Archive for the ‘Learnin’ Stuff in Photoshop’ Category

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t can be difficult to understand why most businesses are willing to pay top dollar for web design work. After all, having a functional website matters more than how it looks, right? Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Today, the most important aspect of an online business presence is the web design.

This means that businesses should always try to find the best web styles that work for their businesses. Although there are several people who can create websites, it takes a skilled person to design a website that looks polished and functional. Here are some more reasons why web design is important to good business.

With ever changing web landscapes it is easy to get lost and distracted by modern bells and whistles when looking for something specific on the internet. Many companies get their websites done to impress their target audience for the wrong reasons. Great user experience is a balance between the user journey to their expected and unexpected end points. Getting a web design company to balance the impact of the website is important for conversions and business goals.

So did you know that I maintain a list of killer tutorials that I love? Things that I find on various sites and blogs when I learn something new, and I think, “wow, that’s so cool, I wanna remember that!”. So I link it on my blog! Check it out in THIS post. My latest update is this amazing tutorial on extractions by Miss Behaving at Scrapbookgraphics!

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PostHeaderIcon My favorite freebie download sites!

Again, an attempt to organize myself and maybe help a person or two along the way, here is a list of my favorite resource sites for all thing downloadable for Photoshop!

Miss M Handmade Photoshop Brushes

Fonts for Peas

Free Photoshop
Useful Photoshop Plugins
Zen Textures

Scrapbooking Quotes

I will update with more links as I get my files more organized :)

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PostHeaderIcon My favorite Tutorials!

I find tutorials on how to do different things all over the web, and frankly, I have trouble finding them twice in a row, especially when I want to point them out to other people! So this post will be updated frequently with all my favorite tutorials. It will help organize me!

Digital Scrapbooking
Torn Paper

Curled Paper Edges

Hand Cut Paper Effect

Warhol-Inspired Photos
Color Replacement in a Photo
Preparing a Layout for Posting Online
Pencil Sketch
Photo Editing
Photo – Easy Sharpening and Skin Smoothing
Changing a Horizontal Element to a Circle
Graphic Art Photo
Glamour Photo
Better Black and White Photos
Mosaic Layout (TaylorMade Designs)
Bright Eyes
Cast Shadows Tutorial (My favorite tutorial!)
Extraction and Custom Drop Shadows
Creating Custom Drop Shadows
Drop Shadows by Megan Turnridge
Makeshift Floor Shadowing by Miss Behaving
Text on a Path
Text Paths inside a Shape
Text Paths inside Text
Chipboard letters
Adding a border to photos
Loading files into Layers
Recoloring elements by SuzyQ Scraps
Recoloring elements by Misty Cato
Realistic Text on a paper (making your writing blend in)
Stamped Text Effect
Extractions for Dummies: Part II by Miss Behaving
How to Extract with Wendy Page

Pen Tool

Layer Masks
Top 10 Photoshop Tutorial Websites
53 Tips for Better Photoshopping
Photoshop Essentials
Text Tricks and Tips
60 Photoshop Actions for Photo Touch-ups and Enhancements
45 Amazing and Free Photoshop Actions

30 Useful Illustrator Tutorials
Illustrator Tutorials
How to make a Tapered Line Brush

Digital Designing
Acrylic Elements
Glass Elements
Glass Buttons
Glass Orb
Postage Stamp Frames
Paper folds and Creases
Worn Paper
Rusty Metal
Metal Shapes
Creating Patterned Papers
Eliminating Jaggies
Creating a Scalloped Frame
How to Make a Hot Air Balloon
Copper Rivet
Folding a Ribbon
3D Letters
Coloring Doodles by Ellie Lash
Creating a Scribble Alpha
Plastic Text
Recoloring by Chelle’s Creations

If you find that a link no longer works or I got it wrong, please leave me a message so I can fix it :)

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PostHeaderIcon Learnin’ Stuff in Photoshop: Shadows part 2

I’ve had a few questions about my first Shadows post and I wanted to link you up to two other fabulous resources, both by the amazing Flergs.

First is a FREE copy of her shadow styles for you to download. Go to her blog HERE to download.

I use her shadow styles on most of my layouts.

And here is a tutorial she did on using the warp tool. Go to her blog HERE.

Done reading? Good. It takes a bit of extra time to do your shadows properly but it is so worth it. Since I’ve started using the techniques desribed in these two posts my layouts have come miles as far is looking realistic. One extra tip I would share is that I will often place all of my elements, photos and papers, etc where I want them and have the layout pretty much finished before I start playing with the shadows. Then to make sure I don’t miss any layers, I scroll up to the the top of my layers list and work down one at time, creating a new shadow layer, warping and reducing the opacity.

Good luck with your shadows everyone. If you make a new layout using these shadow techniques, link me up so I can go leave you some love on your new mad skillz!

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PostHeaderIcon Learnin’ Stuff in Photoshop: Shadows

I’ve decided to start a new regular post on my blog entitled: Learnin’ Stuff in Photoshop. As I learn more about this program and grow as a digiscrapper, I feel like I have to share some of this information so the rest of you will be as excited as I am to make your layouts beautiful! Most of the tutorials I post will be linked places I’ve found on the internet to teach myself. I’m a self-taught photoshopper and I’m living proof that you can learn it all on your own! Ok, not all, but all so far LOL.

Today I want to talk about shadows. I see so many layouts in the galleries that are beautifully laid out, but lack realism because their creators haven’t played with shadows yet. This is the best tutorial out there that I have found on using shadow effectively:

Cast Shadow, posted at Something Blue Studios.

Go ahead, click on it, I’ll wait here.

Ok, done? Good. Isn’t it great? The key is PUTTING YOUR SHADOW ON A SEPARATE LAYER. That’s right. On your layers palette, right-click, select “Create Layer” and it will drop it underneath your element layer. Then you can click on Edit>Transform>Warp and squish it around to your hearts content. Then adjust opacity. Then dodge, burn, dodge some more.

Wasn’t that fun?? Here’s an example of a layout I’ve done with some shadow work:

Click image for credits. See how I made the wing appear to lift off the page a bit? and the ribbons on the string? I’m no expert, but it gives it a little extra depth. Now, an expert would be Bec from Scrap Orchard. Here is an example of an incredible layout with her amazing shadowing techniques:

Look at how she pulled the heart out from the page, and how she burned the edges of the ribbons to make them appear folded under. Here is some of her technique in her own words:

“I create my shadows in a new layer and then warp the shadow to help ‘shape’ things and then I blur the shadow and reduce the opacity. Sometimes I’ll warp the element a little too. I really like the ‘lifting of the paper’ look :) It can help to select just part of the shadow for warping too or use the smudge tool to pull out just one corner of the shadow.
I do this for each and every shadow which can take ages but I’ve made actions to make it a bit quicker. One action to move the drop shadow to a new layer using layer style/create layers, and then an action to blur and fade the shadow. I have 3 copies of the blur action with a radius of 5, 10 or 15 pixels depending on how much depth I want. For the flatter elements or paper I’ll use 5 and for the bigger 3D objects I’ll use 10 or 15.
Then I’ll go over the papers and elements with dodge and burn to further enhance the shading or give it a well handled look :)
Oh and I always try to pick a shadow direction that matches the lighting on the elements and photos I use.”

Check out Bec’s gallery if you want some divine inspiration!

Come back next time for my other favorite Shadow tutorial for when you’ve extracted a picture….that’s the OTHER technique I’ve used in the Sk8ter Girl layout!

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My name is Charmaine. I'm a working mom of 3 amazing kids and wife to stay at home dad and web designer, Stephen. I started this blog to document funny stories about my life as a parent, and to share my love of capturing it all on film and scrapbooking it! I began designing early in 2009 and truly love the creative energy that it provides for me. I hope you enjoy my designs!
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