In Photoshop and Elements, there is more than one way to do almost everything, so if one way doesn't feel natural to you, there's usually another workaround. Last week's tip showed one way to create a mat around your photos (or other page elements) using the Stroke function. This week's tip shows you another way to get around in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements to create rounded photo corners and mats.
Begin by creating a new document at 300 pixels per inch or opening a piece of digital background paper. Press the letter D on your keyboard to change the Foreground/Background colors to the default black and white.
Get the Rounded Rectangle tool which is hidden beneath the Rectangle tool in the Tools panel. You can either click and hold the Rectangle tool or right-click to reveal the hidden tools. Select the Rounded Rectangle.
The next step is to make your choices in the Options Bar:
Choose the Shape Layers icon (Photoshop only) and the Create a New Shape layer icon, then adjust the radius. The lower the number, the sharper the corners of your rounded rectangle will be. Larger numbers produce rounder corners.
Now click and drag out a rectangle the size of your choice. Holding the Shift key as you drag creates a square.
This creates the rounded rectangle mat on its own shape layer.
To add a photo placeholder, Ctrl click (Mac: Cmd click) the thumbnail of the shape in the Layers Panel. This places a selection around the mat.
Choose Select > Modify > Contract from the Menu bar and type in a number. The higher the number you choose, the larger your mat will be.
Now click the Create a New layer icon in the Layers Panel. Select Edit > Fill selection to activate the Fill dialog. Choose a fill color and click OK. Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to remove the selection.
Now you've made a mask that you can digitally "glue" paper and photos to.
Click on the top layer and then hold the Ctrl key (Mac: Cmd key) as you click the bottom layer. Get the Move tool and drag the pair onto your scrapbook page.
Still using the Move tool, select the top layer of the mask pair. Drag the photo onto the layout and position it over the top mask layer. Alt click (Mac: Opt click) between the photo and top rectangle layer to create a clipping mask.
Use the same technique to clip patterned paper to the larger rectangle.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
For the guys out there, these faux sapphire earrings may be a great suggestion. They will surely knock off your girl's feet. These high quality and well-crafted eye candies are artistically made by Holsted Jewellers. If your wallet can't afford those expensive genuine gems, synthetic sapphires will do since they are as classy and elegant-looking as the original ones. These will make a great addition to your girl's lovely collection of jewelries.
Of course, the traditional gifting of flowers and chocolates remains a top favorite to many.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Way back schooling days, I often commute and pass by the busy and filthy roads of Quiapo and Taft Ave (Escoda) on my way home. Often times, I see pathetic young beggars lying on the side streets sniffing solvents. Seeing such is really disturbing especially that they are still minors. I can’t help but wonder what they will become as they grow older. They are in danger and must be saved.
If you or someone you know needs help of a drug rehab or alcoholism rehabilitation, start doing your part of saving them. You can do so by calling a caring drug counselor. From there, you'll be guided what to do. You will be assessed and provided with treatment referral options depending on your needs. As concerned loved one or a friend of a "user" you can also do your part by reading more about drug education and information so that you'll have a better understanding of their plight and provide assistance better.
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Sunday, January 17, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
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Thursday, January 14, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
On a Monday at this time, I now feel so satisfied with my output. I was able to work on my promise to the husband to check on the pricing of the toyota accessories he needs online, wrote 9 out of 11 writing deliverables and it's just 3:42 PM. I've never felt so productive and it's good to be like that on a Monday. Here's to more productivity for the rest of the week.
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Anyway, what I love about weddings are the bountiful food, merriment and of course, the contagious bliss, love and happiness exuded by the couple. From the bridal march up to the final moments of celebration in the reception, witnessing such union brings forth so much joy and excitement to everyone. One can't get enough. Perhaps, if guests can go and witness their cancun honeymoons, they would also gladly tag along. Actually, not really to witness but to join the couple in experiencing the ultimate and magical Cancun vacation. Who doesn't want that especially if we're talking about the Gourmet Inclusive dining concept of the Karisma Hotels?
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Okay, so I guess my task of reading about motorhome insurance have to be postponed for a while. An aunt asked my help to review proposals for their newly bought motorhome. I knew nothing about these actually but just lending a hand to an ever kind aunt.
So there from an aunt to a nephew...they both have my services. I'm so sweet, am I not?