Watercolor Styles and How to Adjust their Pattern

October 21st, 2017 by | new goods, tutorials | notes |

Whether designed in bright colors or soft pastels, watercolor designs always call my name.  I frequently clip watercolor papers or overlays to elements, text, or graffiti; but this week I set aside time to create a set of watercolor styles that would make creating these type of elements so much easier!

 

My set of watercolor styles is available here at SugarHillco

Save 25% with Introductory Pricing through October 26th.

This set of styles is seamless, which means that you can move the pattern around in Photoshop to take advantage of the entire color variations without ever seeing a seam.

Here is an example. I’ve drawn 4  3.5 inches circles and by adjusting the pattern we get 4 different looks.

To adjust a pattern in Photoshop:

  • Once you apply your desired style to an element, click on the FX icon or on Pattern Overlay on that layer to open the Layer Style options.
  • Click on Pattern Overlay in the Styles options to select it.
  • Leaving the Layer Style Dialogue box open, return to your element and click on it.
  • Left-click your mouse and while continuing to hold down the left mouse key, drag your cursor around in your element to move the pattern.

Are you a visual learner? See how to do it in this 24-second video!

 

To date, Adobe has not given this option to Photoshop Elements users, but here is a tip from Peggy Slemp, an experienced Photoshop user:

“I had to have these, so I bought them and played with them today. They are great! And although those of us using PSE can’t use the pattern overlay to change up the pattern, I found two things we can do that do similar things. One, of course, is to go to Layer/Layer Style/Scale Effects. Then you use a slider to change the look, If you do it by small increments, you can get subtle changes. I also discovered, that once you put the style on the element, you can rotate the element using the corner points, and it makes the pattern rotate around too. So if you want the paint to go sideways instead of vertically, you can rotate the element, then simplify it and rotate it however you want it. Make sense? Anyway, those two things do quite a bit. But thank you for making these. I am going to have lots of fun playing with these! You chose gorgeous colors.”

In the image below I have applied various styles in the Watercolor Styles 01 pack to Tracie Stroud’s Graffiti Builders No. 2 which can also be found here at SugarHillco.

Isn’t it lovely?

Watercolor Styles SnickerdoodleDesigns

I hope you find these Watercolor Styles easy to work with and that they make your designing and scrapping go much faster and easier than ever before!


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NEW GOODS 10-20

October 20th, 2017 by | new goods, sales n' deals | notes |

Hey hey everyone, it’s that time of week – new goods, sales + more!

WEEKLY FREE GIFT

This week Miss Tiina has this set for all $5+ purchases!

FREE GIFT

SALES & SPECIALS

25% OFF NEW RELEASES

 

Hope your weekend is awesome!
xoxo The SHCO Girls


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NEW GOODS 10-13

October 13th, 2017 by | new goods, sales n' deals | notes |

Hey hey everyone, it’s that time of week – new goods, sales + more!

WEEKLY FREE GIFT

This week Tracie Stroud has this set for all $5+ purchases!

FREE GIFT

SALES & SPECIALS

25% OFF NEW RELEASES

 

Hope your weekend is awesome!
xoxo The SHCO Girls


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What is Digital Scrapbooking Day – really?

October 8th, 2017 by | anything goes | notes |

Digital Scrapbooking Day was first established in 2007 to create awareness for digital scrapbooking – not only as a creative way to document and display memories but also as a means to achieve photos and memorabilia safely digitally….. (The day) is intended to act as a catalyst to set aside some time, at least annually, to digitally documenting your personal history.” –  (DigitalScrapbookingDay.wordpress.com)

Here’s the good news!  It’s here. It’s this weekend!

For me, Digital Scrapbooking Day has always been about the special sale prices that most stores offer.  But while reading the article noted above I gained a broader perspective of the day.

“But Digital Scrapbooking Day isn’t just about digital scrapbooking, the hobby – Digital Scrapbooking Day celebrates all that today’s technology can do to help preserve your precious memories. That means that anyone can participate in Digital Scrapbooking Day – scrapbookers (whether traditional, “hybrid,” or digital), photographers, genealogists, memoirists, personal journalists, bloggers, podcasters, and related retailers all will find something to celebrate on Digital Scrapbooking Day.”

If you have memories stored in some form on a computer, you have reason to celebrate. Here are some ways people celebrate Digital Scrapbooking Day:

  • sort and organize digital photos – chronologically and/or by event or theme
  • “tag” and write captions for digital photos • scan and restore heirloom photos and memorabilia
  • create a digital scrapbook layout or keepsake
  • learn a new graphic editing technique
  • experiment with new graphics software 

So how can I help YOU celebrate the day?

  • Do you need to sort your photos?  Are you a chronological scrapper?  Theme scrapper? Do you look for photos by the event?  Think about how you look for photos when you need them, then create folders, and start sorting. Once you are up to date, set aside a specified time each week to stay caught up.
  • Are you a hybrid scrapper?  Miss Tiina’s 2018 Every Day Planner is now available! Wouldn’t this make a great Christmas gift for someone?
  • Do you need inspiration? Visit your favorite digi-store Gallery. But beware! It’s easy to “get lost” in the amazing creativity you will find there, and soon discover that hours have flown by when it seemed like just a few minutes. Take that inspiration, head back to your workstation, and create!  It’s okay to “scraplift” ideas.  If you have ever wondered about that, this tutorial, I hope, will give you a different perspective:  Scraplifting…..
  • Are you interested in learning new techniques?  Visit my Tutorial Page where you will find hundreds of tutorials to help you. (I am in the middle of redoing it, so look forward to better organization there soon!)
  • Are you a Photoshop Elements user?  Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018 was released this week. If you would like to download a free copy to experiment with, you may do so on the Adobe site.  

If you are like me and think “SALE,” visit our Shop where you will find Sales, Specials, Big Deals, and Grab Bags that will offer you a wide variety of purchasing choices!

Now is a GREAT time to pick up the products that are on your Wish List! 

Because we, as scrappers, like to document all memories, not just big events, it might also be a great day to pick up our cameras and just take some random photographs.

Owen, my grandson, sleeping with his friends, Bruce the shark, and Brown Bear.

Now I’m off to get some scrap-lifting ideas!

I hope you have an incredibly creative and fun day!

Karen Schulz
SnickerdoodleDesigns

 


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