How to Scan, Photograph & Extract Ephemera Part 2

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Howdy! Nice to cyber-see you again! After my computer died back in August, I thought I’d never have a chance to add a new video tutorial but luck be a lady tonight because we’re back in action!

This week’s video is the sequel to How to Scan, Photograph & Extract Ephemera Part 1. And I KNOW you’ll love this lesson. In 16:32 minutes, I’ll detail my process for extracting a ribbon from a photographed background.

Sponsoring today’s tutorial is my homie Mye De Leon. Simply Tiffany visitors can enjoy a 20% OFF discount towards her store! The discount code is IN THE VIDEO.

She’s also graciously allowing me to host a giveaway! More on that soon — but first …

Today’s video lesson is the second of a three-part series all about scanning, photographing, and extracting ephemera! In part one, I outline the ins and outs of photographing doohickies. In part two, I demonstrate how to extract the doohickey from the background using Adobe Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop Elements users can use the exact same steps!

You’ll learn:

  • Why the initial photograph can help or hurt your extraction.
  • The number one tool I use for extracting single-colored embellishments.
  • How to modify the edges of an object with precision results.
  • The two methods I use to quality check my finished extraction.

Download my source file before you start.

DIY_Photograph Extraction Ribbon

Onwards to the video!

How to Scan, Photography & Extract Ephemera Part 2 from Tiffany Tillman on Vimeo.

What’s in Part 3? The final video depicts how I use my scanner and also web images to build other types of ephemera. It’s a pretty comprehensive series and I do hope you enjoy!

And if you’d like more extraction tips & techniques, check out the All Stars class where I highlight how to extract a subject from a less than stellar photograph and repurpose the background creatively.

Now, let’s get to the giveaway!


THREE lucky winners will win a $50 gift certificate towards their choice of Mye’s products at Pixels & Company! To enter for your chance to win, simply post a comment below in this thread sharing your biggest digital scrapbooking struggle by Sunday, October 2oth, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST. Increase your chances of winning by tweeting, facebook(ing), pinning, or blogging about the video and the giveaway.

Be sure to post a new comment for each tweet, pin, or post! The giveaway winner will be announced here on Monday, October 21, 2013. Good luck!