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wvscrapqueen says:
Any requests?
Well, I had sooo much fun making the digi-kit tutorial, I'm now working on another one that doesn't seem to be available anywhere-Curling Ribbons in Photoshop. This one should be ready in a couple weeks. Are there any requests for tutorials you can't find on the web? I'll do my best to accomodate as time permits.
Jun 26, 2008
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cbl3mom says:
I would love to have a tutorial on making a string, small ribbon, or chain type thing to use with a tag or a charm.
Jun 26, 2008
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KimberlyRae says:
YESSSSS! Glad you asked, my dear!!
Do we have a limit of requests per person...LOL!!
Ok, here goes..something that drives me nuts (well there's MUCH that does...ha...but for the immediate moment)this one has me goin!
I would like to a tut on how to frame, border, wrap, ~whatever you want to call it~ around ANYTHING so it really looks like it's 'around' the subject.
maybe like 3d not sure on the terminology here.
example1:
a metal wire ~~around~~ a letter NOT making the letter into metal or chrome (been there done that...lol)totally on the outside of the letter.
example2:
same way but ~around~~ a custom shape or other element
THANK YOUUUUUUUU BUNCHES DEAR!!

Jun 26, 2008
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Lisadee says:
SQ ... when it comes to photoshop, anything you want to teach me, I want to learn - thank you so much.
Jun 27, 2008
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wvscrapqueen says:
Good ideas, folks!
Jun 27, 2008
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wvscrapqueen says:
Kimberly Rae, yours is easy!
1. Select your shape
2. Create a new layer and click on the layer. Make sure the shape is still selected
3. Edit Menu--->Stroke-->Choose the #of pixels...the more the thicker
4. Go to Layer Style and apply the Silver Gradient (Linear) play with the angles and the scale
5. Apply an Inner Glow. Change the color to black and the mode to muliply to get a shadow. This will give it the depth you are looking for.

You can use this for shapes or text

Jun 27, 2008
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wvscrapqueen says:
Amending the last post,
You want to apply the stroke to the outside, and you will probably want to apply an inner bevel to the wire frame as well.
Jun 27, 2008
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MaggieM says:
Isn't it fun to learn and share? I'm learning so much, I'll bust one of these days!! hehehehee Thank you all for giving of your time and knowledge. Hugggs....
Now after that....I have a request... If anyone knows how to make a burned edge around a photo or knows of a good tutorial, please let me know? I've checked out a few tutorials, but I need to be able to print it out, so I can follow. Thank You!! Maggie
Jun 28, 2008
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wvscrapqueen says:
Maggie:
1. Go to Layer Styles and select inner glow
2. Change the color to a dark brown
3. Change the mode to multiply, and play with the sliders
This gives you CLEAN burned edge. From here you can use the lasso randomly select sections of your pic to delete for a more "worn" look
Jun 28, 2008
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MaggieM says:
Thank you Sonya, I'm going to play with that. I love the layer styles, but never thought of doing that. Thanks again!!
Jun 28, 2008
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bee1995 says:
Wow! thanks!
Jun 28, 2008
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KimberlyRae says:
GF YOU ROCK!!!! (((((Hugs))))
Jun 28, 2008
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Maiku says:
Would you know how to make mats (squares, ovals, circles etc.) around my photos with different edges e.g. cookie cutter, zigzag?
What would be the easiest way to make them if I wanted the mats to always be e.g. 3mm wider than the various pictures I use?
My idea is to separate the photo from the patterned background and make it look like the traditional paper scrapbook.
Jul 7, 2008
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MaggieM says:
You might try using the cookie cutter shapes. Make sure it has a transparent layer under it, so when you cut it to the proper shape, the transparency shows. Be sure and save it as a .png file. Then it can be used as an embellishment. Then just copy paste it into your page and arrange the layers so it's under your photo, sizing it the way you wish. Hope this helped. Maggie
Jul 7, 2008
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lindyloo_aus says:
These tutorials are great! But only one problem LOL, I can't do it with my software cuz I use ACDSee Photo Editor. I have found a few good tutorials for it, seems it not as popular as the ones you all use though.
Jul 7, 2008
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MaggieM says:
Hi k9copchick....when you say make it transparent do you mean lower the opacity of the background or photo? If that is what you want, yes, it can be done in Paint.Net.
Do this: Open the Image or background. Go to the right and highlight the layer where it's on.
At the bottom of that layer box is a little paper with a little hand icon. It's the furthest symbol to the right at the bottom of the highlighted layer box. Double click.
Your layer properties box comes up. You can use the opacity slider there.
Hope this helped. Maggie
Jul 7, 2008
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wvscrapqueen says:
Sorry lindyloo and k9copchick. I'm good with Photoshop, but don't know anything about Paint.Net or ACDS!
Jul 7, 2008
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Maiku says:
Where do I find the cookie cutter shapes in Photoshop? Do they exist there or are they only in PSE? I can't find them... (which of course does not mean that they aren't there, I just need specifics to find them...)
Jul 8, 2008
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MaggieM says:
Hi Maiku, the shapes are on the left side in Photoshop. It looks like a warped star. click on it and the options appear across the top of the workspace, unless you have your workspace set up differently. It's called the Shape Tool. It's just above the notepad on the left. Good Luck!! Maggie
Jul 8, 2008
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cbl3mom says:
Maiku -if you have photoshop cs2 or a program like that, they have no cookie cutter, instead like Maggie said you have to use the Shape tool. It is a hassle if you are use to the cookie cutter tool like I am.

Jul 8, 2008
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wvscrapqueen says:
Maggie, you aren't going to believe this, but I had NEVER discovered the shape tools before! I've been using the pen tool to make shapes. I've been using Photoshop since before the shape tool existed (boy I'm showing my age!) so I never thought to look for them. Thanks for saving me tons of time!
Jul 8, 2008
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MaggieM says:
I'm glad I could help, Sonja.....I must admit it took me awhile to find it, when I first started using Photoshop, but I figured Elements couldn't possibly have something that Photoshop didnt so I "googled" it. (There's a wealth of information out there). Maggie
Jul 8, 2008
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Ashkenazi Lynne says:
I have paint shop pro 9 so anyone got any advice as l normally use the graphics package that came with my system. Microsoft photo premium or Ulead photo editor......
Jul 12, 2008
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Homegardentrees says:
After I have extracted how do I "Feather" in PSE5.
Jul 12, 2008
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MaggieM says:
Hi.... In PSE5 when you use the magic extractor, you can set your feathering prior to your extraction. I usually set it to 1 or 2 pixels. Also in the Extraction box on the left there is a "smoothing brush" tool that you can use when you are finished. This will fine tune your edges. Good Luck!! Maggie
Jul 12, 2008
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Candy3 says:
Hi Homegardentress you need to Ctrl click the image on that layer to make it a selection then go to feather in the drop down menu from I think it's layers.. Whatever you want to feather must be selected (I drove myself crazy learning that!!) - Candy
Jul 12, 2008
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Candy3 says:
HI Maggie...with the magic extractor (I still do it the long way) can you just quickly explain to me how to do the extraction I can't get it right...sorry I'm sure there is no quick explanation on that!
Jul 12, 2008
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dflora3168 says:
I really enjoy the tips that are shared here! Heaven knows I need them! One question for Maggie, could you explain exactly where this "smoothing brush" is. Thanks!

Pat
Jul 12, 2008
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Maiku says:
I've been playing with the custom shape tool, and it seems really a lot of work to get the mat and the photo to have the same edge, the photo being a bit smaller. I wonder if there is a simpler way...
And I could only find zigzag and scallop edge (is that what it's called?), where would I find other edges (like there are lots to choose from with the real scissors...)?
Jul 16, 2008
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MaggieM says:
Hi Candy and dflora. In Photoshop Elements 5 and 6 the Magic Extractor is under Image. Click on it and a new box shows up. The Smoothing brush is on the left side. You would use it after you have previewed your extraction. In Photoshop the Extract tool is under Effects. The Smoothing brush is also on the left side in there. Good Luck!!

Jul 16, 2008
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MaggieM says:
Candy in Adobe Elements on the left there is also a Quick Selection Tool and Brush that is very good. You can use it to add to selections or subtract from your selection. It's just to the right of the Magic Wand.
Jul 16, 2008
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MaggieM says:
Hi Maiku, the edges shown in Scrapbook Flair are preset. You can resize your photo after you put the edge on it, but the only edges you have to choose from are the preset samples shown under that area. There is no special fine tuning type tool for cutting or shaping. Good Luck!! Maggie
Jul 16, 2008
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Candy3 says:
Maggie..thank you so much :) I can't wait to try it
Jul 16, 2008
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digi addict says:
Please help me find a free tutorial on making tied ribbons. I really would love to learn. I can only make flat wavy ribbons and I would love to make a real ribbon this time.
Aug 31, 2008
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emmaleeah says:
Where can I see the digikit tutorial? I am soooo sick of never being able to find any really good kits for my pics of my son so I decided to make one.
Sep 1, 2008
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PubsAngels says:
I would like to see how to do a real fancy see through bow. I never see any thing on this one. Would be very grateful.
Sep 1, 2008
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PubsAngels says:
Oh forgot to mention should be in Photoshop.
Sep 1, 2008
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wvscrapqueen says:
I'm still working the fluffy bows.
Emmaleeah, you can find my digikit tutorial on my blog. Just follow the link on my homepage.
PubsAngels, if you know how to make bows, simply play with the opacity settings to make transparent. I will try to add this to my next bows tutorial. As I am swamped at school, I doubt it will be available for a few months.
Sep 5, 2008
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mookie1959 says:
I'd like to have a few pages on just layers and masks. Simple with a lot of examples.
I use ACDsee now but I've used PS in the past. The two are some different for a lot alike with different words & titles mostly.
Thanks!
Jan 18, 2009
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trishie says:
i use paintshop and i would love a tutorial on fairy wings or princess wings as i carnt find any on the net thank you
Mar 7, 2009
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ScrappinQueen says:
Trishie, I use paintshop too, I found this tutorial, it's not exactly what you wanted but it might help.-
http://graphics.carverhouse.net/angel_wings/index.html
Mar 9, 2009
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trishie says:
oh ok tailz-the-mischievous-kat thank you. scrappinqueen thank you ill pop over and have a look
Mar 9, 2009
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murielisima says:
Hi scrapqueen, please I need help. Im new on this and my question is ¿How can I rotate a embelishment? Can I? I don`t know. Is a new program for me and is incredible, I need help to used it. Thanks. And sorry, my English is really basic
Dec 13, 2009
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MaggieM says:
Hello Murielisima.....If you are using Photoshop, Place your object on your background....double click to OK it, then click on the Move tool, top left of the tools. You will see little curved arrows. Click on them and hold and turn.

If you're using Scrapbook Flair software you cannot rotate your embellishments.
Dec 13, 2009
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ShellandShilo says:
Hi am a newby I can't seem to see how you can make scrapbook pages where to upload pages on my page I joined as a silver member it looks like a fun site love all the pages and I am itching to do a page can anyone help me to get started thank shell.
Jan 2, 2010
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terilew says:
Hi, have you downloaded the SBF software? you create the page using either scrapbook flair software or a photo editing program like photoshop, photoshop elements, paint.net... After you've created your page you can log on to your account and select upload from the right side of the screen and follow it from there.
Terri
Jan 3, 2010
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Homegardentrees says:
I would very much like to learn how to make the ribbons in your tutorial but I have PSE5 and cannot follow your directions. Is there any way that you could make the changes necessary for PSE, (say in a different colour)?
Jan 4, 2010
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dottybev says:
hello

i am new to this type of scrapbooking and would appreciate any help and assistance you can give me I dont even know where to begin
thanks
Feb 9, 2010
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yahooyahoo says:
how to merge image onto canvas or how to cut the image in such a way that it looks like it was on that background only
Feb 25, 2010
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Peachychick says:
That's one I'd really like to learn as well. I'm not very good at all at blending a pic into the background or turning a photo into a background page.
Feb 25, 2010
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MaggieM says:
Hi...I will give you general directions, since I don't know which software you like to use.
First of all, it cannot be done in Scrapbook Flair Software.
In other software like Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop, Photoshop Elements you would open your background, then copy/paste your image on the background.
Size and place the image/photo where you want.
On the right side of the workspace you will see your 2 layers. Just above the layers to the right, you will see your Opacity control. Click on the little arrow and a slide bar comes up right under. Use the sliding bar to adjust the opacity of the image/photo into the background.
Then simply save as a .jpg file.
If you are using Paint.Net you will find the Opacity setting at the bottom of the layers and it's called Properties.
Hope this helps.
Feb 25, 2010
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trish's says:
Hi Maggie,
I'm reasonably new with Photoshop 7.0 and would love to know how to get a photo to blend onto the background layer covering the whole page? I also believe one has to lighten it before placing other photos on top?
Any help would be so welcomed, you have so much wonderful knowledge :)
Feb 11, 2011
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MaggieM says:
Hi Trish, In Elements or photoshop you would begin with a blank page, sized to your preference. Place you background on it.
Then go to file. Click on Place.
This brings up your browser.
Browse for your preferred photo.
It will place it on your background.
Spread it so it fits on the background the way you want.
Then on the right where you see your layers, highlight the photo layer.
Just above the layers on the right you will see an Opacity adjustment.
Click on the little arrow and move the slider bar until the photo is faded to your liking. Allowing the background to show thru the photo. You can then right click on the photo layer that has been faded into the background and choose "merge down" . This will lock the two layers together, so they don't move as you add other pieces to your background.
Hope this helps.
Maggie
Feb 11, 2011
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trish's says:
Hello Maggie.
Gosh you're fast at replying...great :)
I have tried doing as you say on a 12x12 template. When I apply my 6x4 photo that I wish to use as the whole background, it pixelates terribly when I spread it. Actually it looks horrible. I'm sure there's something I'm doing wrong?
Thank you again my knight in shining armour :)
Feb 11, 2011
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trish's says:
Maggie when you state,"place your background on it"...what exactly are you referring to? I should have mentioned that I open a blank template 12x12, then a photo & tried using this photo as my background :(
Feb 11, 2011
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trish's says:
Maggie when you state,"place your background on it"...what exactly are you referring to? I should have mentioned that I open a blank template 12x12, then a photo & tried using this photo as my background :(
Feb 11, 2011
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milliec says:
When I use PS 8, I open my background. Then I open my photo. I edit my photo as needed. So, if you have a 6x4 photo, you will need to crop it to size, a square for instance. Then I would resize the photo (3600x3600 pixels, 12x12 inches and 300 ppi) then save as a .jpg. Reopen your edited photo. All you have to do is at the bottom of your PSE program, you should have thumbnails of all your elements. Drag your photo with the mouse on top of the background and take it from the instructions Maggie gave you. You want to make sure your photo is of higher quality so it doesn't lose pixels. I hope this helps.
Feb 11, 2011
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milliec says:
I'm sorry, I use PSE 8
Feb 11, 2011
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