*CU Tutorial* Changing edge colors

Hello Scrappers

Here is a little tip to changing the edge colors on elements, and doing it in a way that makes it easy to change your mind.

First up I am using PSE 6 & CU Early fall leaves 01 (leaf #5)

I started out by changing the leaf to a solid color -> tutorial is here

Then I selected the leaf, and contracted the area Select -> Modify -> Contract -> On this size leaf I when with 15px

Then go Select -> Modify -> feather -> chose about half of what you contracted with (I went with 10px)

Now right click on the layer, and select inverse

Now here is the smart thing, with the area selected, go to the adjustment layer and pick solid color

Chose a color to your liking, and hit enter. Group the two (Ctrl+G)

To make your choice more or less visible pick a blend mode, and a % of your choosing, get creative here.

Here are the end-result - this can really stretch your stash and you can save the leaf with the edges, so they are easy to change later.

If you have enjoyed this tutorial on changing the edge colors please leave a comment, and let me know. If you have an idea for a tutorial let me know and I will see if I can help.


  1. Thanks Sus! I'll have to try this!

  2. wooohooo, great technique!! Don't forget you can share this in the resources section in the forums at DigiScrapAddicts for more traffic and exposure for your blog and design work.

  3. Thanks ladies :)

    @Christine - I thought I had posted it in Forum, but since I hadn't I have now. Thanks for reminding me :D

  4. Thanks so much. I tried it and PSE12 and it worked fine. Thanks so much for a new technique to use!