Monday, March 2, 2015

Quick Drop Digital Layouts

I absolutely love my Quick Drop Digital Layouts that I receive in my monthly Club Scrap Digital Kit.  50's Kitchen QDDL are no exception.  I had to start playing with these right away. It's quick, you just drop in a photo or two and you've created your own digital layout.  The kitchen quotes and stamps immediately made me think of the cooking class we took in Vietnam while on vacation.  I thought I'd show you how its done.
I use Photoshop Elements to edit my photos and create my digital layouts. There are some free software applications out there that will allow you to do basic drag and drop your photos into layouts.
I first open the layout I want to work on.

I then chose 5 to 6 photos to place in the layout.  I usually chose one more than needed in case I don't like the fit of a photo.
Drag a photo behind the layout layer. Using your move tool you can resize you photo, angle it to fit the box.  Sometimes I move the photo around to see if it fits better in a different box. This is where I sometimes erase the part of the photo that is overlapping into the other boxes. Many times it can just hide under the next photo layer.
Just keep dragging, dropping and resizing your photos in the layers beneath the template and the photos already added. 

When all your photos are in place, zoom in to check that photo edges are only in their assigned boxes. Erase any parts of a photo that are sharing a spot.

At this point, you can add more embellishments, edging or titles.  I only added a little bit of text to this one since most of the work was already done for me.  Flatten your image and save as a jpg.

This layout took less than 15 minutes to complete. I can now resize to 600 x 600 pixels to place in the Club Scrap Gallery.  If I decide to print out a layout, I use Persnickety Prints. Many times I wait for their sale to print.  $1.49 for a 12x12. I actually use them for all my photo printing.  The quality is amazing and I'm picky about my prints!
Hope this simplified the QDDL.  Feel free to e-mail me with any questions.


  1. Wow great explanation of how to use QDDL's. Your layouts are always fantastic Lisa!


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