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We are having a big Retirement Sale here at theStudio this weekend (more about that later). To most designers, if not all, our designs are very personal to us.  They are created from our thoughts, dreams, and imagination.   To retire our designs, no matter how old they are, is hard.  They are a part of our history.

With this in mind, it wasn’t a far leap for me to start thinking about the History Panel in Photoshop.

Have you, either as a designer or layout artist, ever worked on a design or scrapbook page, really liked the final result, and then couldn’t remember how you achieved it? I know I have.

Photoshop gives us the History Panel to help us in situations such as these.  There is a LOT we can do with the History Panel, but today I would like to focus on just one thing. One thing that is easy to do. One thing that can be really helpful to us all, I think, and that is saving the history state of a document.   Here’s what you need to know:

1. If you do not have your History Panel open, you can find it by going to the top Menu Bar, then Window > History.

2. By default, Adobe saves 20 history states, in order to save memory. If you would like more states to be saved, you can reset that number by going to: Edit > Preferences > Performance.  I have CC2015 set to save 50 History States.

Photoshop Elements users:  You may set your history states, as described here; but PSE does not offer you the option of saving your steps, as described below.

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3.  Before (preferable) or immediately after opening a document,  you must set up Photoshop to record and save your working steps.  This is how:

  • Edit > Preferences > History Log (I am using CS2015.  If you are using another version of Photoshop, your path might be slightly different. Just look for the History Log.)
  • The History Log options box will open for you. You may choose Metadata, Text File, or Both.
    • You will be able to read Metadata in Adobe Bridge or in Photoshop using the path: File > File Info > Photoshop.
    • You will be able to read “Text File,” using Notepad or Text Edit (Mac), or Word (You will need to change the File Type to “Text Files” in the lower right corner of the Word “Open” window).
    • You may choose both if you like.
    • Choose where to save your Text File by Clicking on the “Choose” button.
  • In the “Edit Log Items” drop-down box, you may choose:
    • Sessions Only: Adobe only records basic session information, such as when the file was opened and closed.
    • Concise: Information on actions taken on the document.
    • Detailed: This includes the most data, such as opening; closing; dates and times of actions taken.  (I choose this option. I want as much information as possible.)

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4. Now you are ready to work on your document.  Just begin working as you normally would and Adobe will record all of your steps.  You can view your steps at any time by clicking on the History Tab in your open panels.

5.  Once you are finished working, save your document as your normally would.   If you have to close your file before you are finished working on it, that’s okay.  When you reopen the file, Photoshop will automatically start recording your steps again on the same metadata or text file.

By reviewing the metadata file or text file, you will be able to tell exactly what you did during your working session(s).

If you decide to view your information via Photoshop:  File > File Info > Photoshop, you will see something like what is pictured below.

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If you decide to view your information view Text File, you would see something like this:

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It’s great to know that we can get lost in the creation process without having to worry about remembering what specific steps we took.  By viewing our History State, we will know!

I promised information about our Retirement Sale, in both our Personal Use and Commercial Use stores.   Snatch a part of history and save 75% on some great designs, now through September 3rd.

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And here’s a Take Me Away Cluster, yours just for stopping by today!

Click on the image below to download.

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If you would like to keep this tutorial on your computer for easy reference, you may download a PDF here.

If you are a visual learner, you can view this tutorial on SnickerdoodleDesigns You Tube Channel  and on theStudio’s You Tube Channel.

Please head over to YouTube and take a minute to Follow both channels.  Each Channel will have some exclusive videos, so by following both channels, you will be sure not to miss a thing!

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See you next week!

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Don’t Fence Me In” is a popular American song written in 1934, with music by Cole Porter and lyrics by Robert Fletcher and Cole Porter. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time. Sung by many cowboy greats, from Gene Autry and Roy Rogers to The Oak Ridge Boys and Willie Nelson with Leon Russell, it is instantly recognizable for its “lonesome cowboy” flavor. Don’t Fence Me In by Over the Fence Designs is  perfect for all of you who love Western songs, music and cowboy’s, but it is also great for all other kind of photo’s. Due to the beautiful elements and warm colours Don’t Fence Me In can be used for family photo’s, pets, horses and other animals, nature photo’s and so much more!

Don’t Fence Me In” is een bekend Amerikaans liedje uit 1934 gemaakt door Cole Porter en Robert Fletcher. Het is door leden van de Western Writers of America gekozen in de top 100 Western liedjes allertijden en het is gezongen door vele cowboy’s zoals Gene Autry en Roy Rogers, The Oak Ridge Boys en Willie Nelsen en Leon Russell. Don’t Fence Me In van Over the Fence Designs is perfect voor iedereen die van western houdt, maar het is ook fantastisch voor allerlei andere foto’s. Door de warme kleuren en mooie elements kun je Don’t Fence Me In ook prima gebruiken voor familie foto’s, huisdieren, paarden en andere dieren, natuurfoto’s en nog veel meer!

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Besides the kit there are wonderful extras to help you scrap your pages. Please take a look below:

Naast de kit zijn er prachtige extra’s om je te helpen scrappen. Kijk maar eens hieronder:

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Of course there is a wonderful deal for you if you want to have all these products. The Don’t Fence Me In Bundle is currently on sale for over 60% off!

Natuurlijk is er een geweldige aanbieding voor julie als je al deze producten wilt hebben. De Don’t Fence Me In Bundle is momenteel in de aanbieding met een korting van meer dan 60%!

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Here is the quickpage I made for you with this fabulous collection. Please enjoy!

Hier is de quickpage die ik voor jullie gemaakt heb. Veel plezier ermee!

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Back to School 2015

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Mothers everywhere are cheering! It’s time for Back to School! We’re celebrating with a big 50% Off School sale and some fun in the Back to School 2015 forum.  Join in to start your child’s year off right, get some great pages done & win some prizes!
Note: These are just starting up & will run through August 31.

Sure looks like fun and a way to chase the back to school blues for mom’s away too.  There are some great school kits to choose from, here’s just a few.

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And be sure to check out all the extras that go with each kit.  I’m sure you can find something to fit all the back-to-school photos that need scrapping.

Today I’ve made a couple of border’s for you to get started on your layouts.  One is from Alphabet Party by Nibbles Skribbles and the other from School Rules by Just So Scrappy.  Enjoy!!!

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Using Photo Textures to Bring out the Drama

I am a  huge Walking Dead fan, and when I saw The Tunnel leading into the new high school here in Germany, all I could think off was…. zombies!  Tess was less than happy to pose for me, knowing I was zombie-obsessed, but I had great fun playing with Laitha’s fabulous Photo Textures – Set 01 to get the Walking Dead look I wanted with my photo.
Note: Her new school is beautiful and not at all as prison-y as this photo makes it look! I promise.

This is the original photo, take with my phone (something I rarely do):

First order of business: straighten that horizon! Thankfully Karen (SnickerdoodleDesigns) has a fabulous tutorial on our blog to help me get it right: Straighten your Photo using the Ruler Tool

It also need a little brightening & sharpening. I’m a huge fan of Jodi over at MCP Actions.  Her actions are a huge time saver when editing my photo’s, even phone ones!  My current favorite set is her Inspire™ Photoshop Actions set.  I used both the MCP Brilliant Color Base & the MCP Quick Flash to quickly brighten my photo.

Now it’s time for a little magic to happen, using Mariella’s (Laitha’s Designs) Photo Textures – Set 01. I grabbed the second one (below) to see how that would look with my photo.

  All I did was slide the texture in as the top layer of my photo (it was the perfect size! No resizing needed) and set the texture layer to overlay.  You can again follow along with Karen (SnickerdoodleDesigns) to do this easily yourself: 4 Ways to use Overlays and Textures Creatively using Blend Modes

I wanted a grittier look so I changed the photo texture layer only from the original colored version to black & white: Image –> Adjustments —> Black & White

Using a Layer Mask, I also used the desaturate sponge tool on the tools palette to greatly reduce all color except for Tess. You can again follow along with Karen (SnickerdoodleDesigns) to do this easily yourself: Using Layer Masks in Photoshop.

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I reduced the opacity of the desaturated layer to add some color back, then I also added a layer mask to the photo texture so I could remove the texture from Tess only.

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I love the gritty, dramatic look of my photo.  A big thank you to Karen (SnickerdoodleDesigns) and Mariella (Laitha’s Designs) for their fantastic tools & tutorials.

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Back to School: Font Round Up

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It’s Back to School time for many, so we’ll be creating amazing Back to School layouts and each one will need the PERFECT font for the journaling! I went out on a hunt and found a few font round ups featuring GREAT fonts for those pages!

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Be sure to mix and match these fonts with some of our fabulous Back to School products – on sale for 50% off right now during our Back to School Sale! And, add them to your layouts for our Back to School forum fun!

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LOTW Aug. 16 – 22 And the winner is ….

Flippok with her fantastic page Escape to Africa. I adore all the fabulous photo’s. I also think the elements and papers are used perfectly. This page gives a great impression of Africa, a beautiful country I would love to visit! So congrats Flippok on winning this weeks LOTW!

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This beautiful page was created with the amazing Escape to Africa by WendyP Designs and Page Protectors 2 by WendyP Designs.

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Back to School!

Mothers everywhere are cheering! It’s time for Back to School! We’re celebrating with a big  sale and some fun in the Back to School 2015 forum.  Join in to start your child’s year off right, get some great pages done & win some prizes!
Note: These are just starting up & will run through August 31.

Grab a little inspiration from some beautiful layouts created with kits in our 50% Off School sale!

First Day of School

School Daze

Schoolhouse

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Happy School Daze

School is Fun

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School Rules

Katie, Just So Scrappy, has created a simply adorable cluster frame freebie with her School Rules collection. Just click to download & enjoy!

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Create More Realistic-Looking Text

Fonts. Who doesn’t love them?  There are hundreds, probably thousands, of fonts from which to choose.  Font choice is important because a font style conveys information, simply by its design.

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But even when you make a great font choice, if your text doesn’t integrate well into your layout, the result could be  less than satisfactory.

Here’s an example. See how the text just seems to be sitting on top of the paper?

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There’s a simple fix for this.  Here’s how:

1.  Double click your text layer to bring up the Styles Panel. (Alternatively, you can click on the FX icon at the bottom of the layers panel.)

2. Click on Blending Modes (on the left) to make that option active.

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3. In the middle of the Blending Options Panel, all the way down at the bottom, notice the “Blend If” options. Leave “Blend If” set to Gray. We are going to look at the “Underlying Layer” sliders. Grab the slider on the left, and while keeping an eye on your text, drag the slider to the right until the text starts to disappear.

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4. Hold down the Alt Key (Option on a Mac), and click in the middle of the black triangle. This will split the Triangle in half. While still holding down the Alt Key, grab the left side of the triangle, and drag to the left, bringing back as much or as little of the text as you like.

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It’s personal preference; you can be as bold or as subtle as you like.

Here is my original text, followed by my results. A subtle change, but one I’m happy with.

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And here is the final layout.

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Credit: This layout was created using one of the Album pages in the ABC Teach Me Collection by SnickerdoodleDesigns.

If you would like to experiment with this technique, I have a nicely textured Vintage Book Overlay Sampler for you to play with. (You can find the NEW Vintage Book Overlays, Sets  9 and 10 in my SnickerdoodleDesigns Commercial Use store.)

Just click on the image below to download.

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Find more textures in both our Personal Use and Commercial Use Shops!

And if you’re in the mood to shop for “school supplies,” you’re just in time for our Back to School Sale!

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If you would like to keep this tutorial on your computer for easy reference, you may download a PDF here: Creating Realistic Text by SnickerdoodleDesigns.

If you are a visual learner, you can view this tutorial on SnickerdoodleDesigns You Tube Channel and on theStudio’s YouTube Channel.

Please head over to YouTube and take a minute to Follow both channels.  Each Channel will have some exclusive videos, so by following both channels, you will be sure not to miss a thing!

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See you next week!

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If you’re vacationing at the lake for the summer and taking in some of the pleasures like swimming, boating, hiking or just getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a weekend retreat, Lovin’ the Lake by Studio4 Designworks is for you! This beautiful kit is created with a warm and inviting colour palette of blues, greens, reds, yellows and browns.It is perfect to scrap your precious memories of the great outdoors – you‘ll treasure every page! Lovin’ the Lake by Studio4 Designworks helps you to remember your vacation is a wonderful way!

Als je zomervakantie hebt gehad aan of bij een meer en heerlijk hebt gezwommen, gevaren, gehiked of gewoon hebt genoten van je rust, dan is Lovin’ the Lake van Studio4 Designworks de kit voor jou! Deze mooie kit is gemaakt in warme en uitnodigende kleuren, zoals blauw, groen, rood, geel en bruin. Het is perfect om de mooie momenten die je tijdens je vakantie hebt beleefd te scrappen, elke pagina zal van onschatbare waarde zijn! Lovin’ the Lake van Studio4 Designworks helpt je de vakantie op een geweldige manier te herinneren!

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Besides the kit there are some beautiful extras. Just take a look below:

Naast de kit zijn er een aantal prachtige extra’s. Kijk maar eens hieronder:

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Of course there is a great offer for you if you want all these products. The Lovin’ the Lake – Bundle is currently on sale for 45% off!

Natuurlijk is er een geweldige aanbiedinig als je al deze producten wilt. De Lovin’ the Lake – Bundle is momenteel in de aanbieding met een korting van 45%!

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Here is the quickpage I made for you. You can download it below!

Hier is de quickpage die ik voor jullie gemaakt heb. Je kunt hem hieronder downloaden!

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Bundle Me Up and Save Sale

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Bundles are awesome.  Bundles let you get every little bit of goodness in a collection, and frequently a little bit extra for FREE and this week, through tomorrow, plus, this week only, save an extra 10% with coupon code: bundle-me-up
This on both Personal Use and Commercial Use bundles.

Here’s just a few to wet your appetite, have fun shopping!!!

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I’ve used Booland Designs Last Light Collection to create this cute little tag for you today, Enjoy!!!

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