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Distressed Patterns, How to Use Them, and a Freebie

April 15th, 2018 by | free stuff, new goods | | notes |

Hey everyone! SnickerdoodleDesigns here. Today I’m here to talk about patterns.  Subtle or bold, distressed or not,  patterns add so much to a digital scrapbook page.

With the use of Blend Modes and Opacity Levels you can convert a plain paper to a pretty paper. Here’s how:

In Photoshop or Elements, open a background paper.

Place a Pattern on the layer above the background paper.

Experiment with Blend Modes and Opacity Levels of the Pattern.

Yes. It’s really that simple. Sure there are other things you can do to add even more interest, but basically, that’s it.

Here is a simple cardstock paper with a Distressed Pattern, in Normal mode on the layer above the cardstock.

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In the image below I’ve changed the Blend Mode of the pattern to Multiply and lowered the opacity to 26%.

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By changing the Blend Mode to Screen, and increasing the opacity (to 73% in this case), we can get a totally different look:

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Here’s another example.  I changed the blend mode of the pattern to Hard Mix and lowered its opacity to 47%. I added a Color Balance adjustment layer to it, tweaking some of the colors. Now we have a totally different paper from the one above.snickerdoodle-deslgns-how-to-use-patterns-7

Don’t restrict yourself to plain cardstock though. Here is a paper from my This is Me April kit.

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It’s a pretty paper by itself, but if you wanted to add even more interest, here’s something you might try:

Add a pattern on a layer above a paper

Experiment with Blend Modes and Opacity Levels. In this case, I used Color Burn and lowered the Opacity to 84%

I added a Mask to the Pattern, and brushed away most of the pattern, leaving it mostly at the top of the paper.

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There are just so many ways to play with patterns!

I have 2 new sets of patterns in my store, along with a Freebie for you to experiment with.

These patterns are provided in PNG format, which gives you the ultimate flexibility!

Distressed Patterns 01

Available with an introductory 25% savings

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Distressed Patterns 02

Available with an introductory 25% savings

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If you would like to have both packs, I’ve combined them for you in a money-saving bundle: Distressed Patterns Bundle

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And to practice with?  Here ya go! Just click on the image below!

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Watercolor Styles Freebie

April 8th, 2018 by | free stuff, new goods | | 2 notes |

Hey everyone! SnickerdoodleDesigns here!  I absolutely love using Photoshop Styles!  With just the click of your mouse, you can get beautiful effects you might not otherwise be able to create.

Today I am introducing 2 new Styles:  Watercolor Styles 02 and Granite Styles (Granite styles is a re-release, but new to SHCO.) I also have a Watercolor Styles Freebie for you to play with! Even better? Save 25% on both styles now through April 13th.

Here are the Watercolor Styles 02

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Here are the Granite Styles

 


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And here is a Watercolor Styles Freebie for you to play with.


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Enjoy and have fun!

SnickerdoodleDesigns


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How to Create Stained Glass Elements

February 8th, 2018 by | tutorials | | notes |

SnickerdoodleDesigns here, with a fun product tutorial for you!

I love the look of stained glass. I am drawn to the variation in color as well as the sparkle-and-shine of the glass.  I created Stained Glass Styles 05 to help me digitally create stained glass elements, and it’s easy to do. Let’s start with this doodled flower.

For this tutorial, I am using Photoshop CC2017. Photoshop Elements user instructions are included.

How to Create Stained Glass in Photoshop

 

  1. Select the Magic Wand Tool to make it active.
  2. Click inside one of the flower petals to select it.
  3. In the top Menu Bar: Select | Modify | Expand.  The number of pixels you choose to expand will depend upon the thickness of your doodle line. I have chosen 4 pixels for this doodle. You want the new selection in the middle of the doodle line. Alternatively, once you determine the number of pixels you want to add to the selection, you could fill the image and then add a stroke of the desired expansion size. Photoshop Elements users will need to use the Stroke method because Elements does not offer the Select | Modify | Expand option.

How to Create Stained Glass in Photoshop

 

4. Create a new blank layer above the original doodle.

5. Making sure that your new blank layer is selected, choose Edit | Fill from the top Menu Bar. Any color will do. (Alternatively, you can fill using the Paint Bucket tool.)

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6. Continue in this fashion until all of the blank spaces have been “filled, ” creating a new blank layer for each selection you make. (Putting each petal, in this case, on its own layer, allows you to manipulate the style on each individual petal if you like. For example, I resized the pattern in a few petals to give a little more variation in the final look.)

7. Move all of the “filled” layers below the original doodle.

8. Apply the Stained Glass Style that appeals to you.

8. Apply a metal Style to the doodle itself, to emulate stained glass leading. It’s that easy!

 

I used my Silver Styles for the leading.

You can find both the Silver Styles and the Stained Glass Styles 05 on sale here at SugarHillco.  I offer these products separately, but have also bundled them together for greater savings for you!


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From-the-Center Styles Tutorial

November 4th, 2017 by | tutorials | | notes |

I have never been a fan of horizontal text or other design elements placed on top of a shape that has curves or directional sections.   It doesn’t look realistic to me.  If I wanted text on a flower, for instance, I would take a piece of text, and patiently (sometimes not-so-patiently) rotate it and clip it to different parts of the flower. It was a tedious process, and not fun at all.  But from this process, my From-the-Center Styles were born. These styles were designed specifically to be used on circular, or somewhat circular, elements.

 

Here is how to get the most out of my new From-the-Center Styles

Positioning

In Photoshop:

  • Apply a style to an element
  • Double-Click on the Layer to bring up the Layer Style options
  • Click on the pattern Overlay Option on the left to make it active
  • Select the Move Tool
  • Click on your element, hold down the left key on your mouse, and move the pattern around to your liking.

In Photoshop Elements:

  • Apply a style to an element
  • Go to the top Menu Bar: Layer > Layer Style > Scale Effects. You will be able to scale the pattern on the image, but not move it around. Sometimes this works; sometimes not. It depends on the shape and size of the element you are working with.
  • The best and most flexible way for Elements users to use these Styles, is to utilize the PNGs:
    • Clip a PNG to your element
    • Select the Move tool and move position the png file where you want it.

 

TAKING IT A STEP FURTHER….

Patterns are set to Overlay Blend Mode and Scale at 50%. Both of these options can be adjusted to suit individual elements.

Patterns are not seamless, but that typically is not a concern with this style and the way it is used.

  • Experiment with Blend Modes and Opacity levels of the Styles Effect
  • Choose just certain colors to apply a style to (see example #2 below)
  • Use the Warp Tool or other distortion tools to create special effects.
  • If in Photoshop, right click on Effects on your stylized layer; choose Create Layer. This will place the pattern on its own layer above the element. In Photoshop Elements, if you are using PNGs, you already have the effect on its own layer.
    • With the effect on its own layer, you can apply a Mask, and brush away parts that you don’t want, or that don’t suit the element you are working with.

Example #1

Here is a flower with a pattern style applied. No adjustments were made here.

 

 

Here is the same image after I centered the effect, applied a mask, and removed areas of the pattern I did not want.

(GS Creations: Watercolour Garden)

 

Example #2

An additional option for Photoshop users is to go to the Top Menu Bar > Select > Color Range, and select a color.

In the flower pictured below, I selected the yellows; then Control + J to duplicate the selection; and finally applied a music style to the duplicated yellow selection to create this look:

(Wendy Page Designs, Flowers 43)

 

With some of the pinks selected:

 

Here are just a few more examples for you:

Using LouCee Creations Paper Flowers 11: I used the Quick Selection tool to select 2 flower petals; Control + J to duplicate the selection; applied a text style to the duplicated petals.

 

A Before and After, using one of LouCee Creations Pleated Flowers1

 

 

Are you a visual learner?  Here is a YouTube video for you.

Just use your imagination and you’ll be creating unique elements and effects within no time at all!

Karen Schulz
SnickerdoodleDesigns

 

 


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