This step really should be Photoshop Fixing 1, but it’s not. You’re gonna have to pick up the slack that I’ve left off.
What we’re going to do now is replace the header texture, as well as any other sort of divider or background bars that didn’t survive scanning. Notice on the image in step 3 how the blue bars on the image look kinda crappy? We will now rectify that so when you print it, it does not look antique.
First off, locate the spots you need to fix. If there is text over top of it which you replaced, make it invisible by going to the Layers tab on the right hand corner, and clicking the eyeball next to the specific text layer. What you’re about to do will make the previous task of cloning the background over the old text in these spots redundant. This is the reason step 4 mostly should have come first. But that’s ok, practice is good.
Next, find a way of selecting the box. This should be easy if it doesn’t have rounded corners. Just pick your Marquee Select tool, and highlight the area. If your area is of an odd shape, such as the header with rounded corners on the example card, refer to steps 1 – 4 of the image below.
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The method I’ve described in the picture below will somewhat replicate the pattern on the card I have copied. For different patterns, feel free to ask, otherwise figure it out yourself. Set your foreground colour to the one of the dark colours of blue on the header (use the eyedropper tool and click over the spot where the colour is). Set the background colour to white.
Get the gradient tool. For those not familiar with Photoshop, it’s hiding behind the paint bucket tool. Go to the gradient options on the top toolbar, and select radial gradient. Then, on the same panel set the gradient type to “foreground to background”. Making sure you still have the box selected, drag a straight line down from above the centre of the box to below the bottom of it. Aim for a nice spherical gradient throughout the middle of the box without too much harsh white.
Next, you will want to add a pattern overlay. What I did was create a new image about 10 x 10 pixels, draw a squiggly black line across it, then go Edit->Define Pattern. Next, I separated the header box into a separate layer, by selecting it, copying it, deleting it, then pasting it. It will paste into a new layer – just line it back up to where it was. Now, right click on your new layer and go to Blending Options. Select Pattern Overlay, and select the pattern you just created. Lower the opacity down to a good level (10% seems pretty good), and voila. Feel free to mess with it to achieve the desired effect. Keep in mind the details are not very noticeable once the card is printed and laminated.
Repeat the steps on this page for any other boxes which need fixing. After that, un-hide any text layers you had previously hidden, copy and paste your picture into the white box, and make any needed finishing touches to your template.