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How to Use Colorizers to add Color to your Digital Scrapbook Pages

July 15th, 2018 by | free stuff, tutorials | , | notes |

Are you looking for a way to add color to your digital scrapbook papers, elements, or text quickly and easily?  Are you looking for a product that you can use over and over again and still create a new look with it each time?  If you have answered yes to either of these questions, I have a new product that can help: Colorizers 01 and Colorizers 02. And, of course, I am also offering them in a value-priced Bundle.

See the Colorizers in action in this 2-minute video:

Colorizers are available at Introductory pricing here at SugarHillco!

Do you want to see how easy this is for yourself? Click on the image below to download a Colorizer Sampler

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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.)

ow to Create Stained Glass in Photoshop

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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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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