Archive for the ‘Tutorials’ Category

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CoffeeShop Photography

August 11, 2008

CoffeeShop Photography provides free tutorials and actions for Photoshop and Elements.   The actions for Photoshop work in version 7 and above and the actions for Elements have only been tested in PSE 6.0

The tutorials are related to the actions, not how to run them, but how to create the same effects without the action.   Looking at those tutorials makes you appreciate just how useful actions can be!

Here is an example of just one of the many free actions sets Rita has made available on her blog:

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New Free Video Tutorials At Graffi’s!

July 18, 2008

There are two new flash video tutorials available on Graffi’s blog.  The first is called “Creating a Neutral Density Filter Effect with Photoshop or Elements” and works well on photos with skies that need a little more “pop”.  Especially effective with landscape photos.

The second flash tutorial is called “Adding Drama and Contrast to a Boring Sky” it is a technique that really makes the blue pop out of hazy skies, and adds a bit of depth and contrast to the shadow areas of the image.

These are quick and simple techniques that can really add some pizazz to your images!

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Design Reviver

June 30, 2008

Design Reviver is a resource for web designers, but there is a lot of good information and freebies available for scrappers.  There you will find tutorials, freebies, inspiration, and other useful information.  Good design matters whether you are creating a web site or scrapping your babies first steps.

Over 300 free vintage style textures and burshes are available, and over 200 textures, brushes and fonts are avaiable for grunge lovers.   These two catagories of freebies are the most obviously useful to scrappers, but there is more to be had.

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How to Fix Pet Eye in Your Photos

June 25, 2008

“How to Fix Pet Eye in Your Photos” is a tutorial written by Sue Chastain, a well-respected graphics software authority who has been producing About.com’s Graphics Software Web site since February 1999.

Pet eye is the glowing white, green, red, or yellow eye reflections that you often get when taking photos of pets or other animals in low light conditions when a flash is used.  Up until I read this tutorial the best method I knew of for removing “pet eye” was to find a picture of a “good eye” and clone it onto the picture that needed fixing.  The technique described in this tutorial is much simpler and will work for the vast majority of cases.  The instructions are written for Photoshop, but will work in any graphics program that uses layers.

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Digi Scrappers Corner

June 11, 2008

Digi Scrappers Corner is a new site that offers a store, a blog, a few freebies and a handful of tutorials for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. There is also a free newsletter available.

The site is bright and cheerful with good navigation. Because it is so new the product offering in the store is a little sparse, but they do offer some hybrid gifts through Cafe Press.

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PSP Tips and Tricks

June 8, 2008

PSP Tips and Tricks is not a digiscrap site, however if you have chosen Paint Shop Pro as your digital scrapbooking software it will give you a lot of information on how to get the most from it. And there are some tutorials that directly apply to digital scrapbooking. Sections are available for both PSP7 and PSP8 with dozens of tutorials and tips in each. There is also a forum available.

A nice feature is that the FAQ’s (tips & tricks) are available as a zipped text file too, so you can download them in one shot. These are short how to’s that can really help to increase your productivity.

If you are interested in setting up or improving your website, you can also find tips and tools on doing that at this site.

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Digital Craft Cottage – Revisited

June 6, 2008

I first reviewed Digital Craft Cottage shortly after it opened in December of 2007. Since then it has grown up a lot. If you’ve never visited “The Cottage” before it is a hybrid scrapping site that goes beyond just scrap booking to embrace all hybrid crafts such as cards, tags, boxes, albums, brag books etc.

They have games, challenges and contests with prizes and monthly exchanges. Those that participate in the exchanges, will receive the huge mega monthly kit FREE. Make Quick pages, Brag Book pages and exchange them with the members. They also have a recipe exchange monthly, where you can get a lot of great recipes ready to print and use as gifts for yourself, family and friends.

The “Gift a Day” program allows you to log in each day and download a part of the kit, by the end of each month, you will have a whole and very unique scrapbooking kit.

And if you’ve ever thought of designing scrapbook kits yourself, The Cottage has a wonderful Designer Program that will let you create and sell your items in their Shoppe.

The forum members are friendly and willing to help or offer suggestions and there are a great variety of free tutorials for Photshop and Elements including tutorials on how to create your own papers and embellishments.