Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Create A Cool Title Treatment (Like This One!)

One thing many people overlook in regards to Photoshop Elements is that not every technique is complicated or requires a lot of steps.  The title treatment I used here so simple to create and requires the use of only two tools in Elements.  It looks difficult, but takes only minutes to do.  Watch the video I made and see how you can make a title similar to this one:

The kit I used is so beautiful, and it's called Lavender and Lace by SeaTrout Scraps.  You can purchase the kit bundle here: Lavender and Lace Collection.  You can see the kit contents below:

Font used:
Saloon Regular and Always in My Heart

If you guys like this technique and you try it, leave me a link to the site where you posted it. I'd love to see! 

Thanks reading my post and I'll see you guys soon!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

How to Make Custom (and unique) Clipping masks

Have you used the shape tool in Photoshop Elements for a clipping mask lately?  And if you have, did you simply use a square or rectangle?  Well, then, try mixing it up a little and using basic shapes to create a composite shape.  You can come up with some fun figures to clip your pictures into. 

In the page I posted above about the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the comma or swirly shapes along the right side were created using the custom shape tool, with the half circle shape within in that.  You can watch the video below to see how I did it: 

Here's the kit I used to make my page: 

Here are the other pages I made that unique clipping masks: 

The page below has the half circle shape combined with a vertical rectangle.  Another fun effect for this page is that I used the text tool to create text on a rounded path, snugged it up closely to the photo mask, and merged (or combined it with the custom mask I just created.  So now, not only did I combine the two shapes together, the text adds another fun look to this clipping mask.  For a little more visual interest, I created an outline stroke that I offset from the clipping mask.  I love the way it turned out!  I can't link you to this kit, as it is no longer for sale, but it is the Snap Click Repeat kit by Celeste Knight.

The next page I made used these shapes: 

This was the first page I made using composite shape clipping mask.  I was extra proud of it because it made the Two Peas digital newsletter when that site was still up.  You can see from the example above I used a horizontal rectangle this time, then two quarter circle shapes.  I used the skew command (Image > Transform > Skew) to more or less make the rectangle a parallelogram, then skewed the half circles as well.  I rotated the quarter circles in opposite directions, then plopped them on the ends of the parallelogram, then merged the layers.  In the layout below, after I was finished making the shapes and duplicated them to create two other copies of the shape for my photo clipping masks.  I also made the shapes a little taller and not as wide so they'd be a more ideal size for my photos.   I also put an outline stroke around the clipping mask to make the shapes really pop from the page.   This kit I used here is by Jen Martakis.  It's another older one and has been discontinued.

So tell me...have you tried making clipping masks using this technique?  Or is it something you'd like to try?  Let me know if you get the chance. 

Thanks again for reading my post and I hope you'll check out the video.  Enjoy your day!


Friday, February 17, 2017

DIY Simple Digital Embellishments

Would you look at this layout and think that everything on the page (excluding the fonts and pictures) came from the kit I'm going to show you below?

Well, it's true!  Using only The Watercolor Summer kit by Kim Jensen and some tools in Photoshop Elements, I made the Easter layout at the top of this post.  

My latest video shows you how you can take a small kit, and make some embellishments to go with it.  There are times when a kit doesn't have what we need, and we can improvise enough to make a great scrapbook page. 

I'm not saying by any means that this is how pro digital designers make their products...they use different programs and have spent a lot of time honing their skill.  All I'm saying here is that this is a great way to spruce up a page in a pinch, or create a custom embellishment or two when you want it. 

FYI, the only supplies I used other than Kim's beautiful kit were some fonts --- Phosphate Solid, KG Sorry Not Sorry Chub Regular, and my own handwriting are the ones you see on the layout. 

 I'm curious...have you ever made your own digital embellishments?  Why or why not?  I'd love to hear from you!

Alrighty, guys!  Have a beautiful day!