Photoshop: 3-D Broken Image Effect

I like to try different blending effects that give images various optical illusions. In this instance I made a rose appear broken.

I started out opening up a new print, 12″ x 12″ file in Adobe Photoshop CC 2020. Under “Preset Details” I set the resolution to 300 pixels /inch, the “Color Mode” to RGB color 8 bit, “Background Contents” White, and Color Profile to, “Working RGB: sRGB IEC61966-2.1, with a Pixel aspect ratio set to “Square Pixels.”

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Next I added the images to manipulate. I made multiple copies of the leaves and rose.

I then highlighted all the leaves layers and one rose layer and merged them together into one unit, leaving a single rose separate.

Merged layers of leaves and rose with a single rose alone

I then duplicated the flower leaf unit. I clicked on the copied layer and enlarged it by using the keyboard shortcut, “Command + T” or CRTL + T on a PC . I placed my pointer on the handles until it changed to arrows. I then clicked and dragged the image to a slightly larger size.

Enlarged flower/ leaf unit copy

I clicked on the pen tool and began making points in a crooked form vertically down the enlarged image. I went around the left and back to the top of the image at the starting point.

Once the points were connected, In the Layers Panel, I made sure that the “Paths” window was open and clicked on it. While in the Paths box I clicked on the “Load Selection” icon (dotted circle).

I clicked back to the “Layers” panel and clicked “delete”. Hint: If when you hit delete the the pixels surrounding the highlighted area are removed, then undo your last move. Go to the “Selection” menu and click “Select” then “Inverse”. This will keep the area inside the marching ants (dotted lines) highlighted instead of all the pixels outside of them. This action will delete the selection. With the same loaded selection highlighted, I clicked on the original layer beneath the copy layer and hit delete. The broken flower effect is now visible. I took it a step further and deleted half the top, enlarged image to really give the flower a noticeable “cracked” look.

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I started adding background layers to complete the layout.

I took the single rose and added it over top the rose/leaf unit and enlarged it to the size of the bigger cracked half. I used the same path selection and deleted a portion of it. Once the crack was open, I deleted the left half of the rose, giving the unit a deeper 3-D effect.

I began adding shadows to each layer of the rose. I embellished the final image with some flowers, leaves, and a touch of various color blends. There are so many things you can do with all the Photoshop options available.

I hope this article was helpful. Happy crafting!

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September Hues 4: Shades of Gray

I’ve decided to conclude this month’s (September 20th-26th, 2020) shades of hues with the color gray. This color can offer various connotations of its context, often giving the viewer misinterpreted meanings of the art. This is largely based off the colors, images, techniques used, juxtaposition of elements, and so forth within the work.

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I simply chose gray because I liked the neutral color. Although many people feel that gray represents dull, cold, and emotionlessness, while others see it as formal and sophisticated, I just viewed it as another pretty color on the spectrum. It has as many possibilities as blue, brown, and green in my eyes. I like to capture the moment from various perspectives, with no rhyme or reason.

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I always marvel over “critics” when they try to decipher the meaning of what an artist felt when the art was being created. It is true that many famous artists, such as Jackson Pollock, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso used certain styles and techniques which forever branded them their own unique way of art. These, among other great artists were fortunate to have access to fine academies and were exposed to the vast methodologies of art, in which they included in their various masterpieces. This and the fact that some of the famous artists were well known, was helpful for critics to dissect and conclude what the artist was feeling when they developed their craft. But are the pundits correct in their assessment of the artists?

Should the same approach by experts be used on art from individuals with opposite backgrounds? Are creators that have never studied at professional institutions still considered artists? Who can determine that answer? Who says which piece of work is art and another isn’t?

Perhaps it is up to all individual minds to see what they want to see. After all, isn’t beauty in the eye of the beholder? I think that art is simply a fun release. If my eyes see something I like, I go for it. There is not always an underlying meaning behind why I use certain colors, techniques, elements and such in my work. I do it, “Just Cause…”

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September Hues 3: Shades of Blue

I’m back this week (September 13-19, 2020) with shades of blue. I used various elements, papers, quotes, and blending modes on this one. I was inspired to use a photo of my grandmother. I always felt like she was a queen.

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Like the color blue, my grandma symbolized trust, loyalty, wisdom, and faith. She knew how to calm situations. I really do miss her. Her memory lives on with all the great moments that made me smile. If blue is the color all the positive things mentioned, then I feel I have made a great choice in choosing that color for my project. I love how it intertwines with the ninth month of year.

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I find it fascinating how September is revered to be the number of wisdom and magic, similar to the color blue. I felt it was appropriate to use this month and blue hues to demonstrate fun examples of their significance. My grandmother’s photo was a great instance. The scrapbook layout was really easy to construct. It doesn’t take much to get started.

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Simply make sure you have a computer or laptop that can handle memory intensive software, such as Adobe Photoshop, and Corel Painter. I am not a computer expert, but when I spoke with one, I was advised to have at least 12GB of Random Access Memory (RAM) an intel i5 processor with 64-bit support, 2 GHz or faster, and a graphics card such as NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 or better. A decent printer would also help to capture your beautiful images. Laser printers are excellent choices for their crisp pictures, although they are typically more pricey. However, inkjet provides great images as well and are a good choice at a more affordable range.

Use your favorite editing software to get started. Find beautiful images, papers, styles, brushes, patterns, and more to design a marvelous piece of digital art. They are very plentiful online, including Freebies found here on Multimedia Crafts Digital, Etsy , and Pixel Scrapper. You don’t have to limit your ideas to just virtual creations. You can print out papers, embellishments and more to create a hybrid work of art. Simply acquire beautiful images from sources like Graphic45 , Prima Marketing, and Tim Holtz from Amazon.com. You can die cut, stamp, fussy cut, paint, layer, and do all manner of mixed media altering to many types of materials.

Just have fun with it. Explore your inner creativity. I hope this article was helpful. Thanks for viewing and happy crafting!

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September Hues -Week 2: Shades of Brown

So for week two of the September Hues (9/6 – 9/12, 2020) I am designing with shades of Brown.

Brown Color pallette

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Similar to week one, I began by opening up a new print, 12″ x 12″ file in Adobe Photoshop CC 2020. Under “Preset Details” I set the resolution to 300 pixels /inch, the “Color Mode” to RGB color 8 bit, “Background Contents” White, and Color Profile to, “Working RGB: sRGB IEC61966-2.1, with a Pixel aspect ratio set to “Square Pixels.”

On the background layer (layer 0) I changed the color to a brownish tan tone. I added a new layer (layer 1) and used a number brush I acquired from Sahin Designs on Pixel Scrapper, across the page.

Next, I added a picture as my focal point and began to build around it. I added some elements and papers from the Pixel Scrapper collaboration bundle called, “The Good Life Bundle“. I used the Kit from that bundle called, “Autumn Bramble” by Jessica Dunn. I made sure to use the color pallette to alter the tones to shades of brown.

I then added a layer of paint and used some water styles across it, to give it a raised 3-d look.

I finished the layout with the sentiment, “Water Falls”. This was a very easy and fun project. All you need is your photo editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop, or PaintShop Pro and a great imagination. Gather your papers, elements, and vision and you are off to designing a beautiful layout.

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I hope this message was helpful. Thanks for reading it and Happy crafting!!

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September Hues: Shades of Green

For the month of September, I have decided to challenge myself each week to scrapping with certain hues. This week (September 1-5, 2020) I am using shades of green.

Color pallette

I began by opening up a new print, 12″ x 12″ file in Adobe Photoshop CC 2020. Under “Preset Details” I set the resolution to 300 pixels /inch, the “Color Mode” to RGB color 8 bit, “Background Contents” White, and Color Profile to, “Working RGB: sRGB IEC61966-2.1, with a Pixel aspect ratio set to “Square Pixels.”

I chose the d5f1e0 hue for the background. Next I opened, copied, and pasted one of the free graphics from Multimedia Crafts Digital Freebies, “Leaf Overlay” kit. (Click here to download kit)I then changed the hue of the pasted overlay to 3f652d.

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I then added my focal point, a picture of some coffee and a banana. I added it along with some other elements to the canvas.

I got some of the elements from Pixel Scrapper and others from the latest Multimedia Crafts Digital Freebie, “Drink Up” clip art kit.

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I continued to play around with the different color overlay blending options until I reached a satisfying look. This was a very fun project.

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Choosing Scrapbook Layouts

When you are creating a scrapbook layout how do you choose your design? Do you use premade templates or do you add elements and shapes to form your final photo blueprint?

I like to do both. First, I decide on a theme, such as the fall one in the layout above. Next I choose the page setup. I like to use a combination of shapes. Typically my photos are on square mats with decorative square pages behind them. I also like to use circles and various other elements that have different shapes. I find my focal point and start to build.

I acquire different digital papers from various places such as the ones used from the multimedia crafts digital etsy shop, “Weathered Wood paper kit“, and the FREEBIE paper pack, “Cinnamon and Spice” found here on the Multimedia Crafts Digital site.

Next, I add elements I found from sources such as pixel scrapper to accent the layout. I like to use leaves, bows, wooden shapes, and metal pieces, like the chain connecting the photo to the black button. I also typically add flowers, sparkle from sequin, paint spatter, and all sorts of fun embellishments.

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Finally, I finish the project off with a title and sometimes a catchy phrase. I try to make sure that it represents what the scrapbook layout is all about.

I hope that this mini layout tip was helpful. Happy crafting!

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Back To School Organizing

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With the coronavirus epidemic still looming, many students are having to choose between physical learning, virtual learning, or both, and staying safe through it all is the most important thing. Pupils of all age groups need to have the necessary mechanisms that follow many legislative guidelines. From having to wear masks and keeping a 6 foot social distance to acquiring the proper software to harness their education, finding out how to schedule a lifestyle changing routine during this outbreak can prove a bit challenging.

Being organized to prepare for your work is very pertinent and will help with step by step checklists including what you have on hand versus what you need. Make an agenda, planner, or something to keep track of the contents in them and find out the latest time you must have them.

Once that is established, you must find a means of acquiring the item(s). With the right tools you can successfully engage in yours or your child’s learning venture without spending too much money, and by “thinking outside the box”.

Sometimes you have to get creative. If you or your loved one(s) are enrolled in a hybrid learning environment, it would be helpful to have personal protection equipment (ppe) as part of your educational requisite. That would most likely include face masks, hand sanitizer, wipes, and maybe more gear. These along with your books, bags, clothing, and other supplies can be bought or made from various places, especially online.

The internet is a way to make purchases and reduce social contact with people. You can also get excellent do-it-yourself (diy) ideas on there for making your own ppe, clothing, and more.

Youtube and pinterest have great tips on how to make your own face masks. There are also videos on creating your own hand sanitizer. For convenience, you can even buy items in bulk that will last for a while during your school tenure. The web poses as a handy tool during this world wide epidemic, making shopping and crafting so much easier. Finding your means of necessities do not have to be painstaking.

You can have fun with it. Place some cute art work on your stuff. Jazz up your face masks with fashionable svg, png, and other text and images that can be printed and applied to fabric and various other materials. These such files can be found online on places such as etsy and Pixelscrapper.com

Try altering your notebooks, folders, book bags and more with cute graphics and fonts. Like to use planners or travel journals? If the steampunk theme is attractive to you, try adding a writing board to bring with you on your travels. These cardboard embellishments provide a hard surface for you to write on. Simply slide one behind your papers and start writing. No need to worry anymore about your journal book not being sturdy enough to write in.

You could also get fancy with your ink pens and other office supplies. Add some functionable bling to go along with your key chain, bookmarks, and other accessories. And don’t let your sense of fashion fall short. There is no shortage of trending styles available online. Sew your own with popular fabrics or find some great deals from your favorite vendors.

Either way, organize your school list with your happiest possessions. I hope this article was helpful.

Happy Crafting!

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Creating an Embossed Mini Paper Notebook

I love to make journal pages and embellishments from digital media. I decided to create a really simple mini paper notebook. This little book of writing ephemera would look great in a mixed media album. To make it, all that was needed were a computer or laptop, some software that could open the digital files, and a printer to print the beautiful pages. Check out below how this easy project was produced.

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Mini paper notebook fully embellished (Front, back, and center)

Enjoy this latest freebie paper kit called “Grunge Run”.  Click here to download. I used it to make a really simple mini notebook with it.

Supplies needed:

  • Multimedia Crafts Digital Freebie “Grunge Run” paper kit.
  • Embossing folders
  • Die cutting machine (Sizzix sideKick, Bigshot, Vagabond, etc…)
  • White Card stock
  • Dies
  • Notebook paper
  • Scissors
  • Paper trimmer
  • Art glitter Glue
  • Staples and staple gun
  • Distress oxide inks -Inks (Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks by Ranger): 

I first began by printing out the six pages of the Multimedia Crafts Digital, “Grunge Run” paper kit, double sided, leaving me with three papers.  I trimmed off the white margins.

(This step can be eliminated if you print with the “bleed on” feature of your printer.)  I distressed the edges of each paper, on both the front and back sides.  The paper size after the margins were cut measured approximately 8″ x 10.75″.

I also printed out the “2 x 3 Card and envelope templates” from the Multimedia Crafts Digital etsy shop onto one of the grunge papers. I assembled it according to the provided instructions that came with the file.

Step by Step Process

On the long side (10.75″ side) of any of the grunge papers, score a line at 1/2″, 7″, and at 7.25″. This creates a base, a bottom flap and a top flap. Next cut a piece of contrasting paper at 6″ x 7.75″.

Place a ruler on the flap. Find the center of the flap and take a pen to mark a spot that measures 1″ to the left and right of it. On my paper, the marks were placed at 3″ and at 5″.

Take scissors or paper trimmer and cut from those points to the corner of each side of flap.

Place the 6″ piece of contrasting paper over top the base, underneath the flap. Press the flap down. Using a pen, mark on both sides of the top flap onto the 6″ paper, where a line will be drawn for a flap tuck area. Be sure to make the tuck area at least 1″ deep, therefore marking 1″ upward from the flap on to the 6″ paper. Then using the ruler for a straight edge, draw a line connecting the dots.

Next, take a ruler and a box cutter to trim out the line.

Distress the edges of the papers on both sides, including the flap closure. I typically use Tim Holtz Distress inks.

Next, remove about 10 sheets of college ruled notebook paper from its package. Cut them to about 7.5″ x 5.75″

Align the notebook paper inside the base. Mark on your paper where you want to punch your holes to connect the paper to the base. Using a hole punch or a Crop-A-Dile tool, punch your holes and add your eyelets.

Once the notebook paper has been attached, add the 6″ contrasting cover to the bottom of the base flap. Fold in the bottom flap. Add some glue. Align the cover underneath the flap. Carefully lay down the glued flap onto to cover and seal.

I wanted to give the mini notebook some stability so I cut a piece of chipboard at 5″ x 7 and glued it behind the notebook paper onto the base. This made the folio more sturdy.

Close the bottom cover upward and tuck in the top flap into the slit.

I wanted to make the flap more functionable. I therefore took the premade envelope and glued it to the flap, being careful not to obstruct the bottom end of the flap where it tucks inside the slit.

For the really fun part of the assembly, I ran some scrap papers through my embossing machine using various embossing folders to give the paper texture. I then die cut out some shapes and added them to the mini notebook. This completed the project.

I added the die cut shapes and used the ,”Parcel Delay Label” and “Matchbook notebook toppers from Bohemian Crafting Patreon site to the folio creating decorative paper embellishments, along with a pocket on the back. I also included a few tags to garnish the finished project. This mini notebook will make a great piece of ephemera for a junk journal or scrapbook.

I hope that this topic was inspiring and will make you want to create your own. Thanks for checking this out.

Happy Crafting!

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