Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Saving Brushes

Once you have defined your brush (see this post if you need a refresher: define a brush), you might want to save your brush to use in the future. It’s easy!

Your defined brush will, by default, “attach” itself to whichever brush set you most recently loaded. In my example, I had the default brushes loaded last. I defined Celeste’s June oh so simple calendar card, to turn it into a brush. But in order to find it again, I need to save it in a logical place other than with the default brushes.

With your brush tool selected, just click on the little drop down arrow next to the word “brush” in the tool bin, then click on the second drop down menu that pops up. Within the second drop down menu you will see “preset manager” – click on that.

You will now see a wider view of your last-loaded brushes, including your newly defined brush at the very end of the thumbnails. Click on your brush, and click on “save set.”

Navigate to the place in your computer where you want to save your brush. Name your brush, then click on “save.” In this case, since I was saving a brush that originated in Celeste’s oh so simple calendar cards, I saved the brush within the same folder. When the preset manager pops back up, click done. Now when you click on your brush tool and load brushes, your saved set will be right where you saved it. And if you click on the saved set, only the brush you created will be in that set. You can easily add more brushes to the set, just by defining, selecting the multiple brushes, and re-saving the set.

Easy, right?

Friday, June 21, 2013

Free for you: La Dee Da Journal Cards

This week Celeste is working on something new. So, no new release in the store. But, the creative team made these fun journaling cards and 6 solid color brads that coordinate with the La Dee Da papers and elements.  These cards will work for pocket scrapbooking and your digital scrapbooking layouts.

Image is linked, click for download
Have you been over to Pixels & Company to see this:

Check back soon for more details and how you can get involved. Also, July will be a great month to hang out at P&Co, big things are on the way!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Another La Dee Da week!

Celeste has done it again this week and created beautiful elements that compliment the La Dee Da Papers perfectly. There is a lot here to give your creativity a boost, I'm kind of in love with that little bird. Don't forget that even though the journal cards will fit perfectly in your pocket page layouts, they work great on traditional layouts too.

The Creative Team did a beautiful job on their layouts, take a look at all this awesomeness:

by Bea

by Liz

by Lorell

by Tiffany

These ladies have also been writing great articles for you here on the blog so if you've missed their posts, scroll back through the previous posts and be prepared to be amazed!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Turn Any Font Into a Coordinated Sticker In Four Steps

If you are anything like me, you have a ton of fonts hogging precious hard drive space just waiting for the perfect opportunity to shine. While journaling is what first comes to mind when contemplating what can be done to add different fonts to a layout, we don’t always have paragraphs of inspired literature to add. Occasionally, we only need a few words or maybe a phrase to cover that awkward gap between layers. When this opportunity arises, don’t go hunting for a last minute button, fill the space with a personalized, color coordinated sticker made from your favorite font!

For this tutorial, I will be using Celeste Knight’s Go Getter Patterned Paper Pack and CafĂ© Rojo font in PhotoShop CS6. 

Note: If you are using PSE (Elements) please remember not everything will be the same exact process, however you can still achieve the same effect using the Stroke tool.
 Now, on to the fun stuff!

Step 1: 
From the Top. I have found the best options are smooth, solid, easily read fonts. The more distressed or brushed fonts tend to leave you with uneven and rough edges, where the smoother fonts will have a die cut appearance. With that said, the more distressed fonts tend to work better for an old school rub-on look, which can be achieved using these same steps, but at the end lowering the opacity of everything instead of leaving it as a solid sticker. The color of your font is not important right now, this will be covered up in the next step. 

Step 2:
Make It Match.  Select the paper you would like the words to be in the final piece. This part is really up to you; solid, large pattern, small pattern, stripes, chevrons, anything will work. For the sample, I have re-sized the Flower pattern paper to reduce the space between the flowers and lessen the off-white color of the background in the paper so that my border will stand out once complete. 
Now that you have you paper selected, clip it to the font layer without merging or rasterizing either layer. 

Note: You may want to play with the blending mode of your paper to achieve different effects. Scroll through the drop down menu to see how they will affect your final product.  

Step 3:
Sticker-ize It. With your text layer selected, open your Layer Style menu and select ‘Stroke’. To change the color of your border, locate the color box under the ‘Fill Type’ drop down menu.

The width of your border completely depends on your personal preference. Play with the different widths until you have connected all the letters. Keep in mind the open areas of your characters, do you want those open or filled with your border color?

 Note: When choosing your border color, remember that contrasting colors will make your sentiment pop, while similar tones will have a softer look.

Step 4:
Squish It Good. At this point, you will want to make sure you are happy with your sticker. Zoom out, zoom in. If you choose to leave the open spaces inside characters empty make sure they are even. Once you are pleased, rasterize your text layer, then merge it and the paper layer. You are left with a single layer sticker.
The only thing left is adding a drop shadow. 

Easy peasy, right?