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Combining cartoon and vintage imagery

I had a lot of fun putting together the series of digital postcards that became Jim's Story. If you missed them, the links are below. Following are the steps that I used with Photoshop to make these.

Part one
Part two
Part three

1. Scan copyright free cartoon or clip art images.

2. Convert the file into a stamp, following the directions in Making a Digital Stamp. Make sure that all interior "white" spaces are cut out.

3. Scan the background image (I used postcards) and increase the canvas size enough to add a thin black border. Adjust the colors to a more sepia tone if desired.

4. Stamp the clip art image in place. Enlarge it and clean up the edges if needed.

5. Choose a font for your message. Move the text box or rotate it to fit.

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Limarea said…
Thanks so much for the tut! It opens up lots of new ways to create digital pieces. Especially when you can create your own brushes :)
Cyndi L said…
Like so many other things with Photoshop, creating brushes is completely addictive. You won't be able to look at any small image ever again without thinking "brush"!! lol!
What a cool idea! Thank so much Cyndi!!

I love making/using brushes in Photoshop but usually I think of them for shapes and textures. This is quite different and I know I'll have fun playing with it.
Cyndi L said…
It took me forever to see how adaptable the brush tool could be. Now you can vary the edges, pressure, color, etc etc etc when you use it so that it blends into your background seamlessly, or so that it stands out :-)