Creative Team Member, Adyrane, shows us how to create an aged effect using Brushes and Blending Modes in Adobe Photoshop and Elements.

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1. Select Element. Open the digital element and place it on your layout using the Move tool from the Tools panel. Note that, I usually work on the element while it is in place on my page.  For demonstration purposes, I have added a separate screen shot of the element below. The banner element is from ArtPlay Palette Old World.

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2. Create a Clipping Mask. Click on the New Layer icon in the Layers panel and clip the New Layer to the element layer. Press Ctrl + ALT + G (Photoshop) or Ctrl + G (Elements) buttons on your keyboard. Note that you may create more than one New Layer. I will usually use more than one color and each color is on a different layer.

3. Using Brushes. Load a selection of   BrushSets into the Brushes panel. Watch Brushes Basics | A Guide to Loading and Using Brushes in Adobe Photoshop Elements. Choose your brush type, size and select preferred color, then stamp the brush on the new layer. Repeat as needed. I like to use the ArtsyPaint BrushSets and DrippedStains No. 3 and DrippedStains No.5.

4. Select Color(s) and Blending Modes. Consider what color(s) you want to use to distress the element. I used a tan color on the first two layers set to Linear Burn Blending Mode and a maroon color close to the color in the ribbon strip on the third layer set to Color Burn Blending Mode.

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The finished DigitalART page.

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