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Technique: Digital Curled Edges How-to (AND Freebie!)

Ever since I did this post about curled edges in paper scrapbooking there have been many many scrappers who have come to my site accidentally, because they did an online search for digital curled edges. Well, if that was you, now you’re in luck! I have a tutorial and freebies for all you digi scrappers too :)! First, here is another page I made using my new digital curled edges (you can see the first one here):


Credits Hand Stamped Alpha: Michelle Coleman; Curled Edges: Jess Gordon (freebie below); Font: Jane Austen; Everything else is from the Cherrywood Farm kit, by Shabby Miss Jenn!

Photoshop Tips and Tricks

  • I created a “visual triangle” using the the subject of my photo plus the screws and buttons on the photo’s edge. This idea is thanks to ksharonkdesigns!
  • I love using Michelle’s stamped alpha (“SEPT07″) as a brush set, so I can easily change the size, color and opacity to suit my needs! If you don’t know how to make a stamp (.png file) into a brush, check this post I wrote about making your own digital brushes (you will only need to do the last part). 
  • The Virtual Photographer “Fall Colors” filter as well as some grungy brushwork on my photo edges really help the photo stand out.

Technique: Curled Edges for Digital Scrapbooking 

This is a look I love to create on my paper scrapbook pages, so it was only natural that I’d want to incorporate it into my digi pages as well. It didn’t take any fancy digital designing knowledge to make these edges, and now I can use them again and again. Here I’ll show you what I did, plus how to make them look great on your page!

How to Make Your Own Digital Curled Edge:

  1. First I made curled edges with real paper following the steps seen here.
  2. I then scanned them, making sure my scanner was set to make a high resolution (300 dpi) image.
  3. Then I extracted just the curled part of the image and saved it as a .png file on a transparent background. My scanner bed is only 11 inches long, but I wanted my edges to be 12 inches , so I simply re-sized the edges. Because I wasn’t stretching them too much, they still look fine.
  4. I adjusted the levels, contrast and color a little and that was it!

How to Add the Curled Edge to a Digital Scrapbook Page:

  1. Open a 12×12, 300 dpi blank document. Place two digital papers on your page, one on top of the other.
  2. Drag the curled edge onto a new layer above the top paper. Position as desired, making sure that the curled edge touches or slightly overlaps each edge of the page.
  3. Still on the curled edge layer, using the magic wand tool, select the area above the curled edge, that you would like to erase. I also use select>modify>expand by a few pixels to make sure I get all the paper. Tip: if your selection encompasses the whole page, your edge is most likely not touching both sides of the page.
  4. Switch back to the (top) paper layer. Delete the selection.
  5. Next, add a realistic drop shadow to just the curled edge layer first, making sure that the lighting direction comes from behind the section that is curled over the paper  (check here and here for drop shadow tips).
  6. Merge the curled edge, its shadow and the top paper layer together.
  7. Add another drop shadow to the whole thing, this time adjust the light source so that the shadow is thrown to the other side of the curled edge.    

I hope these directions are clear – if you have any questions please ask, I’d be happy to help :). The comments button is at the end of this post.

*Update: For those visual learners out there, you can now find a video tutorial provided by Scraps of Mind. She uses Photoshop Elements and has slightly different techniques, but gets the same great results. Check it out here!*

OK, here’s your freebie :)! Enjoy!!

Curled Edges Preview

*Click Here to Download the Curled Edges Freebie*

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82 responses to “Technique: Digital Curled Edges How-to (AND Freebie!)

  1. Mel October 1, 2007 at 6:26 am

    Thank you!! They are great!!!

  2. Monique October 1, 2007 at 9:04 am

    Thank you so much for these instructions on curled paper edges and the free edges.

  3. Chris October 1, 2007 at 9:49 am

    Love these, thank you very much.

  4. Janet October 1, 2007 at 9:56 am

    Thanks. I can’t wait to try these.

  5. Hummie October 1, 2007 at 10:54 am

    This is cool..I submitted it to the blog carnival.

  6. JoAnn October 1, 2007 at 11:06 am

    Thank you so much. I have looked every where for instructions on doing this and here you go and share. Thank you so much, your just to sweet!

  7. Kasia October 1, 2007 at 11:09 am

    I love this freebie!! TFS

  8. Christine Smith October 1, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    fabulous work, thanks so much for sharing your expertise!

  9. IkeaGoddess October 1, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    The curled edges are fabulous, Jess. Thank you for sharing. I love the layout you did.

  10. Paula October 1, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    You are so appreciated!
    Thank you for being who you are.

  11. Bellbird (aka Justine) October 1, 2007 at 4:37 pm

    thanks so much Jess – veryr realistic looking work

  12. Ramie October 1, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    Love them! Thanks so much!

  13. sabdesbois October 1, 2007 at 11:53 pm

    They’re perfect! Thanks for sharing.

  14. th!nkblue October 2, 2007 at 2:05 am

    Ohhh… i love these!!! Thank you so much :)

  15. sbaird October 2, 2007 at 5:07 am

    Thank you Soo much for sharing you page curls. Look for mine at Weeds and Wildflowers.


  16. Lilaclady October 2, 2007 at 7:12 am

    thank you for the wonderful page curls! I have added your blog to my favourites, so I can come back and read your tutorials!
    Thanks so much! :-)

  17. jeremy October 2, 2007 at 7:47 am

    That looks really convincing, well done.

  18. rae_j October 2, 2007 at 8:46 am

    Thanks for the freebie and the tute!!

  19. Rachel October 2, 2007 at 9:25 am

    Very nice tut! thanks for sharing!
    Have a great day!

  20. twoboyz00 October 2, 2007 at 6:12 pm

    Thank you very much!

  21. DreamScrapper October 2, 2007 at 9:27 pm

    Fabulous tut – thanks so much for sharing this, and the freebie, too!

  22. ~Autumn October 3, 2007 at 2:23 am

    Thank you so much for sharing the tut as well as the freebie. I appreciate your generosity,

  23. Donna October 3, 2007 at 3:19 am

    Awesome! I love this effect – thanks for the tute and the freebie – much appreciated :)

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  25. ktjrdn October 3, 2007 at 8:05 am

    This is JUST what I needed. Thank you so much

  26. Brenda October 3, 2007 at 8:54 am

    THANK YOU! I love curled edges, this will be perfect.

  27. Julie Ann Shahin October 3, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    Awesome tutorial. Thanks! Great freebie too.

  28. Nikky October 3, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    Thank you! I was looking for this tut for so long now.

  29. Jen_A October 3, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    Wow! Thanks so much for the great tutorial as well as the free curled edges!

  30. Dielle October 3, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks, those are great!

  31. Jan October 3, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks so much – can’t wait to give this a go.

  32. grambie October 3, 2007 at 8:31 pm

    Visiting Misty Cato’s blog after reading her newsletter and she had written about your wonderful tutorial and the curved edges. So nice of you to share your tutorial and to add the extra download. Thanks to another scrapper who shares of herself in helping others. HUGS!!

  33. Carrie October 4, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    This is so great! I love it! Thanks so much!

  34. LivE October 4, 2007 at 8:31 pm

    Thanks so much! This is sooo cool! I saw your link on Misty Cato’s blog; I’m soooo glad I did! You rock! :D

  35. ang October 4, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    Thank you so much for the great tut and the freebie. So nice of you to share. So appreciate this.

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  37. Deb October 5, 2007 at 10:09 am

    Thanks so much for the tut, and the edges!!

  38. Serena October 6, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    Thank you so very much, these are awesome!! :D

  39. Cathy October 6, 2007 at 10:45 pm

    Thank you SO much for offering this cool curled-edges scrap kit!

  40. andilynn October 8, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing these, plus the tutorial. Love it!

  41. andrea miasiro October 8, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    tks so much!!! i was looking for it!!!


  42. Mi October 9, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    Hi, thanks for sharing.

  43. Virago October 13, 2007 at 7:26 am

    Thanks so much for this technique.
    I love the fact that we are learning all the time and that there are so many willing to teach us.
    Thanks for sharing your talents.

  44. Vicky October 17, 2007 at 3:57 am

    your tutorial is featured on our site

  45. Trisha November 1, 2007 at 9:37 am

    Thank you for the curled edges as well as the instructions :-)

  46. Latte'Dah December 6, 2007 at 8:46 am

    The insturctions were easy for me to understand. Thanks.

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  48. karooch December 27, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    Thanks a lot for linking to my video tutorial Jess. I really appreciated the inspiration this article of yours gave me.

  49. Elsie March 12, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Thank you, thank you! I have been searching high and low for a tutorial on how to do this. Maybe I will not go to bed as early as I thought I would tonight…lol

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  51. Celly April 1, 2008 at 7:50 am

    Thanks so much !!!!Fantastic tuto and freebie !

  52. Linda April 1, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    You are too great! Thank you for the curled edge freebie and instructions. Love your work!

  53. Cindy April 2, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    Ooo! Cool! Thank you!

  54. Sheila (pianomama7) April 2, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    Wow! These are so cool! Thanks so much for taking all the work out them for us!!! ;-)

  55. Carie April 2, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    This is great. Read the tutorial, watched the tutorial. Downloaded the freebie. I learned something new. Thank you!

  56. CathyRose April 2, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Thank you, these are so nice! The tutorial is terrific!

  57. Muss April 3, 2008 at 12:35 am

    Thank you so much!!
    The tut is great!
    The freebie is awesome!! :D

  58. luvfromindia April 3, 2008 at 1:21 am

    thank your very much for your generous freebie -curled edges.

  59. Gunhild April 3, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Wauw, what a great tutorial! I just couldn’t wait and had to try it at once… LOL … Thank you SO much for sharing the freebie as well.

  60. Joanne April 3, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    I really enjoyed visiting your are so wise..I use psp..but can easily understand your tips for my program…your a pretty smart chick…and I will be visiting more often to read through all your blog..thank you for sharing the gift of your knowlege and the products of your hard work and creativity.

  61. Ramie April 4, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Thanks so much!

  62. Carol April 7, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Fantastic, thank you so much for your kindness.

  63. momakids April 10, 2008 at 2:51 am

    Thanks for the tutorial. Though I won’t be able to try making my own curled edges as I don’t have the resources, I am still grateful for the knowledge I learned today. Perhaps in the future I could make use of this. And so much thanks for the freebie, this one I could always use for my layouts.


  64. Dinphy April 16, 2008 at 1:28 am

    Wow, thank you so much!! This is just such a wonderful tutorial! Sure am gonna give it a try. But if I fail, I’ll have the freebie to play with… :) So I’m happy either way! Thank you so SO much!
    I’ve come here not through a search, but from Gunhild’s website. (I see she posted here too)
    Thanks again!

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  67. Ivana July 1, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Thank you soooooooo much for this freebie!

  68. Tirza August 14, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Thank your for the curled edges and the information.

  69. Marilyng August 28, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    I use psp x & I am still not getting this!!!

  70. Beverley November 18, 2008 at 11:06 am

    This is trully great stuff! you are simply a star.

  71. Nicole Manning November 26, 2008 at 1:16 am

    Thank you for offering digital tutorials and freebies, too! I’ve been trying to figure out how to make curled edges for a while now. Who knew it would be so easy!?

  72. L2L February 9, 2009 at 1:35 am

    I am adding you to my weekly friday post of places I’ve visited. But I do have a question. What programs does a person need if they want to get into digi scrapping and doing custom blog designs (not professionally but for my own blogs) Hope you can help cause I really love your kits but I have no idea how to use any of this stuff, ugh!!!

  73. Mags May 27, 2009 at 7:40 am

    Love this!! THX so much for sharing!
    That fall layout look like a paper one – so SUPER JOB with your digi-work!!! :) Mags

  74. Wendy October 5, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Wow these are fabulous, thank you so much!

  75. Kim October 21, 2009 at 11:03 am

    OOOOH, how nice–THANK YOU.

  76. Phyllis November 2, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing.

  77. Miimo February 10, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Thank you so much – this is so nice of you! I will try the freebies out immediately, but I am very eager to try and make my own as well. It doesn’t seem to hard!

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