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Photoshop Layer Style Effect: Bevel and Emboss

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 26 October 2013
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Two weeks ago we took a look at Photoshop Layer Styles in  Photoshop Layer Styles: What are they?  We learned that when we apply a Style to an element, that element takes on the characteristic of the Style. Today let’s take a look at some of the effects that make up a Layer Style. Depending […]

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Photoshop Layer Styles: What are they?

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 12 October 2013
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This week I was asked, “What are Photoshop Layer Styles – exactly?” I love Layer Styles. I love using them, and I love creating new ones.  But I had to really think about how to define them and describe how to use them.   At the very basic level, a layer style is an “effect” that […]

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Layer Opacity vs Fill in Photoshop

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 5 October 2013
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One of the things that I love about Photoshop is that there is always something new to learn. For the  purposes of this demonstration, I am using Photoshop CS6. Unfortunately,  the Fill option, which we will explore today, is not available in Photoshop Elements (unless it has been integrated into the new Photoshop Elements 13, […]

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Merge Visible vs Flatten in Photoshop

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 28 September 2013
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Last week, in Merge Down vs Merge Layers, we discussed the difference between those two options in Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. This week, we have two more merge options to explore:  Merge Visible and Flatten.  These options may be more familiar to us than Merge Down and Merge Layers, but let’s see if we […]

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Merge Down vs Merge Layers

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 21 September 2013

For the longest time I didn’t understand the difference between Merge Down and Merge Layers, two layer options available in both Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. If I wanted to merge layers, I tried Merge Down. If that didn’t give me the result I wanted, I clicked Control+Z (to Undo), and tried Merge Layers.  One […]

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Linking and Unlinking Layers in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 30 August 2013
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We have so many talented layout artists here at theStudio.  Have you looked through our Gallery lately?  I like a lot of different layout styles, but I am particularly fond of clustered frames. In working with clusters, sometimes we need to adjust the size of our elements to create the look that we want.  Here […]

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Using the Patch Tool in Photoshop

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 23 August 2013
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The Patch Tool in Photoshop ranks high on my list of all-time-favorite Photoshop tools.  For a long time I didn’t even know it was there, hiding so quietly in the Toolbox. The photo below is of my mother-in-law, Fran, and my grandson, Tyler. Although the background could certainly have been chosen better, I love this […]

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Working with Photo Filters in Photoshop

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 9 August 2013
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Applying Photo Filters to your digital images is quick and easy.  Photo Filters can be used to make overall color corrections or to add interesting and artistic effects.  Photo Filters can be found in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Today let’s look at how we can use Photo Filters to make an overall color correction […]

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Giving Photoshop Layers a Color Label

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 27 July 2013
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Last week, we talked about Creating a Layer Group in Photoshop.  Working with Layer Groups can help keep us organized. But there’s another thing that we can do to keep Layers organized, if we don’t want to work in Groups – assigning Color Labels to them.  It’s super simple. Here’s how: In the image below […]

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Creating a Layer Group in Photoshop

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 19 July 2013
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I like to be organized.  I’m not always….. but when I am, it feels really good! Adobe Photoshop offers a way for us to keep layers organized:  Layer Groups. Here’s how they work: This is a template, created by Toiny, for my Christmas Letter Challenge.  (You must be signed into the Forum for this link […]

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