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Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head

Actually, here in north-central Alberta it’s snowing on my head today….

Last week’s tutorial elicited quite a few comments. Pam mentioned in hers that she liked the sandy look but wanted to know how to make digital raindrops and Lynden Blossom wanted to know what I planned to do with my sandy leaf. So your faithful scribe set out to meet those directives. (Sorry, Jill. There is no tutorial arising from my Color Challenge layout.)

I started with a 12×12 blank, transparent canvas. Then I chose the Elliptical Marquee tool to make my droplets.

Water droplets are spherical when they’re suspended in space and have a domed appearance when they’re on a surface. So I set the Tool Options to Fixed Ratio 1:1 to give me a perfect circle. I clicked-and-dragged out my first droplet and filled it with white using the Paint Bucket.

You can click-and-drag out a random (odd) number of drops of varying sizes using that method, or you can just copy that first one then resize them to suit.

 

I made 5 round drops to start with. Then, because the photo I used in my layout looked stormy, I thought I’d add some falling drops too. The Custom Shape tool has a raindrop in the default shapes, so it was pretty simple to click-and-drag out a raindrop using white again.

I want to be able to resize and alter the shape a little bit, but there’s a raindrop!

To be able to make changes to the image, I Simplified the layer.

Then I could change the angle on the drop to match the direction the rain would be falling from in the photo. I copied (CTRL/CMD>J)the layer a few times and resized them randomly.

After I had a good (odd) number of droplets, I Merged all the layers together. (CTRL/CMD>E) That way I could apply my next few steps to all of them in one click.

We’ve talked about Styles before in several other tutorials. What they are is a group of adjustments that make the layer take on a different look. Way down at the bottom of the list of Styles in PSE’s defaults is one called Wow Plastic. That’s the one I used. The menu looks like this.

One click on that Wow Plastic Aqua Blue turned them all into this.

I felt the blue was too blue, so I double-clicked on the fx icon on the layer in the Layers panel to get into the adjustment menu. I changed the blue on the shadow layer to one much lighter, and I turned off the Outer Glow setting because it made the drops look like they had a wire ring around them. The Bevel went to the max setting to make them look more spherical.

I also made sure the light source was coming from the same direction so there’s no visual conflict.

Below are my final adjustment settings.

As I’ve mentioned before, I have a variety of purchased Styles in my stash – including a water set, but I wanted to make sure everybody could accomplish the look without having to buy anything else.

But OH they’re blue!! So I dropped the Opacity to 75%.

Then it was time to see how they all looked on my layout. So I dropped them onto it and moved it into place.

They still looked too blue and obvious so I dropped the Opacity again to 75% and liked it better.

But alas, they’re not very WET. I didn’t want to mess up what I’d already done, so I Duplicated (CTRL/CMD>J)the layer to give me a throw-away if what I wanted to try didn’t work.

Because the two layers are only 75% Opacity, I can see the underlying layer through the top one. That’s helpful; I went into Enhance>Adjust Color>Adjust Hue/Saturation (CTRL/CMD>U) and played with that.

I took the Saturation down to 0 and increased the Lightness to +20. Now it’s got a stormy gray look to the top layer.

Now it’s looking more like a water droplet on the leaf, but not so much on the photo. Hmm.

There has to be a way…

Back I went to the Styles>Wow Plastic menu and this time I chose the Clear style. I’m still on that copy layer on top of my original droplet layer.

A few tweaks of the Style in the fx menu and NOW I’m happy!! For this adjustment I turned off the INNER Glow. You could follow all of these steps on your blank canvas before moving it to your layout now that I’ve done all the experimentation for you. 😉

You can see my entire layout in the Gallery. For the layout I used Ooh La La ScrapsFalling Slowly collection (sans Styles) and a photo I found on Pixabay. (If you’re not familiar with Pixabay, you need to check it out!)

Happy Hallowe’en!

Let’s Celebrate – Halloween!

Good morning all! It is that time of year again. For those who celebrate, Halloween will be here before we know it. I bounce back-and-forth between Halloween and Christmas being my favorite holiday. Looking at my stash, you would think it was Halloween. I just have to have all of them! I keep telling myself, “You have plenty of Halloween goodies, La’Shawn!” Then…I buy more. I am excited to share with you all today the fun Halloween goodies we have here at GingerScraps. I should have posted this on Saturday. The weekend got away from me. So, we get to brighten our Monday with fun Halloween digital scrapbooking supplies.

In case you didn’t know, or that you are new here at GingerScraps. You can find anything you look for by searching in the store. You can also find a lot of holiday goodies in the HOLIDAY section. Of course there is one just for all things spooky and HALLOWEEN! I am going to try not to overload your visual senses too much…I did warn you though it was one of my favorites. (all images linked)

Boo by Neia Scraps Designs is a perfectly spooky and cute Halloween collection. Jam packed full of watercolor elements, spooky creatures of Halloween, bits of candy, and a bone cracking alpha. Not to mention the leaves, ribbons, and pretty spooky flowers. A go-to Halloween collection!

 

This super fun set of WordArt clusters was made as part of Eeek Collection. This collection is all you need for all your Halloween photos. It’s full of unique elements both spooky and not!!

 

Creating arrangements is so much fun, but also time consuming. Take an advantage of pre-made arrangements and speed up your scrapbooking process to have more time for your dearest 🙂 This wonderful pack was made as part of Happy Halloween Collection.

 

Happy Halloween! Boo to you … and you, and you! Let’s celebrate Halloween with this “not-so-scary” collection, inspired by one of the special parties held at Magic Kingdom. In bright Halloween colors, this collection overflows with themed elements, including the special decorations found in the park such as banners and pumpkins, mouse-eared ghosts and bats, Mickey and Minnie’s Halloween hats, a spooky castle, the signature party fog, a bubbling cauldron, fireworks, plus the highlight of the party: the Headless Horseman!, among many other ghoulishly fun goodies and patterns.

 

All Hallows Eve – Digital Scrapbooking Kit by Ponytails Designs Witches, werewolves, ghosts, and ghouls… they’re all out on Halloween! Prepare to be scared!

 

Creative scrapping made easy! Ever wanted to create more arty pages or Art Journal-style pages but not sure how to start? Try out these easy-to-use templates. These templates combine traditional scrapping with a bit of arty fun. Clip photographs or papers to the masks, recolour the paint layers or clip paper to them too!

 

This “Halloween” digital scrapbooking page kit features a set of 30 high-quality Halloween-themed 12×12 digital papers, each saved as individual .jpg files. Also included are 66 coordinating elements, 17 word art images, and an alpha set with numbers and lowercase letters, each saved as individual .png files. This product is for personal use, scrap-for-others, and scrap-for-hire purposes only.

 

Halloween is all about tradition: dressing up, making jack-o-lanterns, and trick-or-treating. One of the most iconic images associated with Halloween is a black cat and Hallow Kitty pays tribute to this fantastic feline. This kit pairs the traditional black and orange color palette with olive, cream, and brown for a subdued seasonal feel. Warm, autumnal flowers and leaves pair nicely with thematic elements like cauldrons, pumpkins, a toad, a crescent moon, a broom, and the eponymous black cats themselves. Hallow Kitty plays nice with other favorite fall photos, making it more versatile than a lot of other Halloween kits. So give yourself a treat today and scrap a page with Hallow Kitty – no tricks needed!

 

With 93 unique elements, 26 papers, 6 cardstocks and a full alpha, The Boo Crew is jam-packed with treats for you to use to dress up your Halloween scrapbooking layouts, cards and party invitations.

 

An exclusive design by Paty Greif. The Happy Halloween Digital Full Kit contains unique images to turn your projects even more wonderful. Hand-drawn and colored at the highest quality by Paty Greif Design Studio. The files have a resolution of 300dpi for an optimum printing quality.

 

 

 

Spooky and ghostly, in the Dead of Night. The perfect collection for any haunted house lover!

 

 

As the days grow cooler and the nights grow longer, the colors grow bolder and the wind starts to holler… It’s clearly Halloween season and time to scrap some spooky stories. Whether you’re one of those people who lives for Halloween or just need a pop of color before winter colors, it’s time to scrap your favorite stories with My Life… October. This bold, brightly-colored installment of your favorite series is heavy on the Halloween cheer. Skeletons, jack o’ lanterns, ghosts, sugar skulls, spiders… There are just so many treats in this kit! This kit also has a few tricks up its sleeve, including word strips for the best parts of October. As always, My Life is also packed full of bold patterned papers (which are so versatile that you can use them year-round), bright solids, grungy newsprint papers, a newsprint alpha, and all the flowers, ribbons, banners, and bows your scrappy heart desires. My Life… October makes it easy to finish your scrapping and get back to snacking on Halloween candy… or just making memories.

These are just a small sample of what you can find at GingerScraps to scrap your Halloween photos. I hope you all have a fun, safe & dry Halloween this year. Make sure you take lots and lots of photos! Then….you know what to do! Scrap em! Happy Halloween!

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Fresh Baked: October 27, 2017

Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble

That quote from William Shakespeare always gets me in a spooky mood, and this is the perfect time for that to happen! In just a few days, Halloween will be here! The designers all hope that you have a happy and safe Halloween and that you have lots of fun! But don’t forget to check out what’s new in the store!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab!

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Boys-To-Men.html

aimee
Collection: http://store.gingerscraps.net/November-s-Topaz-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: http://store.gingerscraps.net/November-s-Topaz-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: http://store.gingerscraps.net/November-s-Topaz-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Borders: http://store.gingerscraps.net/November-s-Topaz-Borders-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Date Tabs: http://store.gingerscraps.net/November-s-Topaz-Date-Tabs-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: http://store.gingerscraps.net/November-s-Topaz-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/November-s-Topaz-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

boomers01
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Josephs-Coat-of-Many-Colors-BGD.html

boomers02
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Jonah-and-the-Whale-BGD.html

cathyk01
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Time-for-Wine-Word-Art.html
Full Collection: http://bit.ly/2yehx0I

cathyk02
Graffiti: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Time-for-Wine-Graffiti.html
Full Collection: http://bit.ly/2yehx0I

dagi
http://store.gingerscraps.net/2017-Happenings-Week-37-40.html

dearfriends
http://store.gingerscraps.net/In-Stitches.html

heartstrings01
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Highlands-1-Templates-by-Heartstrings-Scrap-Art.html

heartstrings02
https://store.gingerscraps.net/i-heart-you-8-Templates.html

jocee
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Alpha-Photo-Templates.html

kristmess01
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Kristmess/

kristmess02
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Kristmess/

laras
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Laras-Digi-World/

lauries01
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sports-Football-GrabBag.html

lauries02
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Passport-NYC-bundle.html

lindsayjane
Mix 3: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Random-Pieces-Mix-3-Templates-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Mix 4: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Random-Pieces-Mix-4-Templates-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

magical
Bundle: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Not-So-Scary-collection.html
Page kit: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Not-So-Scary.html
Graffiti Pack: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Not-So-Scary-graffiti.html
Journaling Cards: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Not-So-Scary-journaling-cards.html
Word Bits: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Not-So-Scary-word-bits.html
Glitter Pack: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Not-So-Scary-glitter-pack.html

neia
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Neia-Scraps/

tinci
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Vintage-vagabond.html

ad01
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Kristmess/

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Sneak Peeks October 26th, 2017

Happy Thursday! It’s the last Thursday of October! Two more months left of 2017! Halloween is less than a week away! Lets see what our designers have to get us ready for next week!

From Tinci

From Dagi

From CathyK

From JoCee

From Heather Z

From Heartstrings Scrap Art

From Ponytails

From Aimee Harrison

From Neia Scraps

From Joyful Expressions

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Turning a POSITIVE into a NEGATIVE

I just got home from a short visit with both one of my dearest friends and one of my daughters… and I’m so behind! Thankfully I still have a few days left of the month to get my challenge layouts done. I’m sure some of you can relate…

This week’s tutorial isn’t specific to Elements 15, like the last few have been. This can be accomplished with pretty much every version. It also might seem familiar to some of you, but I’ve added some new twists. The inspiration for it came from a layout I saw posted on Facebook yesterday, but I can’t remember whose layout it was. What caught my eye was a big “negative” maple leaf and the same leaf used in another spot on the layout. So I thought about it for a bit (the 3 hours it took me to drive home this morning is a bit, right?) and this is what came from it. I was looking in my stash for a paper with a really prominent texture to it when I came across this one in Aprilisa Designs’ Shining Stars September Buffet kit. I like the woodgrain look.

The leaf is from the GingerBread Ladies‘ collab Turning Leaf. It has a lot of serrated detail along the edge so it’ll be perfect for this.

Then I decided what colour I wanted to use to create my effect and then selected the Brush tool.

I have a big collection of brushes (mostly free from Brusheezy) and love to use brushes for lots of purposes. I chose a relatively symmetrical spray brush from this group, set it to its largest Size and 100% Opacity.

If you’ve read my tutorials before you’ll remember that I always recommend putting your brushes on their own layer so you have infinite control of the size, the angle and the position it takes on your layout. It also makes it possible to duplicate the brushed layer, which is a great option. For this technique it’s an absolute IMPERATIVE. So I created a new layer by clicking on the single-sheet-of-paper icon at the top of the Layers panel.

I bounced my brush over the leaf so that the paint extended past the edges, but didn’t completely hide the leaf.

Then I copied the paint layer. You can either right-click on the layer then choose Duplicate Layer from the drop-down menu, or you can use the WSNH* keyboard shortcut CTRL/CMD>J.

You want to be sure you’re working on the paint layer immediately above the leaf layer for this step.

“Select” the outline of the leaf. To do that, click on the image thumbnail in the Layers panel. When you see the ants marching around the edge of the leaf, then click on Select>Inverse or use the WSNH keyboard shortcut CTRL/CMD>Shift>I.

You won’t notice that the marching ants have moved from what’s inside them to what’s outside them, but when you invert your selection that’s what happens. Now you’re going to Cut the paint that’s OUTSIDE the leaf away by clicking on Edit>Cut or CTRL/CMD>X.

If you look at the Layers panel you can see that you have the red leaf, a gold leaf and the spray painted layer.

Now go up to the second spray paint layer and repeat the Selection, but this time we’re not going to Invert, we’re just going to Cut.

If you turn off the visibility of your red and gold leaf layers, this is what you’ll see. But let’s keep playing with it.

There was a tutorial some time ago where I talked about Blend Modes. They’re great tools, and are fun to play with. I dabbled a bit to see if I could bring out the woodgrain a bit more. I ended up with Darken mode at 76% to achieve this look.

I touched briefly on Filters in a couple of tutorials; these tools are a lot of fun too. Today I’m going to show you the Texturizer filter and its options. I thought I’d WSNH and apply the same filter to two layers at the same time, but was rudely awakened to the reality that it isn’t possible. Darn.

However, there’s a WSNH workaround for that! As you can see in the screenshot, I was working on the topmost “negative” paint layer to start off. I clicked Filter>Texture>Texturizer. There are several options on top of the basic filter and that’s where the magic happens.

Once the Texturizer filter menu opened up, I chose Sandstone, set the Scaling to 200%, the Relief to 25 and the Light to the top left. Boom! I looks like someone dumped wet sand on top of the leaf…. before it was moved.

I wanted the same wet-sand look on my gold-leaf-layer, and guess what… Elements remembers the last settings used in the Filter menu! So I just had to click on that top-most option, or CTRL/CMD>F.

Now it all looks like it’s been buried in wet sand. But I know there’s more we can do with this.

Hmmm, let’s swing the red and gold leaf layers over and rotate it a bit.

Okay. Wait a minute. That doesn’t look right. I don’t want it to look like that! What the heck?? Oh. Yeah. The “negative” layer is on top. It needs to be underneath. So I moved it down.

There. I like that.

Let’s jazz it up a bit by putting a Blend mode on the sandy-gold-leaf layer. This time I liked Lighten at 69%. The red shows through a little more, the veins are visible and the sandiness is still visible too.

At this point, I wanted to do some more tweaking but I didn’t want to mess things up, so I Merged the sandy-gold-leaf and red leaf layer together. WSNH = CTRL/CMD>E

Now to enhance the realism of this sandy-leaf look. The sand would add weight and depth to the leaf, right? But as the sand layer dries, it will distort the leaf a bit at the tips. So I created a shadow layer using the technique I showed you in my second shadowing tutorial, which has quickly become my favourite way to customize my shadows. Then I Smudged it a bit to make it look natural.

The last step I took was to change the Blend mode on the shadow layer to Linear Burn and decrease its Opacity to 46%. Now I have a neat look I can exploit on my layout however I choose.

I hope you give this a try and love your results!

  • WSNH = Work Smart Not Hard

Creative Style : Scrapping with Orange

Hello scrappers. Today we are going to take a look at a creative style. Well, let me honest. It isn’t really a style so much as getting some inspiration from color.

There are many things that can make a layout stand out in the gallery. What grabs one person’s attention might not grab another’s. I could write multiple blog posts about what grabs mine. That being said, seeing a layout that has predominantly one color always grabs my attention. I originally picked this color because I felt like it was the most neglected of colors in the digital scrapbooking world. Except for one time of the year. Plus I am not overly a fan of it. Boy was I wrong! I think as far as Creative Style Color blog post, this was the most difficult. Not for what I thought…because it was so difficult to narrow down the huge selection GingerScraps’ store has to offer. Here we go…Let us get some inspiration from the color orange.

We are going to take a look at some pretty orange images, and the latest orange filled goodies from the store. If those do not do it for you, make sure you check out past Buffets!  A lot of those have orange all through them! As you can see from the list below… We like orange around here!

Buffet’s with Orange

Photo Inspiration

Now, here are some lovely images to get those creative juices flowing. Did you know there was a place you could get pretty nice stock photos for free? These images are from Pexels(All photos on Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.) I use them on my personal blog. I thought I would share with you guys while we get some inspiration for scrapping with orange.

From the Store

Are these not some great photos! I especially like the last one. I will leave you with some great designs to get those orange filled layouts scrapped. As usual, all images are linked to their counterpart. We actually have an entire location in the store just for orange items.

As you can see, I had a difficult time narrowing down the items to show you all. Normally I go with a nice round number of 10. I couldn’t stop! There are SO many goodies in the store brimming with the color orange. You might have also noticed there are not any Halloween items in today’s post. Check back next week for those!

Fresh Baked: October 20, 2017

Can you believe that we only have ten days left in the month? That’s crazy right? The designers are gearing up with some great designs for November, but that doesn’t mean that they’re slacking this week! Quite the opposite, in fact! They have some amazing new stuff out this week!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab!

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http://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Boys-To-Men.html

Before I start with the beautiful kits and products that the designers have created for you, I just have to share this awesome news with you, a new Welcome Wagon kit has been released! If you do not know about our Welcome Wagon area, you should go check it out right away! Once you register in the forum, you will have access to the Welcome Wagon area. The designers create wonderful goodies and give them to you for FREE! The Welcome Wagon has been up and running, for over a year, so our designers are changing their goodies! New goodies, Free goodies!

Today, you’re being given a new lovely gift by Neverland Scraps!

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http://forums.gingerscraps.net/forumdisplay.php?499-The-GingerScraps-Welcome-Wagon

Let’s see what our designers are offering in the Bake Sale this month. All of these kits are available for $1 through Friday the 20th.

Looks like there are some gorgeous fall and Halloween kits in the offerings this month. Head over and load up. Make sure to share what you create with us in the Gallery and the GingerScraps Facebook Group!

tinci
http://store.gingerscraps.net/My-life-in-photobook-22..html

aimee01
Collection: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Morning-Heather-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Morning-Heather-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Morning-Heather-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Borders: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Morning-Heather-Borders-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Blooms: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Morning-Heather-Blooms-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Plaids: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Morning-Heather-Plaid-Papers-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Morning-Heather-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Morning-Heather-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

boomers01
http://store.gingerscraps.net/The-Woman-at-the-Well-BGD.html

boomers02
http://store.gingerscraps.net/The-Life-of-Moses-BGD.html

clevermonkey
http://store.gingerscraps.net/autumn-birthday-by-Clever-Monkey-Graphics.html

connie
Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-West-Virginia-Bundle-Pack.html
Word Art and Flair Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-West-Virginia-Word-Art-and-Flair-Pack.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-West-Virginia-Kit.html
Word Bits: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-West-Virginia-Word-Bits.html
Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Travelogue-West-Virginia-12×12-Temps-CU-Ok.html

dagi
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Gotcha-Covered-1.html

dandelion
http://store.gingerscraps.net/For-Kicks-By-Dandelion-Dust-Designs.html

dearfriends
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Blessed-by-Dear-Friends-Designs.html

heatherz
Bundle – http://store.gingerscraps.net/Hallow-Kitty-BUNDLE-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Kit – http://store.gingerscraps.net/Hallow-Kitty-KIT-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html
Borders – http://store.gingerscraps.net/Hallow-Kitty-BORDERS-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html

kristmess01
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Kristmess/

kristmess02
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Kristmess/

kristmess03
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Kristmess/

laras01
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Laras-Digi-World/

lauries01
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Passport-NYC-GrabBag.html

lauries02
Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cajun-Princess-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cajun-Princess-PageKit.html
Flairs: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cajun-Princess-Flairs.html
Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cajun-Princess-Clusters.html
Ombre Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cajun-Princess-OmbrePapers.html
Grunge: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cajun-Princess-Grunge.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cajun-Princess-Titles.html

lindsay01
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-23-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

lindsay02
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Page-Borders-24-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

missfish01
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Fall-Singles-Templates-by-Miss-Fish-Templates.html

missfish02
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Pumpkin-Love-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

neia
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Neia-Scraps/

neverland02
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Neverland-Scraps/

patty01
https://store.gingerscraps.net/autumns-in-the-air-bundle-collection-by-paty-greif.html

patty02
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Color-Me-autumn-bundle-collection-by-paty-greif.html

patty03
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cozy-days-bundle-collection-by-paty-greif.html

ponytails
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Harvest-Bundle.html

ad01
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Laras-Digi-World/

Remember, if you complete 10 challenges, just ten, you get a free kit as well!!

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Fall is the perfect time to indulge! Join me in completing some challenges!

Sneak Peeks October 19,2017

Happy Thursday! How is everyone enjoying Autumn? I am still waiting for it to show up here in Florida. The weather is still in the 80’s most of the time. We have a great mix of fall themed kits coming out this week. Check out some of the awesome layouts made by the CT

From Mis Miss

From Dagi

From Tinci

From Heather Z

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From Clever Monkey Graphics

From Neia Scraps

From Ponytails

 

From Aimee Harrison

From Pretty in Green

Have a Wonderful weekend!

October Bake Sale

Can you believe it’s already October? Where is 2017 going? Here in the Carolinas, fall has finally arrived (I think). It was 85° a few days ago and this morning I actually had frost on my car. I’m excited as fall is my favorite time of the year. All things pumpkin spice, the colors, the crispness of a morning and comfortable temperatures in the afternoon. And did I mention all things pumpkin spice? (heehee).

Let’s see what our designers are offering in the Bake Sale this month. All of these kits are available for $1 through Friday the 20th.

Looks like there are some gorgeous fall and Halloween kits in the offerings this month. Head over and load up. Make sure to share what you create with us in the Gallery and the GingerScraps Facebook Group!

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements 15)

More FUN with FOTOS

I hope everybody’s having a good week. I’ve been crazy-busy almost every day of my “vacation”, which around here just means I don’t go to my job. This time of year there’s always so much to do and I’m tired of looking at leaves. All over the yard. In the flowerbeds. On the sidewalks. On the porch floor. Stuck to my dog… But for today, I’m going to pretend I love them. (I do, when they’re in photos!)

This week we’re going to play with another Fun Edit menu in the Guided Edits tab of PSE 15. I originally planned to do something with the Out Of Bounds menu, but really wasn’t happy with the results so I scrapped that and chose to go with Painterly. Don’t be alarmed by the number of screenshots in this tutorial. The technique literally takes minutes to achieve fabulous results. (I know, I’ve redone this one about 6 times.) Here’s the photo I played with, courtesy of Pixabay.

In Guided Edit section, I went to the Fun Edits tab and looked at my options. The neat thing about this version is that if you roll your cursor over the images in the menu you can see each of the effects in action.

The Painterly menu looks like this. We’re going to work through the technique step by step, starting with the Paint Brush. Down at the bottom of the menu there are two buttons, a Next and a Cancel. DON’T use the Cancel button to undo something you don’t like, because it will undo EVERYTHING and close your photo!

Depending on the size of your screen and your personal workflow, you can choose the view you’ll see as you work. Because I work on a 15 inch laptop I like to zoom in and out a lot and I like to see what’s happening as it happens, so the only view that really works for me is the After Only setting. Play with them and see what works best for you. To Zoom you can use the Magnifying Glass or CTRL/CMD>+ or -.

With this technique you can work from either a negative or positive effect. That is, you’re either revealing (Show) or concealing (Hide). I opted to Show the parts of the photo I wanted to have the focus. The software then applied this mask to the photo.

There are only a few tools available to you in these menus. Painterly uses a handful of brushes you can adjust for Size, Opacity and Angle. The first brush on the list is called Bold Strokes. The settings I used are shown below.

Then I just randomly clicked the brush over the areas of the photo that I wanted to reveal. I like to go with a lowish Opacity so I can build the effect as I go along. It’s a lot easier to achieve a soft look if you take your time.

I selected the next brush on the list and uncovered more of my photo. Don’t move on to the next step until you’re sure you’re done.

Make good use of the few controls you have.

I worked my way down the list of brushes, adjusting the size and opacity as I went. If you do something that looks funny, Undo it with CTRL/CMD>Z.

Each brush does something a little different. I had the little girl revealed with a soft, moody look. It was time to bring up some of the leaves. For that I used the Rough Bristles brush with a lower opacity.

The next brush on the list is called Confetti and I love it! This is where you really start getting an artsy look. This brush randomly places squares and rectangles of your chosen effect over your image. I just scattered random clicks over the whole photo.

The Confetti effect isn’t obvious but it really adds something to the overall image. The last brush is called Round Rhythm. It’s not perfectly round, like a Basic Brush is, but neither is it grungy, so use it judiciously. I took it over areas of the photo that I wanted revealed almost completely.

You’re thinking right about now that to get to this point had to take hours. But it took mere minutes!

The second step in the technique is to choose a background colour. The defaults are Black and White. You can also choose a colour from your photo simply by clicking on Select Custom Color then clicking on an area in your photo. You’ll see instantly what it looks like. This is what White looks like.

Black could be really effective for certain images and moods.

For my example I went with White. When I redid it (laptop froze in the middle and I lost the whole shebang) I chose a colour from the photo, as you’ll see in my finished layout.

Step 3 lets you add Texture to the image. If you don’t want to add texture, just go to the bottom of your workspace and click on Next.

The next 6 screenshots show what each of the textures look like at 30% opacity. You can see the Confetti effect a lot better in these ones!

Step 4 is to add some Painterly Effects.

There are again 6 choices for Effects. Hovering your cursor over each one will show you the label for the effect.

The next 6 screenshots show you what they look like.

Each of the effects changes the image noticeably, some very obviously. I chose Rough Pastels for my layout, but I can think of ways to use all of them. When you’re satisfied with the way your image looks, clicking on Next will take you to some options for using your masterpiece. You can Save it, Save As something specific, change to another Edit mode or Share it. Then click Done down at the bottom of the workspace.

Once you’ve selected Expert edit mode to use your creation for a layout, you can see what the software has done with the original photo. There are 5 layers here, and you can manipulate each one further. Feel free to play around with them, because you can always Undo. When you’re happy, you can Merge the layers, or leave them as is so you can make more adjustments within your layout. If you choose to do that, I recommend creating a Group with the layers so they don’t get separated accidentally. To do that, you first have to Unlock the Background layer by clicking on the little padlock icon on the layer. Select all the layers then either click on the Group icon (a stack of papers, second from the left at the top of the Layers panel), right-click and select Group From Layers or CTRL/CMD>G. (You know how I do it…)

If you don’t want to make any more changes to your image, select all the layers as shown below then right-click>Merge Layers or CTRL/CMD>E. Then you treat it just like any other photo.

I used my finished sample for my October Mix It Up Surprise Challenge layout. The theme this one is Change, which this photo captures in several ways. I used a template (with some modifications) from Heartstrings Scrap Art‘s Mix It Up V.5 collection (not found in the store) and Ooh La La Scraps‘ beautiful Falling Slowly kit that I got through the Bake Sale for $1 (!) You can get it for $1 too, if you hurry… the sale runs until midnight MDT on October 20th.

Oh wait. I bet you want to see my layout. Right? Here you go!