The Who's Who of Scrapbooking

Skip navigation

Transforming Photos into Digital Art

Transforming Photos into Digital Art

by Jana Morton

In Blending and Beyond you have the opportunity to look over Jana Morton’s shoulder as she makes Digital Art in her signature style. Understand the techniques and artistry that she uses in this online class starting October 10.

Taking photos can transform the way you see the world, spurring you to notice little details that might otherwise go unnoticed. Creating art from those photos is a way to express the feelings these photos evoke – and to communicate those feelings to others.

I discovered this in my quest to figure out how to scrapbook certain photos—photos that that I was hesitant to scrapbook because I loved them so much, I was worried about whether I could make a page that captured their essence, a page that was original and evocative enough to convey what I was feeling.

Using Photoshop, I found my way to scrapbooking the photos that deeply move me. Here are 3 ways for approaching the process of making digital art from a photo.


Some of my favorite pages take ordinary moments and make them extraordinary in their rendering. “One Person” and “Stop Time” are examples of this kind of page.

Try this:

• Give a single photo center stage.

• Create a background scene using digital papers, brushwork and blending.

• Use blending to give the piece a “softer” feel – and thus emphasize the photo even more.


Bringing photos together in this manner can allow you to really capture the emotion of the photos themselves. What’s more, the photos combined this way tell a more complete story of a particular moment. “Write It” and “Cousins” are examples of this approach.


I originally used my photos on scrapbook pages or in simple frames around the house. As my proficiency with digital techniques has evolved, I’ve begun creating digital art that can be found in my home as well as the homes of my loved ones. As I looked at pieces of art on the walls of doctor’s office, the bank, the school, I realized my preference was to create art for my home from photos of the people and places I love. These are my absolute favorite types of gifts to give.

Yes these are scrapbook pages, but they are also digital art. Blending and digital backgrounds let me make settings that allow the photos to shine. You, too, can breathe new life into your photos using the tools in Photoshop Elements and Photoshop CS.

I encourage you to look at your own photos once again and find the art that is in your life. I guarantee it is there.

Join Jana for 6 weeks starting October 10th in Blending and Beyond and learn the go-to techniques of her signature style.

Related Posts

If you liked this post, you'll probably love these too!


  1. September 15th, 2011Posted | Permalink

    Gorgeous pages with lots of great ideas! Bookmarking this page 🙂

  2. September 15th, 2011Posted | Permalink

    WOW! That is just about all I can say. Each one is breathtaking!

  3. September 15th, 2011Posted | Permalink

    Those pics are really nice! I wonder what software does she use? 🙂

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

Fatal error: Call to undefined function blog_copyright() in /srv/users/heartburst/apps/scrapscene/public/wp-content/themes/sandbox-yui/footer.php on line 3