An Overview of the Photoshop Tools Panel for Digital Scrapbookers

The Tools Panel

Good morning! Erin here with a brief overview of the tools panel.


The tools panel will appear on the left hand side of your screen when you open Photoshop. Many of the icons have hidden tools available, which you can access by clicking and holding on a tool with a small triangle on the bottom right corner. This graphic shows each of the tools in the Tools Panel, plus the hidden tools.

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My Digital Process

With Karla Dudley’s new class, Krafting with Karla, coming up, where she shows her process for creating, it got me thinking about my own process.  So, today I want to talk a little bit about my process for creating digital layouts. There are so many ways to approach a layout: choose the photos first, work with a specific kit, story first, technique based layouts… there is no right or wrong way to go about it! But I am a creature of habit, and I almost always start the same way: with a story. A specific memory, emotion, funny story, or a basic who, what, where, when, why so an event is recorded. For me, scrapbooking is as much about the story as the photos. I approach my journaling like it’s a diary or a letter to my kids and family, and not just the names and location of an event.

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Inspired by Amanda Taylor’s The Art of Journaling Workshop with Erin

Good morning! Erin Taylor here with a fun layout inspired by Amanda Taylor’s The Art of Journaling class. I definitely consider myself a “clean and simple” scrapbooker. I like clean lines and white space, so the idea of creating curved journaling lines initially gave me hives! But after spending the evening playing around with the pen tool + Photoshop, I was much more comfortable with the tool, and the idea of creating some wavy journaling lines.

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