How to Build a Custom List of Color Swatches

How to Build a Custom List of Color Swatches

What’s up world! Today’s Q&A video is pretty awesome because it uncovers a tool — well Panel — we so often use but forget it’s there. It’s like a lightbulb — you turn it on and off all the time and don’t think about it until it dims. Well this panel is just like a lightbulb. And now, we’re going to crack it open, safely, and see what’s inside.

Yup, I’m talking about the Color Swatch panel. The Color Swatch panel includes a variety of customizations and special tricks that can make life pretty easy — if you know how to manage it. And today, I’m going to show you how to build a custom list of color swatches and how to Pimp That Color Panel.

Yeah, I said wrote it!

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How to Blend a Pattern Into a Background Using Brushes

What’s up homies! You know, I carry around a large bag of digital tricks. It’s the best kind of baggage to have because it doesn’t weight you down or wake you up in the middle. A digital trick bag only says, “Use me.” And why would you deny that request?

I digress.

One of the best tools in the digital trick bag is the Brush tool! Known for wiping away pixel messes (or creating them), the brushes and the Brush tool offers so much more than regular stamps and paints for paper crafters. Because we can infuse our brush strokes with the normal color or the abnormal text, gradient, pattern, photo, texture, lighting effect, filter, adjustment, or mask.

And I’ve probably forgotten a few others! That’s a ton of options, don’t you think?

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How to Quickly Hide Clutter from Your Favorite Photos

You and I shoot a ton of photos. And unless you’re a Stepford Wife, I’m guessing you have some clutter in the background of your photos too!

Piles of laundry. Somebody’s shoes. Bunches of toys. Or if you’re outside, a tree, an electrical pole, some random stranger’s boob (or butt). Trust me; I say this with authority because some awkward strangers rear-end, clothed of course, is always photo-bombing my photos.

And I despise it!

But who has the time to extract the awkward photo-bomber out? Or remove the tree? And most times, I want to include the toys! Perhaps they’re less obvious but still show that I’m not a Stepford Wife.

Well in today’s Q&A Wednesday video, I’mma show you how to hide the clutter in your photos. It’s a fancy yet easy trick I’ve used for years. Except no one can tell unless I point it out! And now you get to learn some of that voodoo I do!

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How to Adjust Fill Opacity using Adobe Photoshop Elements

How to Adjust Fill Opacity Using Adobe Photoshop Elements

Photoshop Elements likes to hide some of its best features! And one such feature is Fill Opacity.

Say what, say who and whoa? Yes, I’ll say write it again. Adobe Photoshop Elements, with his bad self, gets off on hiding some of the most important features from digital scrapbookers, like you and me. And we go around thinking we can’t when in fact, WE CAN!

And in today’s Q&A Wednesday video, I’mma show you how to play with Fill Opacity two different ways!

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How to Shadow Acrylics Using Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements

Shadowing acrylics, washi tape, vellum and other transparent doodads is tough. If no one has shown you HOW to do it — how to do it the RIGHT way — then I’ll wager you’re not doing it the way you ought to.

And come on, everyone wants to do it the right way! Eh, eh? Imagine one of those cheesy grins on my face …

So how do you do that shadowing acrylic voodoo you ought to do so well? Without trying to sound like Dr. Seuss, I’mma show you! In today’s Q&A Wednesday video!

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How to Scan, Photograph & Extract Ephemera Part 3

In How to Scan, Photograph & Extract Ephemera Parts One and Parts Two, you learned how to photograph ephemera. Then how to extract said ephemera using Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

But let’s be real folks: ain’t nobody got time for that! And by that I mean all that photo-ing and setting up. You’re a busy mom who lives in a shoe (we have that in common).

Who has the time for photographing a ribbon, or marble or safety pin? I know I don’t! Do you?

And what about those pieces of memorabilia that can’t be sold in a digital kit like a Disney Trading Pin? Or the icon of your favorite Sports team? How can we find and use those on our scrapbook pages?

We have to SOURCE it!

So, What IS The Easiest Way to Source Ephemera?

Well, in Part Three you’ll learn the fastest technique for finding scraps for your scrapbook pages. It’s Lightening McQueen fast! And you know that’s fast because my two year old said so.

That’s right — I’m going to show you a designer trick, another DIY Technique designers adopt that saves them boat loads of time and yes, even some money! You absolutely need to know this before you create your next page.

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How to Scan, Photograph & Extract Ephemera Part 2

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.

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How to Scan, Photograph & Extract Ephemera Part 1

After taking the summer off from weekly video tutorials to concentrate on the launch of Scrapaneers, I’m SO excited to be back in the tutorial room creating weekly  vids for y’all! My homies.

This week’s video begins the start of something new and extremely cool! The video series are now sponsored by digital enthusiasts and companies around the web, which allows me to provide more in-depth content — something I KNOW you’ll love.

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How to Build Impressive Subway Art + Free Download

Guten Tag meine Damen! That’s Deutsch for “Hello my ladies.” Welcome back to another fabulous edition of Q & A Wednesday – the VIDEO blog feature here at Simply Tiffany Studios that answers your digital scrapbooking questions. Today’s topic catches up with a design trend that has found its way onto many scrapbookers pages, walls, and life as we know it. Of course, I’m talking about Subway Art!

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