Black and White Photo Series – Color Conversion (Adobe Photoshop)

Black and White Photo Series – Color Conversion (Adobe Photoshop)
by Jenifer Juris

Use the adjustment layers to their maximum power by customizing the color conversion process.

This tutorial is for Adobe Photoshop only. Click here for the Photoshop Elements version of this tutorial.

Step One: Open a Photo

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

Why this photo for black and white?

I chose this photo for a few reasons:

  • This photo has a single focus or one main subject.
  • This photo has various colors in it which will work well for highlighting the power of this tutorial.
  • This photo was taken outside so it’s well lit and already has good contrast to start with.

 

 

Step Two: Convert the Photo to Black and White

  • In the Layers panel, click on the Add New Fill or Adjustment Layer icon and choose Black and White.
  • In the Black and White (Properties) panel, choose a Preset from the Preset drop down box.

I almost always use the Default preset, but with this photo, I used the Darker preset.

 

 

  • Adjust the Red, Green, and/or Blue Intensity sliders.

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March Layout Madness 2017

:wobbly-eyes: Oh no!  March Layout Madness is back! :wobbly-eyes:
 

This month’s Scrap Girls Forum game, March Layout madness, is designed to help you get more scrapbook pages done with a series of simple steps that add up to a finished page at the end of each week, but watch out some of the tasks may be trickier :newangel: .  When the month is over you’ll have completed several layouts and been treated to some fun along the way.

 

Throughout March, Monday through Saturday, a Welcoming Committee member will post a daily layout step in the game thread. The tasks will be formatted in a LARGE PURPLE FONT for ease of locating them in the game thread as it grows.

 

  • Layout one will have four steps
  • Layouts two, three and four will have six steps each
  • Layout five will have five steps

 

Prizes;

  • Members who complete and post all 5 layouts in the March Layout Madness Gallery will be entered in a drawing for one of two $15.00 Scrap Girls Shop Gift Certificates.
  • Each completed layout posted in the March Layout Madness Gallery, up to 4 per member, will be entered in a drawing for one of three $5.00 Scrap
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Masking with Transparent Overlays

Masking with Transparent Overlays
by Jen White

Use the magic formula of 50% gray combined with a contrast blend mode to achieve a special masking technique.

 

The Problem:

I love to search for out-of-the-ordinary things to clip to masks. Recently I wanted to clip a transparent overlay to a fancy watercolor. I just wanted to utilize the shape and varied transparency of the watercolor, not the colors in it. So, I had to figure out how to make the watercolor disappear, yet still be able to clip to it.

The Solution:

The answer was found in the contrast blend modes.

The Contrast Blend Modes are Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Vivid Light, Linear Light, and Pin Light. All of the Contrast modes work by lightening the lightest pixels, darkening the darkest pixels, and dropping the gray mid-tones (50% gray).

That last part is the key. If you set a layer’s pixels to 50% gray and change the blend mode of that layer to Hard Light, for example, the layer appears to disappear… yet, it’s still there.

Let’s take a look at how that works in Photoshop.

 

Step One: Prepare Your Workspace

  • Download the Per Diem pack to work
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How to create my albums

I thought that i would create some albums in my SG gallery and so I went to the “How to create albums” and it says to go to “my controls” or “my albums” but i can’t for the life of me find those. Can anyone tell me how to get to them please? I’m sure they re obvious as but I just can’t see them. :blush:  … Read the rest

March Journaling Challenge – Childhood

March Journaling Challenge – Childhood
by Jenifer Juris

This month we are celebrating all of the many aspects of childhood. We hope you’ll join us for this fun challenge topic!

Prompt: Childhood

Share with us something to do with childhood. It can be about your own or someone else’s. It can be about something personal, like a memory or experience or it can be about a favorite toy or place. It can be as broad as you like and be about the nature of children or it can be about something specific to you. Just remember, photos aren’t required and feel free to share only what you’re comfortable with.

Things to Ponder:

  • Facts: Age, Name of Person (You or Someone else), Date(s), etc.
  • Feelings: How does this thing about childhood make you feel?
  • Focus: What’s the one thing about this memory you want to make sure you share?

Thinking about these things can help you recall memories and share a more polished story. Spend as little or as much time jotting things down as you like. Most importantly, have fun sharing about yourself, because your story matters.

Challenge Requirements:

  • The only requirement is that your project must include some form
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Quick Sticker Title

Quick Sticker Title
by Jen White

Make a title pop off the page by turning it into a sticker with a super fast style.

The Problem

I am wanting to add a title to my scrapbook page in a super-cool brush script font. But, as you can see in the screenshot below, the title is blending in and I cannot really see it on my page.

A Bad Solution

With a brush script font like this, it’s never an option to add a drop shadow or bevel or glow.

A Good Solution

I will turn the title into a stylish sticker by applying a multi-part style.

Step One: Create a Workspace

  • Create a new 12×12 inch document (File > New > Blank File) at 300 ppi with a white background. (PS: Choose File > New.)

I will be demonstrating this technique on a scrapbook page I already have started.

Step Two: Type a Word

  • Get the Horizontal Type tool.
  • In the Tool Options, open the Font Picker and choose a font. I’m using Maxim Regular by Vera Kudryashova.
  • Set the Size to 155 pts.
  • Click on the Color Chip, then double click on the Darker Cool Brown swatch from the
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Photo storage

Hi!! I use an iMac……my question is where do you store all of your finished layouts??? So far I have them in My Pictures but as you know those files are huge!! I use IPhoto for regular pictures….thought about storing them in ICloud but that’s kind of scary….don’t know about an outside source. I use IIphoto to store all of my kits in a separate library….I have passport and use Time Machine..so can go back to recover files.… Read the rest

February Journaling Challenge – Someone You Love

February Journaling Challenge – Someone You Love
by Jenifer Juris

Let’s celebrate February, the love month, by honoring those we care about. Join us in journaling about someone you love.

Prompt: Someone You Love

Who is someone you love? We want to read about them. It can be anyone from a spouse, to a special friend, to a person you cared about who has passed on.

Things to ponder:

  • Facts: Their name, their relationship to you, their character traits, details you love about them, physical attributes, etc.
  • Feelings: How does this person make you feel? How has the relationship impacted your life?
  • Focus: What’s the main thing you want to share about this person?

Thinking about these things can help you recall memories and share a more polished story. Spend as little or as much time jotting things down as you like. Most importantly, have fun sharing about yourself, because your story matters.

Challenge Requirements:

  • The only requirement is that your project must include some form of journaling that has to do with this month’s prompt. For 6 alternative journaling ideas, read Journaling With Style by Jenifer Juris.
  • Photos are NOT required, but they can help tell a story if
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Cutting Corners

Cutting Corners
by Jen White

Utilize the Intersect setting of the Shape tools to achieve the look of one rounded corner on a photo mask.

Step One: Prepare Your Workspace

  • Create a new 12 x 12 inch document (File > New > Blank File) at 300 ppi with a white background.
  • Press the letter D to reset the Color Chips to black over white.

Step Two: Create a Rectangle

  • Get the Rectangle tool. It is nested with the shape tools.

Photoshop Elements:

  • In the Tool Options, set the Style to None and the Geometry Settings to Unconstrained. Click on the Create New Shape Layer icon.

Adobe Photoshop:

  • In the Tool Options, set the Tool Mode to Shape. The Fill should be a Solid Color and the Stroke should be None. Open the Path Operations and choose New Layer. Open the Tool Settings and choose Unconstrained.

Both:

  • On the document, click and drag to create a rectangle.

Note: This images has been zoomed in to show more detail.

Step Three: Intersect with the Rounded Rectangle Tool

I am wanting to rounded only one corner of my shape.

  • Get the Rounded Rectangle tool.

Photoshop Elements:

  • In the Tool Options, set the Radius
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