Digital Washi Tape | An Adventure In Dodging And Burning

Washi tape is one digital element that I have a hard time just slapping onto my page as is. It looks eerily flat and perfect if I do.

I always Dodge & Burn it to make the tape “jump the edge” of whatever I’m taping down. It makes me feel better about life. It makes me trust the tape.

I’m all about trustworthiness on my pages, afterall.

In case you want to be nutty about washi tape (or any semi-opaque tape, really – I’m equal opportunity tape!) I put together a quick video tutorial on how I do this on my layouts in case you’re not familiar with the Dodge & Burn Tools.

It takes less than 30 seconds to do this on your own page, and it’s completely worth it.

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43 comments


  • libbywilko

    Thanks Peppermint ! Love little ps tips like this especially the hold and shift key to make a straight line !! So yes it was helpful :)

    January 24, 2012
  • I love this! I’ve always avoided using the tapes in the kits I own because it always looked so fake to me. I’m so happy I finally know the secret to realistic tape!

    Thanks Peppermint :)

    January 24, 2012
  • Teresa

    Thanks! Very helpful.

    January 24, 2012
  • kristine

    What a great trick! Thanks for sharing! :)

    January 24, 2012
  • Sierra

    Thanks! That totally solves my washi tape problem. I don’t know why I didn’t think to use those tools sooner.

    January 24, 2012
  • Leonie -Australia

    Thank you for the tip, it’s certainty looks better when it’s done.

    January 24, 2012
  • I can’t wait to play around with this. My attempts at using this technique have been crappy at best. And I never thought to use the shift key to keep the dodging & burning lines straight. Thank you so much!

    January 24, 2012
  • Valentine

    Thank you so much for sharing these tips! I’m definitely going to try this on my pages. Great tutorial!

    January 25, 2012
  • Cammy

    Thank you! I’ve avoided washi tape on my layouts because the tape looked so flat. I can’t wait to try this out :)

    January 25, 2012
  • Ashley Brown

    Awesome tutorial Peppermint! Thank you for showing us that, I can’t wait to try it!

    January 25, 2012
  • Monique

    Thanks Peppermint, this came at just the right time!!

    January 25, 2012
  • Amy

    You know what embellishment I can’t seem to use successfully on my layouts? Banners (the kind with pennants). I absolutely cannot make those things look at home on my pages. They are either too big, too in-the-way, or just look like they’re floating out in space because they aren’t “attached’ to anything at the ends. I can’t find a way to make them look organic and at home on the page. Got any tips on that?

    January 25, 2012
    • I always find that adding a brad, button or other fasthener on the ends makes them really pop. Also, layering them with other embellishments.

      January 21, 2013
  • Lori

    Awesome! Thank you for the video directions and demo.

    January 25, 2012
  • Emilie

    Thanks for sharing the tutorial! I’m definitely going to try this out :)

    January 25, 2012
  • Steffi

    Thanks for this great tutorial Peppermint – very helpful!

    January 25, 2012
  • Lynnette

    Thanks Peppermint! An adventure indeed – I had no idea but I’m totally doing that from now on! :)

    January 25, 2012
  • heather Prins

    oh man thanks for sharing. I have never used those tools before!

    January 25, 2012
  • Holy moses! I didn’t know about click and then holding shift to get a straight line! I usually did it manually and yes, would deal with shaky hands. THANK YOU! :D

    January 26, 2012
  • Lucrecia

    Great tip, thanks! I can’t wait to try it.

    January 26, 2012
  • Tosha

    Thank you so much for sharing how to use the tape. I am so excited you shared this amazing tool “dodge and burn”. I hear you and Steph speak of this tool and have always wanted to try it out. I am still very new to the Digi world. I appreciate the time you took to record this video and I know it can be time consuming, so please know I value your inspiration and sharing your talent. Thanks again

    January 27, 2012
  • celeste

    love this and just used it. question do you shadow the tape at all?

    January 27, 2012
  • Amy

    thanks peppermint for this tutorial. i had no idea what dodge and burn really did before. and i’ll never forget because i was so engrossed in your tutorial that i let the water boil out of our rice and i “dodged burning” down our house :O)

    January 28, 2012
  • Val

    Love this, thanks for the tips, I’m just starting in digital and love listening to you guys on the Digi Show, the before and after really showed how realistic it makes the tape look, your video was very helpful, definitely going to be doing this on my next layout.

    January 30, 2012
  • amazing. thanks so much. :D

    February 7, 2012
  • Great tut!!! At first, I couldn’t see the difference, but when you unhid the original, It was a HUGE difference. I remember on the digishow someone talking about how to dodge and burn in PSE, but now I can’t find it. Any help there?

    February 8, 2012
  • Hi Sir,

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    Shall you have any requirments, please feel free to contact me:xpj82108@hotmail.com

    Thanks!
    Anna

    April 13, 2012
  • Fantastic ! Like many others, I’ve avoided washi tape on my digital LOs because it looked flat… well, it won’t anymore, thanks so much for a great tutorial !!!

    July 22, 2012
  • Trish

    Love this tip and your tutorial was so easy to follow. Thank you – I have to admit I always wondered how to get more depth when I use digi tape.

    September 14, 2012
  • Buzzbox68

    That was awesome! Thank you for the lesson! Love the effect.

    September 15, 2012
  • Rebecca Sinclair

    Awesome tutorial! Thanks for sharing!! Someone else asked this question, but I was wondering as well…do you add a shadow to your tape at all? Or is the burn and dodge tool enough for you to give it dimension.

    September 15, 2012
  • Wow thanks for an AMAZING tutorial! I’ve always struggled with tape and now I’m sure I’ll be referring to this technique again and again!!! Sharing on my page for you.

    January 21, 2013
  • Ellie

    wow! Thankyou for such a fantastic and easy to follow directions!

    January 21, 2013
  • Jessica Allison

    This is awesome! Thank you!

    February 13, 2013
  • Suzanne

    So cool, thank you very much!

    April 19, 2013
  • Aino

    Hi! Thank you for this great tip – it’s actually something I once knew and had forgotten about. Super tut!
    I love the texture on the cardboard paper behind – from which kit is it from? I don’t think I have it. (But would like to get it!) LOL. :)

    April 20, 2013
    • Aino, that paper is from Retrouvailles – a collaboration I did with Vinnie Pearce. :)

      April 28, 2013
      • Aino

        Thanks – that kit is already in my wishlist. :)

        April 28, 2013
  • Lea

    Wow!! What an amazing trick. This is going to be life changing for my layouts! Thanks so much for sharing

    June 21, 2013
  • Arlene

    Where can I get washi tapes for photoshop?

    June 24, 2013
  • Ali

    Thank you so much. I love washi tape too, but this makes it look so much better.

    August 8, 2013
  • I used to wonder how that’s done by other scrappers. Thanks for sharing this technique!!

    November 24, 2013

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