Filtering with PicTapGo

Hi scrappers. We’re talking about filters this month. Truth be told, I don’t use a lot of “artsy” filters on my photos or pages but I do love to improve my photos with filters. My scrapbooking style trends a bit more traditional. For editing my photos, my absolute favorite plug-in for PS/PSE is Totally Rad’s RadLab. It is a little pricey and even when you can catch it on a good sale, it might be a bit more than your scrap budget wants to shell out (but I think it is totally worth budgeting for). Enhancing photos with Totally Rad’s PicTapGo app (iPhone only) allows you to apply photo filters with ease without needing an expensive photoshop plug-in.

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Photo Filters and Funny Pages

Photo filters and funny pages may seem like a strange title but bear with me.  I was excited when I found out our topic for May is comics.  When I was growing up the funny pages was my favorite section of the newspaper.  I especially loved the Sunday funny pages because there were lots more comic strips and they were in color!  Then a few weeks ago my daughter-in-law shared some photos and my grandson had on a t-shirt that said, “Dad is My Hero”.  It made me smile because I think every child’s Dad should be their hero, I know mine was.  Plus, my grandson is really into all the Avengers superheroes.  With all that in mind, I came up with an idea for a design using a combination of photo filters, a puffy photo sticker, and other techniques to create a comic-themed layout in Photoshop Elements.

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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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Unlocking the Stories Behind Your Heritage Photos in Census Records

back of photo: Nathan, Paul, Grandpa George, and baby Max.

 

What to do when you have a family heirloom photo that has nothing else written on the back but the names of the people? First of all, it is a good thing to actually find names on the back of old family photos. It’s just that when I only have one photo like this, I really would love to know some sort of back story and in this case, all four generations are now silent. In order to give this special photo some of that interesting background, I have to do some hunting.

 

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May 2017 Challenge

I decided on this month’s challenge and then was a bit challenged to complete it. Since we had discussed journaling in April’s Champions content I thought I would make journaling the challenge for May. Sounds simple right? Well, journaling feelings rather than descriptions was harder than I thought it would be. In her video Crystal Livesay mentions that journaling our feelings can be cathartic. So I gave it a try. I purposely chose a font that was a bit ornate and harder to read and a color that blended into the background to make my journaling a little bit hidden. Now that I wrote about how I feel about my grandchildren growing up maybe I won’t feel so sad when I look at this photo next time. 

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Comic Photos in a Jiffy

 

Playing with filters in Photo Shop and Photo Shop Elements can provide a lot of fun effects. Today we are playing with the Poster Filter and the Halftone Pattern Dot Filter, both located in the Filter Gallery. Using both of these in a grid like template, you can create your own comic page!

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Pick of the Month: Catch Up with Creative Live on the go

I have long been a fan of Creative Live. It’s a great place to get free live classes on just about anything creative. Their instructors are leaders in their fields (and our own Tiffany Tillman has taught classes there.) When I first started to really get into photography it was my go to place. There are also tons of classes on software, like Photoshop and Lightroom, graphic design, business. Whatever your side passion, they probably have had a class that covers it.

One of the best things about Creative Live is that they are always broadcasting live classes for free! And if you love it, you can purchase a class to watch on-demand. Creative Live was already pretty amazing, but their new app has brought it to a whole new level.

I’m a Mom who splits my days between being at home with children and working, so I feel like I am always on the go. So, I am almost always using my phone to get things done. Previously, it was a huge pain to watch Creative Live on mobile. It was possible, but never quite the ideal experience. With the new iPhone app, you can watch any of the live classes from mobile and it works perfectly! I can plug my phone into my Bluetooth speaker and listen while I am cleaning.

But I saved the best part of the new app for last, every day you can watch one free lesson from their entire catalog for free! This is a great way to test out a class that you missed live without having to commit to purchasing the whole thing. It is a great way to check out some of the great classes Creative Live has to offer.

You can download the app from the app store.

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Pre-made Cluster Elements to Speed Up Your Pages

Hello there my digi friends. Sometimes, you want to pull together a scrapbook page quickly. Maybe you have a short amount of time, maybe you are creating a layout for a challenge and the deadline is approaching, or maybe you have lost your mojo and just need to “make” something and you’re at a loss for where to start. For these times, I encourage you to look at pre-made clusters, borders, and/or clustered frames. These are already arranged and matched for you, allowing you to focus on the photo(s) and the stories without having to stress over what supplies to use. I love a good cluster, but sometimes I just can’t seem to make them come together. I’m going to share some of my go-to designers for these types of ready-made products and a couple of layouts using these awesome time-savers.

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Journal for Generations to Come

Whenever I look back at my scrapbooks, I am always drawn to the journaling. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the pictures a lot —  and the layouts bring everything together, but it is the journaling that fills in the blanks and brings it all to life.

 

It’s the same with journaling in a heritage scrapbook as well. I can be tempted to stick with names, dates, places and the facts that we can glean from the backs of the photos, but to really bring them to life, I feel the need to add some background information.

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