Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
So I thought I'd make a font freebie! (Click on the image below to go to the download area)
This is my first "released" font, and it's not entirely perfect, but it works pretty well, it has both upper and lower case and most of the important punctuation (no foreign letters, though--sorry!), and should do great for creating your own alphas.
This font is free for personal and commercial use (credits appreciated), but it may NOT be resold as part of a compilation or fee-for-download, and MUST be accompanied by the TOU. Thanks for looking, and I hope you enjoy it! (I'd love to hear feedback on it, since I'm a novice at font-making...)
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Poor little Allen, though...
Credits: Word art generated by wordle.net (thanks for the pointer, Esther!). Ribbon by Anne Langpap, recolored (2Peas, May Freebie). Arrow mine from DSO-Graffito kit. All the rest of the grunge and scribbles by Veronica Ponce (2Peas, Venice Beach). For the 2Peas kit challenge.
PS: I couldn't find a way to save the image to my computer without making it available on the public gallery, though. It does have a "print" option, however, so I printed it to my .pdf printer, then opened the .pdf in Photoshop at 300 dpi--total breeze!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Credits: Paper: Kellie Mize (Designer Digitals, Web Challenge 7/20/08); ribbon by Lynn Grieveson (DD, Nanyang Kit); distressed numbers on right by Katie Pertiet (DD, Messy Numbers N Extras); button mine from the Cowboy 2 Kit; Fonts: Andes & Kolker Brush. My "quote".
Stamp from Art Neko, colored with acrylics and inks on watercolor paper & acrylics.
Stamp from Art Neko, colored with watercolor crayons.
Stamps from Art Neko
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
(Central Oregon Coast, USA) Credits: Everything from my DSO-Graffito Freebie Mini-Kit. Fonts: 3rd Man and 1550. Journaling reads: "The lighthouse was one of our first experiences on the coast -- it is so evident that beauty here must be created by some mix of growth, and weathering. For me, the growth is internal; but the body suffers, time mars my surfaces as surely as it does those of the lighthouse.")
Just made this up on a whim from the lovely color swatch for this month at Digital-Scrapbooking.org. It's got some cool photomasks and fun papers and some other stuff:
Sure hope you like it! And don't worry, I just wrote the thing about the house for sample purposes! No longer available, sorry!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
To do the one in the following layout about the awesome Arum dracunculus growing in front of our Post Office, I first used my rectangular lasso to choose the part of the photo I wanted to keep, as the part that I extracted had the sidewalk as a background, with a bit of litter--just not a great photo overall, background-wise. I copied that square, then pasted it on a different layer.
Next, I went back to the base layer and started extracting (my favorite tool is the pen, working very close up; complete your path, switch to the path palette, click on the "change path to selection" little circle of dots at the bottom, feather 2 pixels, invert the selection, and press delete to remove the background).
I chose to break my extraction about 1/3 of the way into the square, so that part of the extraction overlapped part of the original. When I added a very strong shadow to the square (100% using a dark color eyedrop-picked from the background paper), I duplicated that for the extraction. Of course, you'll get a shadown down the middle of your square that clearly delineates the extraction, so you have to fix that...
Right-click on the layer name for the extraction, and pick "create layer"--this will make your style effects into separate layers, 1 for each style you have. Here it was just the shadow, so I made all my changes to that one.
Working only on the newly-created shadow layer, I first erased the strong line that showed where the extraction began--but only the vertical part of the shadow. In fact, I extended the shadow under the spathe (the petal-like structure of the plant) further to the left, gradually fading it out, using both the blur and the smudge tools. This really helped the spathe pop out dimensionally against the background, but the effect was subtle enough that you wouldn't really notice it unless you knew, I think...
Please click on the image for credits and a little more info about this gorgeous Dragon, aka Stink Lily!
Monday, July 14, 2008
Here's the technique for translating a desaturated, contrast-boosted image to a 4-color image:
Let me explain the process a little more in detail, though really, it's quite simple: Desaturate your original photo, then do a quick auto levels adjustment, or fiddle around with the curves if you're picky (a lot of fine tuning will be washed out anyway in the process, so I wouldn't worry overly much about it). Next, do a brightness/contrast adjustment, making sure that there are some strong details and contrasts, and that it's not a close gray everywhere.
Finally, do the gradient map, and choose your colors:
Note: When you first open up the dialog, you'll see only a gray-white slider. Just click on it, and a color option box will open. Click the little square directly beneath the left end of the slider and choose your darkest color (this may be reversed for you, so just pay attention to which side is the darker and choose accordingly). If you want to add more colors--remember, I used 4--just click directly beneath the slider--not on the diamond, but in an empty space. Your color box will open beneath, then click on that one to choose the color. Choose as many colors as you like, and have fun experimenting--you can get some really groovy psychedelics going, too! I just picked my colors because I liked them, and then picked the patterned papers to go with that!
Here's my latest layout, as well:
(Credits: All elements from Natali Designs at ScrapbookGraphics (Countryside Kit), except for the mask over the photo, which is from Katie Pertiet (Designer Digitals, Dirty Frames 3). Font: heathert.)
I made this layout for the next Scrapbook New & Review Issue -- speaking of which, July's is up! I have an article about "The Elements Of A Card" and a quick explanation about Layer Blending Modes...
Saturday, July 12, 2008
(Credits: Papers & tag: Anne Langpap (2Peas, May and July 2006 Freebies). Alpha from my Flourished Alpha. My stitching, and my little bitty flower on the tag. Font: Pea Jordan.)
It was so graphic, I thought I'd make a little layered template from it. It's got a layered .psd file, a full-size .png file where you can use your magic wand to select the different colors and paste a paper into it, a separate stamp tag, and the "YOU" word art. Hope you like it!
ETA: Look at these darling layouts that were made with this:
Friday, July 11, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
(Credits: Papers by me, with a little bit of shape overlay from Mindy Terasawa's Green Tea (Designer Digitals). Snail and birdie by me. String frames by Natali Design (Country Spring). Fonts: Goudy Old Style and CAC Shishoni Brush.)
And here's the little snail:
Sunday, July 6, 2008
And here's the freebie: 2 papers, 1 label, and a button that says "Puppy Love" on it!