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How to Make Digital Washi Tape in Photoshop or Elements

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How to Make Digital Washi Tape
Digital Washi Tape
Text and images © Ian Pullen
This is nice and easy tutorial that will show you how you can create your own digital version of Washi tape in Photoshop. If you're scratching your head, wondering what Washi tape is, it's decorative tape that's made from natural materials in Japan. Many different types and styles are now exported from Japan, both in patterned and plain colors.

Their popularity has grown rapidly in recent years and they've become hugely popular for use in many craft projects, especially scrapbooking. However, if you're more into digital scrap booking, in this tutorial I'll show you how you can produce your own unique digital tape for use in your projects.

To follow along with this tutorial, you'll need a copy of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Don't worry even if you're a newbie Photoshop user, this is a pretty easy project that anyone should be able to follow and in the process you'll get an introduction to a few useful tools and features. You'll also need an image of a plain piece of tape – here's a tape image that you can download and use for free: IP_tape_mono.png. More experienced Photoshop users may want to photograph or scan their own bits of tape and use these as a base. If you want to try that, you need to cut out the tape from its background and save the image as a PNG so that it has a transparent background. You'll also find that making your tape as light as possible gives you a more neutral base upon which to work.

In the next few pages I'll show you how to make tape that has a solid color and another version with a decorative design.

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What is Washi Tape?
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