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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!