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It's the last week of summer! Time to say goodbye to the heat and hello to the cool crisp air! Bring it on! And in the store we have over 30 new items for your creative projects! This includes one at just $ 99 cents and the rest 20% off, all until 6am EST on Tuesday morning.
Mark your calendars, next Thursday, September 19th begins our 3rd Quarter Store-wide SALE! With lots of new products, markdowns throughout the store and events to spark your creativity! Check out our calendar for upcoming events!
Have you seen our Photoshop and Photoshop Video Tips and Tricks yet? There is a vast array of topics covered and great information as well.
And we have the updated product spreadsheet with all the items to help with your layout post linking which you can find in the gallery/forum.
And here is the NEW $ 99 cent item priced this way until 6am EST on Tuesday morning ONLY! Burlap Essentials Paper Pack
Don't forget about Thrifty Thursday where over 500 items from various designers are marked down 30% AND a $ 99 cent item from each designer! You can check out the items in the store and mark your calendar for an email reminder on the calendar. And you only need to sign up once for weekly reminders!
Looking to learn more to take your digital scrapbooking to new levels? Check out Creative Team Member, Jana Morton's classes!
DesignerDigitals Hot Page of the Week
Who can resist a sweet baby? Certainly not me! I love this page from Amy Mallory! All the little details add great interest to the page without taking away from the photo! And the banner up in the corner with the birth details makes for a creative birth announcement. Wonderful page Amy!
And here are just a few of the items that she used in her layout:
Adobe Photoshop or Elements Tip of the Week:
How to Cut Straight and Slanted Paper Strips in Photoshop and PSE
You can also watch this tip on video on our blog: How to Cut Straight and Slanted Paper Strips in Photoshop and PSE [Video]
When you are scrapbooking your memories, you often want to use strips, squares, or blocks of patterned paper to add interest to your pages. Cutting straight lines is easy in Photoshop and Elements, but what if you want to cut on a slant?
Open a piece of digital paper in your software.
Get the Rectangular Marquee tool.
Click and drag out a rectangle the size and shape you want on top of the digital paper. Release the clicker and you’ll see marching ants outlining your selection.
Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) on your keyboard.
Now look in the Layers panel. You'll see your cut-out above the full sheet of paper.
Get the Move tool.
Drag the cut-out layer to your scrapbooking document.
Making a diagonal cut is a little trickier since there is no slanted selection tool.
Here's a workaround.
In the full version of Photoshop:
Open a new document.
Get the Line Tool. This tool shares a space with the Rectangle tool, Custom Shape tool and others.
In the Options bar, choose Shape Layers, increase the Weight to the desired number of pixels, and choose a color that contrasts with your background.
Click and drag out a slanted line.
To make the slanted line larger or smaller, get the Move tool and press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) on your keyboard. This activates the control handles on the four sides of the bounding box. Drag these handles to adjust the shape to your liking.
Open a new document.
Get the Cookie Cutter Tool.
In the Options bar, find the shape picker and click on the arrow. Choose "All Elements Shapes" from the drop down menu at the top of the shape picker and then scroll to find the rectangle.
Click and drag out a rectangle shape. When you let go of the clicker, tick the green checkmark to confirm the shape.
You'll notice that now you have a rectangle on a transparent background.
Switch to the Move tool. Locate the small circle handle on one side of the shape. Click and drag this handle to turn the shape diagonally.
Tick the green checkmark to confirm the tilt.
You can use the corner handles to make the shape larger or smaller.
To complete the process in both Photoshop and Elements:
Get the Move tool and drag your patterned paper on top of the slanted line.
Holding the Alt key (Mac: Opt key) move your cursor between the patterned paper layer and the slanted line layer in the Layers panel. Click when you see your cursor change to a double-circle arrow. This causes the patterned paper to take the shape of the slanted line.
Next, hold the Ctrl key (Mac: Cmd key) and select both the patterned paper layer and the slanted line layer. When both are highlighted, press Ctrl E (Mac: Cmd E) on your keyboard. This merges the two layers.
Now you can drag the slanted paper strip onto your scrapbooking document.
Have a great week and we'll see you at DesignerDigitals!
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