How to Recolor Single-Color (Solid) Images in Photoshop and PSE [Video]

This week’s Adobe Photoshop or Elements tip of the week is now available on video. This weeks tip is on How to Recolor Single-Color (Solid) Images in Photoshop and PSE.

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Saturday Scraplift Challenge: Lots of Frames

Here we are with another Saturday Scraplift. I found this beauty by Esther:

I love the beautiful multiple photos, the gorgeous border and the lovely elements. We came up with a few nice lifts to add inspiration

Carolyn (Amson) filled all the frames with wonderful photos of albatros

She arranged all her photos horizontally, such beautiful photos!! Here is what she used:
Far and Wide Element Pack, Sealife Memories Element Pack, Dictionary Blendables: Beach No. 01, Artsy Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Graphed Notebook Paper Packs 17,  Lightly Linens 22,  December Journal Labels No. 02, Counting Spots No. 1

Mirjam (Mielz) filled all her frames with photos as well. I love the b/w wintery scenes:

I also like the desaturated elements. Another gorgeous page. Here are her supplies:
Clean Stitched Borders: White No. 01, Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 18, Edge Overlays No. 09, Jack Frost Element Pack, Flossy Stitches No. 03, Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 21, Layer Works No. 1204

Kate (OKate) filled her photo spaces with Christmas trees and the kept the center space open for her journaling. Additionally she removed the top left frame and added a cluster and her title for a perfect balance.

Here is her list of supplies:
Seasons Finest Scrapbooking Collection, Seasons Sparkles Brushes and Stamps, 
Readymade Layers: Reel Clusters Christmas No. 03, Layer Works No. 1204

Just like Esther I replaced a few polaroids with different frames. We spent the day after Christmas at the beach, it’s still so strange for me to be able to go outside this time of the year.

It’s so much fun to fill the spaces with different things. Here’s what I used
Layerworks No. 1204, Big Bottom Lift Classic Frames No. 1, monthly mem vol2 vintage pack no. 12, monthly memories element pack no 1, monthly memories element pack no. 8,
At The Beach WA, Beached Solids, Beach House Memories, Beachside clusters, Beachy clusters No. 2, Dictionary Blendables beach, Fine Line Titles No. 6, Farmhouse Christmas

I hope you feel inspired by the versatility here and decide to give this a try. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge gallery as well as in the December Challenges sign-in thread in the forum. See you again Next Year 🙂



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Saturday Scraplift: All That Glitters

There’s a lot glittering at this time of year, including gorgeous pages in the gallery here at Designer Digitals. I’ve enjoyed so many of the beautiful Days of December pages that have been posted that I chose one for this week’s Saturday Scraplift by the talented Joanne (jcaruth910). I love her golden brush work, the slide reel cluster, and a great focal photo. A trio of my fellow Creative Team members took inspiration from Joanne and created their own golden beauties.

Joanne’s page:

Julie (MaggieMae) chose the perfect photo as the central focus of her design, a shot of glittering Christmas lights on a snowy night. I love how she extended the golden brush work trees on either side of her photo, and the snowflake on the slide reel is the perfect accent. A winter wonderland, indeed!

Credits: Colbie Solids Paper Pack;  Fall Garden Add-on Paper Pack; Watercolor Page Titles Brushes and Stamps No. 10; Readymade Layers: Seasons Sparkles Borders No. 01; Jolly Good Edgers Brushes and Stamps No. 06; Gilded Photo Frames No. 01; Deckled Photo Frames: Vintage; Slide Reels No. 01; Readymade Layers: Winter Borders No. 05; Readymade Layers: Winter Borders No. 06; Flossy Stitches No. 03

Esther (esther_a) also opted for a picture of Christmas decorations – an enormous reindeer sculpture with stained glass highlights. Look how huge it is in comparison to the nearby chairs! She complemented the sculpture with golden reindeer brushes and a little pop of color with the greenery and holly berries.

Credits: Big Bottom Lift Classic Photo Frames No. 01; Watery Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Christmas Market Solids Paper Pack; Frosted Christmas Transfers; Gilded Photo Frames No. 01; Layer Works No. 1195; Old Ledger Golden Paper Pack; Watercolor Page Titles Brushes and Stamps No. 10

Kathy (Blackkathy) created such a sharp page by adding a visual triangle of black to the gold and white color scheme. I find that a bit of black on a page is often just the right striking touch. Her picture gets attention through the lovely photo treatment and the carefully chosen elements surrounding it.

Credits: Around Word Frames December Brushes and Stamps No. 03; Readymade Layers: Reel Clusters Christmas No. 03;  Reindeer Games Brushes and Stamps; Seasons Finest Scrapbook Kit

Whether you adopt Joanne’s color scheme or design plan, I think you’ll find plenty of inspiration in her page. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge gallery as well as in the December Challenges sign-in thread in the forum. Happy scrapping and Merry Christmas!


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Let’s Blend Challenge – Threshold Filter

It’s the last Let’s Blend Challenge of the decade! I thought it might have some fun and work with the Threshold filter. It is really quite easy, so here we go.

I used this image a few years ago for our Christmas card, and it’s a pretty good example of how the filter works.

First, Activate the image you want to use in the layers palette.

Go to Image, Adjustments and Threshold. Drag the slider over until the photo looks the way you want it.

With the Threshold layer still active, use the Magic Wand tool and tap the black part of the image.

With the marching ants still active, Command(mac)/Control (PC) +J to duplicate the black portion of the photo. You may have to do this a few times to get all of the black areas of the photo. Just keep duplicating your threshold image and highlight them with the magic wand tool.

You can now clip a paper to those black portions, by turning off the eye icon to the bottom photo and activate the threshold image.

Add any brushwork, paper, or elements you want to complete your page.

When creating your page, you can use all or some of the products Katie has generously  provided in the freebie pack. Remember to post them in the Mask Appeal Challenge Gallery and link up your page in the December Challenge Participation Thread, for proper credit.

I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday Season. See you in 2020!


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Christmas Time is Near- A Template MashUp Challenge

What theme shall I use for the template mashup this week? Why, Christmas of course!  First, I chose a simple template with lots of space for photos, because there are lots of things to photograph at this time of year.

Then I chose a template with lots of fun holiday elements to add to a page.

The challenge is to combine parts of these two templates to create a new page.

Guest CT member Kathy did a fabulous job of creating a fun and festive page combining these two templates! I love her sweet page border and the awesome way she grouped elements around her cute photo.

In addition to the challenge templates, Kathy used Hello Santa Scrapbook Kit and Light Strings No. 04.

Guest Ct Member Julie surprised me in a lovely and creative way! She combined the templates into a graduation page! I love it! Her photos definitely tell the story of a special celebration.

In addition to the challenge templates, Julie also used Rimmed Framers No. 02, Monthly Memories Vol 02: Foundations No 12 and Artsy Layered Blends No 01.

I hope these two templates challenge you to do a little mashing-Christmasy or otherwise! Please post your page in the Template Challenge Gallery. If you also post your page in the Challenge Sign-in thread, you can earn a valuable coupon to the DD store!

Happy mashing!

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iTunes: All is calm, all is bright

Hiya, and welcome to December’s iTunes challenge. This month the weather’s turned wintry here, though I know we don’t all live in chilly parts of the world. Still, take the time to curl up with your computer and enjoy some scrapping time. I sometimes have an image/ style in mind when choosing an album cover for the iTunes challenge, other times I just scroll through till I spot something interesting. I spotted this album cover on Spotify and was drawn to it by the graphic design, which I can see complementing snowy scenes.

There are those little squares of colour to add interest, and I like the vertical text, really works as a scrapbook template.

Mirjam (Mielz) joined me in creating a page for the challenge. I love the sentiment, as well as the twisted dots and stars across the layout.Mirjam used Twisted Dots No. 01; Starry Overlays No. 01; Evergreens Scrapbooking Kit; Winter Ice Scrapbooking Kit.

I love using a large photo in my pages, and this was no exception. I chose this photo of my boy from a few years ago, love the look of mischief as he clutches a large chunk of snow!

I used the challenge freebie and Watery Brushes and Stamps No. 01.

Now it’s your turn, let us see what you can create using this starting point. Katie’s generously provided a freebie for the challenge. Post your pages in the iTunes inspiration gallery so we can leave some love. Remember to keep track of your challenge pages in the December challenges sign-in thread to earn store discount.

Happy scrapping!

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How to Save and Reuse Recolored Embellishments in Photoshop and PSE [Video]

This week’s Adobe Photoshop or Elements tip of the week is now available on video. This weeks tip is on How to Save and Reuse Recolored Embellishments in Photoshop and PSE.

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Saturday Scraplift: Straight and Angled

Happy Saturday! It’s time for another Saturday Scraplift. I know that the holidays are quickly approaching but I just fell in love with this wedding page by Liz (lizj). Not only is the photo stunning, but the way she built the background with soft vertical lines and then added a slightly angled photo frame just really works. I also love how the soft lace brushes mimic the lace on the dress.

This week, Julie (MaggieMae) made a pretty direct lift of Liz’s page with this page featuring her granddaughter’s senior picture. She kept the background color scheme, soft white horizontal lines and a top page border.

I Do Solids Paper Pack, I Do Add-On Paper Pack, Sunflower Blends No. 01, Letter Box Remnants Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Bradded Photo Frames No. 03, Readymade Border Strips: Neutrals No. 03

Up next is Carolyn (Amson) with her beautiful but sad layout about the thirsty birds due to a drought. She chose soft chevron brushes for her background as well as watery grids. She also really liked the idea of the hinged photo.

Wanderer Solids Paper Pack, Wanderer Element Pack, Painted Chevron Pencil Lines Stone Paper Pack, Hung Up Photo Frames No. 07, Deer Lodge Scrapbooking Mini Kit
Watery Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 07

Finally, Rachael (myssp) made a fun page with this awesome photo! She used a gradient fade with her diagonal striped background and a great page topper. Love the xxo detail under the hinge. 

Farmhouse Christmas, Relative Bliss Brushes and Stamps, Everlasting Remix Solids Paper Pack, Readymade Layers: Vintage Borders No. 03, Frosted Winter: Paint, Stamped Stitched Hearts Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Worth Repeating Brushes and Stamps No. 22
Monthly Memories Paper Pack No. 05, Page Fades No. 02, Stacked Classic Frames
Curated Team Scrapbook Mix No. 10 Value Pack, Layer Works No. 773

When you use 100% DD products, your page qualifies for the rewards program so be sure to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery and the December 2019 Challenge Participation Thread. I can’t wait to see where this inspiration takes you; I’ll be looking for your page in the gallery! Have a wonderful Saturday!

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December Color Challenge: Scandinavian Christmas

I find this time of year a bit overwhelming. There is a lot on the to-do list and I am NOT a decorator. I struggle with getting the boxes of decorations out and trying to put it all together to look festive.

Among the abundance of gold, silver and tinsel, I’ve found some serenity and beauty in the simplicity of colours found in nature at this time of year. Evergreens, birch, veneer, grey, and a touch of red. I realize that my personal aesthetic runs more in the realm of a Scandinavian Christmas, which is what I based the palette on for the December Colour Challenge.

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For this month’s challenge, I had some amazing helpers who really got into the theme and balanced a perfect combination of the traditional and simple colours of the season!

Kate (OKate) put together this great layout which uses so many great traditional colours!

Products she used: Colbie Solids Paper Pack, Lightly Linens Paper Pack No. 02, Christmas Woodlands Paper Pack, Christmas Woodlands Element Pack staple & sticker, December Boscage Christmas Element Pack berry branch, Christmas Village Element Pack brush, Christmas Lodge Element Pack twine & branch, Natural Winter Woods Paper Pack, Christmas Photo Masks Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Fabric Swatches Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Letter Box Christmas Blocks Brushes and Stamps, Assorted Messy Stitches: White No. 03, Wood Veneer Circle Words No. 01.

Mirjam (Mielz), with her classic simple style, designed this lovely page which embodies everything that I love about these colours and the simple Scandanavian look!

Products that Mirjam used: Arctic Whites Paper Pack No. 04, ARTpack Winter Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Clean Stitched Borders: White No. 01, Fine Lines Page Titles No. 13 Brushes and Stamps, Flake Scatters No. 01, Holiday Trees: Wood Veneer No. 01, Jolly Good Edgers Brushes and Stamps No. 04, Twisted Dots No. 01

I loved this page by Kathy (blackkathy)! So creative with the circles and love that cluster of evergreens!

 Credits: Spill Frame Layers No. 12, Deer Lodge Solids Paper Pack -recolored, Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 30, Essential Vellums Paper Pack No. 02, Typed and Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 11, Country Christmas Element Pack, Vellum Sentiment Spots No. 01

Jana showcased her super cute reindeer decor perfectly!

Christmas Market Solids Paper Pack, Country Christmas No. 02 Painted Layers, Pencil Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Layering Pages: December Layered Template No. 01, Gesso No. 05, Evergreens Element Pack (freebie), December Boscage Christmas Element Pack, Frosted Christmas Element Pack (freebie), Flossy Stitches No. 03, 
Reindeer Games Brushes and Stamps, Readymade Layers: Reel Clusters Christmas No. 02

This challenge really spoke to Julie (MaggieMae) whose heritage is Norwegian!

Christmas Market Painted Layers, Country Christmas No. 02 Painted Layers, Christmas Linens Paper Pack No. 02, Frosted Winter Solids Paper Pack, ARToption Mini Mix No. 04
Vintage Christmas Blendable Layers No. 01, Vintage Christmas Blendable Layers No. 02, Tree Scapes Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Blendable Layers No. 14, DocuStacks No. 01
Painted Photo Masks Brushes and Stamps No. 12, Gesso No. 04, Doily Edgers No. 06

Myself, one of my favourite decorations is a simple wooden snowflake sent from a special DD friend!

Credits: Watercolor Page Titles Brushes and Stamps No. 10, Seasons Finest Scrapbook Kit, December Woods Scrapbook Kit, Christmas Market Kit, Evergreens Scrapbooking Kit, Frosted Christmas Element Pack, Hello Santa Christmas Scrapbook Kit, Junk Journal Printable Collage Sheet No. 05, Hinge Pack, December Boscage Christmas Scrapbook Kit, 
Readymade Layers: Christmas Borders No. 16

Christmas has come a bit early and Katie has provided a few awesome freebies to get you started with this month’s Color Challenge. Post your pages in the Color Challenge Gallery and don’t forget when you use ALL DD product on your challenge page, post a link of your page in the December Challenge Participation thread so that it will count toward your savings in the rewards program.

Happy holidays everyone and peace be with you!

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The Story Scrapbook Challenge

Ho ho ho, let’s get into the Christmas spirit with this challenge, it’s lucky dip time!  Yes that’s right, I want you to delve into your files, look through the downloads from your camera, flip back on the photos on your phone, and I want you to pick a photo, any photo that is about Christmas.  How easy is that!  Even the most innocuous innocent photo has a story and I want you to tell it.

It might have been the time the family drove around the streets looking at the decorated lit up houses, or when you were footsore from traipsing through the mall gift shopping.  How about those Christmas guests that come and never leave!  The making of a delicious meal.  The Christmas afternoon nap on the couch.  A cookie bake off, a work Christmas party, one two many eggnogs.  The wrapping of the presents, the decorating of the tree and reminiscing about your decorations.

I want you to just find a photo about Christmas (now or in the past) and give it a story, bring it to life, make it a memory.  And if it’s just a memory with no photo, that’s okay too.

The creative team have jumped on board and nearly bowled me over with some terrific example pages:

DeLisa has rocked this page, the photograph to anyone looking at it is two ladies in the kitchen, but the story is fabulous, about a special friendship, and cooking in the kitchen together to get ready for Christmas Day.  Brilliant.

Then let’s check out Kate’s page.  The tradition of special decorations in town and her favourite one here snapped on the phone.  A quick photo but it means so much checking out if that fun decoration makes an appearance each year.

I love Kathy’s story about her granddaughter’s fear of elf on the shelf, and how this year Kathy has gone over the top with decorating to her heart’s content.

And lastly my page, some quick photos I snapped last Christmas Eve and documenting a tradition held in our house by my crazy husband.  Any little children around, please don’t read the story out loud!

The team at DD have generously provided a freebie to help you on your way, the link is good for the entire month of December.  I hope the goodies inspire you.   I am really looking forward to reading all the stories this month.

Post your pages in the Scrapbook Challenge Gallery and don’t forget when you use ALL DD product on your challenge page you should post a link of your page in the December Challenge Participation thread so that it will count toward your savings in the rewards program.  Everyone’s a winner!

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