5 Essential Tools to Create the Artsy Look

If you want to create Artsy layouts and the Artsy look in your digital scrapbook layouts there are 5 tools that can really make you start that today! The great thing about these tools is that they aren’t limited they have many possibilities, you can blend them, stack them, combine them. So many possibilities and even the most simple thing as a blend mode makes a great difference.  Let’s talk about them:

 

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Top 10 Text Tips in Photoshop Elements

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.

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Quick fix to your photos in Photoshop CC

 

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.

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Layers Palette Basics in Photoshop Elements

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.

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How to Use Photo Extractions and Blend Modes

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.

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Creating with Blend Modes

If you’re a big fan of Tiffany and Scrapaneers, you are probably acquainted with using blend modes on your scrapbooking pages. I certainly love using blend modes and I had so much fun playing with the Magic of Beginnings kit. As I completed this page, I was surprised at how many layers I ended up blending. So, let me share the ways that I’ve used blend modes.

 

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How To Warp Your Text In Photoshop

Hi all!  I love that the blog team is focusing on text this month and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the team has in store for us!  I love working with text and fonts to make expressive elements and titles on my pages.  It’s one thing that I actually really struggle with.  I’m not good with titling my pages!  As a matter of fact, I usually use word art from the kit I am working with as titles for most all of my pages.  I guess you could say that I take the easy way out…  So in an effort to want to be a little more expressive with my title work, I decided to explore the text warp tool in Photoshop.  I will give you a brief overview of the tool and by the time we are finished, you will know how to warp your text in Photoshop!

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DIY Love Notes

February has been dubbed the month of Love. It’s the time of year we rush around getting Valentine’s Day cards for our kids to share with their friends, and when we celebrate those we love and care about with thoughtful gifts and sentiments. However, we can share love notes anytime of the year…not just when the calendar and Hallmark Stores tell us to, right? As digital scrapbookers we have a trusty tool at our disposal in Photoshop/PSE. Today I’m going to show you some basics on how to create your own DIY love notes using the Custom Shape tool.

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