April 2010 : Digital 101 w/ Erica Hernandez
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Posted: 4/27/2010 8:24:26 AM
A slight delay this month but I think we're up and good to go now! This month's topic is layer modes. You can find this month's seed, and PDF HERE.

Be sure to upload a layout for this month's challenge to be entered in the monthly prize drawing! This month's challenge is to upload a layout that uses layer modes in any way you choose.

Also, as promised long ago, I've done a couple of mini video tutorials. There will be more coming - hopefully sometime today I will be able to complete a quick tutorial on creating shadows on a separate layer to make them easier to manipulate This one definitely goes along with this month's topic!

You can find a tutorial on creating and saving a custom color palette HERE.


The tutorial for layering elements can be found HERE.

January's class thread can be found HERE.
February's class thread can be found HERE.
The March class thread can be found HERE.


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Posted: 4/28/2010 5:18:55 PM
Thanks Erica,
Can't wait to try the layers modes. Wondered what they were for.



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Posted: 4/29/2010 8:32:35 AM
Thanks for the tutorial for creating a custom color palatte.
It will be a huge time saver!

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Posted: 4/29/2010 8:52:09 AM
Great lesson, Erica. Thank you.

I tried experimenting with my photo as per
your instructions in the PDF.
It seemed to wash the color out of our skin
and make us look old! Maybe I didn't do it right. LOL

How did you create the shadow for the photo?
Did you just create a gray box (Control U) and
then Multiply that layer?

Lee Ann

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Posted: 4/29/2010 11:27:03 AM

Thanks Erica,
Can't wait to try the layers modes. Wondered what they were for.


They are useful for SO MANY things! You'll love playing around with them


Great lesson, Erica. Thank you.

I tried experimenting with my photo as per
your instructions in the PDF.
It seemed to wash the color out of our skin
and make us look old! Maybe I didn't do it right. LOL

How did you create the shadow for the photo?
Did you just create a gray box (Control U) and
then Multiply that layer?


Haha, it does wash out the color. That's the look I was going for this time around but it could be that it only works if you're a 2 year old with beautiful porcelain skin I've never tried that particular technique on a picture of myself! lol

For the shadow layer, I duplicated it (in black but you can play with the color depending on your background as well) and warped it a bit with the liquify tool. And yes, multiply mode at about 65% I'm hoping to make that my next video tutorial!


erica

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Posted: 4/29/2010 8:53:47 PM
Yes, she does have beautiful skin and a beautiful face.
Let me know if you try it on a photo with you.
Maybe you have other suggestions for adult photos!!!

Lee Ann

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Posted: 5/3/2010 7:18:46 AM
I will have to play with some adult photos to see what I can come up with! Something with heavy blurring, I think


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Posted: 5/7/2010 3:20:56 PM
Here's my version using blending modes. I blending the hockey net into the background using the overlay blending mode. Super fun. Rosalie

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Posted: 5/11/2010 12:19:08 PM
Here is my MARCH lo! Still catching up! A room of my own


http://www.calendulafitzpatrick.blogspot.com

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Posted: 5/13/2010 5:40:36 AM
Here is my scraplift from Erica's April sample lo! I'm not that happy with it, but I will have to do lots more experimenting with the layer modes and effects! A room of my own.


http://www.calendulafitzpatrick.blogspot.com

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Posted: 5/13/2010 5:44:12 AM
Love your lo tulip918! I like the way you've placed the black and white photo in the background layers.


http://www.calendulafitzpatrick.blogspot.com

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Posted: 5/13/2010 8:58:23 PM
Hi Erica! I just wanted to mention that I will be starting your classes soon... I finally ordered PSE8 today (Amazon.com had it for $55 plus $20 mail-in rebate). I am planning on starting back at the January lesson, but I hope to catch up!



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Posted: 5/18/2010 9:52:51 PM
Wonderful, Monica! I picked up PSE when Amazon had that deal as well I've had it for a few days but still haven't had a chance to install it...let me know what you think!


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Posted: 5/24/2010 11:29:39 PM
Hi Erica, I just attempted your January class. Am a complete novice but managed to fumble my way through everything except getting photos behind the frames. If I put them behind the frame, I just end up with the frame and white infill, nothing I try makes it work. Can you suggest what to do?
My PSE7 seems to freeze a lot for some reason so I have to sit and wait for ages for it to get going again. At first I thought there was actually something wrong with the program. Does anyone else experience this?
Am looking forward to progressing through your classes. Thankyou!

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Posted: 5/25/2010 11:19:56 AM
Welcome, Andrea! I don't have PSE7 but I just upgraded from 5 to 8. It seems like each generation of PSE has it's bugs and idiosyncrasies. It's kind of a pain but you may want to just reinstall the program. I've done that before and had it work like a charm. Also, you might want to check into your memory and see how efficiently your harddrive is operating.

As far as the frame issue...when you open the frame, is it a png file? Is it opened against a white background or transparent (grey and white checkerboard) If it is a transparent png, what happens when you drag it to your layout? Is that when the center fills in?

If you need screenshots of what it *should* look like when you open the frame file, let me know and I'll be happy to add some!


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Posted: 5/27/2010 2:20:05 AM
Hi Erica, I made up a new page, and the frame is a png file. It loaded correctly second time around. The first time it had a white background, and the only way around it was to use the rectangular marquee tool to cut out the white middle! I don't know if this is what you are meant to do, but it kind of worked...
I haven't reinstalled the program yet, but I probably should.
Thanks for your help, there is so much to learn
Andrea

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Posted: 5/27/2010 4:44:53 PM
Huh - so strange that you had the white center to the frame! Glad it worked correctly the second time through (and using the marquee tool is a fine solution!)

It is a lot to learn but once you get the hang of where everything is, it gets easier and easier. I've recently upgraded to PSE8 and it's taking me a bit to re-acclimate to it!


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Posted: 5/30/2010 6:16:06 AM
I can't seem to find the May thread for this class and the second pdf seems to be non-existent. Could you check the class homepage to make sure everything is up, please? Thanks!


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Posted: 5/31/2010 10:23:12 AM

I can't seem to find the May thread for this class and the second pdf seems to be non-existent. Could you check the class homepage to make sure everything is up, please? Thanks!


HERE is the May class! You should always be able to find the class thread in the Education Forum You'll see in that thread a download link for the layout samples as well - enjoy!


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Posted: 6/2/2010 2:40:11 PM
Thank you erica! The link for the second pdf still comes up with 'page not found' and the May discussion thread is not on the list.


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Posted: 6/3/2010 7:22:33 AM
Yes, the download link for the PDF is actually in the May thread a couple of posts down


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