4 Steps for Turning Faceless into Friendly — Get a Gravatar

 

Go from faceless to friendly in just a few minutes time. All it takes is a quick account setup at gravatar.com.

 

Gravatars vs Avatars

Avatars are small graphics that are displayed under your username whenever you post. They are

specific to a website — like the forum/gallery at Digital Scrapper.

See/Edit Your Avatar

Gravatars are globally recognized avatars that follow you from website to website. Your gravatar will appear when you comment on this blogpost and many other blogposts on the web.

If you don’t have an avatar or a gravatar, a little faceless guy will show up in your place. But, it’s quick and easy to remedy that. Here’s how to set up a gravatar.

 

Step One: Create an Account at Gravatar.com

  • Go to gravatar.com.
  • Click on the blue box labeled “Create Your Own Gravatar.”
  • Enter an email address. This should be the same e-mail address that you use to make comments on our blog.
  • Enter a username (this will also follow you around the web) and password.
  • Click Sign Up.

Gravatar.com (WordPress) will send you a confirmation e-mail.

  • In the email, click Activate Account.
  • At Gravatar.com, click Sign In. You may need to enter your
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3 Steps for Narrowing Down a Group of Photos

3 Steps for Narrowing Down a Group of Photos

This summer my niece and nephew were here from Texas for a couple days. I took a bazillion photos of them playing in the hose. I now have it narrowed down to 35 of my favorite. The problem is, I’m only planning to make one scrapbook page.

You know how it is. When you absolutely love the photos, you want to include them all. So how do you narrow it down?

Well, I’ve asked the experts — or at least the two I know really well, Linda Sattgast and Jenifer Juris — to give us tips for weeding through masses of photos to find the photos best suited for your memory books.

Here’s what they said.

Step One: Rate the Photos

Linda uses Adobe Bridge. Jenifer uses Adobe Lightroom. But they both do the same first step, they rate their photos.

  • Go through your photos one by one.
  • Give it a three star if it’s good.
  • Give it a 5 star if it’s great.
  • Photos that don’t get a rating get deleted.

What are the characteristics of a photo deserving a rating?

Linda says, “Photos that get a good rating have … Read the rest

Scalloped Strips

 

Take creation into your own hands with instruction on how to turn a brush into a scalloped strip. Includes a FREE brush set with 12 different scallop options.

 

Step One: Download and Install the Brush Set

  • Download the Scalloped Strips Brushes set.
  • Load the brush set into Photoshop Elements or Adobe Photoshop.
    Note: If you need help loading brushes, read How To Install Brushes in our forum.

 

Step Two: Prepare a Document

  • Create a new 12×12 inch document (File > New > Blank File) at 300 ppi with a white background.
  • Press the letter D to reset the Color Chips to the default of black over white.
  • In the Layers panel, click on the Create a New Layer icon.

 

Step Three: Create a Clipping Mask

  • Get the Brush tool.
  • In the Tool Options, open the Brush Picker and choose the 08 Single Scallop Med brush. If you do not see this brush, open the flyout menu and choose Large List.
  • Set the Mode to Normal and the Opacity to 100%. (PS: Also set the Flow to 100%.)
  • On the document, position the cursor so part of the brush outline extends off of the left side of
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Meet Me – Jenifer

 

I’m Jenifer Juris. I usually go by Jen but since we already have a Jen (White) here, I wanted to prevent confusion and go by Jenifer. Thinking of this reminds me of the one time there were seven girls named Jen at the pool one day back when I was a kid. Needless to say, all seven of us were doing double-takes every time our name was yelled.

 

Here at Digital Scrapper

My roll at Digital Scrapper involves wearing a few different hats. The first role, and probably my favorite, is leading the Creative Team. I get to work with some of the nicest ladies who are all so very talented. It’s a treat to lead them and I always look forward to seeing the beautiful pages they come up with every month! The second role I have is running the social media sites for Digital Scrapper. This is also a fun job because I get to interact with all of our wonderful members there. And my third role is being an instructor here at Digital Scrapper. What a dream this job is! Working with and learning from Linda and Jen is such a blast, and I can … Read the rest

Inked Edges

Bring the real life appearance of inked edges to your digital papers, embellishments, and photos. It’s super easy and non destructive. What’s not to love?

This is an Encore Tutorial. This tutorial was originally presented in August 2009 by Sara Horton. The original tutorial has been refurbished to reflect new software versions and current standards. Enjoy!

There are two methods of inking presented in this tutorial—brushed edges and burned edges. So, make sure and try them both!

 

Method 1: Brushed Ink Edges

 

Step One: Open a File and Prepare the Workspace

  • Open an embellishment or background paper (File > Open) you’d like to ink. If you’d like to follow along with me, download this tag for practice.
  • In the Layers panel, Ctrl click (Mac: Cmd click) on the thumbnail of the tag layer to get a selection outline.
  • Click on the Create a New Layer icon.
  • Double click directly on the name of the new layer and rename it INK.

Step Two: Choose an Ink Color

  • Click on the Foreground Color Chip to open the Color Picker.
  • On the document, click on the tag to sample a color.
  • In the Color Picker, click to choose a slightly darker
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Let’s Get Inspired – June 2017

Let’s Get Inspired – June 2017
by Jenifer Juris

Even though our regular monthly scrapbooking challenge has been suspended until September, we wanted to continue to bring you monthly inspiration from our Creative Team.

This month, we asked the team to create a page about their favorite place(s). I’ve picked a handful of them to showcase here. We hope these pages inspire you to make a page yourself about your favorite place or places.

 

A Beautiful Place by Donna:

This page by Donna is a classic! The photos are of great quality with good exposure and lighting. Notice how the gray rectangle frames behind the photos help lead your eyes from the top of the page to the bottom. The other small touches, like matching the title to the colors in the photos and using a neutral background, help pull this page together, and, while it’s simple, it’s classically beautiful!

 

10 Places to Visit by Lori:

Lori created a really fun page! She took the idea of favorite places and decided to make a page about the top 10 locations she wants to go. Using a grid layout worked in her favor. Her diagonal flow from top-left to … Read the rest

Travel the Web — At the Beach

 

Travel the Web – At the Beach

by Jen White

Sand in your shorts, water up your nose, and first degree burns on your cheeks . . . what’s not to LOVE about the beach!

The next time you’re preparing a trip to a sandy location, we’d like to help. Below you’ll find some great ideas and beach-y inspiration to pack in your mind and your tote.

 

Who Will You See?

Here are some ideas for taking photos of the kinds of things you’ll be likely to see and experience.

At the Beach – Photo Idea Collection – on Pinterest

Where Will You Go?

Fantastic beaches can be found all over the world, but let’s take a look at a central location – the Midwest.

 

Best Midwest Beaches
Top 7 Midwest City Beaches

 

What Will You Do?

Fun at the beach doesn’t have to be complicated, but one super-awesome toy can make or break the trip. Here are some of the best toys guaranteed to break beach boredom.

 

Top Best Beach Toys
Top 10 Best Summer Beach Toys

 

How Will You Scrap It?

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Black and White Photo Series – Gradient Map

Black and White Photo Series – Gradient Map
by Jenifer Juris

Use a gradient map adjustment layer to easily turn your photo into black and white.

Step One: Open a Photo

  • Open a photo (File > Open) that you wish to use.
  • Press the letter D to reset the Color Chips.

Why did I chose this photo?

  • The subject is already black and white.
  • The photo already has high contrast.

 


The Gradient Map Method

Pros
Using the gradient map method is a fairly quick and simple way to convert an image to black and white.
Cons
This method doesn’t give as much control over how colors convert.

 

Step Two: Add a Gradient Map Adjustment Layer

  • In the Layers panel, click on the Create a New Fill or Adjustment Layer icon and choose Gradient Map.

 

 

  • In the Gradient Map (Properties) panel, evaluate your photo.

Stop here if:

  • The dark areas are black or almost black and the white areas are white or almost white.
  • The photo has good contrast, meaning it’s bright and doesn’t look dull.

Keep going if:

  • The dark areas are too dark.
  • The light areas are too dull or grayish.

With this photo:

  • His
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Black and White Photo Series – Hue/Saturation

Black and White Photo Series – Hue/Saturation
by Jenifer Juris

Use a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer to create a quick black and white photo.

There are many ways to convert a photo to black and white using Photoshop Elements and Adobe Photoshop. In this new Black and White Photo Series we’ll look at:

  • What kinds of photos make good black and white photos
  • The pros and cons of several black and white methods
  • What makes good black and white contrast and how to obtain it

 

Step One: Open a Photo

  • Open a photo (File > Open) that you wish to use.

Why did I choose this photo?
This flower photo makes a nice black and white photo without much effort because:

  • It has a single focus.
  • It has highly contrasting colors.

 

The Hue/Saturation Method

Pros
The Hue/Saturation method is a fast, easy, and simple way to convert to black and white.
This is a good option if you are in a hurry.

Cons
The Hue/Saturation method gives you very little control over how the colors convert to black and white.
This can add slight grain or noise to the photo.

 

Step Two: Add a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer

  • In
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Project Life 2017

The Details for Project Life 2017:

 

SG Project Life is a year-long scrapping challenge. The goal is to stay current scrapping the year. There is not a set form, you can take daily photos, scrap weekly layouts, monthly layouts or whatever works for you.

SG Project Life is similar to a Project 52 or 365 which are year long challenges of creating 52 weekly layouts (one for each week of the year) or taking 365 photos (a photo a day) and documenting them. We don’t want overwhelm anyone with daunting requirements so we simply give you the challenge to document your year then let you approach this project in a way that meets your individual goals.

Here are some typical formats our members have chosen:

  • One layout for each week of the year (single or double pages)
  • A double page layout covering two weeks
  • One layout (single or double paged) per month
  • A monthly calendar style layout with or without a companion page.
  • Scrap the significant events from each month– some months with more pages than others.
  • Use “Pocket Life” products to document your year.

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