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...

How to Adjust Exposure in Photoshop

Are you a photographer who knows the ideal camera settings to use for every lighting situation you are in?  Or do you more often rely on your camera presets to make those decisions for you? Wherever you find yourself on this spectrum, Photoshop has multiple tools that...