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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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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:

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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 16MP Digital Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Red):

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I want to thank all of you for helping us celebrate six years of theStudio in style!
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Winners in Round 4 of the Next Designer Contest have just been announced: NDC Week 4 Winners!! As well as the WINNERS of the Layout Artist Contest 2013, and the Photography Contest! Again a HUGE thank you to our sponsor MCP Actions:
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We are already looking forward to seeing all of you next year!

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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!

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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 MCP Four Seasons™ Photoshop Actions!

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Each week we’ll have a simple challenge.  All you need to do is take one beautiful photo & upload it to our gallery.  Each week we will pick one winner.  On September 30 we will draw a Grand Prize winner for the entire MCP Four Seasons™ Photoshop Actions! Note: You must participate all four weeks to qualify.

Join us on the forum for our Photography Contest Week 4! The winner this week receives Jodi Friedman’s fantabulous MCP Spring Splendor™ Photoshop Actions (or elements version).

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Your challenge is to shoot a macro-themed Fresh & New photograph. Please include your camera settings and/or editing techniques in the description under your photo.

  • Photo must be on theme: “Fresh & New”.
  • Photo must be a macro.
  • You must have only ONE image in your submission. No collages.
  • One submission per member.
  • This must be your original photo.
  • This can be a recent photo or an older photo.
  • This cannot be a previous contest submission, whether on our site or any other site or place.
  • All submission must be posted in the Photography Contest 2013 gallery by September 28 at 23:59 EST.
  • Site affiliates (CT, Designer & Admin Team) cannot win prizes, however, they can participate.
  • One winner will win: MCP Spring Splendor™ Photoshop Actions (or elements version)
  • Winner will be announced Monday, September 30.

You can read more about macro photography on Jodi’s blog:

Good luck!

 

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Photography Contest Week 2 sponsored by MCP Actions!

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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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