Today I want to share my top 10 text tips using Photoshop Elements 15. When I first started using PSE I didn’t even know how to enter text on a layout. Since then I’ve learned a lot about type tools and entering text in ways that go beyond using a simple text box. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes a simple text box is all you need but there is much more we can do when we don’t confine ourselves to that simple little box! I hope some of these tips will help you too.
This month, when I stepped back and looked at my completed page, the left side was pretty flat and uninspiring. Sure, my style is pretty simple when it comes to my Pocket Pages, but still sometimes I like to add a little depth to them. That’s when I decided to play around with the embossing effect and wound up converting a .png stamp into an embossed element on my page. Today, I share how I did it.
Many times we take photos and when we look at them on the big screen of our computer, we find that they are a tad dark, or “flat” needing a boost. Sometimes, they may be too Green or Blue, and could use some color adjustment. While this won’t work 100% of the time, it is a quick fix for most. If the color is real bad, or papers and such you are working with don’t go with the photo colors, you can change your photo to black and white. I will show you here a quick fix to do one or both.
Last month we looked at the different types of layers and how they are used in Photoshop Elements. If you missed the previous article or want to review the basics, you can find it here. This month we’ll dive a little deeper and look at filters, masks, blend modes, and more. I will walk through the process while creating a layout.
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!
As part of your growing skill set in PSE, blend modes can be your best friend. I was so in love with this tutorial from Judie on blending text into a wood grain paper. I wanted to see if I could achieve a similar look in PSE. So, let’s play with some blend modes in PSE to to achieve this blended into the wood grain effect.
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.
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.
Have you every thought of transforming your photos into fine art? Yes, no, maybe? If you’re like me you’re probably more interested in capturing the moments and getting them on a scrapbook page. But, since you’re here at Scrapaneers, I think it’s safe to assume you are interested in learning new techniques and strategies to make your pages more creative and artistic. Yeah, me too! I was very excited when I discovered we’d be focusing on hybrid projects this month at Scrapaneers. I’d just signed up for Cilenia Curtis’ Digital Artistry workshop and was anxious to try out some of the techniques. Because in order to learn and improve at anything we need practice, practice, and more practice. I’m not going to give specific settings used to build the foundation but rather the steps I took to achieve the effects shown.
As a disclaimer let me tell you I am an artist. I love to draw and primarily use Prismacolor Artist pencils to create “paintings” but that has become quite painful thanks to arthritis. But you do not have to be an artist to use these techniques. If you can trace it, you can create art!