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Working with Digital Scrapbooking Templates

This tutorial uses Photoshop CS3, ViVa Artistry鈥檚 Art Renderings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 would be to use the layered templates created …

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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 …

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Clipping Masks in Digital Scrapbooking

A clipping mask can be used for many things in digital scrapbooking. It can be used as part of 聽the background of the layout or it can be the main part of the layout. There are many different types of ready-made clipping masks available in digishops and even for free. Some masks are in brush …

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Using Photoshop Brushes

There are many kinds of element packs available for sale for digital scrapbookers. 聽The variety is endless.聽 This digital scrapbooking tutorial is aimed at the use and function of 鈥渂rushes鈥 or digital stamps.聽 Photoshop brushes are loosely a variation of a scrapbooking or papercrafting stamp in digital format, where a black and white image can …