The Pros and Cons of Becoming a Digital Designer

Hello everyone, and welcome to the brand new “For Professional Eyes Only” column! A little about myself: My name is Grace Lee; I’ve been designing for a little short of 6 years, and I currently sell at Sweet Shoppe Designs. Every month, I will be sharing with you my experiences as a digital scrapbook designer. While it’s my first time writing a column like this, I do hope it’ll prove to be a good read.

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FamilySearch Site to Jumpstart Your Own Family History

Bringing an online class together is a huge task, but when it involves not only my passion for family history exploration but also my love for digital scrapbooking and photo restoration, then, hey… I’m all in. The fear of taking on such a large undertaking felt small compared to the fact that I knew that I had all the tools to actually pull it together. This was one of those times when I feel like I have been practicing for forever to bring something just like this to life and I just can’t thank Tiffany Tillman enough for gently nudging me along to bring “Heritage with Michele” to the Champions area of Scrapaneers.

 

But enough about the class already… In the class, I purposely left out so many ways to creatively look into your family history because, really… I would have been talking for days in the class and not just for a few hours! But there is one website that that left out and I definitely want to tell you a little about it…  FamilySearch.org.

 

This site has a special place in my heart because it was at one of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Family History Centers here in Indiana, that is about 20 miles away from me, where I first sat down at a computer and pulled up information on my own family. I remember it vividly because it was all I could do to sit still and not squeal out loud with excitement. And yes, I was hooked right then.

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Layers Palette Basics in Photoshop Elements

The Layers Palette in Photoshop Elements may seem a bit overwhelming in the beginning.  In this tutorial, we’ll explore it and break down some basics.  First of all, there are several types of layers as demonstrated in the graphic below.  Each layer is like a slide that stacks on top of the next to create a scrapbook page. Image layers include such things as background papers, fill layers which may be a solid color, gradient, or a pattern, photos, and elements.  An Adjustment layer is a special type of layer used to make nondestructive modifications to a layer.  Shapes drawn using the shape tool are on Shape layers.  Type layers are for adding words to your layout.  That’s a lot of information already.  Next, we’ll look at each type of layer and how they’re used.

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Selective Color Adjustments in Photoshop CC

Ever have a black element that you want to change to a different color for your layout? You have tried all of the normal things… color overlay, adding a solid color over it and then trying to use a blend mode to make it work, or even inversing the black object to white and then trying to color that… all to no avail. Sure it may work sometimes, but it really doesn’t do a great job.  If so, then here is your quick tip answer!

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Pocket Scrapping – Keeping it Simple

Hello again! Jen here to share one of my pocket scrapping layouts with you. As I stated last month, I fell off the pocket scrapping wagon a while ago and decided to publicly commit to hop back on by writing a monthly column for Scrapaneers about my journey. Since my last post, I did a little housekeeping and created my first layout in a long time and have learned a few more things along the way. The biggest lesson I learned? Keeping it simple.

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Storyboards-How They Relate to Scrapping

Storyboards.  You’ve probably heard of them but may not know exactly what they are or how they relate to scrapbooking.  To put it simply, a storyboard illustrates changes of action visually through a series of sketches or illustrations.  Animators at Walt Disney Studios first used storyboarding in the 1930’s.  The animators drew scenes of a story and pinned them to a bulletin board sequentially.  These helped them as they organized and developed the product.  Gone with the Wind was the first film to be completely storyboarded.  Can you imagine!  They are still used by writers, illustrators, filmmakers, and advertisers to pitch a concept.  The storyboard helps the people that they are pitching to, their audience, visualize how a story, book, movie or commercial will go.  Okay, now that we know what a storyboard is let’s look at how they relate to scrapbooking.

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Tips for Scanning those Heritage Photos Straight

What’s a person to do? You have captured an entire album of your family’s heritage photos and then realize that they look like they aren’t straight? Will just rotating them help? Probably not. You are going to have to do a little perspective adjusting or “Skew” as it is called.

 

The best way to keep the tilting at bay is to try and get the heritage photo as square as you can in the camera when you take the photo. But that is sometimes easier said than done especially when you are attempting to capture multiple photos with each visit.

 

After my article last month, “One Photo Scanning Hack You Need to Know” I received a comment about crooked heritage photos. What is the best way to straighten them up? Here’s a few tips:

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Workspace and Preferences Settings in Photoshop Elements

Workspace and Preference settings are easy to set-up and personalize in Photoshop Elements. Plus the process will help you get started using PSE which is a big hurdle for many scrappers.  I hear people say they’ve had Photoshop Elements for many months (sometimes years) but have yet to get it out of the box!  Here are a just a few of the reasons I’ve heard: it’s too hard, it’s too different from my current program, it’s too complicated, it’s too time-consuming, and I just don’t know where to start.  I feel your pain. I felt the same way in the beginning.

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Panoramic Fun

These days, it is fairly simple to take a panoramic picture with your iPhone. Set your camera to “Pano”, hit the button, and then just move your iPhone from the left to the right. When you are done, you have one large panoramic photo. It is simple, and does it efficiently.

 

If the “Pano” option is not available to you, you can create a panoramic picture from multiple photos. This can be done manually or through ‘photomerge’, an automated feature in both Photoshop CC and Photoshop Elements 15.

 

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