How to Fake Your Focus in Photoshop

Hi all!  Janelle here with another handy video tutorial for you all today!  This month here at Scrapaneers, the blog team is focusing on filters.  Although I don’t know a ton about filters, one of my favorite photo editing techniques uses one, so I decided to share it with you!  I’m going to teach you a neat little trick to help create a focal point in Photoshop by learning how to fake your focus, or rather, redirect your focus on a photo.

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Adobe Camera Raw Filter

Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) is available as a smart filter in Photoshop CC. This means you can adjust your photos (even if you shoot only in JPEG!) using sliders typical of those found in Lightroom, even if you don’t have Lightroom! If you have never used this feature before, you really must give it a try. And, when used as a smart filter, the edits you make are non-destructive and completely editable. Let’s get started.

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Blending Modes: Simple Trick, Big Impact.

I’ll admit it. Using digital paint on my scrapbook pages scares me. Perhaps it’s because I never used paint on my traditional pages, or maybe I just get stumped on what exactly to do with it on a digital page. Of course, for those in the scrapping community that know me, you’re probably laughing right now, thinking how could anything possibly “scare” me about scrapbooking – I mean, come on, I do digital art journaling!  Yup. Paint. However, I’ve found a quick, simple trick, to help me use paints in a more realistic way on my pages. Let me share: blending modes.

 

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Scrapaneers Challenge | September 2015

Each month, one of the Peers hosts a challenge in the forum. This month it’s me – Barbara. The specifics of the challenges will change every month but they’ll always include aspects of the month’s Champions techniques. All participants will earn a prize relating to the monthly Champions kit. Guess what? You do NOT have to be a Champions member to participate! Everyone is welcome and EVERYONE who plays along gets the prize. And there’s more. In addition to the participation prize, one random participant is going to win a $10 gift certificate to Scrapaneers! Great stuff, right?!

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Realistic Paint Layering in Photoshop

Hello everyone!  I’m here to talk about one of my favorite things to do in Photoshop: Play with Paints.  I love to paint IRL too, but it can get rather messy.  That is what makes Photoshop painting so fabulous – you can make it look messy and artistic without all the real life clean up.  Digital paint isn’t just for backgrounds though, it makes a great layering element (especially with a few quick tips for making it look realistic).  Are you ready to join me and get your digital hands dirty?  Then come on in . . .

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How To Clean Up Your Photoshop Brush Presets

Hello fellow scrappers!  Janelle here today with a few Photoshop house cleaning tips.  I LOVE brushes.  Anytime I get a digital scrapbooking kit that has brushes, I get them loaded up STAT!  Whether they are alphas, doodles, splatters or phrases, I love to use them on my pages. The only problem is, over time, I have collected a TON of brushes.  And looking through all of my presets, it looks like I’ve actually doubled up on quite a few.  I knew my collection was a bit out of control, but I didn’t truly know how bad it was.  I checked them out, and my brushes actually equated to nearly 500 MB of space.  It was taking my Photoshop FOREVER to load up these days.  And it was always getting stuck for what seems like 10 minutes on that those two little words “reading preferences.”  That got me to thinking.  It’s time to clean house on my brushes.  So I’ve decided to teach you all how to as well!  Are you ready to learn how to clean up your Photoshop brush presets?  It’s super simple, and I promise, worth your time.  Especially if you are a digital hoarder like I am!

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Favorite Paint & Watercolor Designers

I am so excited for this month here at Scrapaneers as we focus on paints and watercolors. I could tell my fellow Peers were also excited because when I asked them to list some of their favorite paint and watercolor designers the list grew rapidly. Keep reading for some awesome Scrapaneer Peer favorites.

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Scrapaneers Challenge: August 2015

Each month, one of the Peers will host a challenge in the forum. The specifics of the challenges will change but they will always include aspects of the month’s Champions’ techniques and each participant will earn a prize that relates to the monthly Champions kit. But you do NOT have to be a Champions’ member to participate. Everyone is welcome and EVERYONE that participates gets a prize. And on top of that, one random participant will win a $10 gift certificate to Scrapaneers! How awesome is that?!

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Embellishing Gallery Standouts

Can you believe that tomorrow is September?!  Seriously – where has the time gone?  I have so enjoyed this month’s topic of embellishing as this is something I as a clean and simple scrapper struggle with.  I guess it’s true what they say – time flies when you’re having fun and I definitely had fun following along this month.  Have you tried any of the tips/techniques shared this month?  Are you a clean and simple scrapper like me or do you love the art of embellishing to the fullest?

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