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I finally finished my first video tutorial!  I sound so nervous, even to me.  Hopefully this gets better with practice.  I started with a very basic tutorial, how to add a photo to a stacked paper, in photoshop.  I used basic photoshop techniques that should apply to elements as well.

Hint: Click on the bottom right button on the video below to watch full screen (to the right of the youtube icon).   While the embedded video works, it is very hard to see the tiny commands within photoshop.

Quick Recaps:

  • Ctrl+click = select multiple files to open
  • Click+hold+drag releases a background file to the foreground
  • Ctrl+S = Save
  •  Shift+Ctrl+S = Save As
  • Shift+click+drag centers a new layer into your active window
  • You can change the roundness of rounded rectangle corners
  • In the layers palette, right-click lets you choose “Create Clipping Mask”

I also cover how to set a simple dropshadow in the layers palette.  I have a freebie styles & actions set for you today: a Photoshop dropshadow duo style set (as used in the video; one with border, one without border) as well as my simple time-saver actions set.  My dear friend Karen, SnickerdoodleDesigns, has also adapt the styles for easy use with Photoshop Elements, instructions included.  Just click to download & enjoy.


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