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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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Fun with the Distort Filters

There are so many tools in Photoshop that are often unexplored.  Whether it’s because we don’t know how to use them, we don’t know they exist, or maybe we’ve never been interested in what Photoshop has to offer beyond what we think we need!  Well today I want to show you how to have fun with a few of the different distort filters!  There are several filters that can give you some interesting and unique effects with your images, in as little as a few clicks!  I am going to give you a brief introduction to some that are very user friendly and offer some fun effects.  Some you may not feel you have a use for, but you never know!  Hopefully this can get your creativity flowing so you can find new ways to use or edit your images.  Let’s get started!

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Unlocking the Stories Behind Your Heritage Photos in Census Records

back of photo: Nathan, Paul, Grandpa George, and baby Max.

 

What to do when you have a family heirloom photo that has nothing else written on the back but the names of the people? First of all, it is a good thing to actually find names on the back of old family photos. It’s just that when I only have one photo like this, I really would love to know some sort of back story and in this case, all four generations are now silent. In order to give this special photo some of that interesting background, I have to do some hunting.

 

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Comic Photos in a Jiffy

 

Playing with filters in Photo Shop and Photo Shop Elements can provide a lot of fun effects. Today we are playing with the Poster Filter and the Halftone Pattern Dot Filter, both located in the Filter Gallery. Using both of these in a grid like template, you can create your own comic page!

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Journaling Creatively

Journaling is important and when adding it to a layout I like to think creatively and outside the “text” box.  Everyone has their own reasons for scrapbooking but I believe most of us would list memory keeping as the primary reason.  Sure we want to get all those great photos and sometimes photos go a long way toward telling the story but journaling answers the questions that will undoubtedly come up at some time in the future.  I keep the 5-W’s of writing in mind when I’m journaling.  I imagine you’re familiar with the 5-W’s of writing but if not they are Who, What, When, Where and Why.  It’s easy to answer those questions now but years from now, when you’re looking back, you’ll be glad if you’ve taken the time to record the pertinent information. When I’m journaling I don’t tend to put all the information in a tidy little box unless I’m using a block style or pocket style layout.  If that’s the case text boxes are perfect but if not I like to spread information around the page a little more creatively. As you’ll see, I prefer to tuck it in here and there. I want to encourage everyone to make journaling a priority and I want to share a few ideas I use to get the information on the page but not necessarily in a box.

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Tips For Journaling On Your Photos

Tips For Journaling On Your Photos

Continuing our foray into journaling this month, I wanted to chat with you about something that might seem a little tricky to do, but really isn’t: journaling on your photos. Sometimes we have a picture that we’d like to incorporate into our scrapbook pages that deserves to stand alone; it warrants a full page, all by itself.  However, what if there’s a story behind the photo, or some little detail that isn’t obvious that you feel a need to explain or document? We’re not talking about adding a journaling card, a tab or a sticker. We’re talking about digitally writing directly on your images. Maybe you have a group of photos and there’s, literally, no space left on the page on which to write anything. Let’s look at two tricks (yes, just two simple tips!) that you can deploy to starting journaling on your photos.

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Write It Yourself – Journaling

 

The art of Scrapbooking (whether it is Paper or Digital) is for purposes of memory keeping and documenting / journaling events.  We often use journaling, photographs, memorabilia, ephemera, printed media and artwork to tell the story.

 

When we are documenting, sometimes it is in the form of a single line of journaling, a paragraph or a whole page. To document our pages digitally, we often search out typewriter fonts or fonts that may resemble our own handwriting. Today I am going to show you a quick way to include your own handwriting on your scrapbook pages.

 

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The Art of Hidden Journaling

Hello all my artsy friends and welcome to April!  Are you ready to get your journaling groove on?  The Peers will be focusing on different journaling techniques this month on the blog, to inspire the hidden (or sometimes prolific) writers in all of us.  I will be sharing a therapeutic hidden journaling technique, for those (like me) who don’t necessarily want to broadcast their journaling to the world.  Ready to take on this artsy journaling adventure?  Then come on in and join me . . .

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