Tuesday Tutorial With Lisa

Good morning everyone!  I’m Lisa, one of Kelly CT gals, here you help you with a blending tutorial.  Blending is a fun technique to show off your photos inside a layout.  So let’s get started.

Click the “File” menu then “Open” command. Next navigate to the photo you’d like to blend with a paper. Double click the image to load it.  Duplicate the photo layer, just in case you want to go back and look at the original.  Click the tool palette icon shaped like a lasso, then drag the mouse around the portion of the image you’d like to blend with the paper. As in my example below, drag your mouse cursor around the person’s outline.


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Click the “Select” menu, then “Modify” sub-menu, next click the “Feather” command, which creates a soft selection edge that enables you to blend images.  Type a number between 10 and 20 in the dialog box that appears to indicate how wide you want to make your feathered edge. Higher width numbers will not only feather the edge of the image in your selection region, but may make the image itself partially transparent. Smaller width numbers will make the edge you’ve selected more obvious (I used 10). Press “Control” and “C” simultaneously to copy the selection to the clipboard.  Press “Control” and “V” simultaneously to paste the selection with the feathered edge onto the first layer. Notice that the pasted image blends naturally with the first image. This will make a third layer with the cut out piece.


In the next step I selected the rectangular Marquee tool and selected the image from my second layer that has the entire photo on it. Then go to the gradient tool and be sure you are on foreground to transparent. Drag the mouse from the edge of the page to the part of the image you want to keep. This will take several times to whiten out the unwanted parts of the photo..in my case I took away other people and a plate of food. I also hide my cut out layer #3 so I can really see what I am taking away.
Next bring layer #3 visual again…  Next I decrease the opacity of layer #3 (the cutout layer) you will just have to play around with this to get the look you want.

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Next I add in the paper…still not to great looking though.
I select layer 2 and select the eraser in a soft round pressure size I start off very large and just play with the opacity again. What I am doing, is erasing more of the unwanted areas. After I am fairly happy with the look I go to a smaller brush size to get in the little areas.
Next I decrease the opacity of layer #3 (the cut out).
Like I said before, you just have to play with this to get the look you like…
I take layers 2 (both the visible and non-visible) and 3 and place them where I want them, as well as size them for my layout. Then it is time to have fun and all of your embellishments…


And this is the finished version made with Kelly’s Sail Away With Me, Where Dreams Set Sail and Just Keep Swimming!  Give blending a try, once you experiment with it, you’ll be hooked!  Can’t wait to see your layouts!

Tuesday Tutorial With Linda

Good morning!  It’s Linda, here to share a cool new tool with you!!  Have you ever wondered how those tutorial writers get the images of their screen into their tutorials?  I used to have the old Snipping Tool but that didn’t seem to be very flexible.  Someone mentioned a tool called Jing that was fabulous for capturing screen images.  I went to try it out and was instantly hooked!  It’s so easy to use and I’ve utilized it to write some instruction manuals for my kid’s school.  Plus it’s so handy to just copy a portion of a screen image and email it when you’re taking about computer problems (which seems to be very often!!).

You can find a free version of this tool on the Jing website.  It’s made by a company called TechSmith.  It’s a very simple and easy software tool to use.  It does run constantly in your PC background.  A small yellow semi circle sits at the top middle of your monitor (you can always turn it off).  Once you click on it, you get 3 buttons – Capture, History and More.

I just click on the first yellow circle with the plus sign for Capture.  That brings up some yellow guidelines.  Position them on your screen in the upper left corner of what you want to capture.  Click.  Then position down at the bottom right corner.  Click.  You’ll get a small option box where you select ‘Capture Image’, then another option box to copy or save your image.  It’s so easy!!

 

Here’s a screen image I cut from the Jing website.  You can also write some text on your screen image.  Here I wrote “Cute Frog!!”.

There’s a free version for both Windows and Mac.  TechSmith makes other fee-based screen capture tools which probably offer lots more customization if you want to become a serious tutorial writer, but for a free tool, it’s a pretty good one!

Tuesday Tutorial with Jamie

 
Hi everyone, Jamie here, one of Kelly’s Creative Team gals.  It’s been awhile since I’ve written up a how-to tutorial. I work in CS5 and had been disappointed that I couldn’t recolor elements as quickly and easily as I did in PSE. Last month I learned a new method, which is even easier than before! This works great with line work or more solid elements. Items with texture will need some tweaking, but it can still be done.
 
For this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to re-color Kellybell’s Mickey Splats. These can be used in a number of ways and are even more versatile in other colors. First open your file in Photoshop.
Next you’ll want to Click on Layer–New Fill Layer–and Solid Color.
Now you are going to choose the color you want. This can be from your swatches or a color you have selected from your layout. Click OK when you have the look you want.
If the item you are recoloring has any texture, such as this splat, you’ll want to play around with your blending modes in order to regain the texture you want. Here the multiply looked the best, although it did change the color slightly. It can take some trail and error, but I feel it’s so worth the effort to get just the color and look that you want.
If you’re using a solid line item, such as some simple word art or text, you would be finished with the previous step and not have to worry about the blend modes. Since discovering this method I have been recoloring like crazy! It really is a simple technique and one that I’m sure you’ll use often.
 
Here’s a page that I created with the splat, changed to coordinate with Mickey!