Photoshop: 3-D Broken Image Effect

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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.”

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.

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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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!

Digital Scrapbook Layouts

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Do you enjoy making digital layouts to house your photos and elements from special memories?   I do. I get the same satisfaction of developing something unique and personal to have for future viewing with digital scrapbooking as I do with hybrid creations.  Also, with digital scrapbooking, you can print out your designs without the mess to clean up. The only clutter you may encounter are the multiple photos and graphics you want to add to your page.

That can all depend on how you are going to set up your layout.  Are you going to use a template, or will you start with a brand-new document to make your scrapbook layout?

If you create your layout with a template, it is easy to simply change the colors to match a theme you are using.  Add a few photos, a title and some graphics and your layout is ready in minutes. 

To make one from scratch, simply set your background, add some shapes, photos, sentiments, and graphics and you are on your way to a beautiful piece of work.

Digital Scrapbook Background Paper Image

You can add graphics from various sites.  Some offer freebies. I accessed some of the images in the photos from Pixel Scrapper where I am a Level 3 Commons Designer.  There are ways of to get free images, quality control advice, ideas and more from that site. 

You can also go on Etsy to find many beautiful images, papers, templates and more for your digital scrapbook layouts. You can use what you already have.

Simply access your tools from your software, including brushes, shapes, patterns, styles, and more, and you can develop a wonderful scrap-booking masterpiece! 

I hope this post helps!  Happy crafting!