Thursday, May 29, 2008

Funny Sunrays...

Credits: Backgroundpaper, brown; by me, sunraypaper;
Funny Sunrays by me, cardboard-alpha by Monica69,
stringtie by Tara Dunstan (Serene Saratine page kit),
photoframe by Amanda Heimann (Life is good minikit),
staples by Doreen Stolz.


Well, these are a bit different, even more waves then "Wavy Sunburst" and with some empty space in the middle. Hmm, they're not really neutral colored either... Hope you like them anyway.

You can download here


Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Wavy Sunburst freebie...


I've been playing in Photoshop again, some wavy sunburst-papers are the result. Perhaps too colorful, I let you decide... I'm working on some more neutral colored sunburst-papers at the moment, so there will be more freebies:)
You can download here

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

How to make brushes out of photos...

I wanted to make a background-paper showing the house of my grandparents, perfect for telling the story about them. I then decided to make a brush from the photo of their house for this purpose. How to do it? I found two ways I think are easy and works well. It works in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

First I worked with the photo a little to make it more clear and full of contrast. I usually duplicate the photo, I don't want to work in the original. You can use Image/Adjustments/Levels at first. (you can find levels also in Elements, not sure about the correct english titles in the menu though as I've got Elements in a swedish version) Place the black arrow (beneath the histogram) at the left edge of the black curves, if its not there already, and the white arrow at the right edge of it. The gray arrow in the middle you can slightly pull to the right. Or just use autolevels.





You can also use Shadow/Highlights in the Image-menu, I increased the amount of highlight to 16% and the tonal width to 80%, you have to experiment. Brightness/Contrast is also useful. When you think you have a contrast-rich photo you go to Filter/Stylize/Find Edges. It gives an inverted brush and with this photo it works well, but photos of people can look funny:)

Use the eraser tool, with a large, round, soft basic brush to erase some of the edges.





Now you can make a brush by going to Edit/Define Brush Preset. You can change the name of the brush if you want to, then click OK.

Another way to do this is by going to Filter/Sketch/Stamp, I used Light/Dark Balance 4 and Smoothness 1, this depends on the photo, again experiment. This brush will not be inverted and it will be a bit more clear but also looses some detail. Here below you can see both brushes, first the inverted brush and then the stamp-brush. The paper I used comes from my Sidonie Solid Paper pack. Simply create a new layer above the backgroundpaper and stamp the brush on it, you can then change blending mode and opacity to get the result you want.



Monday, May 26, 2008

Want some help with blending photos?

Credits; backgroundpaper by Paint the Moon, from DAM
(Digital Artist Magazine), march issue designer kit,
Fotoblendz Clipping Masks by Anna Aspnes (Designer Digitals),
flowers; Weeds and Wildflowers Grandma's pressed flowers (freebie),
gift; by Jackie Eckles (freebie) Little Dreamer Designs.
brush; "On the edge flourishes 1" by Katie Pertiet (Designer Digitals),
fonts: 28 days later and Congress.

It's fun to blend photos with a backgroundpaper but it can be difficult without some help. Misty Cato had a tutorial on this subject the other week and a freebie, it worked out great when I tested it. But I wanted more clipping masks and Misty recommended Anna Aspnes (Designer Digitals) clipping masks, so I went and bought a package, and it was great!!!


So easy to use, just put your photo over the clipping mask, there are 9 different masks to choose between, and then press ctrl+alt+g in photoshop (or ctrl+g in photoshop elements) and the photo blends with the backgroundpaper. You can also change the blending mode if you want to. I've used the first mask to the left, first row, for my layout above, about my nephew Edwin and his grandmother.




Friday, May 16, 2008

Mm...Cupcakes...




I made my first cupcakes the other day, well, I have baked a lot of what we in Sweden call "muffins", but cupcakes with frosting is something else it seems. While bloghopping I've seen some blogs with cupcakes that are true works of art, so I had to give it a try of course. It seems I have a lot to learn about cupcakes but they tasted yummi any way. I made chocolate cupcakes with pieces of dark chocolate
(70 % fine chocolate) and covered with pink vanilla frosting with philadelfia cheese in it, I found the recipe on a swedish blog. I made some for my nephews too, decorated with fun sugaranimals that I had bought a while ago.




I also found a recipe for blueberry cupcakes with yellow lemonfrosting that I have to try, uhmm, it seems like I've fallen in love with cupcakes...
Have a nice friday evening :)




Monday, May 5, 2008

Two tiny freebies...

I've only two tiny freebies for you this time. Both matches my Sidonie Paperpack. Most of my time at the moment is spent with making layouts about my nephews, eventually it will be a book, I hope. Shutterfly will be too expensive I think (its a long way to Sweden) but I've recently found a better alternative, a swedish photofirm, that makes photobooks in the right size.

I have to tell you about a cool, free plug-in for Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro and others, Virtual Photographer by Optik Verve Labs. Perhaps you already heard about it but if you haven't you should have a look. It's so useful, so many cool styles, both color and black & white for your photos. My favourite at the moment is a black & white style that's called "character". I've used it on a lot of photos of my nephews, and on the Adobe stockphoto below.



You can download the elements here ...

...and the papers here

Have you also bough too much digi-stuff lately? NSD was heaven, so much I just had to have, lol. My best buy was a kit by Jofia at Digichick, Sea oh Sea, loaded with great elements, took some time to download though, think it was over 200 MB! Hope you all have had a wonderful weekend and found a lot of goodies, have a nice evening:)