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What is perspective, and why is it important to us in digital scrapbooking?

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “perspective” in this way:

a :  the technique or process of representing on a plane or curved surface the spatial relation of objects as they might appear to the eye; specifically :  representation in a drawing or painting of parallel lines as converging in order to give the illusion of depth and distance.
Creating perspective in our scrapbook pages helps make our designs more realistic in appearance. We can create perspective easily by paying careful attention to the size of our embellishments in relationship to one other, and by their placement on our pages.  Here is a great example of keeping these principles in mind.  This layout was created by Norma, a member of both my Creative Team and that of theStudio, using Oven Lovin’.  The size and positioning of the embellishments near the photo frame create great perspective.
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 When we have just one item, whether it is an embellishment, photo, or paper, that we would like to create perspective with, it’s a little more difficult to achieve this effect,  simply because there is nothing else to provide spatial context.  In this situation, we would choose the Transform Tool to help us.
We can access the Transform Tool  in several ways:
1.  In the top Menu Bar:  Edit > Transform > Perspective, OR
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2. Click on the layer you would like to transform making it the active layer; use the keyboard shortcut Control (Command on a Mac) + T to access the Transform Tool; right click on the selected layer in your document to access the Perspective option.
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No matter what method you choose to access the Perspective Tool,  you will end up with  nodules on the corners and on the sides of your selection. By dragging the nodules, you will be able to give  your element perspective.  When you drag one nodule, all nodules will move as Photoshop tries to guess the perspective you are trying to create.
Things can get really crazy very fast though! In the image below, I moved the upper right nodule slightly towards the right, and the lower left nodule slightly to the left.  Yikes!
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 Thank you, Photoshop, for giving us a much easier way to create perspective when working with just one or two elements, and that is with the “Free Transform Tool” (rather than just the “Transform Tool.”)
You can access the Free Transform Tool like this:
1.  In the top Menu Bar:  Edit > Free Transform, OR
2. Click on the layer you would like to transform making it the active layer; use the keyboard shortcut Control (Command on a Mac) + T to access the Transform Tool; rather than letting go of the Control key as you normally would, continue to hold it down to access the Free Transform option as you work.
(Photoshop Elements Users: Your path is:  Image > Transform > Free Transform)
Here is a frame, with perspective,  that is included in my kit, Deck the Halls.  Let’s look at how easy it is to give matching perspective to a photo for this frame using the Free Transform tool.
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 I  have resized a photo to make it just slightly larger than the top of the frame inset.  (Not a great photo, but it works well for this tutorial. This is my husband, Rick; our grandson, Owen; and me).
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Next I accessed the Free Transform Tool.  This tool will allow you to move just ONE nodule at a time, rather than having them all move at once. I then moved each corner into the desired position and hit ENTER to commit the changes. (You can also click on the check mark in the top Menu Bar to commit).
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The perspective in the photo, with this frame, looks much better than if we had placed the photo without perspective here.
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That’s how easy it is!
Next week I will show you how we can use Smart Objects in combination with this tutorial to make layouts even EASIER!
Are you ready for Christmas? Are all your favorite cookies baked, menus planned, food purchased?  Don’t forget to take a few  minutes to photograph your activities so you will be able to document your memories!
Here is an Oven Lovin’ cluster (with beautiful perspective!) created for you by Norma, to help you get started documenting your holiday baking/cooking!
 
Click on the image 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: Creating Perspective Easily with the Free Transform Tool.

If you are a visual learner, you can view this tutorial on SnickerdoodleDesigns YouTube 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!  Thank you!!

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The Twelve Days of Christmas (The 12 Days of Christmas) start with Christmas Day and finish with the eve of Epiphany on 5th January. The Twelve Days of Christmas dates back to English origins in the sixteenth century although the music is reputed to be French. The first publication date for The Twelve Days of Christmas (The 12 Days of Christmas) was 1780. Pear Tree by Booland Designs is a kit just perfect to scrap all kinds of Christmas photo’s, but it is also a great kit for making cards, menu’s and Christmas decorations etc. The elements are all inspired by the Twelve Days of Christmas Carol. Pear Tree by Booland Designs is a wonderful and unique Christmas kit in gorgeous happy colours!!

The Twelve Days of Christmas (The 12 Days of Christmas) begint op 1e kerstdag en eindigt op de avond van Driekoningen op 5 januari. The Twelve Days of Christmas gaat terug naar Engelse origine in de zestiende eeuw, alhoewel er gezegd wordt dat de muziek Frans zou zijn. De eerste keer dat The Twelve Days of Christmas gezongen werd was in 1780. De kit Pear Tree van Booland Designs is gemaakt om al je foto’s van de 12 dagen van kerst te scrappen, maar het is ook zeer geschikt voor kerstkaarten, uitnodigingen en menu’s etc. De elementen zijn allemaal geïnspireerd door het twaalf dagen van kerst lied. Pear Tree van Booland Designs is een prachtige en unieke kerst kit in heerlijke kleuren!

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Besides the kit there are lots and lots of gorgeous extras. You can find clusters, tags, frames, pattern papers and more and more. That is why Booland Designs offers two amazing deals! You can buy the Pear Tree Mega Bundle, which contains 7 packs filled with beautiful extras and is currently on sale for over 60% off!

Naast de kit zijn er heel veel prachtige extra’s, zoals clusters, tags, frames, pattern papers en nog veel en veel meer. Daarom heeft Booland Designs twee geweldige aanbiedingen voor jullie! Je kunt de Pear Tree Mega Bundle kopen, welke 7 sets gevuld met hele mooie extras bevat en momenteel in de aanbieding is met een korting van meer dan 60%!

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You can also go for the Pear Tree The Complete Works which contains 14 packs filled with gorgeous extras! This collection is currently on sale for over 70%!

Je kunt ook gaan voor de Pear Tree The Complete Works welke 14 sets met prachtige extra’s bevat. Deze collectie is momenteel in de aanbieding met een korting van meer dan 70%!

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And for all of you that are interested:

Each of the The Twelve Days of Christmas has a religious significance and are symbolised following the lyrics of The Twelve Days of Christmas

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree!

Now it’s time for the quickpage I made for you. Please enjoy!

En dan nu de quickpage die ik voor jullie gemaakt heb. Veel plezier ermee!

***Download***

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Today let’s take a look at Smart Objects in Photoshop, and how they can help us in our digital layouts and projects.

So just what IS a Smart Object?

“A Smart Object is a container in which you can embed raster (e.g. PSD, JPEG, TIFF) or vector (e.g. AI, PDF, EPS) image data from another Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator file that retains all its original characteristics and remains fully editable.  A Smart Object can be scaled, rotated, and warped non-destructively without losing original image data.”   (ref: Steven Johnson)

And what does that mean for us as digital scrapbookers?

It means that we can work non-destructively, when we work with Smart Objects.

Here is an absolutely stunning layout created by Robyn (credits: Border Buddie Set 14, Deck the Halls Kit, Deck the Halls Word ArtDeck the Halls Glitter)

Border Buddies Set 14 and Deck the Halls

Here is the original paper and  original-sized word art:

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The original word art is quite large, and needed to be resized to look best with the photographs and embellishments. When starting this layout, we might not know exactly what final size we would like the word art to be.  Working with it non-destructively, as a Smart Object,  will give us the option of changing  our minds without concern over degrading the quality of the graphic.

Here is a visual reference:

On the left:  I resized the pixel-based word art, making it very small, then sized it back up to its original dimensions.

On the right: I converted the word art into a Smart Object, resized it to make  it very small, then sized it back up to its original dimensions.

The pixel-based word art has lost resolution, while the Smart Object graphics has retained its clarity.

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There are several ways to convert pixel-based graphics into Smart Objects (dependent upon which version of Photoshop you are using):

1.  Use the Place command, instead of the Open command, when accessing your word art (or any pixel-based object). (Top Menu Bar:  File > Place.)

2.  If your pixel-based object is already in your Layers Panel, right click on its layer and choose:  Convert to Smart Object

3.  In the top Menu Bar:  Layer > Smart Objects > Convert to Smart Object

(Photoshop Elements Users:  Use the Place command to put a graphic on your page as a Smart Object.)

A small square box located in the lower right corner of your graphics thumbnail indicates that your object is now a Smart Object.

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Now you can begin working on your layout, changing the size of the word art as many times as you like without losing any image quality!

Smart Objects are very smart!  This is just one of the things they do that make life for us, as digital artists, easy!  We’ll take a look at a few other ways Smart Objects can be helpful over the next few weeks.  In the meantime, if you missed my other tutorials on Smart Objects, you can read them here:

Editing Images on the Fly Utilizing Smart Objects

How Smart are Smart Filters?

If you would like to keep this tutorial on your computer for easy reference, you may download a PDF here: What is a Smart Object?

If you are a visual learner, you can view this tutorial on SnickerdoodleDesigns YouTube 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!  Thank you!!

Here is a graphic from Deck the Halls, for you to enjoy! Click on the image below to download!

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Burlap and Lace by Carin Grobe Design and a free quickpage for you

by renee 10 December 2014
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Burlap and Lace by Carin Grobe Design is a collection that was created to help you create memory pages full of joy and happiness. While it is perfect for “Burlap and Lace” themed Wedding pictures (or to create invitations…) Burlap and Lace also gives you plenty of not wedding-themed elements and papers to create pages about all […]

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Customizing Word Art

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 6 December 2014
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I love quotes. I love seeing quotes turned into word art graphics. But sometimes the positioning of the words in the graphic don’t suit my layout.  Have you ever found yourself in the same situation?  Let’s take a look at how easy this is to fix! If you need a refresher on different selection methods, […]

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Deck the Halls by SnickerdoodleDesigns and a free quickpage for you

by renee 4 December 2014

Why do we decorate our houses at Christmas? Why do we put lights on tree or have fresh holly in our flower vases?  Christmas traditions date back centuries and are quite interesting.  But whether or not we know the origination of all the Christmas traditions, decorating our houses at Christmas is just plain fun.  Glowing […]

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Advent Calendar + Free Alpha

by Toiny Westberry 2 December 2014

It’s time for our  Fifth Annual Advent Calendar! This is one of my favorite events at the Studio. It’s one of my favorite events at my house, and I love that my team has jumped in with both feet to gift all of you a 24-piece, gorgeous (really!) set of coordinating mini’s. An Advent calendar is […]

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New in our CU store and a freebie!

by Robyn 24 November 2014

I have some fabulous products and some great deals to showcase for you today. Christmas is so close now (how I wish time would just slow down!) and Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes has some fabulous shiny metal flowers in her store.  You can get them in green, platinum, red or gold and I think they […]

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PNG vs. ABR files – Which should you use?

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 22 November 2014
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I love Photoshop brushes because they offer so much versatility. Today let’s take a closer look at them. Many designers, when creating brushes (ABR files) will also include the “stamped brushes” in PNG format. So when you purchase a product that comes with both PNG files and ABR files, which should you use?    Let’s look […]

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Winter Hug kit by Designs by Brigit and a free quickpage for you

by renee 20 November 2014
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Are you looking forward to Winter. I love the Winter, taking long walks outside, breathing the cold air and then looking forward to coming home in a warm and cosy home! I do hope there will be snow this year, cause I always find the landscape so beautiful when is covered in white. I also […]

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