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Font Doc Returns! – Subway Art

SaraTips & Techniques

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Hi everyone!  It’s been awhile since I’ve posted thanks to some crazy classes I am taking.  But I’m back for a little bit and wanted to talk with you about something that is popular right now that relies a lot on working with fonts – Subway Art! For Christmas, I got the chance to make…

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Tip: Installing styles in Photoshop Elements

Scrappie IreneTips & Techniques

In Photoshop you can simply drag styles into the workspace and then they are installed. But in Photoshop Elements, you have to do it in a different way. It’s not difficult, just follow the steps below. As a sample I am using a glitter style by Laitha. She has many style sets in her shop. Some…

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What the Font?

SaraTips & Techniques

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Have you ever thought about how much you really liked a font and wondered where you can get it or something similar?  (Or is it just us font obsessed people?) I thought I’d talk to you today about a tool I use quite often.  This came up in our Font Doctor thread in the forum…

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Tip: Installing and using actions

Scrappie IreneTips & Techniques

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One thing I really like in Photoshop is the fact you can install actions. Actions are fun tools for playing with your photos. There are many different actions available and to show how to install and use them, I grabbed a fun freebie from the Oscraps shop: Color Cast Photoshop Action by Taylormade Designs. To…

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Tip: Warping shadows in Photoshop CS

Scrappie IreneTips & Techniques

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One thing I really love about Photoshop CS is the possibility to warp things. It’s a function I really miss in Photoshop Elements. For the ones of you who are working with CS I want to show how you can warp a shadow. I will show it on a smaller piece of paper behind my…

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Tip: how to change the size of a selection

Scrappie IreneTips & Techniques

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I love to play with a stroke around things, but sometimes you need it in another size than the standard selection. I will show you in combination with a frame on my layout that was the basic for my selection. I always create a stroke on a new layer, so first thing I do is…

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Tip: Using a filter to create a drawing

Scrappie IreneTips & Techniques

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I love to play with different blending modes and filters and I want to show you how you can achieve something like a drawing with these techniques. I started with creating a layout with the fun kit Kickn’t It Socker Style by one of our guest designers, Clever Monkey Graphics: I already loved it this…

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Tip: Creating a new blank canvas to work on

Scrappie IreneTips & Techniques

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For the starters in digital scrapbooking it can be difficult to find out how to start a blank canvas to work on. To be honest, when I started with digital scrapbooking I often worked on a paper and I sometimes forgot to rename it when I was saving my layout. Oops, I overwrote my paper!…

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The Font Doc looks for tools!

SaraTips & Techniques

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I had a grand plan for this post.  We always have these great fonts and samples and help all the font junkies get their free font fix, but I never help control the addiction.  If you’re like me, things can get out of control and you can end up with font chaos!  Maybe you’re productivity…

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Tip: using blendings with patterned papers

Scrappie IreneTips & Techniques

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I don’t know how you think about it, but I love blendings on layouts. But sometimes you find out not every background is great in combination with a blended photo.  For instance a patterned background.  Or when you use different papers on top op each other. You will see the pattern or the paper borders…

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A Font Doc Challenge

SaraTips & Techniques

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So, over the course of my Font Doc posts, we’ve talked about using serif and sans-serif fonts, script vs. print, fun vs. serious, matching the mood, mixing fonts, and even making your own. Today I have a challenge for you.  I get to pick a journaling prompt and you get to show off the font…

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Layout Deconstructed

twinsmomflorLayout Technique, Tips & Techniques, Tutorials

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Hi ladies, Flor here. I was asked how I made the page below: I loved the photo of my daughter reading a book. However, the photo didn’t have the correct light and the colors that she was wearing would not match anything. Sketches/drawings  are the best way to hide photo problems and they are a…

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The Font Doc Makes Her Own Font

SaraTips & Techniques

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Every now and again, I will find something that my mom wrote and I will cling to it.  My mom had pretty nice handwriting and it is a little bit of a memory on paper for me.  I love that I have recipes written in my Grandma’s own writing too.  I’ve even seen people who…

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Tip: creative use of alphas

Scrappie IreneTips & Techniques

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In many kits you can find alphas. Today I worked on a layout with the kit Nevermind by Studio68 which has a fun alpha, but I still wanted to alter it a bit. I’m going to show you a very simple way to create a bit of depth.   I started with creating my layout…

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Chalkboards Anyone?

SaraTips & Techniques, Trends

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Spend any time on Pinterest and you will see a number of crafts involving chalkboard paint, chalkboard paper, chalkboard contact paper…chalkboard is all the rage.  This month at Oscraps, one of our monthly challenge is all about chalkboard effects.  But there are also tons of chalkboard fonts out there to explore too! We have a…

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Ask the Font Doc!

SaraTips & Techniques

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I’m back!  I took a short sabbatical from my doctoring duties, but have now returned to diagnose a new layout! I have to admit, this case stumped me a bit more.  Perhaps it’s because I know the creator fairly well.  Perhaps it is just because I liked the font, but no ailment truly jumped out…

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Tip: Turn your photo into sepia tones

Scrappie IreneTips & Techniques

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Irene here with a little technique for you all! Sometimes I like a colored photo in a sepia version. There are some ways to get a sepia result and I’m going to show you one of them with Photoshop Elements 11. Drag a photo into the workspace. Then go to Enhance, Adjust Color and Adjust…

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The Font Doc Strikes Again

SaraTips & Techniques

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After my first examination as the Font Doc, I got asked to treat another patient.  Though I had two patients in the waiting room, I summoned Nana Linda in first.  Nana presented with these symptoms: “I have the hardest time these days making a page…it takes me hours and hours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”  I decided to operate. When…

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