Fun with the Distort Filters

There are so many tools in Photoshop that are often unexplored.  Whether it’s because we don’t know how to use them, we don’t know they exist, or maybe we’ve never been interested in what Photoshop has to offer beyond what we think we need!  Well today I want to show you how to have fun with a few of the different distort filters!  There are several filters that can give you some interesting and unique effects with your images, in as little as a few clicks!  I am going to give you a brief introduction to some that are very user friendly and offer some fun effects.  Some you may not feel you have a use for, but you never know!  Hopefully this can get your creativity flowing so you can find new ways to use or edit your images.  Let’s get started!

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Scrapping Photoless Pages

Sometimes we don’t have a photo to scrap a memory or a moment we want to convey.  And guess what?  We don’t need to have a photo in order to scrap a page!  “But isn’t scrapbooking all about pictures?” you ask.  No!  Of course not!  Some of my all time favorite scrapbooking pages are photoless journaling pages that I’ve created.  And in all honestly, the heartfelt journaling on the page conveys my mood and my thoughts much more so than a picture at that moment ever could.  So today, I want to address scrapping with photoless pages.  Because if you aren’t already, I think you need to have another look!

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Using Print and Cut with Your Silhouette Cameo 3

Hello my fellow digis!  I am soooo excited that we at Scrapaneers decided to focus on hybrid this month!  Why?  Because two months ago for my birthday I got a Silhouette Cameo 3.  I was literally freaking out thinking about all of the possibilities.  I just knew I had to have one.  I found a fantastic deal on Black Friday and my hubby let me order one.  I was a good girl and I actually waited until my birthday to open it after it arrived.  I ooooohed and awwwwwed over all of the fun little tools that came with my bundle and the pretty vinyl colors that I was sure were soon going to be cut into adorable patterns and sayings and plastered on things throughout my house.

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Easily Add Contrast To Photographs

Hey all!  Janelle here with a simple two minute (more like two second!) tip on how to easily add contrast to your photographs in Photoshop.  I picked this tip up somewhere along my digital scrapbooking journey and it’s such a good and simple trick that I just had to share.  I always love to amp up the contrast just a little in my photos.  It makes my highlights pop a bit more, and adds a little more depth to my photos, both effects that I love.  I’m always on the lookout for easy photo editing techniques, so hopefully you’ll enjoy this one!  All those amazing actions out there can be soooo expensive, so it never hurts to pick up a few editing tools yourself along the way.

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Create Your Own Bokeh Effects

Hello my digi friends!  I am so happy you’re here today.  I truly love this time of year!  The Christmas season is my absolute favorite time of the year with all of the beautiful decorations, the string lights all around, and of course all of the amazing photograph opportunities.  There is so much to capture this time of year, but sometimes the spirit of Christmas isn’t always perfectly reflected in our rushed or imperfect photos.  I’m going to give you a little bit of a cheat today!  I’m going to teach you how to create your own bokeh effects!  I love the look of bokeh and I feel like it adds a bit of magic to our photos and layouts so I figured it was perfect to focus on this month.

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How To Create an Ombre Effect Using Gradients

Hi there scrappy friends!  Have you ever had trouble deciding between two background papers that you want to use in your layout?  Or you really love one, but there’s a small piece of your layout that just needs another color behind it to help it pop? Janelle here today with a quick tip for combining papers how to create an ombre effect using gradients.  This is a super simple thing to do and the possibilities are endless!  

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Favorite Project: For My Kids

Hi all!  Janelle here today on the blog with you.  This month the Peers are sharing our favorite finished projects. I have loved seeing what the other Peers have created and I hope you have taken a look to see what they have done as well!  Hopefully we all have made projects that we love and are proud of.  And some of us have made projects that we look at now and just cringe silently about to ourselves, haha.

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Tips for Photographing Fireworks

Hi all!  Janelle here today with a few photography tips for getting great photos of fireworks.  Here in the good ole’ USA we are getting ready to celebrate our Independence Day.  One of my favorite things about celebrating our independence are our amazing fireworks shows.  I have tried many times in the past to take pictures of fireworks, but they never turn out the way I’d like them to.  I am getting more confident and I am finally starting to branch out from using the auto mode on my DSLR, so I decided to do some research to find good tips for photographing fireworks on manual this holiday!

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How To Warp Your Text In Photoshop

Hi all!  I love that the blog team is focusing on text this month and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the team has in store for us!  I love working with text and fonts to make expressive elements and titles on my pages.  It’s one thing that I actually really struggle with.  I’m not good with titling my pages!  As a matter of fact, I usually use word art from the kit I am working with as titles for most all of my pages.  I guess you could say that I take the easy way out…  So in an effort to want to be a little more expressive with my title work, I decided to explore the text warp tool in Photoshop.  I will give you a brief overview of the tool and by the time we are finished, you will know how to warp your text in Photoshop!

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