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Wanna hear me talk?

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That’s right! You can hear me talk, babble, waffle on…and make an all around fool of myself.

http://www.paperclipping.com/2010/09/15/pds016-and-then-a-dog-barked/

Subject

What does it take to become a digital scrapbooking designer?

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This show got me thinking…maybe a few tips & tricks?

I am going to organize my tutorials in a better place…and thought I might add some designing tips & tricks now & again.

My tutorials are HERE

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Alpha maker tutorial

|by | Digital Scrapbooking, Scrapbooking, Tutorials

Alpha maker has now been tested in the German version of  photoshop and works!

Work is All versions of photoshop from Photoshop 7, including CS3 and above including CS5.

Photoshop Elements 5 and above including 9.

**Designer Resource** Alpha Maker

Here is an easy step by step to show how easy it is to use!

**IMPORTANT**

Before using you must create a folder in your C drive named Alpha_Save

Step 1:
Make sure you have your guides showing.

In Photoshop it is in VIEW->SHOW->GUIDES
In PSE it is VIEW->GUIDE PRESETS


Step 2:

Step 3:

Step 4: Just make sure all the letters are inside the guides before running the action. Just rasterize the text, then using your marquee tool, select the letter you need to move and hold CTRL while you drag it into place. Some fonts may need to be made smaller than 200 pt to fit in the grid. And also make sure if you are using a style that you make a new layer and merge it with the text layer. It will not work if your layer has active styles.

**IMPORTANT** Make sure you have the TOP layer selected before running the action or the action may not work properly or save blank.

For PSE users this is how to run the action, you may notice that the layers are different than in photoshop. With the text being on the bottom instead of the top. It may help. pse

Just make sure all the letters are inside the guides before running the action.

Just rasterize the text, then using your marquee tool, select the letter you need to move and hold CTRL while you drag it into place. Some fonts may need to be made smaller than 200 pt to fit in the grid.

And also make sure if you are using a style that you make a new layer and merge it with the text layer. It will not work if your layer has active styles.

**IMPORTANT** Make sure you have the TOP layer selected before running the action or the action may not work properly or save blank.

For PSE users this is how to run the action, you may notice that the layers are different than in photoshop. With the text being on the bottom instead of the top. It may help.

pse

Step 5:

It saves all letters as alpha_Lower_e, Alpha_Upper_E and so on.

Just download renamer basic and add your name and alpha name to the files! It’s free and simple to use. It’s what I use to rename EVERYTHING!

ReNamer

It includes All uppercase, lowercase & numbers. Upper & lowercase European letters as many as I could find to include. As well as most common punctuation symbols. It results in over 160 individual letters.

TIP:

Normally I run th action on the font ‘as is’. The end result is plain black letters. Then I open them up in photoshop and pretty them up with either actions or styles etc…and I recored it as I do it. Then I run a batch action on ALL the letters and it does each one for me. Only works if you have photoshop and you also know how to record actions.

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Realistic Felt Tutorial

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This is a basic step by step for making the most of your felt.

Made for Photoshop users, it may work for Elements and PSP if you know about paths & stroking.

I have used this felt for the tutorial

**Designer Resource** Mega Felt Collection

I also made a simple action to do the work for you right up until the application of the felt.

The brush is also included as an ABR file, download it HERE

I can’t guarantee which programs it will work in. Please read the instructions included.

It should be compatible for Photoshop 6 and higher as well as Elements.

Step 1:

For best results use the warp tool or slightly skew the circle so it is slightly uneven.

Step 2:

You can open paths in PS with window—>paths

Make a new path with button 1, which will be the outline of your shape. Then make a work path with button 2.

Step 3:

Download brush HERE or make your own. You want it to give a fuzzy look. You can use this brush for commercial use too.

Step 4:

Making sure you have your shape layer selected and your brush selecetd, go back to paths and hit stroke path with brush. Button 1. Then hit the trash icon to delete the path before continuing.

Step 5:

It should now look like this:

Step 6:

Apply your felt STYLE of clip your FELT to the shape with the new fuzzy edges.

Installation & using styles tutorial is HERE

Step 7:

Add a shadow for more realism. Either double click the thumbnail in the layers palette and do it OR make a new layer. Merge it with the felt element. Then do your shadows. For best results make the colour of the shadow a darker version of whatever colour is underneath.

Step 8:

The shadows used here are all different colours. The button shadow is a dark yellow. The yellow felt shadow is a dark orange etc…

This tutorial was made using Photoshop CS3.

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