Friday, January 04, 2013

Follower Freebies 23 -25: New Papers

O*h***m*y***g *o*o*d*n*e*s*s*!

I just went over to Pixel Scrapper, an AWESOME website where you receive credit downloads everyday that you can spend on templates, papers, embellishments, etc.  The more you get involved the more credits you earn.  You can also choose to download items with a 'personal use only' or a 'commercial use' license.  I've only been a member for a few weeks but I love it because by purchasing the CU license I get to offer up freebies for you to use on handmade cards you intend to sell.  Well, I was deciding how to spend my 'Christmas present' of 25 bonus credits, when I decided to do a test first.  I wasn't sure whether to spend my credits on png overlays or psd files.  The overlays I've figured out how to colour in Inkscape.  However, I decided to wade into the Photo Shop Elements waters and see if I could manage something as simple as playing around with colouring a paper.  I really didn't hold up much hope because I haven't even figured out how to create a text box, add text, edit it, etc and I've had the program for over six months now.  I can't even find the 'select' tool!  Sheesh, I need a Photoshop for Dummies book. Do they make them???? 

Anyways, off I went and noticed the 'paint bucket tool'.  I thought that if it worked anything like it does in Inkscape, I just might be able to change the colours.  When I clicked on the image, it told me I couldn't edit until I simplified the layers.  Huh?  So, of course I said 'go ahead'.  I looked over to the side and noticed that it was broken down into horizontal, vertical and background layers.  I went over and poked at it a bit and found out I could deselect certain layers, colour those and then save it as a png.  So, I couldn't wait to share what I created with you.  However, I suppose I should have saved them as jpgs to same some space since they aren't transparent.  Oh well, it is already after 5:00 am, maybe next time.

I started off with a dark green colour primarily because it was the one available.  I managed to figure out how to change the colour after five attempts and found a complimentary lighter green.  So here is my first one.

Follower Freebie #23:    In honour of 'G-ma' who became a follower on Nov. 1st. 

While the paper could work for the spring season, I wanted to do one more relevant for now (well for the northern hemisphere anyways) , so I created a blue one.

Follower Freebie #24:    In honour of 'craftingpassionz' who became a follower that same day.

Then I decided to play with both the layers together and created this one.

Follower Freebie #25:    In honour of 'Pingvinmamman' who became a follower on Nov. 2nd.

 I know, I know.  "Blue and Green should never be seen unless it is in the washing machine' but I kind of like how it turned out.

Each of the papers are 3600x3600 pixels.

Can you imagine what I'll be able to come up with when I actually learn how to use the program?  I can't wait.  I just wish there was a book I could put under my pillow so I could learn it by osmosis.  I did that sometimes when cramming for exams in high school and I think it did help.  It's all about the power of believing right?

Well, it is time to go to bed.  Unfortunately, I know sleep will be more difficult than usual because my brain will be playing around with all the possible combinations of papers I will be able to create now. He, He, He!

Hope someone can find a use for them.


Until next time,

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Lisa Minckler said...

You're a genius!! :) These are wonderful...thank you so much!
the other one

Suze said...

Thanks Lisa for these papers. I get the feeling I'll be using the blue and green one first but wait and see!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lisa
thank you for the beautiful paper
may these will help you with photoshop,the most are videotutoriale for beginners

and here the link where you can search vor more

i use paintshop pro8 and photoimpact10 ,but may one day i got the money to buy photoshop
have fun with your photoshop,wish you a creative weekend
hugs and love across the miles

Cindy John 3:16 said...

TY so much - awesome papers! :)

Edwina said...

Thank you for these pretty papers. I love the 2nd one the best. Edwina Brown

Charlene Mitchell said...

wow Lisa! This is your first attempt?? Beautifully done! Thanks so much for sharing and yes, the book under the pillow sounds like a fantastic idea to learn so many things . . . only problem is my brain would probably go into overdrive and I'd see colours swirling everywhere and then I'd never sleep!!

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

Hey Charlene,
I looked for an email address or blog to write you back but couldn't find one so I'll leave my reply here in case you every come back.

Thanks for your kind words. As I mentioned, it wasn't my first attempt at papers, I have created 5 other sheets but in Inkscape. However, it was my first attempt creating in Photoshop.

Regarding learning by osmosis, thinking about how much I could absorb while asleep I think I'd risk my brain going into overdrive every now and again. It would be worth it for the knowledge I could gain. ;o)

Take care,

Catnip and Kitty Whiskers said...

Thank you! I think the blue and green look great; that one is actually my favorite! I love plaid papers. Thank you so much for the great papers! Love them! :)

loyaz said...

love the papers - thanks so much

Sue - aka Olive Reedfilter (fairy name) said...

Cute, cute papers ... Miss Lisa

Have to smile about your comments on Photoshop. Which one do you have? Maybe I can help you out. However, I've been trying to learn all it has to offer for years without success yet!!!! I do have alot of books I can recommend if I know which Photoshop you have.

Hugs, Sue

Four11Lady said...

Thanks so much for these.....I love them!

Unknown said...

LOL, I laughed at the way you told your story here Lisa, you are halarious... Photoshop does take a lot of getting use to but it turns out you have the patience or we wouldn't be getting such beautfiul designs, I am totally in love with the blue and green one!!!!!! I have Photoshop CS4 and I hear you about selecting the box, lol.... I use the square Marqee tool, draw a box...go on the right to the Path tab.. click at the bottom of the box add a path... then you have the box...if you want it colored you have to choose fill the path" (it is next to make a path. I hope this helps... Another way is to use the shapes button but be sure to look at the bar that runs above your page, it is small and it has little symbols, one may mean fill shape, outline shape with those! Good Luck learning, there are a lot of beginner tutorials on youtube!!! I really enjoyed reading this post , it made the light within me brighter. Oh! and are you ready for a showcase!!!! I am!!!! Lots of hugs

Michele Smith said...

Thank you so much for telling us about Pixel Scrapper! I just started using My Memories software and need all the digital help I can get! Love these 3 papers and how well they are going to coordinate together! Thanks so much for sharing ~ Happy New Year my friend!

txexperiment said...

Very pretty paper. I love blue and green together!

I have been learing Photoshop Elements for the past year. It does so much and everyone I watch has different ideas on how to do the same things. It is fun and a challenge to learn something new. I use it mostly for editing my photos but I know it can do so much more.

Good luck on your adventures. Computers can take us where we only imagined a few years ago!

Thanks for the papers!