Tut: Pencil/Brush Tool to Create Dotted Lines

Ok, this is the last of this series. To watch the previous two, just go up to the Digi Tut menu option and check them all out there.

This is just a short little post.  I am behind in lots of stuff, including blog hoping — even my PTI blog hop I’m still in process of cause I keep getting interrupted by the Jove. She’s been all about mom lately. No dad or M. Just mom. It’s flattering but goodness, I can’t even go pee without her screaming her head off… if she’s awake that is. I guess I can take her with me to the bathroom but that just seems wrong ya know. She use to be content to just swing while I cook or whatever but not lately. She has been though eating. She started that last weekend. She finally got rid of her tongue thrust and actually wants to eat. Babies, they’re so smart. It’s amazing. They tell you when it’s time.

Tut: Adding Dots – Shape + Brush Tool

Now folks, keep in mind that in Photoshop (or any software) there are many ways to achieve a certain result. What I usually show in my tutorials are the easiest way for me (and I don’t know all the Photoshop tricks available — I wish though) and I hope it helps you a tad bit.

In this tutorial I used the Rounded Rectangle tool but really you can use ANY of the other shapes using this method. IF you already have the marching ants, maybe by using the magic wand tool for example, you can go straight to the path tool and apply the brush stroke to the marching ants and voila, dot dot dot (don’t forget to create a new layer first though in the layers tab or it won’t work).

So here’s a little tutorial that, if you understand the concept, can be applied to many other tools in Photoshop. You just have to experiment and not be afraid of the software. People, you’re NOT going to break anything {::SMILES}.

Tut: Rounded Corners in Photoshop

Wow, it’s been awhile since I made a video tutorial, huh? Well, today I made three! I was suppose to just work half a day and then work out but uhm… I got lazy and so did the work half day but ended up sitting on my comfy chair and made three tuts. Here’s one… I still need to edit the two.

With this method you can use it to pretty up your background paper, make a small tag, or create a banner for your blog. Lots of stuff! I can’t remember if Gimp or Elements have something similar but you can always look.

Tut: Scalloped Edges

Self Timer Woah, a tutorial!! It’s been a while, huh? This one’s an easy one. Basically it’s learning how to be cleverer than Photoshop, ha! I use this trick to outline a lot of stuff with my magic wand. I use this to create pieces for my KnK too (which I’ll share soon enough… the converting to different extensions is a bit challenging since there are different machines out there). I just dump a solid color (black) to the selected area, save it and import it to KnK to cut.

Here’s a sample layout that I did. See the scalloped piece on the top right? Scalloping is cool. I use it a lot for my paper craft too!

This tut was done in CS3 but the technique/idea can be used in previous versions – maybe Elements. You tell me.

Well enjoy and hopefully I can get on the video tutorial momentum again. Oh, if you can’t see the video very well or the High Quality is a bit much, go to the YouTube video page. It is though much better looking in HQ. For my tuts I’ll probably stick with HQ even though I figured out all the settings for HD. HQ is clear enough and not as slow.

I’m going to the city. Hopefully I can sucker hubby to take me to Archivers. I forgot to subliminally insert it into his head last night, ha!

RAW Freebie

Good Times HI!!!! How’s your weekend? It’s great here. I had some yummy Korean yesterday and did a tiny bit of shopping. We went to a William and Sonoma store too to compare pots and pans. That’s our next big purchase. Hubby thinks the All-Clad is more realistic for me. The Le Creuset, however nice and well made it is, is just waaaaaay to heavy for me aka weenie arms. So we’ll see.

Oh, we received our KitchenAid mixer early (if you’ve been wanting one get it NOW for $250 at Amazon for the 600 series!). Yeah!!! What a surprise, on a Saturday too!!!! I think FedEx is on steroids this holiday. We’re not complaining. On the other hand, for the second time we received the wrong washer part. So… another week with dirty clothes. Hubby’s going to call them up tomorrow… not a happy customer call… so hopefully they’ll get their system straight. The second time the rep was the one who placed the order and still, WRONG!

We’re into this kitchen buying kick because we have moving plans. Which means who knows when I’ll get a job when we do. So, while we can afford it we want to get as many items as we can that will last us 20 at least years. We’ve actually been saving up for it but we’re just too huge of a tightwad to spend the money. The KitchenAid for example, we figured that it was summer/fall of 2003 when we first looked into getting one. The pots and pans… oh a year later and the dishes… probably since 2003 too. Yeah yeah, we’re sloooow.

Sample Ok, the freebie… the above photo was a terrible photo and with some Photoshop magic I was able to get it to something presentable like the above. When I take pictures I take them in RAW + JPG format (having two formats take up a lot of space but it’s worth it to me). Not every camera has this feature but if you have an upper level SLR you usually have a RAW option. To edit a RAW file you need a special software. Either use the one that came with the camera or use Adobe Photoshop’s RAW formatting application. To get to M’s printed picture, I got some help from Jack Davis’s free PhotoPresets for Adobe Camera RAW. It is free and all the presets will be listed under “Presets” in the RAW editing window. How do you get to this RAW editor? Well, you right click the .CR2 file and left click “edit in Photoshop CS3/4 and you’ll get to this window. Keep in mind this plug-in is only for CS3 or newer… at least that’s what Davis’s disclaimer is. After I picked a preset, I played around with the setting more until I was happy with the result.

Have fun playing and more later!!!