Shaping it Up

Shaping it up … today we are going to explore using text for shapes in regards to our digital scrapping cards and pages.  Shapes can be anything you want them to be.  In addition to the “custom” shapes that come in Photoshop CC, you can also use a font to make your own shape for your project.  Using a few tools, we can make a shape, and then make a path to journal inside it.  Are you ready? Let’s begin!

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Outlined Titles in Photoshop Elements

Creating outlined titles in Photoshop Elements is a little different from creating them in Photoshop/CC (PS/CC).  An outlined title will add impact and visual interest to the layout you’re creating without detracting from the design or story. In PS/CC, the stroke (outline) can be added on the same layer as the text then when the opacity is reduced to 0% the text disappears and the stroke remains. Note: Photoshop/CC users can find a comparable tutorial here.  In Photoshop Elements, if you apply the stroke on the same layer as the text both the text and stroke disappear when the opacity is lowered to 0%. That is definitely not what you want!  In this tutorial, we’ll look at how to create an outlined title in Photoshop Elements.

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Track Your Travel Activities

Whether it’s a quick weekend away, or a long-awaited trip, vacations are a time to be spent with family and friends. However, for memory-keepers such as ourselves, we have planned places to see, things to do, and all the things we want to reflect on our scrapbook pages to commemorate the time spent away from home, away from our usual routine. We think of everything. We pack the camera, bring the phone chargers … and yet, we return with potentially one of two extremes: 100’s or 1,000’s of photos, or nothing at all. If you have a hard time sorting through what happened, and when, here’s a few easy and inexpensive ways to track your travel activities.

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List It & Check It

In keeping with the Travel theme this month, when I travel I always prepare for my trips with a list. I like to make lists and then check items off as I go. It doesn’t matter if it is packing for a vacation, cleaning the house, or going grocery shopping. I always feel better if I have a list to organize things, as it eliminates my worry about forgetting something.

 

Making a list can be rather boring with a blank piece of paper and a pen, but being a “Scrapbooker”, it can be much more creative and fun.  The various Digital Scrapbook Designers have a lot of elements and papers to assist you in the creative adventure. Let’s take a quick look how creative lists can benefit your traveling, and/or everyday life, and how you can also use them too, for your scrapping pages.

 

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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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