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Adjust the color of your picture

Hello! Helene aka buzinettescrap is here to talk about my favourite technique that I used on nearly all my layout. This is how I adjust the color of my picture to the color of a kit.

I don’t know you but me, when I see a page with a photo whose colors harmonize perfectly with the kit used, I am still in awe.
Sometimes it’s simple because it looks like the kit is made for your photo (but you need to admit that it happens rarely anyway ;)) but more often, it still lacks a little brightness or colors of the image are almost … but not quite the same …. it happens to me all the time (after all, I’m not a professional photographer ….)

Then to adjuct the color it and bring my pictures to the colors of the kit that I use, I have my little secret (very simple and really takes very little time when we usually use … yes, I promise!).

Before to start the explaination, I want to apologize because I use GIMP software and not photoshop to scrap and my software is in French (after all, I‘m French lol). But I know that you can find the same options on photoshop and I translated the important terms for you 😉

So, for this tutorial, I begin with this layout and this picture …

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Yes, the light on my layout is really bad and not adapted to the color of the kit.

But I really love this one and want to use this cute picture of my daughter.

To adjust the color of them to the color of the kit, i start by using the option curve of my software (you can find them under the menu color)

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On the window that open, you can lighter or darker the picture by moved the line like this

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Sometimes, I add a new layer above the picture layer. I select the pixels of the picture and fill the layer above with a light color from the kit

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I finally change the layer mode to overlay and reduce a little the opacity of this layer. I obtain this result for my layout

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Really simple but this make really the difference on my layout, isn’t it?

Now you know one of my secret to adjust the color of my picture? And you, do you have some secrets to transform your picture to match the color of a kit? I’d loved to know them and see your layout with color adjustment!

Have a nice day

 

 

 

Capturing the Essense of Summer!

Hello! Lori posting today from Gen’s Creative Team. It is summer time for those of us in the northern hemisphere, and for many that means lazy, hazy days. Those lazy, hazy days can be the perfect opportunity to create wonderful memories and document a life well lived! Capturing your life in photos lets you preserve all of the special little details that we love to remember when time has moved on.

Here is a list of some of the great traditions of summer that you will want to photograph before the season is over (you can click on the image to make it larger).

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To photograph these memories, here are some of my favorite tips:

  • Get low – kneel, lie on your stomach, squat down to take a photo. Get eye level with your subject. Don’t worry about getting dirty or looking funny – you will love that you adjusted your perspective later when you look at your photos!
  • Take photos of the details – get up close and personal with subject: the flowers, the food, the labels on the products. Macro shots and cropping in on the details allows you to highlight special aspects of your summer life in a fresh, new way.
  • Take photos earlier in the day or later in the afternoon to avoid harsh shadows on the face. This gives you more pleasing photos and then you can put the camera down and enjoy the life you are living. 🙂
  • If you are going take photos in the middle of a bright, sunny day, move your subject into the shade so that you can avoid those harsh shadows.
  • Be sure to go wide – take photos of the entire scene as well as the little details. One great way to do this is to zoom with your feet! You can move back and forward as you like to change your perspective. Don’t limit yourself to the range of the lens on your camera.
  • Remember to take photos as life is happening. While photos of your friends and family smiling at the camera are wonderful, it is just as lovely to have photos of people living life and unaware of the camera. You will capture many sweet moments following this tip.
  • Be sure to hand off the camera to someone so that you can be in some of the shots! You want to make sure you are documented as well. Even if you don’t like having your photo taken, your family will love it (and years from now you will likely love it as well!).

Most importantly, enjoy the process and have fun – your photos will reflect that!

Once you have your summer memories captured, you can then document those days with the great products from Gen’s shop at Pixels & Company! I will share a few of my favorite summer photos and how I scrapped them in an upcoming post so be sure to check back. In the meantime, go out and snap some great summer details! Happy Summer!

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Blending Black and White Photos

Hi! Carolyn Amson here to show you one of my current favourite techniques. That is how to blend black and white photos into white paper so they appear to be imprinted on the paper with the paper texture showing through. Here is a layout that I created today, where I used the technique on the background photo with the tree.

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Here is a closeup of the tree. There is no extraction, just simple blending that takes minutes.

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1. Firstly select your photo and place it on your favourite white textured background. (I used one by Karla Dudley from her Dad’s Day Paper Pack).  Photos with one colour backgrounds work best as you only need to get rid of one colour. I selected this photo of my daughter with our dog at the beach. You can see the sky is a brilliant blue.

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2. The first step is to increase the contrast of the photo. I usually do this by selecting Image/Adjustments/Brightness Contrast. I then usually duplicate the photo and hide the bottom layer. (This is only done in case I ever want to start back at the original photo. I also always link duplicates so that I can use other techniques on another layer.) Next go to Image/Adjustments/Black and White. This is the fun part!

This following screen shows the default settings.

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3. Now we get to play with coloured filters to make the background turn white. The sky here was blue so I pushed the cyan setting to the right which turned the sky white. I did not use blue as this also turned the water in the distance white. I then pulled the yellow back a little so as not to lose texture on my daughter and dog.

This may sound complicated but is easy. You just play with the settings until you get a black and white photo that looks OK.

Here are my final settings:

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The paper line is still visible. Don’t worry. We now use blending.

4. The next step is to blend the black and white photo into the background. I usually blend linear burn at 90-100% but in this case it worked better with Darker Colour at 100%. Just experiment to see what works best for your photo.  The paper line should now disappear or nearly does. If you can still see part of the line, then I just use a watercolour brush to erase the edges as you can see in the following image.

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5. The last thing I usually need to do is increase the brightness of the image as it often darkens when using the colour filters to turn the photo into black/white. So here it is, a coloured image printed as black/white onto white textured paper.

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Now you just need to add elements for a striking page.

And yes, I do use this technique all the time 🙂

Here are some of my pages:

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This is such an easy technique! Please link me up to any pages you create.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. And to my friends in the States. Happy 4th July!

 

 

Photoshop Tutorial – Create a Template in Photoshop

Hello there…Mary here from Gennifer’s creative team. Have you ever wondered how you can create those triangle shapes in Photoshop? Yes, great today I’m going to show you how to create a template using your Polygonal Lasso Tool.
(Note: I am using CS5, so the steps may vary slightly depending on the version you are using.)
I have set up guides the blue lines you see horizontal and vertical. They help me with aligning my shapes. Here’s how you get them:  Choose View->New Guide.  In the dialog box select Horizontal or Vertical orientation, enter a position, and click OK.  Drag from the horizontal ruler to create a horizontal guide. To move it around you position the mouse/pointer over the guide (the pointer turns into a double-headed arrow and move outside image window)
Open your photoshop and press Ctrl+N or go to File -> New. Pop up window -> Name your template if you’d like to and set the dimensions to 12in(width) and 12in(height). Leave other fields as their default values. Make sure the dimension you have set is in inches as pictured below and click OK
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You will need to find the polygonal lasso tool on the left side of the screen and maybe 3rd icon from top. If you haven’t found the icon, go to the 3rd icon from top and then right click to see the optional tools. In your layers palette you will need to create a new layer for each new shape. Look at the 2nd picture if you don’t know where it’s at. Next you will create a triangle shape similar to the one in the screenshot using the polygonal lasso tool. Make sure you click on your layer 1 when you create the shape, this is an important step.  You should get a set of marching ants around your shape next go to Edit -> Fill-> choose a color you like and click OK you will have a color filled shape.
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To remove the marching ants from your shape go to your menu->Select->Deselect. You will then continue to create new layers and shapes as pictured below.
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This is what you will end up with when you have completed your template. I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. Let me know if you have any issues and I’d be happy to try and help. I have created a template for you all to enjoy. If you use it link us up here.
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Creating a Custom Shadow

Hello there…I’m Angie from Gennifer’s creative team and I’m going to give you a few tips and tricks on how to create your own custom shadows.

Now you can always use the default shadow in Photoshop’s layer styles…and I do most of the time. But sometimes you just want a little something extra and that’s when I make my own shadow. It just gives the item a slightly more realistic feel.

I know there are probably 54 different ways to do this same process in Photoshop, but here’s how I’ve learned it. (Note: I am using CS5, so the steps may vary slightly depending on the version you are using.)

First, add a new layer UNDER the item you want to shadow. Now, with your blank layer highlighted in the layers panel, hold down the Command button (or Control button on a PC) and hover your curser over the SHAPE in the layer above. Note: it has to be over the shape and not the name of the layer. Click on the shape and you should get a set of marching ants around your object over in the layout.

Next go to Select – Modify – Feather. I usually feather it between 5 – 9 (pixels), but this will depend on the size of your canvas (mine is a 12 x 12) and what feels more realistic to you. I’m using a 9 pixel feather here.

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Your marching ants should have bumped out slightly, and now you need to fill your shape. Go to Edit – Fill. I default to using black with the normal mode, and 65% opacity. You can always drop the opacity on your layer later if you need to later. You could change the color to more closely match the color of the item you are shadowing. This would be more realistic since shadows tend to take on a tint of color. I’m lazy, though. I generally leave it at black unless my element is a very light color. (The lighter the color the less “real” my black shadow will look.)

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Hit Command + D to get rid of the marching ants (or Control + D on a PC), and your shadow is already looking fabulous. I usually bump the shape over two steps to the right and two steps down to start with…and then adjust the positioning of the shadow from there.

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And here is the final shadow layer on it’s own (the bow is from Gennifer Bursett’s “Far and Away” kit.)

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See, that wasn’t too hard! Now you can try some other fun stuff, like warping that shadow layer to make parts of the ribbon lift off the page. Have fun!