Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Stretching photos to fit.

I keep forgetting to mention to my students about the Designer Digitals chats. So I thought I'd do a post on it and include a little tutorial for you to download on "Stretching Photos". The chats at Designer Digitals are very good value because, not only do you get to meet some of your fellow scrapbookers, you also receive a freebie from the store in the form of a download link while the chat is in progress. I took part in Cassie Jones "How do they do that" tutorial yesterday which was on the topic of using layer masks in Photoshop Elements. Although I already know how to do that I still like to take part and pick up a freebie. For any of you who don't know how to fake a layer mask in PSE, just scroll down the right hand side of this blog to find two tutorials on it by other people. The layout here is the one I created after the chat using the free mini kit that was included in the download. Cassie is a great teacher. You will be able to purchase this lesson in the DD store for future reference. It is called "How do they do that No 17 PSE Layer Masks".

Here are a few helpful hints when taking part in the chats, especially for those who are in different time zones. When you register with the DD website your personal time zone should be displayed. If you click on "Chat" follow the link to the Chat Schedule and this will bring up the calendar of the current month. If you live in Australia, for example a chat scheduled for Monday 10 pm will show up as Tuesday with the time changed at the top to 1pm which is our time here in Sydney. This works sometimes but not always during daylight saving. If you log in at 1pm as I did you'll find that it wasn't due to start till 2pm. Lots of other people signed in early too. Here's how to overcome the problem...

Firstly, click on the chat on the calendar you want to take part in and request a reminder for this event. I always choose 4 hours ahead of time. You'll receive an email reminding you that it's imminent.

The next step is to go to the Time Converter for New York (which is Eastern standard time in America), put in the details of the chat - ie Monday 5th January 10 pm - and do a conversion to your own city. You need to check this every time because daylight saving can be very confusing to work out.

When you go to the Chat page you need to login with your user name before you can enter the chat room. There are options there for changing fonts, colours, your avatar, etc. It is best to stay with black, standard fonts so that people do not get confused with the designer's instructions which will be in colour and bold type. Cassie always provides a PDF tutorial as part of the download so you don't have to try and remember all the instructions.

Obviously the time is not always going to be particularly convenient wherever you live especially if it takes place at 3am but there's no reason you can't login ahead of time, with a connection that doesn't drop out, and check the chat history when you wake up. It will all still be there.
Have fun chatting!

Credits: HDTDT No 17 (yet to appear in the DD store) Cassie Jones. Papers and frames by Katie Pertiet from the tutorial and Photo wraps No 9. Fonts: Kayleigh, New Pooh, Forelle and Carlotta.


Digi Free said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 06 Jan [LA 09:00pm] - 07 Jan [NY 12:00am, UK 05:00am, OZ 04:00pm] ).

Phyldar said...

What an adorable layout! Thank you so much for sharing your tutorial on stretching photos - I've bookmarked your site for future perusal when I have much more time as it looks fascinating *Ü*

Carol said...

What an absolutely adorable page. I love Cassie's how to packages, I never quite coincide with her chats though.