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Exploring Patterns in Photoshop Styles

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 14 June 2014
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Last week we talked about Using Styles to Stretch your Digi-Stash.   Thank you for communicating with us via the Comment Section, which follows each post.  We love hearing your ideas and receiving your input.  Since there were some comments on extracting a designer’s pattern from a set of Styles, let’s explore that a little further […]

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Using Styles to Stretch your Digi-Stash

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 7 June 2014
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I’m a big fan of Photoshop Styles.  I love to create them, use them, and try to convince everyone I know that they’re one of the best Photoshop tools there is!  Today I will show you how you can get some extra mileage out of any Styles you already own, and how to look at […]

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Using Blend Modes in Photoshop

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 31 May 2014

Using Blend Modes in Photoshop gives us many options for creativity.  Blend modes change how two layers interact with one another.  Results depend upon many factors….. which can make using blend modes (somewhat) unpredictable but fun! For the purposes of this tutorial, I am using Photoshop CS6.  The Blend Mode option is located at the […]

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Tone an Image using Gradient Maps

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 17 May 2014
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Today let’s explore Gradient Maps, and how they might be useful in toning our photographic images. I received a text message from my son, Brian, this week.  Attached to the text was this photo of my grandson, Owen, who was at the doctor’s office for his 6 month check-up.  The photo is slightly grainy, having […]

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How To Cast Perfect Shadows Everytime

by Rebecca 16 May 2014

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.  […]

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Adding Colors to the Swatches Panel in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 10 May 2014

Over the past few weeks, we have been focusing on “color,” in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.  In case you have missed any posts, here is a quick reference for you: Creating a Custom Color Palette in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements How to Easily Recolor an Object in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements Selective Recoloring in Photoshop […]

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Creating Color Variations in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 6 May 2014
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The past few weeks, we have been focusing on “color,” in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.  In case you have missed any posts, here is a quick reference for you: Creating a Custom Color Palette in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements How to Easily Recolor an Object in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements Selective Recoloring in Photoshop Today, […]

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How to easily recolor an object in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 19 April 2014
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Last week we explored Creating a Custom Color Palette.  I hope you have had fun this week exploring that technique.  Today we are going to explore how to easily recolor an object. As with most things in Photoshop, there are multiple ways to accomplish one goal.  Today I am going to explore just one of […]

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Clipping Masks in Photoshop

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 5 April 2014
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Many of you have requested a tutorial on Clipping Masks, so let’s take a look at how useful these can be. I am using Photoshop CS6 for this tutorial, but the same instructions apply in Photoshop Elements as well. In the image below, I have clipped my text to the brown paper on this Monkey […]

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Shadowing Elements in Groups in Photoshop

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 29 March 2014

Did you know that you can apply a shadow to a Group in Photoshop? I didn’t for the longest time! Here’s how! Below is an image showing 2 groups.  Each group contains  letters which spell one word. (If you are wondering how/why some of the layers have a colored label, read Giving Photoshop Layers a […]

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