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Using the Screen Blend Mode in Photoshop

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 10 January 2015
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Blend Modes in Photoshop change the way in which layers interact with one another. “(The Blending Mode) Screen brightens by lightning the lower layer based on the lightness of the upper layer. The result is always lighter, and makes it a good mode for correcting exposure in photos that are too dark.”  -Sara Froehlich Let’s […]

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How to Create a Soft Lantern Glow

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 3 January 2015
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Several months ago, we talked about Using the Lens Flare Filter in Photoshop to create a light flare in a lantern. Today let’s look at how to create a soft glow, using a brush. Here is a candle holder that is included in my Woodland Winter kit.  Let’s add a lovely soft glow to it. […]

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Combining Smart Objects and the Free Transform Tool

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 27 December 2014
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Last week we looked at Creating Perspective Easily with the Free Transform Tool.   We learned how to apply perspective to a photograph in order to match the perspective of a frame.   It was a manual process, but very easy to do. Back in August we looked at Editing Images on the Fly, Utilizing Smart […]

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Creating Perspective Easily with the Free Transform Tool

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 20 December 2014
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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 […]

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What is a Smart Object?

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 13 December 2014
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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 […]

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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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Text on a Path in Photoshop

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 29 November 2014
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I have been asked by several of you to write a tutorial on how to type text on a path.  I think you’ll be surprised at how easy it is! Today I am using Photoshop CC2014. I believe this works similarly in  most versions of Photoshop. The image below shows the text circle we will […]

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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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Using the Black and White Adjustment in Photoshop

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 15 November 2014
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With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about seasonal photos.  Do you prefer posed photographs or spontaneous ones?  Do you like to creatively edit your photographs with filters, actions, or adjustments?  Today let’s take a look at a simple way to create some dynamic black and white images. For the purposes of […]

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Resizing the Contents of an Entire Folder at once in Photoshop

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 8 November 2014
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Are there times when you need to resize multiple layouts to meet particular specifications?  As a designer, perhaps you need to resize Creative Team layouts or images for blog posts?  As a Creative Team Member perhaps you need to resize your work for forums?  As a personal scrapbook artist, do you need to resize your […]

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