Saturday, 18 April 2015

A little tutorial using:Grunge It Up V.1 Photo Clipping Masks

Hi all,

Today I wanted to show one of The Nifty Pixel products that can be used on a stand alone photo that can be printed and used on a traditional layout, Project Life or even in an art journal spread. If you are relatively new to Photoshop, this brief little tutorial is probably best suited to you. :)

So we are looking at these frames and overlays for photos:

Grunge It Up Vol.1 Clipping Masks by The Nifty Pixel
[click on the image to be taken to the store]

and this photo:

As they come in a layered file, you will need Photoshop. I am using PSE12. 

Step 1: I have chosen to use version number 3. When you open it up, you will see it has 3 layers. I then add my photo to above the Photo Clipping layer, and adjust the size of the photo to suit. You can 'clip' the photo to the Clipping layer but in this instance, I didn't. Being the first layer I sometimes forget to do so.

Step 2: Because my photo is light, it loses its features, so I adjust the lighting. I add a new Levels layer, clip it to the photo, and adjust to my liking:

Step 3: I ended up adjusting the Photo Filter Overlay by changing the Opacity to 85%, which then meant I didn't need to adjust the Levels as much as I previously had, so I went back to the Levels layers to reduce what I had previously done:

Step 4: Once I'm happy with how it looks, I flatten the layers and make a new photo (File - New) to bring up a blank photo (either 4in x 6in or 10cm x15cm) for ease of printing.

Step 5: I then move my photo onto my blank photo, flatten, and save ready for taking to get printed.
There are other ways to save as a suitable size for printing, but this is my preferred method.

I also like to play with the Hue/Saturation of the Overlays like here:

and here:

Just have fun playing!

Now all I have to do with my photo is to make a layout!

Hope this helps somebody, or even inspires someone to give it a go. If you have any questions, please ask, and I'll do my best to answer.

These Photo Clipping Masks are 20% off all weekend. A perfect time to try something new!

Thank you.

The Nifty Pixel - Some essentials

Hello all,

It's the middle of school holidays right now, so with three children and assignments due for uni (I've gone back to uni, by the way), I'm becoming a little stressed. I love being able to spend some time being creative, and with some of Em's new gear for The Nifty Pixel at ScrapStacks, it's so easy to whip something up to help me record all those beautiful (and not so beautiful) moments in life.

The new packs:

And my layouts:


Please take a moment to hop over to The Nifty Pixel blog as well, for all the other Creative Team Layouts as well and if you hope over to the store, there is 20% off all weekend! YAY!

Thank you for coming by.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

April Challenges

Hello all,

Just dropping by to share some digital layouts I've been working on for challenges held at The Lilypad. There are 7 challenges in all, so far I have completed 4.

Scraplift layout:

Paper & Elements | Forever Joy Dandelion Days

Product Challenge: Patterned Paper

Template | The Nifty Pixel Template #3-1
Paper & Elements | Just Jaimee April 15 StoryTeller

BYOC Challenge

Template | The Nifty Pixel
Paper & Elements | BYOC April 15

Template Challenge

Template | Gina Miller
Paper & Elements | Just Jaimee March 15 StoryTeller

Thank you for looking!

Hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Easter!

Friday, 3 April 2015

The Nifty Pixel - Cosmo Blooms

Hello all,

So excited to announce a new digital kit release from The Nifty Pixel available at Scrap Stacks. It is just SO gorgeous!

Here is the kit:

and this is a free gift if you purchase the kit:

The colours, papers and elements are all just so divine!

Here are my layouts:



Information about the release and more from the Creative Team can be found HERE on the The Nifty Pixel blog. Or you can visit the store HERE.

Thank you for visiting!