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Last weeks Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Snowflake turned out to be quite popular.  I thought I’d continue the winter trend this week, so let’s  make a snowman!

You will have the opportunity to download not just the snowman sample we make today, but also the layered snowman template and the photoshop snowman styles used in this tutorial.  All Commercial Use (CU) okay!

Today again my only tools today are my trusty Photoshop (CS5), the line tool & the custom shape tool.

I started by drawing three circles using the Custom Shape Tool:


I then added Layer Effects (fx) in the Layer Panel (the styles are included in the free download):


The eyes are added using a simple round brush, I set mine at 60px:


A quick Layer Style and our eyes look much better:


Using the same round brush, I added a happy smile on our snowman, and again applied the same Layer Effects as the eyes:


Next it’s time for the traditional carrot nose!  I used the waterdrop custom shape to help me get it right:


Again a quick style (included in the free download below), and our nose looks great!  Our snowman is looking very snowman-y already:


As finishing touches I added a hat, again using the Custom Shape Tool to help me get it right.  I even added a little band for a touch of flair using a long rectangle shape.  Finally, I used the Line Tool set at 30 px to draw the arms:


I again added simple styles to make the hat, hat band & arms look just a little prettier, and TaDA! We have a snowman.  That quickly, that easily.

You can download the sample snowman created today & use it in your layouts or even your Christmas cards. If you want a different look for your snowman, I’ve included both a layered template (TIF files) and the photoshop styles used today.  All files are CU okay.

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Have you ever seen a Photoshop Layer Style that you just HAD to have?  Did you purchase it, excitedly open Photoshop, find just the right element you wanted to use, apply the Style….and  then find that the result was not what you expected at all?

Ugh. That’s terrible, don’t you agree?  And so disappointing if you are not getting the expected and desired result.

Not all styles will give you such a different look though.  This is a worst-case-scenario!

The look of a style on an element is dependent upon the specific attributes given to the style by the designer and the size and shape of the element to which you are applying the style.  Many times the style will look beautiful and you will be happy!  But what if it doesn’t? It might need just a small tweak to make it perfect.  You can do that very easily yourself!

Here is the same element with a different style applied to it. (This is my Rusty Metal Style – look for it in my Commercial Use shop soon.)

Not tooo bad, right? But not perfect either. I don’t like the little bumps in it.

So I am going to make just a slight adjustment in the Bevel & Emboss effect on the Style. Make sure the correct layer is selected, then double click on the Effects Layer to open the Layer Style box.

When the Layer Style box opens,  click on the Bevel & Emboss option to make  it active.

Here you can move the Depth, Size, and Soften sliders around until you get the look you want. Usually just moving the Depth slider down a little will do the trick!

In the example below I changed the Depth of 460 to 225 and the Size of 27 to 0.

And that’s okay.  I’m happy with it. Now I simply click OK and I’m done!

Adjusting the Bevel & Emboss and Size of your Styles will make them more versatile as you scrap!  So have fun playing with this awesome tool!

Here’s some more good news! You can do this in Photoshop Elements too!  Follow the same procedures; double click on the layer style, and a dialogue box will open.  Choose the effect you want to alter by using the sliders, then save, and you’re done!

* The element used in this tutorial is from my Dreamin of Daisies kit, which is the Deal of the Day today! You can pick up the Kit or Collection at a 70% savings!

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