Cropping Images: The Basics

There is a certain workflow that has been proven to work best for highlighting what is good in a photo and diminishing what might be not so good. Here’s the “secret” formula. Crop, straighten and resize. Correct any lighting issues (shadows,...

From-the-Center Styles Tutorial

I have never been a fan of horizontal text or other design elements placed on top of a shape that has curves or directional sections.   It doesn’t look realistic to me.  If I wanted text on a flower, for instance, I would take a piece of text, and patiently (sometimes...

Watercolor Styles & How to Use Them

Whether designed in bright colors or soft pastels, watercolor designs always call my name.  I frequently clip watercolor papers or overlays to elements, text, or graffiti; but this week I set aside time to create a set of watercolor styles that would make creating...

Basic Paper Making in Photoshop

Several weeks ago I  invited you to send in your tutorial requests. Today I will answer the request of Debbie Rucker who wants to know how to make a “background paper from beginning to end.” As with all things in Photoshop, there are various ways to...

Selective Coloring

This weekend I came across a black and white photo that I had hand-tinted. Do you remember doing that? Using special pens and/or inks? It was a tedious process and could take hours, depending upon what was being hand-colored. It made me soooo happy that I now work...

Matching Font Types

Have you ever fallen in love with a particular font but didn’t know what it was named?  Perhaps the text was in a magazine advertisement, on another digital scrapbooker’s layout, or even on a pack of Journal Cards you received in a designer’s...