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When I started working with Adobe Photoshop, I didn’t understand the difference between “document size” and “canvas size.”  Coming from a painting background, I viewed my “canvas” as the area I had to work on. I translated this, in Photoshop, to mean the photo or scrapbook page I was working on.  That is not necessarily true.

After some exploration, I learned that while my canvas size can be my document size, my document size is not necessarily equal to my canvas size.  Confusing? Let’s take a closer look.

In Photoshop, we can determine our document size in several different ways:

1. Click on the right-pointing arrow at the bottom of your document, and in the pop-up window, select “Document Dimensions.” This will show the size of your document in inches.  (Cycle through the other options available and see if they might be helpful for you as you work!)


2. In the top Menu, go to Image > Image Size.


3.  And yet another way is to right-click on the top of your document. A window will open, offering you several options, one of which is to check your Image Size.


I prefer Way #3 because by selecting Image Size,   I am able to view my image size in both pixels and inches.  I can also double-check my Resolution at the same time.


The image below is a Facebook Cover, with the dimensions of 850 pixels by 315 pixels (or 2.833 inches by 1.05 inches) at 300 dpi.


In this instance, the canvas size is equal to the document size; there is no area around the document on which we can work.  There are times, however, where we will need to work on the edges of a document, and need extra space to do so. In cases like this, we would want to increase our canvas size. To open the Canvas Size dialogue box we can:

1. On the top Menu bar, go to Image > Canvas Size, or

2 Right click on the top of our document and select Canvas size.

Once in the Canvas Size dialogue box, we will need to put in the Width and Height by which we would like to increase our canvas.  By clicking on the downpointing arrow, to the right of the Width box, we can choose which format we would like to work in. I have my option set to pixels.


Since this is a very small image, and I don’t need a large canvas to work on, I am only going to increase my canvas size by 35 pixels. To do this, I enter 35 in both the Width and Height Boxes (with Pixels selected), making sure that the Relative Box is checked.



Now there is a transparent area around the image, which will allow me extra space to work, if needed.

NOTE: If your image is your Background layer, when the canvas size is increased, it will take on the the color of the Background color in your Color Picker OR you may use the Canvas Extension Color Option (at the bottom of the dialogue box) to choose the color you would like your canvas to be.   If you would like a transparent canvas, you will need to double-click on your Background layer to unlock it.

The other option that you see visible in the Canvas Size dialogue box is the “Anchor” box.  This is where you can choose the positioning of your image on your new canvas.  Click in the center of the  Anchor box if you would like your image centered, as I have in the image above.  Click on any of the arrows in the box to position your image in that position on the new canvas.

Now this is a lot of information… but what do we do with it? How is it helpful to us? There are 3 specific reasons why this information is helpful for me.   But what about you?  I am continually amazed at the different perspectives we all have on things. Give a scrapbook kit to 10 different ladies, and you will most likely get 10 different styles of layouts, all from the creators unique perspective.  So before I tell you how I use this information, will you tell me how you use it or how you think you might use it in the future?

Leave a comment here in the blog post, or if you prefer, send me a Private Message (PM) via the Forum.  I will be back next week to tell you how I use this information and to share your own ideas!

Photoshop Elements Users:  You are able to access your Document Size information in the same way as Option #1 as noted above.  For Option #2, go to  Image > Resize > and then you will see both the Image Size and Canvas Size options.  Option #3 is not available in Photoshop Elements.

The image in this tutorial was a Facebook Cover that I created using  my All Wrapped Up Word Art and Kit.   If you would like to download and use this image on your own Facebook Page, you may download it by clicking on the image below.  Enjoy the 30% off sale on all of the All Wrapped Up Products, now through December 31st!


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Last weekend, we had a houseguest. It was rather unexpected, but not inconvenient. Our houseguest was family, and in our home, family is always welcome. Our houseguest only stayed one night, but upon leaving, he presented us with a gift: a certificate to the Portland Nursery as a way of saying thanks for the hospitality.

The gift was unnecessary of course, but we accepted it with gratitude. This past Saturday, after purchasing a huge variety of heirloom tomato starts (for just $1 each!) from my co-worker’s annual plant sale, we stopped by the nursery to use our certificate. We knew exactly what we wanted, too. A few weeks previous we had been at the nursery to purchase a crab apple tree (the one that now graces our front yard lawn). Dragging our wagon towards the front entrance checkout, we spotted a nice looking vine plant with a big sign that read: kiwis. Kiwis? Really?! We live in Oregon and we were astonished that this tropical-seeming fruit was being offered at our local nursery, a guarantee that yes, this will grow in your Oregon yard if you plant it.

My husband latched onto the idea of growing a kiwi vine right away, but with the crab apple tree purchase, we couldn’t justify it. Fast forward a few weeks and the gift certificate made it possible. We brought home one female vine and a male vine to accompany it. Yesterday, we had my husband’s family over for a lobster bake Mother’s Day party and everyone oooed and awed at our kiwi vines. I can’t wait until we are actually growing our own backyard kiwis!

Speaking of Mother’s Day, I hope you had a good one. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have plenty of new photos to scrap and you’ll need a kit to scrap them with. You may recall that a few weeks ago in my Monday blog post I mentioned a “bonus days” event being hosted by Snickerdoodle Designs. Through May 22nd, if you purchase one of the ‘kits of the week,’ you’ll get a bonus included with download. Last week,  Apple of my Eye and Hay Day were featured.

If you’ve been following along in the Wednesday Studio newsletters, you’ll know that there are a number of Mother’s Day appropriate kits that have been featured. One of my favorites was the Merry Month of May collection, featured April 17th. The hats and ribbons in this kit are so perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch, picnic, or tea layout, don’t you think?

Because I’m sure many of you have Mother’s Day photos to scrap, I decided to make this week’s freebie using the Merry Month of May collection. Just click on the image below to download. And be sure to watch for this week’s newsletter and find out which kits will be featured next!

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If you’re at all familiar with my blog postings, you’ll know that I am forever working on my yard. One week I’m adding flowers, the next pulling weeds. This past weekend was no exception and I added two beautiful young trees to my yard.

Three years ago when my husband and I decided we wanted a puppy, we spent night after night on the internet reading through lists and looking at images of different dog breeds, considering which breed would be best for us and for our future family. When it came to choosing trees for our yard, our approach was the same; we scoured nursery websites and wiki articles reading about this tree or that. What color are the flowers, when does it bloom? Does it fruit? What sort of diseases is it resistant or susceptible to? Perhaps it’s a bit much, but we wanted our trees to be just right for us and for our yard.

We finally settled on crab apple trees, Malus Evereste for the front and Purple Prince for the back. Each of these trees will blossom in the spring and fruit in the fall, white and deep pink flowers, and yellow/orange and purple fruits, respectively. The trees are a bit scrawny now being that they are still young, but I am so looking forward to seeing them grow and take shape in my yard.

As I mold and shape my garden I wonder: what will next year bring? What new flowers, plants, and trees will we add, and how will they all grow together? To narrate my story, I turn to a delightful collection from Snickerdoodle Designs: Leaving Room. The collection includes garden staples like a shovel and glove, and some surprising elements like the garden angels who watch over the seeds you sow. This Wednesday, and every Wednesday through May 22nd, you’ll find two collections from Snickerdoodle Designs featured in theStudio newsletter, each with a little something extra included. This past Wednesday, Leaving Room and Flower Creek Lane were featured.

If you’re wondering how to get the “extra” bonus that is included with each kit, there’s no secret. Just add the kit to your cart for purchase and the bonus will be included with the download. Be sure to check theStudio newsletter each week to find out which two kits will be featured next.

For my part, I’ve put together a quickpage for you to download, so in addition to the bonus you’ll get with purchase, you can add this little bonus to your collection as well! Enjoy and happy Monday.

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Spring Photo Ops, plus a freebie!

by Studio Team 15 April 2013

Do you ever wake up early on a Saturday morning, look out the window and see the sun yellow and bright against a clear blue sky and say to yourself ‘what a perfect day to spend outside in my yard?’ As spring meanders in between occasional April showers, I find myself in this position now and then. I’m not usually an early riser […]

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Take Me Away, Calligraphy Collection 2, and a freebie!

by Studio Team 1 April 2013
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Grass is a funny thing. When we first bought our house in 2010, the grass was short and mostly green. A few months later, when spring rolled around, the grass exploded into a dandelion-filled green jungle that you could hardly walk through. So, we mowed the lawn and in just a few short weeks, the lawn dried up and […]

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Laddie Brian, Lassie Brianna, and a freebie!

by Studio Team 18 March 2013
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Did you have a lucky and lively St. Patty’s Day yesterday? Perhaps you plucked a four-leaf clover, or found a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow (as if, right?!). Maybe you just had a jolly celebration with family and friends, and wore a touch of green to avoid an unlucky pinch. As […]

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Little Sprouts Jack and Lucille, plus a freebie!

by Studio Team 4 March 2013

My mother-in-law is full of sweet and funny anecdotes about my husband growing up, and she’s shared plenty of photos to accompany her amusing tales too. One of her cutest stories is about my husband and his red cape and fireman boots. Apparently he’d wear them everywhere, even to the grocery store where he’d ride around on the grocery cart like a superhero. I don’t […]

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The ABC Teach Me Album collection, plus a freebie!

by Studio Team 19 February 2013
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I have a terrible cat named Sasha. I say this not because I don’t love her, I do, but she is in fact a terrible cat. As a kitten, Sasha had ginormous ears and the loudest meow you’ve ever heard. She grew into the ears, but not the meow. Sasha is now 9 years old […]

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Love is in the Air, plus a freebie!

by Studio Team 4 February 2013
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Love is finding your stocking filled with the things you love and knowing that the person who filled it knows you like nobody else in the world. My husband and I are pretty good at choosing gifts for each other. We never do the typical department store Christmas, but rather focus on unique and personal items. […]

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How to Load Layer Styles in Photoshop Elements

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 8 January 2013

Last week I talked about How to Load Photoshop Styles, using CS6. Today I am going to focus on Photoshop Elements. With each new version of Elements, improvements are made that make Elements so much easier to use!  One of those improvements in Photoshop Elements 11, is the ability to now “load” styles in Elements […]

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