Make Embossed Scrapbook Papers

image of three embossed scrapbook papers


Click to download these free embossed scrapbook papers!

(Don’t miss the bonus freebie download at the end of this post)


Enlarged Image of embossed scrapbook paper


A closer look at the embossing on these scrapbook papers created using  Photoshop CS 5.5



If you’d like to try creating your own embossed papers –


Create a new file 12 x 12 inches/300 dpi (or whatever your desired size might be) and turn on rulers and guides.

Select a vector embellishment image to use for embossing. Resize as needed. Edit > Transform > Scale

Position the vector embellishment and duplicate it  as many times as desired. (Your guides are helpful for this step if you want to maintain a straight line.)

Merge vector images together.

Duplicate the layer and position at the bottom of the layer using your guides.

Merge the top and bottom layers until you have one layer containing all.

Name this layer “embellishments” or whatever.


Also save this layer as a separate .psd file named “emboss texture” (or whatever). Save it to your desktop for now.


Create a new layer and fill it with a solid color.

Name this layer “embossed paper” (it’s not embossed yet but it will be!)


Now to create the embossed look:

Select Filter > Texture > Texturizer > load the “emboss texture” file you created.

I used these setting for my “texture”

scaling= 100%

relief=  3

light = top left

Note: I checked the invert box but that depends on texture. Play with settings and see what looks best to you.


Click Ok and Photoshop applies the file as a texture to your paper. Looks pretty good but let’s give it a richer look!


Command or control click on the embellishment layer to get the marching ants.

Click back on the “embossed paper” layer to activate layer

Now go to your dodge tool,

range = midtones

exposure = 36% or so

size your brush as needed and brush across the embossed area several times. I used a soft grunge brush.

Play with the range, exposure, dodge and burn tools until you’re happy


To create the Lacy looking paper:

Create new layer/layers for brush stokes of different size and opacity.

I used my lizard grunge brushes for these papers.


To create different paper colors I used several adjustment layers:

Hue and saturation

Color balance


Just play until you’ve got something you really like.

Save papers as high quality .jpg files.


TIP:  Be sure to eliminate guides before saving or they’ll show up in your final .jpg files. A valuable lesson learned during designer class at Hummie’s World.


You should be able to use Photoshop Elements to create embossed papers using this procedure too.


Let me know if you have any questions.

I know this isn’t a super detailed tutorial and a beginner would find the instructions confusing.


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 Free pink embossed paper

(click  to download)

An extra goodie for visiting my site directly !!

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Bonus pink embossed scrapbook paper






Reptile Image to Create Large Grunge Brushes

image of free scrapbook paper and brushes created from reptile image

Click image to download

2 large Photoshop grunge brushes and one paper

Brush size: 2500 px

paper: 12 x 12, 300 dpi

Photo credit: Kyle Chavis, Nov. 24, 2011

Kyle’s an interesting person…in addition to being my brother-in-law and an all around great  guy. He’s been involved in amateur radio (aka ham radio) as a hobby since 1976 . He travels to some pretty cool destinations to participate in ham radio contests. During these contests, group members try to contact people around the globe using their ham radio equipment.

As you can tell, he’s also a really good photographer. The reptile photo was taken on a recent radio contesting trip to Bonaire, an island in the Netherland Antilles. Seems they were abundant on the island.

The upper left hand corner image highlights the portion selected to create these brushes. For quality reasons it’s important to create as large a brush as your software permits. So, these were created at 2500 px using Photoshop CS 2.

If you’re wondering how to create your own high quality brushes check out my post about designer classes at Hummie’s World.

There are also links to several brush tutorials on my Design Resources Page.

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