• Stamp Tutorial,  tutorial

    Adding Depth to a Digital Scene: Video Tutorial

    Hey everyone! Today I have a tutorial to add to my growing series of building digital scenes in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.  In the previous videos, each building on skills learned in the one before it, I’ve shared how to change a JPEG into a PNG, and how to layer a scene in photoshop.  In today’s video I have a neat trick from you add extra depth to your scene in a way you might not have thought of before… What do you think? A little goes a long way into making the two images look like one. Make sure to check out our previous Movie Monday videos tutorials for…

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    Layering a Scene in Photoshop Video Tutorial

    A bit ago I shared with you how to take a JPEG and turn it into a layerable PNG. From that video I had requests to show more PNG goods, so today I’m sharing the basics of layering and sizing a scene in Photoshop. You can use the full CS version for this OR Photoshop Elements. This is going to be a little precursor to next month when I share some more advanced techniques so bust out that dusty, used only for photos, Photoshop and come play with your digi stamps! For my scene I used the digi stamps Daydream Fairy and Mushroom Garden, they compliment each other pretty well, eh? If…

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    JPEG to PNG Video Tutorial

    Today I have a video done for Movie Monday with Some Odd Girl, bringing you a bit of an insider tip on taking your JPEG (or JPG) images and making them into easily layerable PNGs. If you’re new to digi stamps, then that may sound like a ton of goobledy-gook, but it’s actually pretty simple.  Basically, a JPEG is an image that has a solid white background, while a PNG is a different type of image file that has a transparent background. I know not all digi stamps come with both formats, though ours do, so I’m going to show you how I take my images from JPEG to PNG,…

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    My Know How Book

    I have a few “behind the scenes” things that I wanted to share with you but I  thought I’d kick it off with this lil book I’ve been keeping because HEY its useful!  This is my Know How Book. Its aptly named because these are the things I really do know how to do but I do them infrequently enough that when I need to actually do them 9 times out of 10 I can’t remember how… until way later… when I’m trying to go to sleep. The book is a cheap $3 book journal from Target that I added the stickers to the front of. To set up your…

  • Coloring Tutorial,  Light Source lessons,  tutorial,  Uncategorized

    Light Source Basics: Part 4, Visualizing Cast Shadows

    On this edition of Light Source basics I’m going to start talking about Cast Shadows in your coloring and how to visualize their placement. Cast shadows are created by the interruption of light by another object. So for this tutorial I’m not talking about shading or how part of an object is in shadow because it faces away from the light source but an actual shadow being create by an object.  This will probably stretch on over a couple posts but to get started let’s give you a good way to visualize the direction of the light and, consequently, the shadow. This is a coloring I did of the digi…

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    Movie Monday with Some Odd Girl, Recoloring Digital Sentiments

    I enjoy Movie Monday every week  :DD  The Odd Girls have been bringing a TON of great videos every Monday since April began and I get to share one with you today. My video this week is a quick tutorial on using Photoshop, the full version is what I use but Elements would work just as well, to recolor your Black and White Digital Sentiments. In this video I am using a sentiment from the new Mantra Sentiment pack at Some Odd Girl.  I hope you enjoyed my quicky tutorial and it gives you a fun, new, use for your Digital Sentiments! Make sure to Subscribe to the Some Odd…

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    Light Source Basics: Part 3, Highlight/Shadow Practice

      So? How did you fare from our last lesson? I wanted to give you some time to work on the shapes before showing you anything. Thinking and doing gets you further than copying and not understanding  :derp:  On the shapes homework, you should have ended up with something like this for and upper right Linear Light Source… Not too hard right? Good! In the first lesson I had you look at an image and break it down into these basic parts, to understand how easy they would be to see then shade individually.  How about the Highlight Shadow Method? How did that go for you? That should have ended…

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    Light Source Basics, Part 2: Linear Light

    Welcome to Part 2 of my Light Source Basics Series.  In the last post I defined some basic terms and challenged you to break down your images into simple shapes. If you’re just joining in here, each post is going to build upon the last one so hop back and give a read then come on back. Starting Small For these very basic tutorials I am going to be talking about Linear Linear light, the most common and basic light source. Its the kind of light you get when you’re outside, it comes evenly from a single direction so is easy to work with. We’re also going to start with simple…

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    Light Source Basics, Part 1

      Over a series of posts, that I’ll be doing on opposite weeks of my Color Swatch series, I’m going to be helping you achieve better coloring by being more knowledgeable about using a Light Source in your coloring. We’re going to take it in small steps so I hope you’ll join me and follow along… If you’re new to coloring, Light Source might not be a term you’re familiar with… Light Source is the idea of knowing from what direction and in what way Light hits an object to be able to accurately render shadows and highlights in a way that gives 2-dimensional objects a 3-dimensional appearance. There are…