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Workspace and Preferences Settings in Photoshop Elements

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.

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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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Transforming Photos Into Fine Art

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!

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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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6 Techniques to Create Stunning Layouts

These six techniques will teach you how to create stunning layouts.  These design principles are the same techniques used by photographers, artists, florists, architects, interior designers, scrapbookers and other creatives.  They are simple yet powerful techniques that will transform your layout into an interesting and dynamic composition.  

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Create Your Own Bokeh Effects

Hello my digi friends!  I am so happy you’re here today.  I truly love this time of year!  The Christmas season is my absolute favorite time of the year with all of the beautiful decorations, the string lights all around, and of course all of the amazing photograph opportunities.  There is so much to capture this time of year, but sometimes the spirit of Christmas isn’t always perfectly reflected in our rushed or imperfect photos.  I’m going to give you a little bit of a cheat today!  I’m going to teach you how to create your own bokeh effects!  I love the look of bokeh and I feel like it adds a bit of magic to our photos and layouts so I figured it was perfect to focus on this month.

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DIY Canvas

This month I am trying something totally new to me, a canvas hybrid project. This DIY project was inspired by this month’s theme which focuses on beginnings and new. I was given two pieces of this amazing collection from Digital Scrapbook Ingredients and Meagan’s Creations. So follow along on my adventure as I attempt this DIY canvas project.

 

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How to Recolor Styles in Photoshop Elements

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.

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