DD: June 20

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Remember, the download is kept up for 5 days, and then it is taken down. If you miss pieces, the kit will be available for purchase on the first day of the following month.

Post expires at 10:00am on Tuesday June 26th, 2018

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Still MORE Fun with FONTS!! 

We’ve done a lot of cool things with fonts, but I know there are still so many even cooler things to try. Last week I bought a new font bundle from The Hungry JPEG, a selection of vintage fonts for a smokin’ hot deal. It’s not as if I’ll ever have too many fonts, right?

Anyway, while I was downloading these fonts, several of which were actually font families, I looked at the samples the site uses for advertising and it hit me… Why not try layering two fonts from the same family and see what happens? Font families are a collection of very similar fonts with some subtle differences; there may be a regular, a bold, a light, an outline, a grungy and an italic version, for example. This tutorial was fun for me, because I really didn’t know what it would look like when I was finished, but the idea was firmly in my head and I had to try it. I impressed myself so much I needed to widen the doorways. But… it didn’t turn out the way I expected it to. It’s BETTER!

I went through my fonts, using High Logic’s Main Type, to find a font family that would hopefully give me the look I could see in my head. The one that looked most promising is called Nomos, by Cruzine Design. It has several variations on the basic font, so I went with it. I started with Nomos Regular Regular for my basic title. I selected a medium gray to be my starting colour from one of the papers I used in my layout. And I set the size at 100 pixels, knowing I’d probably resize it to fit my canvas. Remember, I usually create my title on its own canvas, sizing the basic working space to approximate the area I want it to fill. No distractions, nothing to work around. So once I decided on my font and colour, I opened a 5 1/2 x 1 1/2 transparent canvas on my workspace.

I typed out my one-word title, then resized it to almost fit my space. I made a careful mental note of the exact size of the final font so I wouldn’t have any guesswork for the next step.

Then I went back to my fonts and chose an outline version of the same font. It’s called Nomos Inline Inline. (I don’t know why the designer used so much repetition in titling…)

I Simplified the original layer then turned its visibility off. Why Simplify? When working with fonts in PSE, if you DON’T simplify the layer, then select a different font for your next text layer, that first layer will morph to that new font. And you might not notice it until MUCH later and have to go back and fix it. So don’t forget to Simplify once you’re satisfied with spelling, grammar and punctuation. After that, I typed out my title exactly the same as the first layer, only in white this time. And I resized it to the same size as my original layer. Here’s where the people really paying attention can give me the gears. My resized font is 114.31 pixels.

They weren’t in exactly the same place on the workspace, but it looks really cool just like this! If it was what I was after I’d just have gone with it. But I envisioned something more, so I kept going.

PSA: Simplify your text layers!!

I wanted the two layers stacked perfectly, white over gray, so I used the Move Tool Options to Align the layers, first by Center then by Middle.

I turned off the gray layer again and concentrated on the white outline layer. I clicked on the Layer thumbnail to select the edges of the letters as shown below.

I want the white sections to be thinner so more of the gray shows through, so I clicked Select>Modify>Contract. I didn’t want to lose too much, so I went with a single-digit shrink of 7 pixels.

If you look closely you can see where the new lines of marching ants have appeared. I’m now going to DELETE those sections. CTRL/CMD>X

Ah! Not exactly what I was expecting, but really, really neat!

I couldn’t wait to see what it looked like with the gray layer on. I wanted to add some dimension to the white layer, which I did by using a Simple Sharp Pillow Emboss bevel style, one of the integrated styles the software comes with.

It looked really good, but just a little TOO… too. Easily fixed by adjusting the bevel settings.

I clicked on the fx icon on the white layer and made the bevel much smaller. I think it looks like inlaid enamel and chrome, don’t you? Now I’m itchy to try this with other fonts and see what different effects I can achieve just by layering two fonts. Who knew it would be so much fun?

Here is my finished layout. It’s for the Designer Spotlight Challenge this month and was created with pieces of 3 kits by Connie Prince and a template from Trixie Scraps. The people in the photo are my grandparents; it was taken in the summer of 1961. By the following Easter he was gone; this is one of only 2 photos I have of him where he doesn’t have a cigarette in his hand. I see a little bit of my dad in each of them, and my sister’s eyes crinkle in the same way Grandma’s do. I’d never noticed it before, so this was a labour of love.

DD: June 19

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Post expires at 10:00am on Monday June 25th, 2018

DD: June 18

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Post expires at 10:00am on Saturday June 23rd, 2018

DD: June 17

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Post expires at 10:00am on Saturday June 23rd, 2018

DD: June 16

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Post expires at 10:00am on Friday June 22nd, 2018

Fresh Baked: June 15, 2018

Things are starting to just get a little weird! Okay, Sunday is Father’s Day. That’s normal, right? But Sunday is also Global Garbage Man Day. Okay, okay. I can get behind that. Without garbage men, the streets would get pretty stinky. Just ask any town that’s had a garbage man strike. So, to honor the Garbage Men out there, take advantage of Thursday’s National Selfie Day and take a picture with the Garbage Man in your town. Or your dad. Your dad works too.

Ermergerd! It’s a Sale! Go! Have fun!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/-Summer-Dreamin-65-OFF-SALE

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab! This month, it’s time to celebrate the “Super Dad” in your life!

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/GingerBread-Ladies-Collab-Super-Dad.html

lindz
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Lindsay-Jane/

lou01
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-A-Unicorn-Grab-Bag-by-LouCee-Creations.html

miss01
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Circle-Time-Templates-by-Miss-Fish-Templates.html

miss02
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Photo-Frenzy-Summer-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

miss03
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Story-Time-3-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html

pony
Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Baby-You-Can-Drive-My-Car-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Baby-You-Can-Drive-My-Car.html
Elements: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Baby-You-Can-Drive-My-Car-Elements.html
Journal Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Baby-You-Can-Drive-My-Car-JC.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Baby-You-Can-Drive-My-Car-Alphas.html
Papers: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Baby-You-Can-Drive-My-Car-Papers.html
Cardstocks: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Baby-You-Can-Drive-My-Car-Cardstocks.html

tinci
https://store.gingerscraps.net/My-life-in-photobook-24..html

aimee
Collection: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Garden-Time-Collection-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Garden-Time-Page-Kit-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Alphas: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Garden-Time-Alpha-Sets-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Garden-Time-Titles-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Blooms: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Garden-Time-Blooms-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Frame Clusters: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Garden-Time-Frame-Clusters-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Quotes: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Garden-Time-Quotes-by-Aimee-Harrison.html
Messy Edges: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Garden-Time-Messy-Edges-by-Aimee-Harrison.html

boomers01
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Who-You-Gonna-Call-BGD.html

boomers2
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Life-is-an-Adventure-BGD.html

dandelion
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Summer-Sunshine-Digital-Scrapbook-Kit-By-Dandelion-Dust-Designs.html

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

krist01
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Kristmess/

krist02
https://store.gingerscraps.net/Tickled-Pink-Trio.html

cathy
https://store.gingerscraps.net/CathyK_65_Sale

connie2
http://goo.gl/DQK8T

lou02
https://store.gingerscraps.net/_LouCee_65

Ermergerd! There’s more! It’s Bake Sale time too!

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

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Get some memories of the simple moments in your life!

DD: June 15

http://bit.ly/2HcAC3S

Remember, the download is kept up for 5 days, and then it is taken down. If you miss pieces, the kit will be available for purchase on the first day of the following month.

Post expires at 10:00am on Thursday June 21st, 2018

Sneak Peeks June 14th 2018

 

Happy Thursday!! We are almost to the weekend! I hope you are enjoying the last few days of Spring because summer is almost upon us! Hopefully this week’s new releases will inspire your scrapping! Here’s a peek!

From Ponytails

From Tinci

From Cornelia

From Aimee Harrison

I hope you have a wonderful memory filled weekend!

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Everything New is Old Again

No, you didn’t read that wrong. Today’s technique is going to turn a sort of ho-hum colour photo into something that looks like a vintage one. It will work with any colour photo at all, but it looks best when there’s lots of detail and texture.

To begin, I opened my photo in Elements then selected Guided Edit. When the menu shown below opened up, I selected Fun Edits>Old Fashioned Photo. These Guided Edits transform photos with only a couple of clicks and a little tweaking.

There are three presets in this menu as shown below.

The first preset is called Newspaper. And it looks a lot like those black-and-white photos found in any newspaper. There’s a good amount of contrast and sharp details.

The second preset is Urban. It’s a little softer but grungier.

The last one is Vivid; it looks like a happy medium between the first two. It’s the one that adds the most oomph to the sky.

I liked the look of Vivid for this photo. The next step is Adjust Tone. The effect it has on the photo is pretty subtle, and you might not really see it.

It’s just a little bit brighter, and perhaps the details are a tad bit sharper. Clicking on this tool multiple times doesn’t add any further effect.

Let’s add some texture. Unlike the previous step, multiple clicks will increase the amount of “texture” which actually is more properly called noise.

It’s looking really interesting, but we still need to add some colour.

Shown below are the default settings for the colour adjustment.

I made some very slight changes to the settings, warming up the colour just a hint, adding a tiny bit more saturation and lightening it up a barely-there amount.

I like how dramatic the sky looks with this Edit. Then I clicked the Next button.

Here’s where you decide what you’re going to do with your photo. If you plan to use it right away for a layout, or if you want to make more adjustments to it, obviously you’ll click In Expert.

When the Expert workspace opens, you’ll see right away that all the changes you’ve made have been done on a copy of your photo.

Let’s play a little more. Remember Blend Modes? I tried them all on this photo. Some looked really interesting, some where downright HORRIBLE. The ones I’ll show you are the ones that didn’t make my eyes hurt.

Multiply made the colour come back and the overall look is very moody.

Darker Color also let the colour come through again, but kept the sky that weirdly unnatural brown.

This one is muted and soft.

Usually Overlay lightens and softens too, but not on this technique.

I think this mode is well-named. It’s HARD!

Linear Light makes me think of movie posters from the 50s and 60s.

This was one of the odder ones.

A Clockwork Orange, anyone?

I think this one is rather odd, too. Misnamed, for sure!

See anything you’d like to incorporate into a layout? At this point, I chose to Merge the two layers together. I could now save it as a new version of the original.

As I was running through this edit, I found the power lines were really jarring. In the original they were virtually unnoticeable, but in some modes they jumped off the screen. The water tower and wagon are so vintage, but the wires looked out-of-place. So I used the Spot Healing brush to remove them.

I played a bit with the Hue/Saturation a bit too. Quick keys for that adjustment are CTRL/CMD>U.

I liked it slightly more sepia than copper. This step will seem really bizarre, since I made a point of adding texture to the photo way back at the start. But when I hit it with Haze Removal, I LOVED how it looked.

See the difference? I think it looks like a real, vintage photo from 100 or more years ago.

This is where I stopped. I have no idea what I plan to do with it, but I know I’ll be using this edit again!

Don’t be afraid to play with the features Elements has to offer. All you’ll give up is a little bit of time, and you might find something that defines your style perfectly!