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Aaaaah! I’ve lost my battery charger.  My camera is dead.  I’m in deep mourning.  Not only did I lose my battery charger, but the last time I lost my battery charger Dave bought me a new, portable battery charger for in the car.

I didn’t lost my new portable car battery charger, but I did lose the cord that powers that new portable car battery charger.  Today I stopped at the local Media Markt to buy either a new battery charger, portable car battery charger or a cord for the portable car battery charger.  They had the new cord.  Bought it.

That stupid new cord made my almost-new portable car battery charger get all hot & smokey.  And.  It did not charge my camera battery, so it’s still dead.  My battery charger isn’t the only thing all hot & smokey.  I’m feeling fairly hot & smokey myself!

And.  Tonight was the big homecoming bonfire at Cole’s school.  They lit it right at sunset, a fairly spectacular sunset, and the pictures my camera took in my imagination… well, you’ll have to imagine along with me.  They were spectacular too.  My kids were so happy surrounded by friends, a big fire lighting them up beautifully. Hot & smokey.

Tomorrow is the big homecoming game, I’ll be on the field starting at 8:30 in the morning serving fresh, hot, homemade crepes to the boys and their families.  It will be an all-day affair as they set-up the field & bleachers, followed by the JV game, and finally the Varsity game in the early afternoon. I’m tired just thinking about it.  And hot & smokey I won’t have a camera!  I may be addicted.

I wanted to find a hot & smokey picture to illustrate how incredibly frustrated I feel tonight.  But instead I’m sharing one of my favorite photo’s from our trip to Holland last month for Operation Market Garden.
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It’s been almost a year since I posted about JanetB’s Drop Shadow Styles.  I love these styles.  They make it so easy add shadows to clusters or even a simple photo on a page but sometimes I want to cast a shadow.  This is not so hard to do but there are extra steps involved.  I confess, I’m a child of the “instant gratification” generation and I prefer to do things the easy way.  I’m not lazy, I just like to get more done in less time so I was delighted when I found this Cast Shadows Action by Vero – The French Touch.  I grabbed some classic items from ManuScraps Cappuccino Kisses for my first example.  I deliberately left the shadow on the coffee pot a little skewed to show how easy it is to move your shadow around.  This action is the answer for quick, easy, and “perfect every time” cast shadows.castShadows

Vero also has a complete set of shadow styles for light, medium and dark backgrounds.  These range from almost non-existent to a nice tight shadow.  Shadowing will never be a challenge again.

 

vero_shadowstyles It’s easy to take your clusters to a new level with shadows.  Both files include installation instructions and both designers have them on sale for your right now for 30% off but there is also a bonus coupon below.

Use Coupon Code:  JanetDropShadows to receive an extra 10% off on either of the Janet B shadow styles.
Use Coupon Code: VeroShadows to receive an extra 10% off on any individual shadow styles AND the cast shadow action.


You will also find Cappuccino Kisses on sale for 33% off.  It is a Great day to grab a bargain. {wink}

 

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Today let’s explore the Invert Adjustment Layer option in Photoshop.

An Invert Adjustment Layer inverts the colors of a selected layer, causing those colors to become their opposites on the color wheel.  For example, black will become white, white will become black, purple will become green, and red will become purple.  The Invert Adjustment acts the same in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

In Photoshop, the Invert Adjustment Layer option is in the Adjustments Panel. The icon looks like a rectangle, with a circle inside. This is a screenshot from CS6.

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In Photoshop Elements, you will find it by going to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Invert (Screenshot from PSE11).

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I imagine you are like me and like to get as much “mileage” out of your digital scrapping supplies as possible.   I am always looking for ways to increase their usage, and one of the ways I have found is with the use of an Invert Adjustment Layer. Let’s take a look at an overlay.

In the image below is a pink background paper, with a Friendship Quote Overlay placed on a layer above it. It’s not very attractive; the text is too dark for this paper for the look I am going for. We can fix this easily with an Invert Adjustment layer.

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Click on the Invert Adjustment Layer icon to create a new adjustment layer.  Because the Invert  layer causes colors to become their opposite, you will see something like this: the black text became white, and the pink became a blue/green color.

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Yikes! That’s not what we want.  Let’s just clip that Invert Mask to the Overlay! (To do this hold down ALT, hover your mouse between the Overlay and the Background, and click.)

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Ahhh, that’s much better.

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Now, if you like, you can play with the opacity of the text overlay (not the Invert layer) to make it even more “gentle” on the page.

Try using an Invert Adjustment Layer on any type of overlays that you have in your stash, to see if you can’t get even more usage out of your supplies!

And for those of you who are interested in Art Journaling or  just enjoy altering your photographs in usual ways, here’s something to try.

This is the picture I started with:

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And here is the end result:

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To get this look:

1. I first duplicated my photograph, just for safety (and then made the original photo invisible).

2. I used the Magic Wand Tool to select the hikers in the photograph.  I duplicated that selection, which placed the hikers on their own layer. (This isn’t necessary. It was just a personal preference. I wanted the hikers to stand out a bit from the unusual background.)

3. I placed a Color Balance Adjustment layer above the photo.

5. I placed an Invert Adjustment layer above the Color Balance Adjustment.

 6. Once all was in place, it was simply a matter of playing with the sliders on the Color Balance Level to get the look I wanted. If you would like to play even further, add a Levels Adjustment.  The whole process can be quite addicting after a while!

This look probably isn’t want on every layout, but it’s fun to play around with and can work well for those artsy pages you have in mind!

Credits: The paper and Friendship Quote Overlay pictured in this tutorial are from my new kit, Forever Friends.  The photograph was taken by me  on a hike in the gorgeous mountains of Germany, May 2013.

Now here’s a Pattern Sample for you to experiment with.  Just click on the image below to download!

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Final Birthday Giveaway Winner!

by Toiny Westberry 30 September 2013

A big drum roll please! We have our final winner for the September Give-Away 4: Canon Powershot. We use random.org for all our onsite drawings & giveaways: Congratulations go to commenter #111 Julie! Please check the email you used to register on our site for details on how to claim your prize: Canon PowerShot A2500 […]

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Photography Contest Week 4

by Toiny Westberry 25 September 2013

TheStudio & MCP Actions have come together to bring your our first annual Photography Contest.  Four weeks, four challenges, four prizes and one Grand Prize Winner! Photography & scrapbooking go hand-in-hand. Almost every layout needs some great photo’s to hold those memories forever.  Challenge your photography skills and earn a chance to win the amazing […]

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Photography Contest Week 2 sponsored by MCP Actions!

by Toiny Westberry 10 September 2013

TheStudio & MCP Actions have come together to bring your our first annual Photography Contest.  Four weeks, four challenges, four prizes and one Grand Prize Winner! Photography & scrapbooking go hand-in-hand. Almost every layout needs some great photo’s to hold those memories forever.  Challenge your photography skills and earn a chance to win the amazing […]

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Photography Contest sponsored by MCP Actions!

by Toiny Westberry 3 September 2013

TheStudio & MCP Actions have come together to bring your our first annual Photography Contest.  Four weeks, four challenges, four prizes and one Grand Prize Winner!   Photography & scrapbooking go hand-in-hand. Almost every layout needs some great photo’s to hold those memories forever.  Challenge your photography skills and earn a chance to win the […]

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Setting Custom Crop Presets in Photoshop

by Toiny Westberry 23 July 2013
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In Germany the standard photo print sizes are different.  The frame sizes match those different print sizes.  The last three years I haven’t printed any photo’s because I hadn’t figured out the sizing yet.  I have now, and I’m ready to print! This is part II in my Photoshop Crop Tool series, following up Crop […]

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Crop Tool Presets

by Toiny Westberry 9 July 2013
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As I play more with my new camera (Canon 60D), my photo’s are getting better and I’m ready to print many of them.  I love playing with photoshop, editing my photo’s and cropping them.  Just about any crop works fine for on the web or on facebook, but when it comes to print sizes I […]

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WMW Pictures from the car, Shadows in a Snap & More

by Rebecca 5 June 2013

I want a new camera.  I don’t need a new camera.  Mine is barely 2 years old but I can never seem to get the shots I want.  The manual that came with my camera is over 200 pages!  I just wanted to upgrade so I could get better pictures and now I just want […]

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