Edges Scripts in Elements+

Edges scripts add interesting edges to photos and papers using Elements+.  Scripts are simple to use and edges look like one of the fun and interesting scripts to try in Elements+.  In theory at least!  They were a little unpredictable and didn’t always give useful results for digital scrapbooking.  There are 14 edge treatments that can be accessed by going to Elements+ in Effects Panel.  I’ll show you the results of the five I tried.  Here’s a tip, I always recommend using a copy of the photo or paper you’re working with and especially in this case.  You cannot undo the action so definitely work with a duplicate.

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We Hold Our Children’s Histories in Our Hands

I hear stories all the time that people are amazed at how deeply they have been affected once they learn about their family’s history. It never surprises me. In fact I’ve said quite a few times that researching your own genealogy is, “Better than any reality show out there.”  It turns out, though, that we have reason to be affected by knowing our family histories and I can’t wait to share with all of you!

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Making a realistic Paper Clip effect in Photoshop CC

Have you ever used a paper clip on a digital scrapbook page and did not know how to get that realistic “look”? Today we are going to show you a quick way to do that. You can do it several ways – even with the dodge and burn tool, however today we will be working with the shadow effect.

[Note: The screen shots are from Photoshop CC, but the same process is achievable in Photoshop Elements. Instead of making your own style, you can use the WOW chrome style in PSE. Everything else can be followed along for both programs.]

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Cutout Filter Portraits FIT

Cutout Filter Effects in Photoshop

One of my favorite digital techniques for creating abstract portraits is the Cutout Filter in Photoshop.  You can use the filtered portrait as is for an edgy art journal effect, or you can use it to create a paper pieced template effect.  Ready to enter the world of digital abstract portraits?  Then come on in and join me as I revisit one of my favorite digital filter effects . . .


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Pocket Scrapping – Screen Mode for Whiter Whites

Can you believe it is the end of July already? I can’t! This summer has been a whirlwind for me and my family. All good stuff that I can’t wait to document! But before I get to documenting the summer of 2018, I must finish up my 2015 pocket scrapping album, so today I am sharing another page and another tip that I hope you will find useful: using Screen Mode for whiter whites.


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Shadow on a Separate Layer with Elements+

Shadows on a separate layer can be a challenge to create in Photoshop Elements but it’s super easy using Elements+.  This month I’ll show you how to create a drop shadow in Elements+, separate the shadow onto a separate layer, then tweak it using Photoshop Elements.  Imagine having realistic shadows at the point where an element is stuck down to your paper. How about being able to make the edges of a photo or paper looked raised.  Let me show you how.

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Using Puppet Warp to Make a Wreath

My column this month is inspired by the beautiful embroidery hoop wreaths I saw on Pinterest. I love how rustic and delicate they are, and I know I want to recreate the look on a layout. To make the wreath, I used the puppet warp function, which is available in Photoshop CS5 and above. However, even if the software you’re using doesn’t have puppet warp, do follow along on this tutorial! With some patience and careful placement of elements, you can create a wreath without puppet warp. Let’s get started!


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Text Functions in Elements+

Text is an important part of most layouts.  Whether we use it for journaling, creating titles or word art, text is usually on the page.  With that in mind, I thought it would be the best Elements+ function to review this month.  The texting functions are accessed through the Effects palette or the Text action in the Elements+ action set.  The Text dialog will not open until you type your text using the Type tool in Photoshop Elements.

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Frame It… Make your own “Polaroid” photo frame

In many of the scrapbooking kits we use for our layouts, there are photo edges, and photo frames included. Sometimes though, it is not the right kind of frame we are looking for. Many times, I go for the quick and easy way to frame my photo by just adding a white stroke around it and a shadow.  Instead of a white stroked photo edge, today we will make our own “Polaroid frame” using PS CC 2018,  that we can save to use over and over.

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Making Torn Paper Edges

Torn paper edges have always been very popular in paper scrapbooking, and I love them for layering and adding dimension. While some digital kits come equipped with torn paper pieces, not all kits do; so, today, I’m going to show you how you can re-create the look of torn paper edges digitally. I’ll be demonstrating with a trim, but you can use this technique on any shape you want.


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