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Creating Straight Lines, Dotted Lines and Scalloped Photo Frames

By Karen Brockney  ·  March 13th, 2012

Learn how to customize your Brush tool options and create straight and dotted lines, along with a nice scalloped edge that can be used as a unique photo frame.

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24 Replies to Creating Straight Lines, Dotted Lines and Scalloped Photo Frames:

  1. Steve

    March 13, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    This is wonderful Karen, so nice to see you!!!! Congrats and all the success to you here in Elements.

  2. Karen

    March 14, 2012 at 4:51 am

    Thanks, Steve. I’m delighted to be sharing videos here, too.

  3. Antonia

    March 14, 2012 at 5:31 am

    Hi Karen, great to see you here too. I have learned a lot from your tutorials (I am still new to using PSE 10). I started doing party labels (like the ones from your Aug. 2011 tutorial), can you advise on how to add a dotted and dashed circles to those labels?

    • Karen

      March 14, 2012 at 8:12 am

      Hi Antonia,

      To add dotted circles, draw a circle to use as a drawing aid and fill it with a light color. Then, create a new layer above the circle layer. Using a dotted brush with crosshair in the brush tip, carefully place the crosshair from the brush tip along an edge of the circle, then slowly draw the dotted line with the crosshair following the edge of the circle. After you’ve drawn the dotted circle, you can hide or delete the layer containing the filled circle.

      Dashed circles are a challenge! I’ll think about that and get back to you.

  4. Julie

    March 14, 2012 at 6:35 am

    So nice to see (and hear) you on PET, Karen. I look forward to seeing more. :-)

  5. alice

    March 14, 2012 at 7:05 am

    I was thrilled to see you here. Your tutorials are always so clear and well done. Your Alibony site is always one of my “go to” choices for information.

    Keep up the good work!

    Alice

  6. Jim

    March 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I have been using Adobe Elements for the last five years and thought I had things figured out. After the first 40 minutes of using your website, well lets just say it’s back to school for me.

    thank you

    jim

  7. Alfred

    March 14, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Hi Karen,
    ….from all the comments above you must be one special person, well, you are to me , that was a great videao..stuff i have nev er heard before, thank you “Ben”

  8. Trenna

    March 15, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Very nice Karen. I’m sure I’ll use that tip. Thanks a bunch!

  9. peggy

    March 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    THANK YOU for the reminder about “square brushes” … 2 weeks ago, I was trying to draw a straight line with squared off ends. The best I could come up with was a line drawn with a pencil (rounded ends), to which I “cloned” the ends flat … now I know to grab a “square brush.”

  10. Sarah

    March 16, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Well done, very clear and easy to follow. Thanks, Sally

  11. JoAnn

    March 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Thank you Karen for this lovely tutorial. I will try using the techniques that you explained. The way you explained in detail on your video is very much appreciated. Please keep up the good work.

    If you are every able to to a detailed video on masking, clipping mask, and clipping, it would be much appreciated. I use Photo Elements 10.

    Thanks.

    JoAnn

  12. Karren

    March 17, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to create this wonderful tutorial. I was able to follow along easily and I feel I will retain it.

    Great job!

  13. Eleanor

    March 20, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Hi Karen,

    Great tut! I never think of doing the lines like that. I especially appreciated learning how to make the scalloped edge frame. Now……to find the right photo for it. :)

  14. Janet

    March 22, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Great tutorial – I’ll be using this A LOT!

  15. Carl

    March 24, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Hi Karen,

    Really good lesson. I liked the way you built up the complexity as you went along. It is always nice when someone ‘dives’ into the settings and shows you how they can be used.

  16. Lenore

    April 6, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Keen to try this out thanks alot.

  17. Jane

    April 17, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Thanks Karen, I am new to Photoshop Elements and I am anxious to try this technique. I am bookmarking this video to view again.

  18. brian

    October 27, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Thank you, Karen for a very clear and concise tutorial. I am new to Photoshop Elements Techniques and have lots to learn.

  19. Maxine

    February 14, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Any suggestions on how to play these videos on windows 8? I can’t seem to download quicktime or play these tutorials on any player.

  20. Lynn

    November 17, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Well, I’m obviously a little behind in viewing the tutorials! I’ve been a fan of Alibony for quite awhile, and I’m really happy to see Karen working here.

    What I think is especially helpful in Karen’s tutorials is that she goes slowly and gives detailed instructions. This kind of tutorial is especially helpful for those just starting with Elements as well as those of us who’ve been working with it for awhile.

    Thanks for bringing Karen on board!

  21. Fran

    March 2, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    I have followed your instructions to make a scalloped frame exactly, but am having a problem with my Photoshop elements 12 not cooperating! (or maybe its me???) When I make the duplicate layer, and flip the image, layer 1 also flips (yes I have the duplicate layer selected, and layer 1 unselected). I have made sure the 2 layers are not linked, and have even locked layer 1 to prevent it from moving, but every time both layers flip. Do you have any idea what I am doing wrong?

  22. Alan

    March 28, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Hi Karen
    I really enjoyed your tutorial and I succeeded right up to saving the scalloped frame brush. I followed the steps as followed.
    1: Click on brush tool
    2: Select brush picker
    3: Click on fly out menu (double arrows in your version of Elements)
    4:Choose preset manager
    5: In preset manager, select scalloped frame brush.
    6: Choose save set.
    7: I created a folder in my documents called my preset brushes opened the folder and named the brush scalloped frame. Then I saved the file.
    8: When I went back in Element the brush was still there but when I looked at other brush sets and then went back to my scalloped frame it had disappeared. It was still in the folder that I had created but Windows didn’t couldn’t open it, I had to open it with Elements. It took me automatically back into Elements and the brush was back again in the brush picker but it disappeared once again if I looked at other sets of brushes.
    Did I save the brush incorrectly ??
    Please advise.
    Kind regards.
    Alan Ginn

  23. Alan

    March 28, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Hi Karen
    I really enjoyed your tutorial and I succeeded right up to saving the scalloped frame brush. I followed the steps as followed.
    1: Click on brush tool
    2: Select brush picker
    3: Click on fly out menu (double arrows in your version of Elements)
    4:Choose preset manager
    5: In preset manager, select scalloped frame brush.
    6: Choose save set.
    7: I created a folder in my documents called my preset brushes opened the folder and named the brush scalloped frame. Then I saved the file.
    8: When I went back in Element the brush was still there but when I looked at other brush sets and then went back to my scalloped frame it had disappeared. It was still in the folder that I had created but Windows couldn’t open it, I had to open it with Elements. It took me automatically back into Elements and the brush was back again in the brush picker but it disappeared once again if I looked at other sets of brushes.
    Did I save the brush incorrectly ??
    Please advise.
    Kind regards.
    Alan Ginn

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