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Hello Everyone and Happy Weekend! The year is going by and we are making memories, taking photos and scrapbooking! And to keep you inspired to scrap we have over 30 new items in the store! This includes one at just $ 99 cents and the rest 20% off, all until Midnight EST on Tuesday.

Have you liked us on Facebook? Be sure to check us out and like us. Then click on the Free Photoshop Brush Tab to download your free brush set!

Mixed Stacks Descriptors Brushes and Stamps No. 05

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.

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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 Midnight EST on Tuesday ONLY! Mixed Stacks Descriptors Brushes and Stamps No. 05

Mixed Stacks Descriptors Brushes and Stamps No. 05

Don't forget about Thrifty Thursday where over 500 items from various designers are marked down 50% 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!

New Products at DesignerDigitals

DesignerDigitals Hot Page of the Week

I adore this page from Connie! Not only to I love how her daughter naturally stands out in this photo, but the starburst she used draws your eye right in. And the coloring of the brushwork in the template reflect on the photo perfectly! Wonderful page, Connie!

Miss Enthusiasm Miss Enthusiasm

And here are just a few of the items that she used in her layout:

Layer Works No. 424 Layer Works No. 424
Marlow Element Pack Marlow Element Pack
Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 05 Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 05
Marlow Scrapbooking Kit Marlow Scrapbooking Kit

And three new Weekly Inspirations with freebies! You will need to sign into your Community account to get these. If you do not have an account yet you can create one in our Community.

Type Weekly Inspiration by Katie Pertiet
Ad Weekly Inspiration by Katie Pertiet

Color Weekly Inspiration by Katie Pertiet

Adobe Photoshop or Elements Tip of the Week:

Put a Sparkle in Their Eye in Photoshop and PSE

You can also watch this tip on video on our blog: Put a Sparkle in Their Eye in Photoshop and PSE [Video]

Sometimes when you photograph people or pets, the eyes lack sparkle or turn out flat. You can make the photos more compelling by adding a small speck of light in each eye.
This is especially useful for pet eyes which tend to be more challenging for photographers.

Open the image in Photoshop or Elements.
Click the Create a New Layer icon in the Layers panel which looks like a Post-it note with a folded corner. This puts a new transparent layer above the photo you opened. Select the new layer in the Layers panel. You'll work on this layer so that you don't alter the original.
Set the Foreground color to white by pressing the letter D then X on your keyboard.
Select the Brush tool.

Locate the Options bar (either at the top of the editing window or below in the Tool Options bin.)
Choose a small, soft round brush.

Set the Hardness to about 85%. In Photoshop, the Hardness is found when you open the Brush picker.
In Elements, find the Hardness slider under Brush Settings in the Tool Options.

Click once on each eye. If you wish, you can reduce the size of the brush by pressing the [ key on your keyboard (multiple times until you reach the desired size.) Click again in each eye to add a second sparkle.

Now reduce the Opacity of the new layer by dragging the Opacity slider to the left. The Opacity slider can be found at the top right corner of the Layers panel. Drag until the sparkle looks realistic usually around 75% - 80%.

Adding just this tiny fleck brings a spark of life to each eye, making the photo more engaging.

Have a great week and we'll see you at DesignerDigitals!

Katie and Randy
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