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Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: Wish Upon A Star

Here’s a digital scrapbooking tutorial for creating a layout item using our  wish upon a star kit.

I believe you have already downloaded, installed and launched your GIMP software. You will usually have three windows open; the toolbox to your left, the main window in the middle and the options window to your right. For now, we will concentrate mainly on the middle window, as it has everything you need. Let’s get started.

Download the zipped kit from the shop, extract the files in a location in your computer that you will remember, like your desktop. You will pick your background and embellishments from this file. Launch the GIMP software. Open the menu item ‘file’ and select ‘open as layers’ from that menu as shown below.

open first layer

A window will pop up, prompting you to select a file. Remember that ‘wish upon a star’ file I had asked you to extract and save somewhere like your desktop? Go to that file, and select a background image that pleases you, like I have done below.

background

Next, we will select one of the images that we want to use in this project. We do so by adding another layer, just like we did with the background.

The photo appears at the center of your selected canvas; move it  a little to the side or to a position that works best for you. You get to select the move tool by selecting the ‘tools’ menu, then ‘transform tools’ then ‘move’ as illustrated below. Once selected, click on your image and then drag and drop it onto your desired position for it.

You can choose to crop the photo to a little smaller size. If this is what you want to do, use the crop tool; you will get it in the ‘tools’ menu, then ‘transform tools’ and then select ‘crop’. Hold down the cursor at the corner of the area you want to crop, and drag until the whole area is selected. Press ‘enter’ to finish cropping.

moved photo1

Next, we select the embellishment that we want to use as our photo frames. You guessed it! We add the embellishment as another layer. See how easy this is?

Go through the file you had extracted, and select the frame you want to use. I chose this round vintage looking frame.

embellished first photo

Move the embellishment around using the ‘move’ tool to a position relevant to your photo.

You are almost done! Add some more photos just like we did previously, as layers. Add some more embellishments, as layers. Move them around, use the transform tools to create the exact look that you want.I added one more photo and a few more embellishments.

final

Don’t forget to save your work. Happy digital scrapbooking!

You can find the PDF Document here. Just click on the link and download the Printable to your Computer.

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Color Picking
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Color Picking from Everywhere

There are days when you don’t have the time and there are days when you feel like being lazy. For whatever reason you have, there will always be a time when you need to get your digital scrapbook project done completely and fast. If you are the type of scrapbooker who is very particular when it comes to colours and colour schemes, chances are, getting the right colour for your layout eats up a lot of your time. So, if you ever get caught up in a time critical project, this very simple technique will be a lot of help for you.

I am talking about the colour chooser tool or the more commonly called Eyedropper Tool in Adobe Photoshop. The Eyedropper is basically a tool for picking up colors from other images or objects. It allows the user to point to a specific area and acquire its exact shade of colour to be used as either foreground or background colour in a file in Adobe Photoshop. By mastering this technique, you can change colors more easily and conveniently.

While using the Eyedropper tool is pretty easy, most Adobe Photoshop users, especially newbies, are not aware of how to properly manipulate it. If you have been using Adobe Photoshop’s earlier versions, you’ll find that it is quite difficult to use the Eyedropper Tool in CS5 version. But don’t worry about that, we will show you how simple it takes to pick up colors from everywhere in Adobe Photoshop CS5 so that you will be able to use it in your digital scrapbook layouts from now on.

Here’s a walkthrough of the Eyedropper Tool in CS5, to do color picking from everywhere!

Open Adobe Photoshop CS5 and create a new file. Make your file transparent.

You can increase each image by clicking on it so you can easily see all settings used.

Color Picking

You will notice that I have also my opened browser behind the new file.

Color Picking

But first things first – let’s get acquainted with the Eyedropper Tool. You can find it on the toolbar menu, it’s the icon that looks like a medicine dropper.

Color Picking 

It is recommended that you reset the settings to default colours ( i.e., black foreground, white background) before doing anything, so hit the D button on your keyboard.

Color Picking 

Let’s try that Eyedropper Tool! Open any graphic file you have there. For this demonstration, I got this dainty flower from It’s a Fun House Digital Scrapbooking Kit downloaded from Digidesignresort shop.

Color Picking

Click on the Eyedropper tool from the toolbar.  You may change the sample size or coverage of the eyedropper in the options bar. The rule here is that the smaller the pixel, the more precise the eyedropper reads of a smaller area.

Notice that your cursor changed into a small dropper? Try to move it around the image you just opened. Your cursor is still looking the same, right?

Now, let’s do that again. But this time, double click on the image and hold the left clicker (if you’re using a mouse) or keep your finger on the trackpad (if using a trackpad). See that circle with colours that changes as you move around the pointer?

Color Picking

The semi-circle at the bottom indicated previously selected colour while the one on top is the current selection. By default, any colour that you choose will be assigned as your background colour. Select the blank file then go to Edit > Fill > then choose Use Background Color from the drop down.

Color Picking 

It now looks like this:

Color Picking

You can also pick colours outside of Photoshop like from a website (that’s digidesignresort shop’s site by the way) by just holding the clicker and moving around the area. There won’t be any circle to show the colour but you’ll notice that the indicator of background colour changes as you move. Once you’ve found the colour you want to pick, release your clicker and do the same thing as filling the background colour.

Color Picking

 

 Color Picking Bonus Tip

As a bonus tip, if you’d like to use the eyedropper tool for the Foreground color, simply hold down the Option Key (for Mac) or Alt Key (for Windows) while sampling colours.

If in case you’d want to switch the colours of your Foreground and Background colours, just hit the X key on your keyboard and they’ll switch colours in an instant.

And that’s how you can pick colours from everywhere!

The traditional way of getting the colour values for every colour is certainly how we all got used to and believe is more easier than that of using the Eyedropper. But it is also important that we are able to progress and develop our skills and technique digitally by learning new tricks from time to time. So, paint your layouts well by practising the colour picking technique.

You can find the PDF Document here. Just click on the link and download the Printable to your Computer.

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Selective Erasing
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Selective Erasing in Digital Scrapbooking

If you’ve got multitude stacks of digital scrapbook elements in your hands, mixing shapes, patterns and ornaments isn’t really that difficult. But do you know that you can play around with your designs in more subtle yet captivating approach even if you have limited resources?
The key to achieving charming digital scrapbooks do not depend on the number of resources you have but rather on the manner you handle your designs. You can be re-using or recycling the same old elements yet come up with totally different results every time. One way to give your decors a new look is to use the Selective Erasing technique.

Selective Erasing

Try to observe this page, notice how the two hearts were placed overlapping each other.

You can increase each image by clicking on it so you can easily see all settings used.

Selective Erasing
The page looks good as it is but it would look better and create more impact to see the two hearts intertwined as if they are joined like a chain. And yes, the way to do it is by Selective Erasing.
To help you get enlightened more about using Selective Erasing we’ve prepared this simple illustration. All the contents in this sample page can be found in Eternity Part A Megakit from Digidesignresort shop.
First and foremost, let me remind you that we’ll be using Adobe Photoshop as our Image Editor.
Selective Erasing
Those are two individual hearts separated into layers but I arranged the right heart (layer 5) on top of the one on the left (layer 4).
Selective Erasing
Since we are going to link the two hearts, we need to erase a portion of the heart on top (layer 5) to make the chain effect.
To do this, we will select Layer 5 as it is the layer that needs to be erased. While on this layer, hold the Command Key for Mac users or Control for Windows users and click on the layer 4 or the left heart. The latter will have marching ants around it, indicating that this layer is not to be disturbed.
Selective Erasing
Here’s the tricky part, erasing. Click on the Eraser Tool and select your brush. It is better to use a hard solid brush and choose a size that fits the part of the object to be erased.
Selective Erasing
Selective Erasing
Once you have selected a brush, click on the part where you want the chain to join. And you’ll see the result in an instant. To finish it off, hit Command + D (Mac) or Control + D (Windows) to release the selection.
Selective Erasing
See? You won’t be reluctant to repeatedly use your digital scrapbook elements now that you learned another trick to spruce-up your embellishments!

You can find the PDF Document here. Just click on the link and download the Printable to your Computer.

Grab the Digital Scrapbooking Megakit Eternity from the store now!

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text paths
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Creating Text Paths in Digital Scrapbooking

If you love looking at other people’s digital scrapbooks, chances are, you get a lot of inspirations for your own digital scrapbook projects from those. That sounds exciting, right? But when it comes to actually making those inspirations work, reality kicks in and you feel your Photoshop (or any image editor) handicap is limiting your creativity.
Take the case of text paths, you might have encountered such technique being used by other digital scrapbookers but have no idea on how to do it. Well, no worries there, we are here to help you level-up your Photoshop skills by showing you an easy way to deal with text paths. Just follow this short tutorial and you’re good to go! We promise, this is a painless method to play along the text paths.

Text Paths

Open Adobe Photoshop.
Design your digital scrapbook as you wish. To illustrate, let’s have this page as our starting point. By the way, the papers and elements used in this page are from Digidesignresort Shop’s Love Letters Megakit.

You can increase each image by clicking on it so you can easily see all settings used.

Text Paths
Let’s say I intend to put a text on that blank space in the box at the bottom of the page. In order to have the text wrapped around the white flower, we need to create a text path.
Start by adding a new layer on top of everything. Then click on the Polygonal Lasso Tool.
Text Paths

Begin tracing around the anchor points being careful to follow the shape of the petals. When done, the blank space should look like this with the walking ants.
Text Paths
For Mac users press command + delete or Alt + Delete for Windows users. The shape of the anchored points or the text path will show.
Text Paths
Now, hit that Paths Tab on the side panel. There is a small button where the options can be found.
Text Paths
Click on Make Work Path.
Text Paths
A pop-up window will appear and there you need to set the value of the tolerance level which will determine the distance between the text and the flower. Remember that the higher value means that the text will be placed farther away from the object. I opted to give a value of 3 pixels for the tolerance level in this example.
Text Paths
Now, we are ready to put the text. Using the Text tool, type in the text. Don’t forget to fix the font style, size, color and alignment.
Text Paths

Text Paths
To finish it off, switch back to Layers Tab and disable the eye button to turn off the shape layer’s visibility.
Text Paths
And here is the fruit of our labor!
Text Paths
Wasn’t that easy and fun?

You can find the PDF Document here. Just click on the link and download the Printable to your Computer.

For your inspiration, here are some layouts with the kit, just click on the pictures for a larger view!
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Grab the digital scrapbooking kit “Love letters” from the store and create your own text paths!

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Soft Focus Effect in Photoshop Elements – Digital Scrapbooking Tutorials

Soft Focus Effect in Photoshop Elements

The Soft Focus Effect is great to get some unimportant details on a photo into the background

With Photoshop Elements you can easily pretend a Soft Focus Effect. You just keep the object of your choice sharp in the foreground and blur the background. This way you put attention on your photo object. Here is a fast and easy way to do so with Photoshop Elements. The Soft Focus Effect is easy to make and a great way to make your photo look special. Professional Photographers often use the Soft Focus Effect already when they take the picture. They simply keep the lens open, then the focus lies on the object to photograph and not the background.

The Soft Focus Effect

It might be also a nice idea to play a little around with the Soft Focus Effect – you could for example keep one or two elements in the background and one in the foreground sharp while the rest of the picture is blurred.With the help of the Soft Focus Effect you decide where the attention of the viewer of your picture goes to. Do you like the tutorials? You can find many more videos here on our blog. Check out the video tutorials for Photoshop Elements 9. Here is an example of a picture using the Soft Focus Effect

Soft Focus Effect

 

 

 

Soft Focus Effect – written Tutorial

Please note: this tutorial is just a help when you are familiar with Photoshop or if you have watched the video. 1. Open a picture and choose the Selection Brush Tool from the left side. Select the object you want to turn into the focus. You can increase each image by clicking on it so you can easily see all settings used.  

Soft Focus Effect

Soft Focus Effect

2. Click select –> inverse to select the area around the subject.  

Soft Focus Effect

  3. The area around the cat is now blurry and the cat is in the center – this is the Soft Focus Effect!

  You can find the PDF Document here. Just click on the link and download the Printable to your Computer.

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