Next I line up my project life page with the cardstock. Here's a little tip: I use the Kaisercraft coconut white cardstock, because it is slightly larger than the other 12"x12" sheets.
Finally, I take my photos from directly above. If you can manage to get as square a shot of your project as possible, it saves plenty of time working in Photoshop! LOL! But don't worry, I am going to share my Photoshop tips as well. Notice in the above image, there is very little glare reflecting off the protective sleeve? The white backing board has done its job! *grin*
Step 2. Time to crop. Crop your image but leave a considerable border of extra space in the crop. This will allow you to have room to play if you need to get your image square.
Step 3. Click on "Filter" at the top of your Photoshop screen and move the mouse down to and click on "Correct Camera Distortion". Your image will open up in a new screen.
Step 4. Move your mouse to manually adjust the "Perspective Control" either vertically or horizontally. Slight increases/decreases on these slides will straighten your image. Please be patient and use a gentle hand, it will take some practise!! I know! *grin* The grid overlay is extremely helpful in gaining a square image.
If your image also looks to have bowed edges, use the "Remove Distortion" slide bar to alter. Again this slide needs only to be moved in small amounts. Once you are happy with the image, click "Ok" and the screen will return to Photoshop.
Another tip: At this point, I will also use the "straighten tool" in the Photoshop side bar in conjunction with the "perspective control".