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Next Designer Contest 2011
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Round 1: Starts September 1, 6:00 am Ends September 5, 24:00 pm
Round 2: Starts September 8, 6:00 am Ends September 12, 24:00 pm
Round 3: Starts September 15, 6:00 am Ends September 19, 24:00 pm
Round 4: Starts September 22, 6:00 am Ends September 26, 24:00 pm

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Old 09-01-2011, 07:00 PM
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Does the kit need to be called Daybreak aswell?
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:06 PM
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Oh TYSM Hun, glad you like it, and I thought the rules said the kit should call that way, now I am not so sure any more.
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Yes, Tracy's got it!

PSE only has Levels Adjustment - by adjusting the levels you are, in essence, brightening or darkening... but levels gives you a lot more control than just using the Brightness/Contrast controls under the Edit menu - by using the Levels Adjustment, you can control brightness/darkness on highlights, shadows & midtones... play with the little sliders in the Level Adjustment palette and you'll be surprised how they effect the overall outcome of your design

BTW - the Levels Adjustment can be found by clicking on the Black & White Circle icon in the Layers palette, then choosing Levels from the list...
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:12 PM
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Does the kit need to be called Daybreak aswell?
No, you can call the kit anything you wish, just a theme for this round


But I, personally, like the name Daybreak!
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:17 PM
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Thanks to the DDA chat this evening, i got my Inspiration! ^_^ now just to make it turn into a kit ^_^ i've been wanting to do a fantasy kit for ages..this just made it happen! yay! ^_^
http://fullmoonartists.deviantart.com/gallery/118653 i'm using my own gallery for inspiration ^_^ several pieces are PERFECT!
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I say it is a solid as well - gradients can also be called solid as there is no pattern.

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I would definately consider that a pattern.... its too busy for me to be a plain paper. Though I do agree that most embossing would be a plain paper... example a line around the outside, a flourish embossed, etc... not an all over pattern.
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:52 AM
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Are we meant to be doing layouts as well once we've completed the kit?
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:10 AM
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Nope. No need. Usually it's the members who created a Layout and want to show the Designer what they did with their kit.

However some Designers, I do this as welll, create LO's as they design. It helps ensure the "scrapability" of the kit and works as a safeguard to make sure there are enough basic elements so that the kit is easy to work with.




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Old 09-02-2011, 03:12 AM
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On the embossed papers, even with all the actual pattern on there, I'm sticking with solid. If I'm scrapping with it, I would use the patterened papers for cutting strips & mats. The solids I use for backgrounds. The embossed would be a background before a cutting strip or mat.
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Old 09-02-2011, 05:33 AM
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nuver question ...if you use a paper that you've created for the contest to create an element with, would that element be deemed to still be unique?

Toiny thanks for answering my other question re LO's
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I am soo out of my element here! I downloaded the swatch but PSE7 won't open it. Any tips for a complete newbie to get started. And then as I play with this challenge maybe someone can suggest a tutorial for me to learn more about making my own kits.
I'm excited to see what everyone comes up with!
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On what? How can I help?

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Old 09-02-2011, 06:53 AM
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Love the color and theme, soooo excited now to see what everybody will come up with!
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I am soo out of my element here! I downloaded the swatch but PSE7 won't open it. Any tips for a complete newbie to get started. And then as I play with this challenge maybe someone can suggest a tutorial for me to learn more about making my own kits.
I'm excited to see what everyone comes up with!
You need to place it in the Color Swatch folder.
Not sure what system you are using but the basic is:
C: > Program Files > Adobe > Photoshop Elements # > Presets > Color Swatches

Then you should be able to open it in PSE via the Swatch window. Hope this helps!
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Old 09-02-2011, 07:55 AM
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Cabalistic you are FANTASTIC!
I couldn't open the color swatches exactly the way you suggested although I found everything you said (YEAH!). PSE still wouldn't open it. In the process though I did understand how to use the color codes so I now how the colors!!!
Any suggestions from anyone on tutorials for making elements?
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:09 AM
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RE: PSE color swatches...

You don't have to put the file into the folder first, you can load the .aco or .ase file directly into PSE

Go to Edit>Preset Manager
Click the drop down and choose Swatches
Click on Load, then browse for your file
Your swatch will show in the Color Swatches palette now

It's much easier than copying it directly into the PSE folders
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:12 AM
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Any suggestions from anyone on tutorials for making elements?
There are a bunch of links here in the Tutorials thread Tracy started
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:19 AM
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Thanks Kimberkat
Those instructions worked for me and it was so easy I actually added the swatch three times before I realized it was done!
I will check out the tutorials later. Thanks
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:21 AM
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nuver question ...if you use a paper that you've created for the contest to create an element with, would that element be deemed to still be unique?

Toiny thanks for answering my other question re LO's
Yes, that element is unique...

The only thing that doesn't make an element unique is recoloring, so if you have a button in 6 different colors, it doesn't count as 6 elements, because they are not unique, just recolored... it would only count as 1 unique element - the same about clusters, if you have a flower, bow and foliage in your kit, then you make a clustered element out of those 3 items, the clustered element really isn't considered unique, because the pieces are included in the kit and the scrapper could make that clustered element themselves, does this make sense? The general idea is to have all different pieces because this is a mini kit... when making a full size kit w/ 30+ elements, you can include recolored & clustered elements, but for the purpose of this contest, try to come up with 12 different elements

recolored elements really don't impress too much, most scrappers know how to recolor their elements to match their pages, so it is unnecessary to include multiples of the same element in different colors, a lot of customers will pass over a kit if they see too many duplicates of the same element
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