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I'm featured project today!

My latest digi using Hazel Olive's HER JOURNEY kit is featured project today :)

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i'm featured project in the gallery!

I was surprised to see my daughter Sofi's face at the Gallery home this morning.

This layout is featured project today :)

 

6/11/2010 3:19:43 PM | Comments (1) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Blog Post

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Challenge

Use Your Two Peas kits CHALLENGE 3/24-3/30

Hello! Cathy here. It's my first time hosting the Digital Creative Team - Use Your Two Peas kits Challenge!

My digital challenge for you this week is to scrap a digital or hybrid page (with at least 75% Two Peas Products) that includes a photo that you have blended with a patterned paper - like in this layout.

I like how the patterned paper adds texture to the photo, especially photos with a lot of white space.

If you're not sure how to do this technique, don't worry! Here's a short tutorial.

1) Open your photo. Open a patterned paper. I chose a fairly light patterned paper that had flower accents from Vinnie Pearce's Sakura Santuary paper set. If you're looking for a subtle look, try to match the paper with the background of your photo.

2) Drag the patterned paper on top of the photo. Clip your patterned paper to the photo by selecting the paper in the LAYERS palette and hitting CTRL + ALT + G in Photoshop (or CTRL + G in PSE). Note that the patterned paper must be immediately above the photo in the LAYERS PALETTE for this to work.

3) At this point you cannot see your photo at all. Now it's time to start revealing the photo. With the patterned paper selected in the LAYERS Palette, click on the drop-down menu that says "Normal". From the drop-down menu, choose OVERLAY. This will make the patterned paper more transparent and you will begin to see the photo. You can also experiment with the other options like COLOR BURN or SOFT LIGHT. Have fun! Depending on the photo and the paper you can get different looks.

4) If your photo is of a person you will probably want to reveal even more. In this case, I wanted my daughter's face to show clearly. So I used my ERASE Tool. First use a hard brush erasing the middle parts first. Then go back with a softer brush and go over the edges. This will give you a softer edge. Don't worry about getting every bit erased. I like how some of the paper blends into parts of her clothing and around her ears. Especially around the edges. But if you want to be more exact you can zoom in on your document to see the edges more clearly. Once you're done erasing, play with the opacity of the patterned paper layer. You might want an even softer (less -contrasty look).

And that's it! You now have a photo with a bit more texture and interest to add to your next layout.

Here's another example of a photo of myself when I was 9 months pregnant. I chose a soft green ledger paper from Shimelle's Springtime Basics Paper Set (new this week in the Two Peas store). Because I chose green paper and my background on the photo was mostly green, this is very subtle effect. The greens in the second photo are lighter and you can barely see the lines in the ledger paper. But side by side you can see the difference. I think it helps to make the subject pop more from the background.

So I hope you enjoyed the little tutorial. Unfortunately there is no prize this week, but I hope you will play along and try a new technique you might not have tried before! Can't wait to see what you create!


Challenge ends on Tuesday, March 30 at 12pm CST!

 

 

3/24/2010 1:18:54 AM | Comments (5) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Challenge

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My latest layout

I will be hosting the DCT Use Your Two Peas kit next week so I just wanted to test this little blog out.

So I'll post my latest layout which I can't seem to post in the regular gallery.

I used Kathy Martin's digital doodle: song bird  : as a little accent for this page. TFL!

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