Friday, February 6, 2009

February Templates at Scrapper's Guide.

To celebrate the month of “LOVE” I have created two new templates for the Scrapper’s Guide Premier Members as part of this month’s quick page album. The kit for February is called “Rule my world” by Irene Alexeeva. Just click on the images above to get a closer look.

It’s a beautiful kit with deep drop shadows already built into the elements so I found it a lot of fun to work with. If you don’t already know, we are now producing layered templates instead of quick pages so that you will have total flexibility with the pages you create. Watch Linda’s latest videos for Photoshop Elements and Adobe Photoshop to see how easy these new templates are to use. It is pure magic! She also shows you how to adjust your templates for pages that are not the traditional 12 x 12 inches. For the Elements video, click here. For the Photoshop video, click here.

The burned effect that I have created with my type on the Hessian background is very easy to do. Use black as your foreground colour when you type your words and then change the blend mode of the type layer to “overlay”. The blend mode you use may vary depending on the background paper of course so you can experiment. Do you know that you can toggle through blend modes easily? Click on the blend mode “Normal” at the top of the layers palette so it is highlighted in blue. Now press the down arrow key on your keyboard and watch how your type changes with each blend mode. It’s just more Photoshop magic!
Credits: Scrapper’s Guide Premier kit “Rule your world” by Irene Alexeeva
Fonts: Stencil, Lainie Day, Travelling Typewriter and L D Telegram.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Wedding reception place cards.

Jaime and Fiona's wedding is only a few short weeks away so I thought it was time to make the place cards now that we have a definitive list of guests. The easiest way to do this in Photoshop is to make the individual place cards first and save each one as a jpeg after changing and re-centering the name. Then place them on an A4 size page. Here are a few tips if you are going to attempt a project like this.

Work out what size you want the place cards to be and how many you can fit on the page size you're using. I made mine 9cm wide x 8cm high at 300 dpi. They fold in half to make 9 x 4 cm. You can fit six on an A4 page so I'm only using about 9 pages. The guest's name should be dominant for obvious reasons. After all, it is a place card and after a few toasts their eyesight could be a bit hazy! I played around with different designs but felt that this one complimented the invitation. I also put a 1 pixel, pink stroke outline on a new layer over the top to make the edges more defined.

To do this, create a new layer, Control+ Click on the paper background layer thumbnail to get a selection outline and move back to your new layer. Make sure the colour you want to use is the foreground colour chip. Go to Edit, Stroke, choose 1 pixel and inside for the location. Click okay.

To center each name after you have retyped it, use the rectangular marquee tool to click and drag out the defined area for centering. Click on the Move Tool and choose the 2nd option "align vertical centers and then the 5th option, "align horizontal centers". If you don't define the area first, it won't work.

After making 50 or so individual cards, create your new A4 size file at 300 dpi and open six of the cards. Drag each one onto the new page, closing them as you go. If you have the "snap" feature checked (see the View menu), they will be drawn to each other like a magnet so it takes only a few seconds to position them. Just leave enough of a border around the edge so no clipping occurs. Use a guillotine to cut them out. The whole project, including the design, only took about four hours with minimal cost. In the current climate, we're all after that!
Credits: Anna Aspnes "Fancy Love Kit", Fonts: Arno Pro, Beautiful ES, Perpetua Titling, and Elegant.