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!
How to use photo extractions and blend modes to turn a ho-hum photo into an outstanding layout using Photoshop Elements. One of my favorite photos of my granddaughter could be considered undesirable because of the ugly background. There are several ways to get around this problem but today we’ll use photo extractions and blend modes to make the most of the best parts of the photo.
I love Photoshop Styles and there are so many available to choose from! Designers create Styles with a color palette in mind. But what if the Styles Effect you want to use doesn’t match the colors in your layout? No problem, you can use any Styles Effect if you know how to recolor Styles. Today we’ll use Photoshop Elements to recolor Styles to match your palette.