Archives for March 2019

Photoshop Layer Style Pattern Adjustments

Did you know that, when using the full version of Photoshop, you can easily adjust the position of a pattern within a Photoshop Layer Style? Photoshop Elements does not have the option available, but there is a work-around.  It’s very easy! Here’s how:

Photoshop:

1. In the Layers Panel select the layer that has the style you want to adjust.

Moving a Pattern in a Layer Style Tutorial Snickerdoodle Designs

 

2. Click on “Effects” (or anywhere in the “Effects” area, but not on the name of the Layer itself). This will open the Layer Style Panel.

3. Click on “Pattern Overlay” in the Layer Style options box on the left to make it active.

4. You can see the entire Pattern on the right, in the Pattern Overlay options box. This is handy for re-positioning reference.

5. Move to your document. Place your cursor on the object to which you have applied the style. In the image above, I have placed the cursor on the rounded rectangle.

6. Left click and hold down with your mouse, then move your cursor around within the bounds of the object to reposition the pattern.

7. When you are happy with the result, release the mouse.

So how is this useful?

For the purposes of this tutorial, I used my seamless Watercolor Styles 02. Because the styles are seamless, I moved around the pattern in just one of the style effects and was able to quickly come up with 9 different looks. The ability to reposition patterns exponentially multiplies the options you have when using seamless styles with color variations.

 

There are 15 style effects in this one pack. So if you, by chance, were able to get 9 different looks from just ONE style, it is conceivable that you could get 135 different patterns from this pack (15 styles X 9 looks per style)!  I won’t guarantee you could get 9 different looks from each effect, but just wanted to emphasize how moving a pattern in a style can add to the versatility of many styles.

What about Styles that are not seamless?

If you are working with a style that is not seamless, and the shape to which you want to apply a style is larger than the pattern size, you will see the pattern seams. Here’s what that would look like:

By repositioning the pattern, depending upon the size of the style and of the object, you have a good chance of being able to hide the seams. By dragging the pattern a bit to the left, this is the result I was able to achieve with this style:

What about Photoshop Elements users?

To date, Adobe hasn’t included the ability to move patterns around in Photoshop Elements.  They can, however, Scale a pattern, which can be helpful.

In the top menu bar: Layer > Layer Style > Scale Effects

Another window will open which has a slider, allowing you to make the pattern larger or smaller. When making a pattern much larger than it is intended, you may degrade the quality of the pattern, so that’s just something to be aware of.

 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I hope you have found this tutorial helpful. If you would like to download a PDF for reference, you may do so here.

Snickerdoodle Designs

Fresh Baked: March 29, 2019

We know! We know! You’re excited for all the new stuff coming in April! I promise, though, the wait will be worth it!

For now, enjoy the new items! The designers are ready for spring! We hope you are too!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! Birthdays in March are so much more special!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Lets-Celebrate.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Weekly-Collection-3-Pocket-Templates-by-JB-Studio.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Proud-As-A-Peacock-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Proud-As-A-Peacock-Kit.html
Stickers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Proud-As-A-Peacock-Flairs-Stickers.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Proud-As-A-Peacock-Alphas.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Proud-As-A-Peacock-Glitters.html
Cardstocks: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Proud-As-A-Peacock-Cardstocks.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Kristmess/

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[KIT] https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Little-Man-by-LDragDesigns.html
[COLLECTION] https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Little-Man-Collection-by-LDragDesigns.html
[GRAFFITI] https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Little-Man-Graffiti-by-LDragDesigns.html
[CLUSTER FRAMES] https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Little-Man-Cluster-Frames-by-LDragDesigns.html
[JOURNAL CARDS] https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Little-Man-Journal-Cards-by-LDragDesigns.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Meant-To-Bee-by-LDragDesigns.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/March-Madness-2019-Wordly-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/March-Madness-2019-Paper-Stackers-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/March-Madness-2019-Photo-Finish-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Watercolor-photomasks-Vol10.html

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Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-picnic-Bundle.html
Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-picnic-Kit.html
Painted papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-picnic-Painted-papers.html
Solid papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-picnic-Solid-papers.html
Photomasks – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-picnic-Photomasks.html
Masks&Frames – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-picnic-Masks-and-Frames.html
Stamps&Borders – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-picnic-Stamps-and-Borders.html
Accents – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-picnic-Accents.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/One-more-chance-1..html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Pear-Butter-and-Strawberry-Jam-Bundle-by-ADB-Designs.html

ADB Designs
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Thunder-Basin-Saga-Bundle-by-ADB-Designs.html

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Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-Apr-Create-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-Apr-Create-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-Apr-Create-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Frames: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-Apr-Create-Frame-Clusters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Blooms: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-Apr-Create-Blooms-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-Apr-Create-Extra-Papers-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-Apr-Create-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/360-Life-Apr-Create-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/20-20-Vision-BGD.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/CU-easter-grass-by-Clever-Monkey-Graphics.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Bundle-Collection-by-Connie-Prince.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Kit-by-Connie-Prince.html
Mixed Media: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Mixed-Media-by-Connie-Prince.html
Quoted Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Quoted-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Messy Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Messy-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Border Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Border-Clusters-by-Connie-Prince.html
Week 14: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Week-14-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Week 15: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Week-15-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Week 16: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Week-16-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Week 17: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Week-17-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Week 18: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Week-18-Template-Pack-CU-Ok-by-Connie-Prince.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Extra-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Alpha Pack AddOn: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Alpha-Pack-AddOn-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Word-Art-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Pocket Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Pocket-Cards-by-Connie-Prince.html
Quick Pages: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-2019-April-Quick-Pages-by-Connie-Prince.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Simply-4.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Project-2019-Lucky-Ducky.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Spring-Cleaning-Digital-Scrapbook-Kit-by-Dandelion-Dust-Designs.html

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Theatre Production Colleciton: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Theatre-Production-Collection.html
Theatre Production Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Theatre-Production-Kit.html
Theatre Production Finishing Touches: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Theatre-Production_Finishing-Touches.html
Theatre Production Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Theatre-Production-Journal-Cards.html

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Beyond The Sea Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beyond-The-Sea-Collection.html
Beyond The Sea Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beyond-The-Sea-Kit.html
Beyond The Sea Finishing Touches: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beyond-The-Sea-Finishing-Touches.html
Beyond The Sea Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Beyond-The-Sea-Journal-Cards.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Brother-My-Pal-KIT-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Snickerdoodle-Designs-CU/

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

They say it’s nearly spring! Maybe this kit will inspire Mother Nature to agree!

Sneak Peeks March 28th 2019

We come to a close of another month! Spring is here and the temperatures are rising. Celebrate all those springtime memories with a few new kits from our fabulous designers!

From Heather Z

From Dagi

From Tinci

From Down This Road Designs

From JoCee

From Miss Fish

From Aimee Harrison

From LDrag Designs

And… here’s a little sneak peek of the April Buffet!

Have a great weekend!

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

True Colours – Not Just a Song

Has anybody seen my mojo? It seems to have gone walkabout without me! I haven’t scrapped a single thing this month. Not one. That can’t be allowed to continue!!

Today I thought I’d show you a really quick (literally only 5 minutes of your precious time) photo edit that will help you save those special photos that just aren’t. I think we’ve all taken a bunch of photos of a special event or trip, only to find out when we’re ready to use them that they’re not quite the masterpieces we thought they would be. Sometimes that’s because the lighting did weird things to the colours… like in my example photo below. For those who’ve never seen it, this is the Three Graces fountain at Caesar’s Place in Las Vegas. But it’s not supposed to be yellow.

The path to solving this problem and unlocking the true colours in your photo goes like this: Enhance>Adjust Color>Remove Color Cast.

Fixing an ugly colour cast is pretty simple, but it often is a bit of a trial-and-error exercise. Everything in the photo is affected by the same odd colouration so you’ll be making some guesses. The tool works by using an algorithm to adjust the colours based on you telling it which areas of the photo are either white, gray or black. The trick is to figure out which is what!

Because my photo is 10 years old, I really can’t remember the kind of details that would make this easy. So I just picked a spot – the lampshade – that I expected to be white. But I was wrong.

Fortunately, with a single click, I can Reset the image and try again.

This time I chose the bright light in the chandelier as my “white” source. The result is better, but is it right?

So I went to the reflected light in this molding. It looks white… but apparently it isn’t.

I was obviously failing with the white areas, so then I tried a spot that looked like it should be black… the sleeve on the jacket this woman is wearing. Better. Best?

To be sure I’d gotten it right, I tried a couple more spots. I assumed the sculpture was marble, or intended to looklike marble, so I clicked on an area of cheekbone. There’s still a hint of sepia in the image though.

So I tried black again, clicking on the dark area of the mirror, shown below. Fooled again! It’s NOT black.

This is the one that my eye tells me is truest. With a little haze removal, it should be vastly improved from the original. Another photo saved!

Finished version… 5 minutes. Tops!

 

Fresh Baked: March 22, 2019

Unicorn Wishes and Leprechaun Dreams. There’s something for everyone, no matter your needs this week! Templates and kits, bundles, and sales! So much!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! Birthdays in March are so much more special!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Lets-Celebrate.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Unicorn-Wishes-KIT-by-Heather-Z-Scraps.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Layered-Page-Templates-Lucky.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Signing-Is-Fun-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Signing-Is-Fun-PageKit.html
Flairs: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Signing-Is-Fun-Flairs.html
Grunge: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Signing-Is-Fun-Grunge.html
Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Signing-Is-Fun-Clusters.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Signing-Is-Fun-Titles.html
Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Signing-Is-Fun-Cards.html

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[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/In-Full-Bloom-by-LDragDesigns.html
[templates vol.1] https://store.gingerscraps.net/In-Full-Bloom-Templates-Vol.-1-by-LDragDesigns.html
[templates vol.2] https://store.gingerscraps.net/In-Full-Bloom-Templates-Vol.-2-by-LDragDesigns.html
[journal cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/In-Full-Bloom-Journal-Cards-by-LDragDesigns.html
[alphas] https://store.gingerscraps.net/In-Full-Bloom-Alphas-by-LDragDesigns.html
[worn out papers] https://store.gingerscraps.net/In-Full-Bloom-Worn-Out-Papers-by-LDragDesigns.html
[glitterstyles] https://store.gingerscraps.net/In-Full-Bloom-Glitterstyles-by-LDragDesigns.html
[The Collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/In-Full-Bloom-The-Collection-by-LDragDesigns.html

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[kit] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Think-Spring-by-LDragDesigns.html
[templates] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Think-Spring-Templates-by-LDragDesigns.html
[journal cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Think-Spring-Journal-Cards-by-LDragDesigns.html
[alphas] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Think-Spring-Alphas-by-LDragDesigns.html
[styles] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Think-Spring-Styles-by-LDragDesigns.html
[The Collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Think-Spring-The-Collection-by-LDragDesigns.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Rain-Showers-Collection-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Rain-Showers-by-Lindsay-Jane.html
Quick Pages: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Rain-Showers-Quick-Pages-by-Lindsay-Jane.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Animal-Park-collection.html
Page kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Animal-Park.html
Journaling Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Animal-Park-cards.html
Graffiti Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Animal-Park-graffiti.html
Woodgrain Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Animal-Park-bonus-papers.html
Word Bits: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Animal-Park-words.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Journal-Time-MEGA-BUNDLE-by-MagsGraphics.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Journal-Time-KIT-by-MagsGraphics.html
Elements: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Journal-Time-ELEMENTS-by-MagsGraphics.html
Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Journal-Time-PAPER-PACK-by-MagsGraphics.html
Color Accents: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Journal-Time-COLOR-ACCENTS-by-MagsGraphics.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Journal-Time-JOURNAL-CARDS-by-MagsGraphics.html
Days: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Journal-Time-DAYS-Title-Pack-by-MagsGraphics.html
Months: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Journal-Time-MONTHS-Title-Pack-by-MagsGraphics.html
Word Stickers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Journal-Time-WORD-STICKERS-by-MagsGraphics.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/March_Madness2019_BundlebyMissFish.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Cool-Chicks-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

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

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Full Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Thinking-of-Spring-Bundle.html
Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Thinking-of-Spring-Kit.html
Embossed papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Thinking-of-Spring-Embossed-papers.html
Photomasks – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Thinking-of-Spring-Masks.html
Clusters&Wordart – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Thinking-of-Spring-Clusters-WA.html
Stamps&Frames – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Thinking-of-Spring-Stamps-Frames.html
QPs – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Thinking-of-Spring-QPs-Set.html

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Bundle – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Kick-It-Bundle-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html
Theme kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/Kick-It-Kit-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/This-is-Me-March-Kit-by-Snickerdoodle-Designs.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Springtime-1..html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Hippity-Hoppity-Page-Kit-by-ADB-Designs.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Antiques-Emporium-Mega-Bundle-by-ADB-Designs.html

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Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Lemony-Goodness-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Lemony-Goodness-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Lemony-Goodness-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Borders: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Lemony-Goodness-Borders-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Frame Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Lemony-Goodness-Frame-Clusters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Lemony-Goodness-Extra-Papers-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Lemony-Goodness-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Lemony-Goodness-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Over-the-Rainbow-BGD.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/irish-shenanigans-by-Clever-Monkey-Graphics.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Scout-s-Honor-Bundle-by-Connie-Prince.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Scout-s-Honor-Kit-by-Connie-Prince.html
Messy Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Scout-s-Honor-Messy-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Alpha Pack Add On: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Scout-s-Honor-Alpha-Pack-AddOn-by-Connie-Prince.html
Word Art: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Scout-s-Honor-Word-Art-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html
Extra Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Scout-s-Honor-Extra-Papers-by-Connie-Prince.html
Border Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Scout-s-Honor-Border-Clusters-by-Connie-Prince.html
Flower and Leaves Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Scout-s-Honor-Flower-and-Leaves-Pack-by-Connie-Prince.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/March-2019-Template-Bundle-by-Connie-Prince.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Project-2019-Lucky-Ducky-Bundle.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Second-Chances-3.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/With-Brave-Wings-Collection.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/With-Brave-Wings.html
Finishing Touches: https://store.gingerscraps.net/With-Brave-Wings-Finishing-Touches.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/With-Brave-Wings-Journal-Cards.html

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Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Sidewalk-Art-Collection.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Sidewalk-Art.html
Quickpages: https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-Sidewalk-Art-Quickpages.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Piece-By-Piece-Templates.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/21st-Birthday-Grab-Bag.html

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

They say it’s nearly spring! Maybe this kit will inspire Mother Nature to agree!

Sneak Peeks March 21st 2019

 

Happy Spring!!! I hope everyone is happy Winter is behind us! Our designers have some great new springy kits debuting tomorrow! Let’s take a peek!

From Dagi

From Heather Z

From Tinci

From LDrag Designs

From Mags Graphics

From Just Because Studio

From Clever Monkey Graphics

From Lindsay Jane

From Aimee Harrison

From Down This Road

From Neia Scraps

From Wimpychompers

Image may contain: 1 person, food

~~March Feature Designer: Designs by Connie Prince~~

Hi everyone!! Boy, March is flying by. Sorry this is a bit later than normal. I’m really not sure where the first half of the month went.

This month we are talking with the fabulous Connie Prince. She took a few minutes out of her busy schedule and birthday celebration to answer a few of my questions.

How long have you been designing?

Since 2006.

What made you decide to design?

When I started designing there weren’t that many digital scrapbook stores or designers. I wanted to be able to create things to use in my own scrapbooks and it just took off from there.

What do you use to create your designs (program, additional tools, etc.)?

I design in Photoshop & Illustrator.

Describe your design workplace.

I have an office / craft studio where I do my design work.

What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

I pull inspiration from pretty much everywhere! If I’m ever feeling stuck a visit to the craft or antique stores will usually get me going again.

What was your first job?

Cashier in a family owned grocery store.

Have you ever met anyone famous?

Yes, a few – my favorite was Newt Gingrich, I worked for him while in college.

What are you reading right now?

It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst

What is your favorite quote?

Your life is an occasion. Rise to it. – Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

What is something you want to do in the next year that you’ve never done before?

Visit Alaska!

You have your own latenight talk show, who do you invite as your first guest?

Bradley Cooper

If you had to delete all but 3 apps from your smartphone, which ones would you keep?

Instagram, Bank App, & Snapchat.

If you could have someone follow you around all the time, like a personal assistant, what would you have them do?

All of my admin work!

Would you rather travel back in time to meet your ancestors or to the future to meet your descendants?

Past – I don’t know that I could handle knowing the future!

What commercial jingle gets stuck in your head all the time?

State Farm.

If you could turn the ocean into a liquid other than water, which one would you pick?

Something not sticky!

Thanks Connie!!

Make sure to check out her GS Store, her FB Fan Page, her blog, and her FB Group. And make sure you are picking up the Daily Download this month.

Also – her store is on sale all month.

Have a great week!

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

What the Heck is a Vignette?

It’s been awhile since we did anything really creative using a Guided Edit. Today we’re changing that!

The dictionary has a number of definitions for the word “vignette”.

noun

  • decorative design or small illustration used on the title page of a book or at the beginning or end of a chapter.
  • an engraving, drawing, photograph, or the like that is shaded off gradually at the edges so as to leave no definite line at the border.
  • decorative design representing branches, leaves, grapes, or the like, as in a manuscript.
  • any small, pleasing picture or view.
  • small, graceful literary sketch.

verb (used with object), vi·gnet·ted, vi·gnet·ting.

  • Photography to finish (a picture, photograph, etc.) in the manner of a vignette.

This photo – “a small, pleasing picture or view” – of my cocker spaniel Bailey (who left us 4 years ago) is my most favourite one of her. When I was sorting through a box of stuff I found a frame I had bought for this photo shortly before she died; I decided it was time to print and frame the photo, but wanted to increase the impact of it a bit first.

My first thought was to add a vignette effect to my vignette. Photoshop Elements has one in the Guided Edits menu, so here goes!

This particular effect has quite a few uses, especially when it comes to landscape photos where there’s an element or view that screams for sharper focus (attention-wise). But it would also be stunning with newborn photos, wedding photos and any number of others.

When you open the tool, this is what the interface looks like. Remember, down at the bottom right corner there are two buttons, a Next and a Cancel. The Next button gives you the option of saving, sharing or moving on to the Expert workspace. The Cancel button resets the image. So if you’ve made several adjustments and are pleased with your efforts, take great care not to Cancel it!

Obviously there are two vignette options here, Black and White. I’m showing you the white first, with the software’s default setting. It’s not the look I’m after, but I have some adjustment capability so let’s see what happens when I use them.

By decreasing the Intensity of the vignette effect, I get an effect I like better.

The button bar I’ve circled is the second adjustment tool, which lets the user shift the shape of the vignette and softness of the edges. I’ve shown you the defaults. The marching ants show you where the software has made its selection.

I moved the Feather slider over a bit to the right (to 7.7 pixels) and made the edge softer, then slid the the Roundness handle all the way to the left (-100%). The Roundness tool contracts or expands the selection edge. Can you see what that did to my photo?

This is what I get when I move the Roundness slider all the way to the right without adjusting the Feather. But even with lots of tweaking, it’s not the look I’m after. So I hit the Cancel button.

Then I tried the Black vignette. Here’s the image with the defaults. TOO too…

So I pulled the Intensity of the vignette down to about 55% and like it a lot better.

This time I pushed the Feather slider all the way to the right, 50.0 pixels.

Then I played with the Roundness, moving the slider left to -10%.

There it is! Bailey is the focus, the edges are darker and softer and I’m really happy with the way it looks. I can print it now and get it in the frame. If I wanted to work with this photo more, inside a layout for example, I would go to the Next button and make my choice of subsequent actions. I Saved it to my folder for printing.

Can you think of a photo in your collection that would be even better using this technique? (There’s another way to do this technique that’s a bit more work, and I’ll show you how in another lesson.)

What are Blend Modes?

Many of you have expressed the desire to learn more about Blend Modes, so today let’s take a look at this powerful Photoshop tool.

Blend Modes are available both in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements to assist you with your creativity. But what are they and why should you care?

Blend Modes change the way that layers interact with each other, allowing you to create a variety of looks with the same supplies, depending upon the Blend Mode you choose.

Screenshots in this tutorial are from Photoshop CC2019; however, you will find that Blend Modes work exactly the same in Photoshop Elements.

You will find the Blend Mode option at the top of your Layers Panel. The default is set to “Normal.” Click on the down-pointing arrow to the right and a drop-down menu will open with all of the options you see in the image below.

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Because the result of a Blend mode will depend upon the colors you are working with, there is not one formula that is perfect for every situation. However, if you have a general understanding of how Blend Modes work, you will be able to have a good idea which Blend Mode to start with when experimenting, depending upon what result you want to achieve.

There are 5 main Categories, each their own use and options.  First listed is Normal. “Normal” is an unaffected image, and “Dissolve” can give your image a “frayed” look. I don’t know if I’ve ever used that category myself.

What I consider the “real” first Category is the are the options which will darken your images. Within that category, your options are: Darken, Multiple, Color Burn, Linear Burn, and Darker Color.

Moving onto Category #2, which lightens images, you also have 5 options, as shown in the image below. Categories 3, 4, and 5 also have their own options.

The best way to see how Blend modes work is to fill a layer with color, place an overlay on a layer above it, and just experiment. Try each Blend Mode to see what it does and how it affects your image. This will give you a good feel for the results of each option and you will be on your way to understanding what you can expect with each option.

Here is an example using a pink colored cardstock, with a grayscale Vintage Book Texture.  Overlay and Soft Light are my favorites here, and those are always good options to start with when you are using a grayscale texture.

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Did you know that you can cycle through Blending Modes without using your mouse?  Here’s how:

  • Select the layer that you want to blend. In this example, I want to Vintage Book Overlay with a piece of colored Cardstock.
  • Click on the down-pointing arrow in the Blend Mode box to make it active.
  • Click on any Blend Mode to make it active.
  • Use the Up and Down or Right and Left arrows on your keyboard to cycle through the different Blend Modes

I hope you have found this helpful! If you would like to download a PDF of this tutorial, you may do so here.

Go On, Get Lucky!

From Pie Day to St. Patrick’s Day to the first day of Spring. March is full of different themes to take pictures and capture memories? How will you scrap them this week?

Do you feel lucky? Do you? If so, make sure you try your hand at Lady Luck and see if you can win your whole wish list!

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Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! Birthdays in March are so much more special!

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Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/-Phone-omenal.html

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Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Sprinkles-On-Top.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Signing-Is-Fun-GrabBag.html

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[alphas] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Over-The-Rainbow-Alphas-by-LDragDesigns.html
[ombre papers] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Over-The-Rainbow-Ombre-Papers-by-LDragDesigns.html
[glitter] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Over-The-Rainbow-Glitterstyles-by-LDragDesigns.html

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[Collection] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Over-The-Rainbow-The-Collection-by-LDragDesigns.html
[graffiti] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Over-The-Rainbow-Graffiti-by-LDragDesigns.html
[embossed papers] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Over-The-Rainbow-Embossed-Papers-by-LDragDesigns.html
[cards] https://store.gingerscraps.net/Over-The-Rainbow-Journal-Cards-by-LDragDesigns.html

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Kit – https://store.gingerscraps.net/When-Spring-returns-Kit.html
Painted papers – https://store.gingerscraps.net/When-Spring-returns-Painted-papers.html
Masks – https://store.gingerscraps.net/When-Spring-returns-Masks.html
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QPs Set – https://store.gingerscraps.net/When-Spring-returns-QPs-Set.html
Stamps – https://store.gingerscraps.net/When-Spring-returns-Stamps.html
Wordart – https://store.gingerscraps.net/When-Spring-returns-Wordart.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/I-Want-candy-kit-by-Scraps-N-Pieces.html

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Omega-Bundle-by-ADB-Designs.html

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Funeral Program Templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Heritage-Resources-Funeral-Program-Templates-by-ADB-Designs.html
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Grave Marker Templates Set 1: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Heritage-Resources-Grave-Markers-Set-01-by-ADB-Designs.html
Grave Marker Templates Set 2: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Heritage-Resources-Grave-Markers-Set-02-by-ADB-Designs.html
Texture and Engrave Style Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Heritage-Resources-Texture-and-Engrave-Style-Pack-by-ADB-Designs.html

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Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/True-North-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/True-North-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/True-North-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/True-North-Titles-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
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Glitters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/True-North-Glitters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

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

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