Tut: Clipping Mask

Hello hello! Today I have a little video tutorial to accompany the above digital page. I needed to test my equipments before the semester starts and make a couple new videos for my students. Also, it’s been a while since I did one and I thought a little warm up wouldn’t hurt. I didn’t have time to zoom in and all that but I think this tutorial’s fine without having to zoom in. Viewing on YouTube in full-screen mode is best if you can’t see it well here on my blog.

Enjoy the video and hope you like my 5 minute scrapbook page! {::SMILES}.

The above page was created using a quick page template by Creativity by Crystal at JessicaSprague.com. Software is Adobe Photoshop CS4.

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: Bunny Ears Ribbon Tying

Ok gals, some of you requested a video on how to tie the bunny ear bows. Well I’m not sure if it’s the proper way but it’s how I do my ribbon tyings.  It’s not the best video because I did it really quick but I hope the visual in the video can help you tie your ribbons better.

I never cut my ribbon before I am done tying. I think I waste less ribbon doing it this way. If I have too long of an edge I’d take my bow apart and shorten it and redo the process again.

Hope your Saturday is wonderful! If you need some inspiration you still have time to play along with M’s sketch challenge. It doesn’t end until the 26th.

Tut+Freebie: Recoloring in Word 2007

Ok peeps, I’ve been on Splitcoast this week and it seems like people are getting more and more into digital stamps (I don’t get on SCS much cause when I do I tend to shop more… the Tools and Products section ALWAYS gets me). This is great, more options for you AND quicker access! If you’ve been visiting my blog you probably know I have a video on how to print a digital stamp/image in Word. A few posts ago I posted my handwriting with a Word (.doc) file in case you want to just quickly print the file out for your card.

Today I am adding this to my video file. How to recolor a digital image/stamp (or clip-art) in Word. Quite easy and even though the options are a bit limiting if you’re creative (and I know you all are) you can get something close to what you want.

In case you want a copy of “yeah” the file is below. Just right click and save as the .png file. You should be able to open it in Word or any other graphic imaging software. Have fun and if you do use my handwriting, please let me know so that I can see your creation (via linking to your post orphoto gallery or emailing me a sample). I’m new to sharing my stuff and would just be tickled pink if somebody actually uses it {::SMILES}.


Have a great one and again I hope you find my tutorial useful!

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}.