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Fun Photo Frames for Digital Art

Photo frames are used quite often in scrapbooking and digital art. It makes a photograph look finished. This tutorial will show the process of making a paper type of frame that will complete your page.聽The tutorial uses Photoshop CS3, a frame shape from Christine Smith, a plain paper for the frame and a colorful paper …

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Creating a Chipboard Tag

In digital, many times, we re-create a real physical scrapbooking item for the computer screen.聽 Chipboard elements have always been a mainstay of the scrapbooking world.聽 And now, you can make a custom chipboard tag to suit your own layout! 1.聽Select a chipboard overlay.聽聽Amanda Rockwell聽has some amazing overlays in their shops.聽聽 This tutorial uses聽Bekah E. …

Changing Colors in Photoshop

So, you鈥檝e got the perfect kit with the perfect theme for the perfect image鈥ut it鈥檚 all wrong color-wise!聽 What do you do?聽 Change the color of the kit of course!聽 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 …

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Watercolor in Artrage

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

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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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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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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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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 …