Shape it Up…Create a layout with just shapes!

Sometimes when we buy a kit, there may be an element or two we wish we had, that was not included. Sure we can go and search our stash for that specific item, (like a button, a piece of tape, a staple, an overlay or the like), but sometimes it is less time consuming to create our own and have fun in the process. Today I am going to show you how to create a few easy elements that you can make with shapes and make them more realistic by adding a few style effects.

 

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Paint a Portrait using the Watercolor Filter & Color Blend Mode

Welcome back! I am Christa, and I am here with another “fun with filters” tip & tricks tutorial. I really love working in Photoshop with sketching, painting and blending. For me, besides my love for scrapbooking and memory keeping, I also love to explore Photoshop and play on the artistic side. I do have a few plug-in art filters from Akvis (Artworks & Sketch), but there are also fun filters built-in to Photoshop, (and Photoshop Elements) that you can do similar things with. Today let’s play with the Watercolor Filter!

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“All that GLITTERS”…Add Sparkle to your page!

The Magic of Beginnings… December.. what a fabulous time of year! To me this time of year is so magical. Whether there is snow on the ground or not, it is the beginning of Winter, and the time of year that sparks Magic in our lives. It’s that special time of year that brings sparkles and magic to that child in every one of us! Today we have wonderful additions to the Magic of Beginnings Collaboration. We have a great 2 template package by Soco, and a terrific vintage mini kit by Vero. Let’s get started with our page!

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Build a Page Quickly using the Halftone Pattern Filter

Hi everyone!  I find it interesting that we have all these fun filters in Photoshop and very rarely use them. (That is me anyway!) In the past, I have bought plug in filters to achieve certain effects on my layouts, but I have rarely experimented with what I have at my fingertips! What I hope to accomplish today in my tips & tricks posting is to get you to have fun and experiment.

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