Changing Colors in Photoshop

So, you’ve got the perfect kit with the perfect theme for the perfect image…but it’s all wrong color-wise!  What do you do?  Change the color of the kit of course!  Here are two different easy ways to change up the color of an element or paper. The quickest way is when the element or paper …

Watercolor in Artrage

ArtRage is an easy to use digital paint software with many possibilities for the digital scrapbooker or artist. The tools in ArtRage work very similar to the the art tools of the physical world. The best way to work with ArtRage is to use it with a Wacom tablet. There is more precision with a pen than with a mouse. This tutorial uses ArtRage 4, …

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.  Extend your paper stash by using blend modes.  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 …

Holly’s Phone App Tutorial

So there were some requests for how to do a page similar to Holly’s Vedana layout.  And yes, we thought it was quite fun and so colorful!!!  Holly kindly explained how to do this: From Holly: I just experimented with layer styles.  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.  Sometimes, a layout just requires that perfect piece of wordart to make it complete.  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 …

Working with Digital Scrapbooking Templates

This tutorial uses Photoshop CS3, ViVa Artistry’s Art Renderings 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 …

Easy Extractions in Photoshop

One of the best ways to utilize a Wacom tablet 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 …

Wacom Tablet Settings

A Wacom tablet is a fun addition to the scrapbooker’s arsenal of tools. It makes it easier to manipulate photos and to do extractions.  Plus, with the hand in a natural position, helps with fatigue from gripping a mouse.  But sometimes, a tablet doesn’t function perfectly straight out of the box.  Here are a few settings …

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 …

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 …