I’m excited to begin my third year teaching at ReneePearson.com with new class offerings and opportunities to help digital scrapbookers Build Better Pages!
Open for registration now is The Digital Scrapbooker’s Guide to Blending, a self-paced workshop where you can learn how to create one-of-a-kind digitally blended scrapbook pages using Adobe’s versatile blending tools.
Join me on Monday, June 11th at 10pm ET for my first live monthly webinar featuring a demonstration using blending techniques. This webinar will take place at ReneeTV and is open for anyone to attend. I’ll answer your questions and give you a peek at what’s coming in the future.
So tell your friends to jump right in if they want to learn a few blending techniques! Starting in July, the monthly webinars will only be open to students who have enrolled in one of my classes (past or present).
I hope you’ll join me in my new workshop and during the Building Better Pages webinar!
I’m happy to be back here at the RP blog offering my favorite “keeping it real” tips and techniques for digital scrapbookers. Today’s post takes a look into my own process of layout creation. Specifically, my thoughts on page evaluation.
In my upcoming Scraphic Design: Foundations, I share the following tidbit:
As designer’s we have to move past the emotional connection to evaluate our work as objectively as possible. Hard to do considering a scrapbooker’s work contains multiple precious memories. But an analytical eye is a powerful resource for completing a scrapbook layout.
Let’s see this in action. (more…)
Flags, pennants, and banners are popping up everywhere on digital scrapbooking pages. Here’s a cool way to create your own using Adobe Photoshop’s Pen tool. Grab this nifty PSD Pen tool flag guide to follow along.
1. Download and open my pen tool flag guide. Select the Pen tool (shortcut P on your keyboard). Verify the tool is set to Shape layers in the context sensitive menu.
2. Next, click your mouse on the first point on the top right corner. This indicates the start point of the flag. The first point is always important because you’ll begin and end here to close the final shape.
3. Now, click along the guide to create your 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th anchor points. But do not click and DRAG your mouse. Doing so will create handles at each anchor and curve the flag.
4. The 6th and final anchor closes the shape. Hover your mouse over the first original point. Your cursor should change to a Pen tool cursor with a small circle. This indicates the end point of the flag. You can completely skip indicating the final anchor point or closing the shape by hitting the enter key at any time.
What other ways do you use Photoshop’s Pen tool?
Welcome back to the Keeping It Real series here at theBlog. I’ve got a serious question to ask you:
How do you outline your title text on a digital scrapbook page?
If I were a guessing woman, I’d wager you might open the Effects Panel, or the Layer Styles menu in Photoshop, of the appropriate text layer and simply apply a stroke. That’s one surefire way to create the look.
Another way is by use of the Horizontal Type Tool Mask, a nifty, underused tool that creates type-shaped selections. You read right: selections! This tool offers you the same design options as other selection tools like the marquees, lasso, and magic wand. Oh, the possibilities right! Well for the next, few Keeping It Real topics, I want to show you just how real-ly fun this tool can be. (more…)
Hello! Tiffany Tillman here and I’m back for yet another Keeping It Real topic. Today I’ll take you behind the scenes into one of my most recent layouts That Wild Hair. Why you ask? Because I want to share how I think through a complete layout from start to finish. I will rip one of my layouts apart, look at the individual components and discuss why each part was necessary. That’s what keeping it real is all about. Shall we? (more…)
Hello! Welcome back to another Keeping it Real technique for digital scrapbookers. For this round, I’ll cater to our Elements users though the technique works in Photoshop too.
Stitches, staples, brads, pins and the like all have one thing in common: holes. We typically create holes on our layouts using the items listed. Nifty! But in the digital word, not all holes are alike. No, no, no. Some digital holes are better than others. Today I’ll share one brush and layer effect combination that is sure to help your holes look real. Let’s get to it, shall we? (more…)
Hello! Time for another Keeping it Real technique for digital scrapbookers. This tip is specifically for our Adobe Photoshop friends, though Elements users can recreate the look with a few different steps.
Today I’m sharing a text technique I use when I want to add a piece of “fun” to a scrapbook page. The steps below highlight an alternative way to shape text blocks without using the paths panel. Let’s get to it! (more…)
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I hope you enjoyed my first Keeping It Real technique for digital scrapbooks. Today, I’m sharing another quick tip for my digi-peers who love the look of stamping.
Paper scrapbookers are known for stamping objects to multiple surfaces on their scrapbook page. Have you ever noticed how an offset occurs when the ink is applied? Raised portions show a slight deviation from surface to surface. It’s a characteristic of applying stamps to a layout. You can recreate the same look digitally with ease. (more…)