Thursday, December 11, 2014

Kathi's Menorah: A Tutorial!

Greetings! Here's a photo-heavy tutorial on how to add the candles to SCACD's Kathi's Menorah, Unlit, so that you can have a Menorah showing the correct number of candles for each of the eight nights of Chanukah.

This tutorial uses a fairly old version of PhotoElements.

Kathi's Menorah, UnlitThe gaps in the Menorah and candles are not there in real life.

Step One: 
Crop the lit candle from the digital stamp.
Click "Save As" and name the file something catchy like "Candle" so that you will have two files – one for the candle and one for the Menorah.

Step Two
Click "Save As" and name the file something catchy like "Candle".

Step Three
Re-open Kathi's Menorah, Unlit and do another "Save As" so that you will have one pristine file and one that you will alter.

Step Four
Open your new Menorah file.
Along the left side of your screen, you will see an Eraser tool, that surprisingly looks like a nice pink eraser. 
Click on the eraser to choose it, then erase the candles in the lower right hand corner.

Step Five
Under "Image" in the menu bar, click on "Resize" to change Canvas Size for the Menorah.
You will be changing the height so that you will have room to add the candles. 
This photo actually shows both files on the screen.

Step Six
Open your new Menorah file AND your Candle file.
Copy the candle image and drag it into place on the Menorah.

Here it is in place.

Step Six B
 In the "Layer" area of the menu, click "Arrange", and send to the back.

Be sure to Save again!

Step Seven

Copy the candle again, drag it into place on the Menorah, click "Arrange", and send it backward.

Do the "Save As" again, this time naming the file 1st night Menorah or something equally as catchy!

This is how it will look!

Repeat Steps 6, 6B, and 7 for each night, copying and dragging each candle into place and sending it to the back. 
Be sure to SAVE AS each night, i.e. 1st Night, 2nd Night, etc. 

Once you a different version of Kathi's Menorah, Unlit for each night of Chanukah, you can reduce or enlarge them to make them fit your project!

If you have any questions, please let me know!

1 comment:

  1. Really nice of you to do a tutorial on this for your readers! :^)
    Hugs, Penny