. Ona has written many blending and masking tutorials recently which will help you, check out this article which has lots of links.

Experiment with different types of papers to find a combination that works and use the re-colouring tips above in conjunction with your paper blending.

Here is a layout i've created that's just ready now for a photo. This is still template 5, i've just flipped it around and moved around the stamps and photo spot to make it look different! All I have done is re-coloured the original painted background using the hue/saturation technique and then blended a paper from my Wake Up and Be Awesome collection using a Darken blend mode which removes white. The only other adjustment I made was adding a vector mask to the original background paper, the creases in the original painted template paper created by the thick layers of gesso were coming out blue after the blending and I didn't like that so I just used a soft brush to erase those parts away. 

3 Blending Overlays

Here is an example using the overlays from the same collection. This works fantastic because the overlays in this collection are black and white, so I chose the darken blend mode on the overlays which hides the white and allows the original watercolour/background paper to show through and creates a super messy marked background. 


And here I added coloured overlays with various blending modes, i also changed the colour of the paint on the template paper with the hue/saturation technique. Whilst creating this background I was surprised at how many variants of different looks you can achieve by changing the blend mode so experiment several times with all your layers, some of them create a dark and grungy look and some of them light and airy. I found it hard to choose which options to keep but kept the effects pretty dramatic so you could see the colour blended with colour. These overlays are from my smitten artful bits pack.

I hope this has been fun for you and given you some ideas that you can try for yourself! 

Have you found another fun way to customise your Make Your Mark Templates? Please let me know in the comments and of course don't hesitate to leave any other comments or questions. If you try out the techniques here i'd love to see your layout in the Captivated Visions Gallery at Sweet Shoppe!