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Last week we talked about Using the Liquify Filter in Photoshop.  Many of you wrote to say that you have not used Photoshop Filters before.  So today let’s look at another filter that can be helpful to you in your scrapbook layouts: the Shear Filter.

The use of paper strips is very popular in layouts.  Here is a beautiful example of this technique:


This layout was created by Cathy (forum name; britnkaysmemaw2), using Tell Me Again, a collaboration between ADB Designs and myself, SnickerdoodleDesigns.

I think Cathy’s layout is perfect as it is, but what if she wanted to put a slight curve to the green paper strip under her photograph, or wanted to add other paper strips with just a slight bend in them?  The Shear Filter can help with that.

The Shear Filter can be found by going to the top Menu Bar and clicking on Filter > Distort > Shear.  The path is the same in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.


In the image below I have opened a paper from Cool Beans.  After placing a blank layer above the paper, I used the Rectangular Marque tool to create a rectangle of my desired width, then filled it with color.


I used the keyboard shortcut Control + D to deselect the rectangle. Alternatively, I could have gone to the top menu bar, and Select > Deselect.

Next, with the rectangle layer active, I followed the path:  Filter > Distort > Shear to bring up this dialogue box:


Here is where the magic happens!  In the grid in the upper left corner, there are 16 boxes, separated by dotted lines.  In the middle is a darker line. Adjusting the positioning of this line, will adjust the curvature of the rectangular strip that you created.  I want just a very slight bend in my strip, so moved the top part of the line only slightly to the left and the bottom part of the line only slightly to the right.  We can see the adjustment that I am making reflected in the view box.  (Be sure that “Wrap Around” is checked, for this technique.)


Once I was satisfied with the curvature on the strip, I clicked OK to commit the change.


Now I have a pretty shape that I can use however I like.  I elected to rotate the shape and clip a paper to it.  I then placed a pre-made Cool Beans Cluster on the shape, and my page was finished in mere minutes.


It’s as simple as that!  I hope you enjoy exploring the Shear Filter this week!

The beautiful cluster in the image above was created by Renee, a member of my Creative Team.  You will find it on our Facebook Page for you to download and enjoy.  If you have “liked” our Page, just click on the FREEBIE tab underneath the Facebook Cover to access the download link.  And if you haven’t “liked” our page yet, just click on the “Like” tab in order to gain access to this and other freebies in the future.


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A Mess by The Urban Fairy is exactly as it sounds! A mess. A totally beautiful, colorful hot mess! The bright colors used for this mess are a perfect pop against the darkness of the papers. A Mess is an awesome kit to scrap all kinds of photo’s, to create traditional pages and art journal pages!  Really an eye catching kit of 48 must have elements and 6 perfectly paired papers!  Everyone needs a little color right?

A Mess van The Urban Fairy is precies wat de naam zegt! Een bende. Een prachtige, geweldig gekleurde bende! De levendige kleuren die gebruikt zijn voor deze bende komen fantastisch uit tegen de donkere achtergronden. A Mess is een prachtige kit om allerlei foto’s mee te scrappen, geschikt voor zowel traditionele pagina’s als art journaling! Een heerlijke en opvallende kit met 48 elementen en 6 perfect passende achtergronden! En we hebben toch allemaal een beetje kleur nodig?



Besides the kit there are some beautiful extras, like frames and stamps. Just take a look below!

Naast de kit zijn er twee prachtige extra’s, zoals frames en stamps. Kijk maar eens hieronder!



To save yourself some money there also is the A Mess Collection, which is currently on sale for over 20% off!

Als je graag wat geld wilt besparen kun je kiezen voor de A Mess Collection, welke momenteel in de aanbieding is met een korting van meer dan 20%!


Finally I will show you the quickpage I made for you. Please enjoy!

Dan wil ik nu de quickpage laten zien die ik voor jullie gemaakt heb. Veel plezier ermee!




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Southern Serenity Designs is staying on as our permanent template Designer & she’s having a 40% off sale this week to celebrate!!!


Southern Serenity Designs’ templates are beautifully layered, easy to use, digital scrapbooking templates. Just replace the paper and element shape layers with digital papers and elements from your favorite digi kit, drop in your favorite photos and tada! A gorgeous scrapbook page! You can even adapt them to suit your hybrid projects too! The possibilities are endless!


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An there are so many more to choose from in her store and all at 40% off right now.  There is even one of her templates in this months Mega Kit:  Freshly Sharpened.   Us it the way it is, then rotate it, flip it, and you’ll have multiple layouts using this super template with the mega kit.


I’ve used her template  and papers and elements from the mega kit: Freshly Sharpened  and turned into a quick page to get you started today, Enjoy!!! Oh and don’t forget to join in the Progressive Scrap where we use TheStudio Mega kit each month, starts this Sunday.



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What’s new in our CU store and a FREEBIE.

by Robyn 8 September 2014

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Using the Liquify Filter in Photoshop

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 6 September 2014
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One of the things that intrigued me most, when I was first learning to use Photoshop, was the Liquify Filter.  If  I didn’t like the way something looked  in a photograph, I could fix it.  A quick tuck here and there, and that not-so-perfect photo could be looking pretty good! Today I want to share […]

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Cool Beans by SnickerdoodleDesigns and a free quickpage for you

by renee 5 September 2014
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The Learning Tree by Nibbles Skribbles

by tammy 4 September 2014
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School is about more than new supplies, clothes and fun – it’s about learning new skills and gaining education! The Learning Tree by Nibbles Skribbles is perfect for both those back to school photos as well as school projects throughout the year! Use it to capture the educational process that is school! School is such […]

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Birthday Wishes by Butterfly Dsign and a free quickpage for you

by renee 29 August 2014
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Birthday Wishes by Butterfly Dsign is a beautiful birthday kit filled with lots of wonderful and cute elements. The kit is perfect for scrapping all kinds of birthday photo’s, but you can also use it for creating birthday cards. The colors are bright and cheerful and the papers will make fabulous backgrounds. Birthday Wishes by […]

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Super Cute Page Kit by Vero – The French Touch

by tammy 28 August 2014
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Mix some pink, some green, some yellow and some white colors, an owl that is beyond adorable, some flowers, a pinch of dreams, two fingers of romanticism and you will obtain a super cute collection by Vero-TheFrench Touch !   So add a French touch to your scrap pages with the Super Cute Page Kit […]

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Round Robin II: Family Dinner

by Toiny Westberry 26 August 2014
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Hello all! Round Robin II: Manu Scraps Week 03 has gorgeous layouts, all radiating with that beautiful, vibrant color from the fantabulous Tuscan Summer collection! Coupons will go out tomorrow; Wednesday, August 27. This week we have a beautiful, perfect, end-of-summer collection. I think you will all love the Family Dinner collection! Please ask questions […]

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