Hiya! I made it! Welcome to my new blog! This one is mine! LOL I am using the WP plug-in, but, the hosting is done right here. No more going to Minus or Box! I am new to this concept, so, be patient with me, as you have already done. I appreciate it! Be sure to check out Hosting Bonanza if you would like to have your own site! My friend, J, did all the set up for me and I couldn’t be more pleased! I still need to transfer over my ‘resource’ pages, but, I will. Every one of my posts from both, Blogger and WordPress, have been added to this blog, so, this one is complete!
I have lots for you today. First off, I have been promising you some new links for good things. I have some for you! If you love pretty and colourful patterns, check out InkBite. Here is quite the selection! Here is just one of these gorgeous designs:
See what I mean? It’s a nice site, so, do give it a click!
Next up is Animus. There, you will find some of everything – design-wise, anyway. At first look, it seemed that there was not that much content. Then, when I clicked on the menu items, patterns, then, floral, in particular, it took me to a page like this:
Each of the circle previews can be clicked to see a larger preview and to download. You can see the list of patterns offered. It is about the same for brushes, fonts, even clip-art. Go give it a whirl! I think you’ll like!
This next site is one on DeviantArt, The Strawberry Tree. This site is aimed at providing stock images for manipulations. It has some great images! If you do any kind of art or image-manipulating, this one is a jewel! I’ll let you check it out. Do follow any TOU’s, of course.
This one, e-Scape and Scrap, is for scrapping. I had never seen it before! There is a great selection of designers here! I don’t know what it is about this site, but, I loved everything! LOL That doesn’t happen often, either. I picked just one of the offered freebies to show you, but, there is a lot more!
See? Check it out!
The last link today is SDWHaven. This site is a design-oriented website which leans towards illustration. It has been around a while. There are some wonderful brushes, patterns, styles, etc, here. Here is just one brush preview:
The offerings are good quality! Give it a try, too!
Alrighty, then! Those should keep ya busy for a little while. Onward!
Did You Know…?
that in some versions of Photoshop, you can change the brush size and the opacity by holding down the ‘Alt’ key, then, clicking and dragging the mouse? Click and drag right and left to change the size, up and down to change the opacity. I know this feature is available in CS5 and CS6. I am not sure about PS Elements. It won’t hurt to try if you have another version! I like it as it keep my hands on the keyboard around the area where I do the most key-strokes – the lower left-hand corner of the keyboard. To me, that is nice! LOL I hope someone can find this useful!
For our keystroke shortcut of the week, let’s use all of our fingers! LOL By depressing all three modifier keys, ‘Alt’, ‘Shift’ and ‘Ctrl’, then, ‘E’, while on the top-most layer of your layers panel, it will create and place a composite image of every layer on top of them all. This is best explained with an image. Say you have several layers created. You don’t want to merge them or flatten them as you may have to make some changes. However, you really want to add an effect to the finished design. This is where this shortcut comes in handy. I threw together an image to illustrate this:
Looking at the Layers Palette, we see the layers we have:
Now, I want to clip a texture to the entire image, but, I don’t want to merge. So, I hold down all three modifiers and click ‘E’. You must be on the top-most layer to do this and get the entire image. If you only have one layer, for some reason, you can just add a new layer, select it, then apply this feature. There just has to be more than one layer and you have to be on the the top layer. If there is a layer you don’t want included, just turn it off! Easy-peasy! Here is the Layers Palette after applying this step:
Now, I can go ahead and do whatever I want to the image and the layers aren’t affected. It is a bit of a trick clicking on all three keys plus the ‘E’, but, it is worth it. I use this almost every time I am on Photoshop. I find lots of reasons I want various layers combined, yet still separate.
So, that is a gonna do it for this post! I have a surprise for you! Call it a ‘Welcome Gift’ if you like, but, I have some element sheets I forgot to give you from ‘Summer Fun’. Oops! Click on each image for larger sizes, then, right-click and save!
Whew! LOL I hope you have found something useful here today! I am so excited to have all of my blog together in one place! Woo-hoo! LOL
I am out of here! There is another afternoon thunderstorm brewing. I have to turn off everything. I’m not replacing all that stuff again! Cha-ching!(Sound of cash register) So, until next time,