Friday, February 12, 2010

Ask and you shall receive!


Wow! 204 of you voted in my poll asking if you would like more tutorials on using Photoshop Elements in your scrapbooking, crafting and blogging, and a full 93% of you voted "yes"!  Those of you who have followed me for a while know that I love to answer your requests, so I'm brushing up my skills and planning a whole series of techniques that I think many of you will find useful. 

If you have a blog or website and you post pictures of your work, you will definitely want to check out my videos on how to watermark photos. They are already posted on my Tutorials page, and there are 2 different methods for 2 very different looking watermarks.  Make sure you click on the 4 arrows on the lower right corner to view them full-screen.

If you're a scrapbooker and you've never tried digital or hybrid scrapping, you might be surprised at what  you can do with your computer.  Hybrid scrapping just means combining digital methods with the traditional ones.  Be prepared to become hooked!  There are so many amazing effects you can create with your digital photos before you even print them out, that you'll find yourself scrapping in a whole new way.  There are some super easy techniques that take just minutes but add a major "WOW" factor to your photography. 

Other techniques I'll teach you will enable you to create your own embellishments, like word art (one example is shown at the top of this post), buttons, brads and ribbons.  If you're scrapping at midnight and find that you don't have just the right color button, you'll be able to create one that lays flat in your scrapbook but still has visual dimension.  There are also lots of free digital scrapping elements on the web that you can use as they are or modify to fit your own needs. I'll show you some of those tricks, too.

What if you don't have Photoshop Elements?  Just about any photo editing program that allows you to use layers will work very much the same for the techniques I'll be teaching.  If you don't have editing software at all, there's a very good free one called Gimp that is a good place to start experimenting.  You can download the most recent version here

I'm excited about this new series of tutorials, and I have some ideas about using the Photoshop techniques in combination with some Cricut projects.  Can you say, PUMP UP THE CREATIVITY!?!?

12 comments:

disneynut77 said...

Yay! Thanks for doing this. I’ve been wanting a Photoshop for about two years now but don’t know anything about it. I can’t wait for your tutorials. I have five trips to Disney to scrap. This will help me so much. Thank you for your time and hard work.

:)

Cindy McVey said...

If you're thinking of buying it, I recommend Photoshop Elements 8.0. it runs about $100 retail, but you can probably find it cheaper online or at one of the big box stores like Costco. It's also the version I will be using in my tutorials, so you will be able to follow along effortlessly :)

disneynut77 said...

Thank you Cindy! I will make sure to give this info to my hubby. My birthday is in April. Maybe if I'm a good girl I can get it sooner. lol........

Yvonne said...

Looking forward to it. Thanks so much.

lynn said...

thanks so much, cindy! i'm photoshop dumb!-any help you can give-i'll love!

Audrey Frelx said...

OMG! Cindy, I have Photo Explosion, Paint Shop Pro, Corel Paint Shop Pro, and I just purchased the upgrade for Serif PhotoPlus X2! Now I've got to try to buy Photoshop Elements too! LORD!!! I wish this was posted a few days ago -- LOL!!! Anyway, I can't wait for the tutorials because some of them aren't very user-friendly as far as understanding them as they are written. Thanks so much for all your help!

Cindy McVey said...

Audrey, look to see if any of those use layers. If so, you can probably use the same techniques by just looking for the same tools. You might also try Gimp for free before you buy PSE, but then again, if you just WANT Photoshop, who am I to stop you? LOL!

Carol said...

Yeah! I have photoshop elements v8. I am looking forward to learning how to use it. thank you

Deanna said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial. I really love learning new skills and have always wanted to learn more about photoshop elements. I don't have photoshop elements 8.0 but will upgrade as soon as I can.

Janet said...

I am so excited about your tutorials on Photoshop Elements. I have had the program for about 3 years and don't really know how to use it. So I can't wait to get started. Thank you very much for taking the time to do these videos and sharing them. :)
Janet

Marty said...

I can't wait to follow this I've got PS07 and really haven't used it much. I definitely have a lot to learn so thank you for taking the time and I'm sicning up to follow you now thanks to Tammy from her Creative Critters Blog

chriswooten57 said...

i must check back to see your videos. thank you for sharing with us. i just found your blog and sooooooooooooo glad i did...i need all the help i can get....

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Lifetime crafter, beginning with sewing clothes for my troll dolls when I was 5. Stampin' Up! demonstrator since 2000. Wife of almost 30 years to my high school sweetheart and planning on 30 more! Mom to 2 great kids and one awesome new son-in-law. "Mom" to 3 furkids, Pomeranians Roxy and Lulu, and a Calico cat, Sugar aka "Miss Fattypants." Addicted to all things Disney!