More Digital Freebies_March 2021

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Welcome to a new month to create and have fun with various digital media.  Here is this month’s first freebie kit called, “Reading Essentials”.  This is a printable ephemera kit with a scholastic theme.  Add it to a spring card, journal, scrapbook and more.   To Access this kit click here.

Reading Essentials Ephemera Kit

This kit would also look great with papers and embellishments from the free Multimedia Crafts digital facebook kit called, “Spring into Learning“.  To access that kit, simply visit the facebook page, then Photo Albums, and choose this kit among other freebies to have.  Click like, share, leave a comment and show your beautiful work.

Spring into Learning kit

Get some fun favorite supplies like art glitter gluedouble sided score tape, mini magnets, and other things to help assemble your free printables.  Embellish these with beautiful lace, jewelry, cabochons and other enhancing charms.  Have fun with your art.

Thanks for stopping by.  As always, happy crafting!

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Photoshop Pen Tool_Cutting out images From Photos

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Adobe Photoshop is awesome in how it provides many editing tools that let you place subjects into various backgrounds.  It is so much fun when you can create your own setting with added elements to change the look of an original photo.  In this particular instance I used the “Pen” tool to remove a person from an image and transfer it into another, adding additional blending techniques to the final layout.

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 opened up the original file of the subject I wanted to crop out.  I then selected the “pen” tool, located to the left on the toolbar.   Using the anchor points and handle, I clicked and dragged around the image, creating a path around the person.  Click here to learn more about editing paths in Adobe Photoshop.

Once the path was completed I clicked on the paths panel.  At the bottom I selected the “load paths as a selection” tool.

 

I clicked on the “Select” menu, located at the top, and using the dropdown options I chose “Inverse”. This task highlighted the image with dots, or “marching ants”.

 

I deleted the highlighted, background portion of the photo, leaving only the selected subject remaining.

You will find that the subject remaining still has “marching ants” around it.  You can simply use the keyboard shortcuts “control+ D” on a pc or “command +D” on a mac and it will get rid of the dots.  You have now got yourself an image to save and use for later projects.

 

Create your own layout by adding the image into a different background.  Find backgrounds and elements from various places such as Pixel Scrapper  and etsy  Have fun by adding different colors, embellishments, patterns, shapes, and blending them together with a plethora of options.  When using Adobe Photoshop there are so many possibilities to edit and master your digital masterpieces.  Explore your options and utilize the tools provided in that software.

I hope this tip was helpful.  Thanks for visiting. Happy crafting!

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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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September Hues 4: Shades of Gray

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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.

Color palette

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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

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

Brown Color pallette

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.

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

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September Hues: Shades of Green

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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.

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.

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

Thanks for stopping by and 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!

Creating and Using Digitally Collaged Family Photos in junk Journals

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I have seen many black and white images of vintage people in ephemera packs for sell to use in scrapbooking and other mixed media projects.  They are beautiful embellishments that make any tag, album cover, and various other crafts stand out. 

I love the look they give, but I don’t know the individuals in those papers and cut outs.  I wanted to give my art the same effect in my journals and things, but from using images of my own family members.

I was able to achieve this task by scanning and editing some of my sons’ pictures from long ago to current day and by creating a digital agglomeration.  I uploaded pictures from my photo albums into Photoshop, used the camera raw filter blending tool on them and added the photos to an 8.5” x 11” collaged sheet of memories.  To see the Photoshop tutorial on how to add, edit, and print the photo collage sheet check out the YouTube video on it.

Process Video Tutorial on how to add, edit, and print a family photo collage

I then printed out the collage sheet, fussy cut some of the images out, and added them to some tags for a journal I was making featuring my boys in it.

I cut up some black 110lb cardstock, and added some torn paper remnants, doilies, die cut shapes including the Tim Holtz “Steampunk Parts” and “Trinket Frames”,

glued on the fussy cut out images of my sons at various ages, added some wooden gears, purchased from the Facebook group, “The Trinket Parlour“, added some eyelets, and some jute string and the tags were complete. I inserted them into the journal.

The theme and title of the album are, “My Little Stars”.  I based it on the Fourth of July, with my sons being the “stars”.  The completed Journal has some of the tags made from the collage sheet, along with the images I created in another Photoshop tutorial, “Photoshop Round Clipping Masked Photos”, among others.

This was a very fun project.  Feel free to check out my other tutorials.  As always, thanks for checking in.

Happy Crafting.

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Digital Fourth of July Memories

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I love family, fun, and free time to get together and create beautiful memories with loved ones, especially around holidays. I’m always taking pictures to have for tomorrow. There is nothing more satisfying than to see those snapshots amid gorgeous little graphics that exemplify the occasion. With the Fourth of July coming up, I imagine I may be able to assemble among my besties and collect a sum of photographic memories to edit and preserve.

I typically edit my pictures on my MacBook Pro. It has a lot of disk space needed for memory intensive applications I use to design my layouts.

I also use digital kits such as the latest Multimedia Crafts Digital Freebie called, “Fireworks” and other digital graphics on the Multimedia Crafts Digital Etsy shop

In addition to the device used for creating these virtual projects, Adobe Photoshop is my go to program used in these developments. There are, however, multiple Adobe products, such as Illustrator, InDesign, and more that can be employed to get equal, quality, digital results. You can pick and choose which application best fits your needs or even get the entire Adobe Creative Cloud subscription to access your favorite editing software.

No matter which program you elect to operate, you can still have fun creating memories to share for the coming years. Capture those precious moments. Take those pictures. Make those scrapbook pages and layouts of your loved ones. Sentimental instances are very important. You will be so happy you have these when you look back on those times.

I hope this article was helpful. Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting!

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