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We have our first-ever CU Facebook Hop! This is a great way to stock up on fabulous CU goodies (great for PU use as well), and get to know our Designers and their design style just a little bit better.

Plus, free is good.  Free when school supply costs are overwhelming most of us?  Awesome!  After you finish hopping around collection your goodies, come check out our Commercial Use sale, this weekend only!thestudio_cusale_hop

Go theStudio’s Facebook Page (click on theStudio Hop at the top of the page, directly under the cover photo) to download this fantastic Family Tree template & sampler.

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Below is the list of designers participating in this hop (just in case you get lost along the way). theStudio CU Design Team:
ADB Designs
Angel Hartline Designs
Butterfly Dsign
Carin Grobe Design
Designs by Brigit
eqrAveziur Designs
Fancy Bird Design
Flower Scraps
Janet B Designs
Lara’s Digi World
Mad Genius Designs
Manu Scraps
Nibbles Skribbles
Snickerdoodle Designs
The Urban Fairy
Valentina’s Creations
Vero – The French Touch
WendyP Designs
Zesty Digi Designs
Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes
Boop Designs

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Studio Round Robin

We have a another round of Round Robin!  What is a Round Robin? A Round Robin is One Month, One Designer, Four Collabs.

How do you come in, and more importantly, how can you save extra?
Answer: Create a LO!

The LO rules are simple:

What are the discounts:

The best news? These discounts are stackable. That means if you participate in all four Social Media venues, your final discount code will be an additional 40% on the next Round Robin Collab. How much you save is up to you!  Check in our Round Robin Forum for all the details.

Introducing Manu Scraps, Week II Round Robin Collab, by our Round Robin Collab Designer: Manu Scraps and her partner this week: Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes. Together they’ve created the wild & crazy: Wild Thing

More products in our Round Robin store! For a FREE sample.

Just click to download & enjoy:

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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 Styles in a different way, when you consider future purchases.

Up front, I acknowledge that Styles can be scary.  Often times, a Style will have many design options used in its creation, and each option can have multiple components.  But today, we’re not going to talk about “scary.” We’re going to talk about “easy,” and how to make Styles work for you in a way you may not have thought of before.

For the purposes of this tutorial, I am using Photoshop CS6.  However, this tip should work in all versions of Photoshop.  I also checked this tip in Photoshop Elements (PSE) 9, 11, and 12, and the option is available; so my assumption is that it will work in other versions of PSE also.

Pictured below is one of the line art graphics from Hidden in my Book, a collaboration between Dani (The Urban Fairy) and Jill (Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes). (I totally LOVE this!)

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There are multiple ways to use this, or any, line art graphic: leave it as it is, clip a paper to it, colorize it, use blending modes to achieve different results, you name it.

Since this line art graphic was included in a kit, it would certainly make sense to use kit papers as you work with it, so that everything coordinates perfectly.  But let’s say you have a style that you particularly like and want to use because of its pattern. Let’s also say that Style has a bevel on it, and that bevel just doesn’t work with the type of page you are creating. Let’s fix that!

Here is the same line art graphic with a Stratified Rock Style (Set 1) applied to it.  The Bevel of the Style doesn’t look good with this piece of line art, but I really love the color variation and think it goes great with the style and colors of Hidden in my Book.

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The color variation you see is the “Pattern” of the Style itself.  And that is what I want to use. Not the Bevel – just the Pattern.

Here are the main options of the Stratified Style:  Bevel & Emboss; Inner Shadow; Pattern Overlay.

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Inside each option, there are additional design choices made, to create this particular style; but that is not important for us to know today.  We just know we don’t want the line art to have a bevel to it, so let’s turn it off.   To do that, click on the Eyeball icon next to Bevel & Emboss.

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Without the Bevel & Emboss, we just see the Pattern and the Inner Shadow.  If we wanted, we could turn off the Inner Shadow also, but I liked it, so I left it turned on.

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 Now we have a beautiful line-art graphic with some color variations, which goes really well with the artsy style of Hidden in my Book.

Look at the Styles you own, or some you are considering.  Look past the options on the style (Bevel & Emboss, Inner Shadow, Outer Shadow, Outer Glow, Satin, etc.)  Look just at the pattern itself. Do you like it?  Use it!  Just turn off the Styles options you don’t want, and you have, in essence, created your own style, one that suits your particular needs!

Here is a sample Style to practice with.  Just click HERE or on the image below to download.

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Credits:  Hidden in my Book, a collaboration of The Urban Fairy and Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes; Stratified Rock Styles by SnickerdoodleDesigns. Enjoy Promotional Sales right now!

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Round Robin Week 3: Hidden in My Book by The Urban Fairy and Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes

by tammy 22 May 2014

Welcome to Week 3 of our Round Robin!  What is a Round Robin? A Round Robin is One Month, One Designer, Four Collabs. How do you come in, and more importantly, how can you save extra? Answer: Create a LO! The LO rules are simple: Use only the current week Round Robin Collab Properly credit […]

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What happened to my flower?

by Jill Schwegel 18 March 2014
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Unless you’ve been hiding away in some remote cabin without any internet access, you’ve read or seen the results of an action I released last month … the Paper Flower Action. I have been blown away with the response to what started out as a whim and all the excitement it’s generated. And, while there’s […]

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Adding Shadows to Lace in Photoshop

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 15 March 2014
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St. Patricks Day is right around the corner!  In 2011 I visited Ireland and fell in love – with the people, with the beautiful country, and with Irish Lace. Last week I released some Irish Lace products, and I have received multiple emails this week asking me the best way to shadow the lace.  Today […]

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Chasing the Sun by Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes

by tammy 30 January 2014
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When that cold wind starts to blow and you haven’t seen a blue sky in weeks, that’s when the chase begins. You realize it will be a long flight, but once you land and the doors of the plane open, you know you will soon be wrapped in the blanket of the sun’s rays and […]

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