Fall color in our area is supposed to be at its best this weekend. So I will be outside with my camera tomorrow afternoon, hoping today’s wind will diminish. In the meantime, today I played with a photo of a neighbor’s beautiful fall display that I captured a year ago. I began by placing frames from Artsy Layered Template No. 236 on a new blank document. Next I clipped copies of my photo to the two masks and duplicated one mask to create a set of three. I then started building a background for the frames with an art stroke and Artsy Transfers Hinterland. At that point, I grouped elements to create clusters to act as a visual triangle to not only direct the eye around my page but also balance the weight on the right side.

Clusters take different shapes. The acorn cluster on the right side follows the horizontal line of the frame. File 1 from MultiMedia Pumpkins No. 2, a more rounded shape, provided a ready made cluster over the frame and background transfer below. Note, I added a branch and stitching just below the flower in the psd file for more dimension. However, all of the clusters on this page have three components: a foundation, dimensional elements and an anchor.

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I might have kept the left side of my page blank, but I thought my page wasn’t quite balanced without something on that side. If anyone else has ever struggled grouping elements to create clusters, I though I would share my thinking about grouping elements on this page to form clusters. Based on my page design, I decided to create a vertical shaped cluster to repeat the shape of the frames.

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First, every cluster needs a foundation or a background. I placed overlay 2 from ArtPlay Palette Hinterland to create the foundation for my cluster of elements. I reduced the size of the overlay about 15%.

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Next I positioned a button next to the leaves on the overlay. That button serves as my anchor for all the other elements that I used to create the cluster. I gave the button a shadow. I placed a transfer from another multimedia pumpkin file just below the button to build more depth on my foundation.

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Then I added the set of leaves from ArtPlay Palette Hinterland below the button but above the overlay and transfer for more dimension. I gave the leaves a shadow.

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To extend the vertical shape, I added the twig (psd file that included a shadow) below the button and set of leaves, but above the overlay and transfer. I placed a button thread from ButtonThreads No. 2 below the button to make it look like I had tied down the elements.

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I think that the left cluster not only moves the eye across my page, but it also helps balance my page, despite the fact that it isn’t as large or heavy as the two clusters on the right side of my asymmetrical page design. I encourage you to experiment by creating a cluster with a foundation, dimensional elements and an anchor.

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