Q1. How is the text made?
A1. You’ll need to apply a stroke layer style and 0% fill (under the opacity box in the layers panel) - the fill seems to act like opacity except that it will keep the layer style intact.
Q2. The patterns aren’t working - what should I do?
A2. Make sure the patterns are installed; double-click the .pat file in the homework, and you should be able to access the patterns in Photoshop. If not, you can copy the file into the patterns preset folder of the Photoshop program folder on your computer.
Q3. How is the depth created on the frame?
A3. Use layer styles - stroke, drop shadow…
Q4. When I paint over the boy and girl, it doesn’t blend with the image; just solid colors.
A4. Sounds like the blending mode was on Normal - be sure to change the blending mode on the paint layers (each color should be on a separate layer) to overlay, soft light, etc.