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Stars and Stripes with Illustrator

Sat, 24 May 2014 09:46:07 +00002014-05-24T09:46:07Z

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In this tutorial, you will create a star shape using the Star tool, then create stripes using the Rectangle tool. With the help of a mask, you'll cut the stripes and paste them inside the star. To follow along, you'll need Illustrator CS6 or other recent version of Illustrator.

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How Do You Organize Digital Photos?

Mon, 05 May 2014 16:27:13 +00002014-05-05T16:27:13Z




Get Help With Your Graphics Software Questions

Thu, 01 May 2014 12:40:30 +00002014-05-01T12:40:30Z

This week's Get Help thread can be found on Google+.

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Each week, I will start a new post for you to post your graphics software questions and problems, alternating between Facebook and Google+. If I don't already have an article addressing your issue, we'll take it under consideration for a future article or tutorial.

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Fuse App Easily Sends Mobile Photos to SnagIt

Thu, 01 May 2014 01:02:51 +00002014-05-01T01:02:51Z

Sometime after November 2013, Apple's iCloud PhotoStream up and stopped working on my Windows 7 PC. I depended on PhotoStream to ensure I had backup copies of all the photos from my iPhone and iPad, and losing that function was quite a nuisance. Every time I needed a photo from my mobile devices, I had to jump through hoops to send it to my computer. Sure, there are several apps (FileBrowser...

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Kits Aren't Only for Digital Scrapbooking

Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:45:29 +00002014-04-29T11:45:29Z

Even if you're not into digital scrapbooking, the digital scrapbooking kits on this site can be great inspiration for other projects. For instance, my sister recently asked me for some ...

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Don't Abort--Look For Export!

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 14:09:29 +00002014-04-28T14:09:29Z

Looking for a "Save" function in the software you're using and can't find it? Or maybe you did find save but it only offers a proprietary format as the only save option?

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Free Christian Brushes and Shapes for Photoshop and Elements

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:30:40 +00002014-04-14T10:30:40Z

Download several sets of free brushes and shapes for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. These shapes and brushes are based on Christian symbols and include crosses, doves, fish, stars, and ...

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Christian Crosses and Gold Layer Styles

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:32:24 +00002014-04-07T10:32:24Z

Download a set of 36 Christian cross designs as Custom brushes and shapes for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. They are also available as transparent PNG files for use in other ...

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Beware: 'Jaffrey Bay' is Not Representing Me

Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:19:58 +00002014-04-04T12:19:58Z

I have recently been alerted to the fact that someone is using my professional head shot in a phishing scam under a fake Google Plus profile under the name "jaffrey bay." I have asked Google to remove this obviously fake profile, but so far all my attempts have been refused by Google. I am posting this here to announce that this profile and whatever phishing scam is associated with it is in no way connected to me. My image has been used without authorization and if you visit the profile in question, you will see that it is a very low resolution copy.

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If you feel so inclined, you may report this profile as impersonating a celebrity. This seems to be the only option that allows you to do more than just block the offending profile. The screen shot below will show you how to do so.

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For the full documentation of this issue, see this image which has also been sent to Google's profile support department.

Here is a copy of the email I received alerting me to the issue:

Hi Sue, I stumbled upon your profile picture when looking for a free image editor. I was recently duped by a phishind [sic] scam. I thought I should inform you that your picture is being used in this scam. See the link below:

https://plus.google.com/114896847502933161432/posts

They use the name "jaffrey bay". I'm not sure what you can do about it, but I thought you ought to know. Please let me know if you have taken any action against it. I would like to know exactly who the culprit is.

Thank you for your support.




St. Patrick's Day Digital Scrapbooking Kit

Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:55:39 +00002014-03-14T11:55:39Z

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Download this fun and free St. Patrick's Day kit of coordinating elements and papers for digital scrapbooking. These elements and papers can be used with any graphics software that supports ...

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St. Patrick's Day Collection Photoshop Presets

Tue, 11 Mar 2014 09:49:46 +00002014-03-11T09:49:46Z

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Here's a collection of brushes, custom shapes, patterns and layer style effects hand picked for St. Patrick's Day. This collection includes shamrock brushes and shapes, plus patterns ...

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Plaid, Plaid, Plaid!

Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:20:11 +00002014-03-10T10:20:11Z

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My husband has always said that plaid is his favorite color. If you love plaid, too, you're in luck! We have several plaid patterns and layer styles from Shelby Kate Schmitz and myself. I've also created a tutorial that will show you how you can turn a regular plaid pattern into a tartan plaid, which can be tricky if you need to keep it seamless. So visit the links below and go plaid crazy!

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Celtic Knot Border in Adobe Illustrator

Sat, 08 Mar 2014 10:15:46 +00002014-03-08T10:15:46Z

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In this tutorial, you will use Adobe Illustrator to create a Celtic knot border design. With the aid of a grid and rulers, you'll work with the Pen ...

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Draw a Chibi Elf or Leprechaun in Paint Shop Pro

Thu, 06 Mar 2014 09:00:08 +00002014-03-06T09:00:08Z

(image) This Paint Shop Pro tutorial shows you how to create an elf or leprechaun in the extremely popular Manga style of cartoon drawing. Our elf is a Chibi, which is ...

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Nomad Mini 2 Paintbrush + Stylus

Wed, 05 Mar 2014 09:36:21 +00002014-03-05T09:36:21Z

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Nomad Mini 2 is a compact rubber-tipped 2-in-1 touch screen stylus with a retractable paintbrush tip on one end and a rubber nib on the other. Read my review for all the details on this new stylus from Nomad Brush.

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How to Make Retro Sun Rays in GIMP

Mon, 24 Feb 2014 10:09:18 +00002014-02-24T10:09:18Z

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Retro sun rays have been a popular graphic style for many years and their popularity shows no sign of waning. In this step by step tutorial, Ian show you how you can create your own sun rays effect using GIMP, the free raster image editor.

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Happy Birthday Photoshop - 24 Years!

Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:40:11 +00002014-02-19T09:40:11Z

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Wow! Has it been 4 years already since we celebrated the Read Full Post




Graphics for Your Sweetheart

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:04:57 +00002014-02-14T10:04:57Z

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Valentine's Day is almost here! Grab some of these ...

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Valentine's Day Digital Scrapbooking Kit

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:34:14 +00002014-02-13T11:34:14Z

Download a free Valentine's Day kit of coordinating elements and papers for digital scrapbooking. These elements and papers can be used with any graphics software that supports JPEG and ...

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Dreamy Effect for Valentine's Day

Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:23:32 +00002014-02-12T11:23:32Z

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Popularized by Michael Orton, a soft focus effect can give your photos a diffused, dreamy quality, which you may find appealing for Valentine's Day pictures. The Orton ...

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Heartfelt Curlicues - Shapes and Brushes

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:12:11 +00002014-02-11T10:12:11Z

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The talented and prolific Shelby Kate Schmitz brings us another fun and whimsical set of Photoshop presets to enjoy. This set consists of six unique curlicue heart designs in ...

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Free Valentine's Day Graphics

Sat, 08 Feb 2014 10:00:07 +00002014-02-08T10:00:07Z

Download free Valentine's Day graphics in the form of transparent PNG files or Paint Shop Pro picture tubes. This collection includes hearts, frames, dolls, and more.

These images have been generously contributed by Barry Meyer, creator of PSPTubez.com. Visit Barry's Place to download thousands more Paint Shop Pro Tubes, transparent PNG objects, clip art, photos, picture frames, and other graphic elements for a small monthly membership fee. Currently Barry is tripling all new memberships!

Free Valentine's Day PNG files and Paint Shop Pro Tubes

If you prefer a vintage look for your Valentine's Day projects, be sure to also check out the gallery of vintage postcards and greeting cards from Collectibles Guide Barbara Crews.

Vintage Valentine Postcards and Illustrations

And when you finish your Valentine's Day crafts and projects, please take a screen shot or photo, and show them off in the Holiday Projects Gallery.

Holiday Projects Gallery Submission Form




Interlocking 'Olympic' Rings Tutorials

Fri, 07 Feb 2014 17:22:14 +00002014-02-07T17:22:14Z

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Update: I've just added brand new tutorials for how to draw interlocking rings in Photoshop and Inkscape. Thanks, Ian!

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Seven Ways to Black and White in Photoshop Elements

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:00:11 +00002014-01-30T10:00:11Z

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How do I B&W thee? Let me count the ways...

There are at least seven distinctly different methods for converting a color photo to a black and white photo in Photoshop Elements.  Which you use is mostly a matter of preference as the initial results are nearly identical. Take a tour with Liz as she shows you all the ways you can convert your color photos into black and white.

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Discover Your Inner Jackson Pollock

Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:40:02 +00002014-01-28T09:40:02Z

Jackson Pollock App for iPhone© Miltos Manetas In honor of Jackson Pollock's birthday (Jan. 28), I'd like to introduce you to a fun iPhone painting app. "Jackson Pollock" for iPhone and iPod touch is a simple, yet delightful app for creating art work in the style of the American Abstract Impressionist Jackson Pollock. The app does not have a lot of options--there are no tools (except for your fingers), no layers, no eraser, no undo--but its simplicity is part of its appeal. Jackson Pollock opens to a screen of brief instructions, and that is all that you need to get started. One finger swipe, and you are in the painting options screen where you can choose to paint with random colors, or pick your own colors from five palettes: Rainbow, Fire, Organic, Cool, and Magic. Each palette contains 25 color swatches to paint with. After choosing a color, you click the "Paint" button to reveal the canvas where you can begin painting by dragging one or more fingers on the screen. The paint fills your screen in splatters and drips that react to the tilt and angle of your device. Double tapping on the screen takes you back to the options where you will also find the save, load, and camera buttons. Save will save your creation to the Photos app or camera roll on your device. Load lets you bring in an image from your device to paint on. The camera button, I assume, is for taking a picture with the iPhone's camera--I have an iPod touch, so the button doesn't do anything. You can get a clean canvas by shaking your device. Be careful, though, because it's a bit too easy to clear your painting by accident with an inadvertent shake. I also found the options screen popping up when I was painting with quick tapping motions. These are minor annoyances that don't seriously detract from the enjoyment of this app. There is something strangely compelling about this app; perhaps it's the randomness of it. There is no compulsion to create something realistic-looking, and that is freeing. The Jackson Pollock app normally costs $0.99 from the iTunes App Store. If you have an inkling of creative spirit in you, I think you'll get your money's worth of fun out of this app. If you don't have an iPhone or iPod touch, you can visit JacksonPollock.org to create abstract drip paintings in your web browser. • More Graphics Apps for iPhone and iPod Touch About Jackson Pollock: • What Paint Did Pollock Use? • Artists in 60 Seconds: Jackson Pollock • Quotes from Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) Twitter | Facebook | Newsletter [...]