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Blend Modes in Photoshop

Blend modes are an awesome way to change the way photos look as well as to make different backgrounds or papers. 聽Extend your paper stash by using blend modes.聽 This tutorial will make a flat patterned paper into a wrinkled patterned paper and uses Photoshop CS3, a patterned paper (from ViVa Artistry) and a textured …

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Holly’s Phone App Tutorial

So there were some requests for how to do a page similar to Holly’s Vedana layout. 聽And yes, we thought it was quite fun and so colorful!!! 聽Holly kindly explained how to do this: From Holly: I just experimented with layer styles.聽聽Also, the “app” that I used to edit my photo ended up being just …

Wordart Tutorial

Wordart is that extra bit of fun element that can make a mediocre layout AMAZING. 聽Sometimes, a layout just requires that perfect piece of wordart to make it complete. 聽A WACOM tablet, Inkscape, and a Photoshop style are the ingredients to making that layout a personal statement. This tutorial uses Photoshop CS3, a metal style …

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Working with Digital Scrapbooking Templates

This tutorial uses Photoshop CS3, ViVa Artistry鈥檚 Field Journal kit and Dawn Inskip鈥檚 Finishing Touches volume 5聽digital scrapbooking templates available at Scrapbookgraphics. Templates can be found all over digiland, in many formats. The most common being flat sketches that are layout drawings which can be replicated by eyeballing placement of elements. But, an easier method …

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Easy Extractions in Photoshop

One of the best ways to utilize a聽Wacom tablet聽is to use it for extraction of an image. An extraction is simply removing the background of an image in order to either use the subject/object by itself (such as a digital scrapbooking element) or to move it to another background. An extracted photo starts with a …

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Wacom Tablet Settings

A Wacom聽tablet is a fun addition to the scrapbooker鈥檚 arsenal of tools. It makes it easier to manipulate photos and to do extractions.聽 Plus, with the hand in a natural position, helps with fatigue from gripping a mouse.聽 But sometimes, a tablet doesn鈥檛 function perfectly straight out of the box.聽 Here are a few settings …

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Creating a Signature with a Wacom Tablet

One of the easiest things to do with a Wacom tablet is creating a transparent signature digitally for use on digital documents or creating fun wordart for your layouts. This tutorial uses Photoshop CS3 and Inkscape as programs for creating a digital signature, as well as a Wacom Create tablet. Inkscape is a free open …

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Using Photoshop Styles

Photoshop styles are a fun way to make simple and amazing elements and papers for layouts. This tutorial shows how to install and tweak the styles to suit each layout. Photoshop CS3 is the progam being used. For Photoshop, copy and paste the styles into a pre-set location on the hard drive so it is …

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Digital Tutorial: Attaching Charms to Ribbons

Charms are fun to work with in digital scrapbooking. It gives a bit of dimension to what could be a flat piece if you are using 鈥減apery鈥 type elements. Sometimes, the charms are not placed together with a chain or a string so, here is a digital tutorial on layering charms to an attaching piece. …

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Wacom Tablet Basics

Both Vanessa and I own Wacom tablets. 聽I primarily use the Bamboo Pen (for its portability) and have a Bamboo Create as well because it’s fun to use fingers!!! Wacom tablets make a designer or digital scrapbooker鈥檚 crafting life much more enjoyable.聽 It鈥檚 easier to work on layouts with, gives greater details to extractions, and …