The Details. NewART is now available in the aA store.
Each of the 5 individual digital products is 20% off or available as a collection discounted by 37% through Friday April 24, 2015.
New to artsy digital scrapbooking? Start here.
I look forward to seeing what you create with this inspiring NewART. You can share your creative projects here.
And don't forget these screaming deals on 2 NEW Spring ValuePacks:
Today, Creative Team Member, Ann demonstrates how to enhance a focal image by creating a 3D dimensional effect with digital elements such as frames, shadows and brushes in Adobe Photoshop.
1. Create a Foundation. Open and move ArtsyPaper2 from ArtPlay Palette Daffodil onto a new 300 DPI 12X12 layout. Open and drag the focal image onto the layout. For best results, ensure you select a photo with high contrast between the focal image and the background. Also, try to select a photo with some depth in the subject that can be enhanced with a 3D visual effect.
Reposition your focal image as needed using the Move Tool, taking advantage of the artsy area of the background paper to place the focal image. Note that the background paper has ArtStrokes surrounding the image, facilitating the blending effect in the composition.
Open and drag Frame1 from ArtPlay Palette Daffodil onto the layout. Using the Move Tool, place the frame above your focal image. Adjust the size of the frame as needed for your image (Ctrl+T /Command+ T). Adjust the position as needed.
2. Modify the Frame to Create a Dimensional Effect. Add a drop shadow effect to the frame ( Layer-Layer Style-Drop Shadow). Consider adjusting the various settings in the shadow structure to alter the intensity of the shadow, such as 1) Blend Mode = Multiply, 2) Opacity = 75 - 90 %, Angle = 100 - 120, 3) Distance = 16 - 40px, Spread = 0, and Size = 50 -80 px.
To yield the best results, experiment with different Shadow Presets in the Shadow Window. Using the Eraser Tool, select a brush and erase portions of the frame, letting the photo spill out of the frame to create a dimensional effect.
3. Create Additional Dimension with Brushes and Elements. Create a new layer. Using the Brush Tool, stamp Brush8 from ArtPlay Palette Daffodil onto the layout. Using the Move Tool, position the brush around the frame creating a stronger shadow effect and stronger 3D dimensional effect.
Each Artplay Palette comes with a Brush Set with variety of forms, shapes and .png impressions that are ready to use and easily manipulated to create unique shadows effects.
Open and drag the SpringShoot and other embellishments of your choice from Artplay Palette Daffodil onto your layout and apply drop shadows if needed. See Tutorial | Realistic Drop Shadows for guidance on adding cast/realistic shadows to the elements on your layout.
To complete the page, add the story to your layout. To create a Title, open and drag a WordART onto your layout. Add a Drop Shadow and Layer Style Effects (Layer-Layer Style). Finish the layout with journaling, if desired.
Optional Step: you can create additional 3D dimension and extend the visual illusion of the image with the use of the Clone Stamp Tool. This was applied on the left side of the layout, adding additional flowers outside the frame by copying a portion of the photo and placing it outside the frame.
See details on the use of Clone tool in my tutorial Artsy Composite Series Part 4 of 6 on the blog.
MidWeek Release. There are 3 NewART digital products available in the aA store today. These products are 20% off until Wednesday April 22, 2015 at 9am EST.
1. ArtsyTransfers Break Away. A collection of 5 transfers and overlays which co-ordinate with ArtPlay Palette Break Away delivered in layered .psd and .png format.
The .psd format files enable you to move, rotate, flip, modify, mask, recolor, change the blended mode, and/or alter the opacity of any of the included layers, to allow for maximum customization.
2. ArtsyTransfers Break Away Sample. One ArtsyTransfer element delivered in layered, multi-color .psd format designed to coordinate with ArtPlay Palette Break Away. If you haven't played with these yet, then now is a good time ;)
3. Travel Template Album No. 1E. A brand new set of 12 X 12 travel-themed Artsy Layered Templates designed to create the fifth 5 pages of a 30-page photobook or album. This is Part 5 of 6 in this series and the templates are intended for use with the clipping mask function or recoloring.
All layer styles, masks, frames, brushwork, edges, stitching, elements, title and text boxes shown are included. Simply clip your images to theFotoBlendz masks and add your own personalization and words.
You will also want to watch the Holiday Template 2014 video tutorial which shows you how to work with for guidance which is designed following the same principles.
New Spring ValuePacks. In keeping with the Spring theme this week, I'm releasing 2 Spring-themed collections of previously released products offering up to 74% discount on original prices.
The aim of these ValuePacks is to provide an easy product selection solution for many of your creative projects. There are now so many digital products in the aA store, that I want to save you time and money and making your product choices.
Look for more ValuePacks in the coming months.
Click on the images below to view product details and additional previews.
These digital scrapbooking products are designed for use in photo-editing software programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Elements and are discounted by 40% through Friday April 17, 2015 at 9:00 am EST.
A selection of these products are shown below.
We're already half way through April and so I'm a little late in sharing my FotoInspired weekly documentation layouts from March. It was a busy month both personally and professionally as I celebrated my *11th anniversary of my 29th birthday* (Eric's words) and worked hard behind the scenes to grow aA Designs.
Are you new to this project? You will want to check out the following resources for creating these artsy Project Life-style digital layouts:
March 2015 was a big month with numerous celebrations, a new spring schedule and a little sickness thrown in for bad measure too...
Digital Supplies | FotoInspired DoubleTemplate No 46, ArtPlay Palette Arrive (background paper, elements, LabeledWords, transfers), ArtsyTransfers Arrive, FineEdge Frames No. 1,Days2 Months No. 2, 52 Weeks No. 3, AnnaStyle Shadows No. 1, Foto WordART No. 4, DifferentStrokes No. 10, ArtsyStains No. 1, ArtsyCameras No. 3, UrbanStitchez Cameras No. 1, UrbanStitchez No. 7, Arrows No. 1, TapedTextures No. 1, UrbanStitchez No. 9, MagicSprinklez No. 1
Digital Supplies | FotoInspired Template Pack No. 2B, ArtPlay Palette Generations (background paper, elements), 4 X 6 ArtsyTransfers Generation, FineEdge Frames No. 3, Days2 Months No. 2, 52 Weeks No. 3, AnnaStyle Shadows No. 1, UrbanStitchez No. 9, UrbanStitchez No. 4, UrbanThreadz No. 7, Life WordART No. 8
Digital Supplies | FotoInspired DoubleTemplate No. 56, ArtPlay Palette Party (background paper, elements), ArtsyKardz Summer Days MultiPack, FineEdge Frames No. 1, Days2 Months No. 2, 52 Weeks No. 3, AnnaStyle Shadows No. 1, UrbanStitchez No. 9, UrbanStitchez No. 4, UrbanStitchez No. 7, JazzedUp LoopDaLoops No. 5, Celebrate WordART No. 2
Digital Supplies | FotoInspired DoubleTemplate No. 38, ArtPlay Palette Vivacity (background paper, elements, LabeledWords), ArtsyKardz Vivacity MultiPack, FineEdge Frames No. 2, Days2 Months No. 2, 52 Weeks No. 3, AnnaStyle Shadows No. 1, UrbanStitchez No. 9, UrbanStitchez No. 4, UrbanThreadz No. 7, Celebrate WordART No. 2
Digital Supplies | FotoInspired DoubleTemplate No. 83, ArtPlay Palette Delightful (background paper, elements, LabeledWords), 6 X 6 ArtsyKardz Delightful, 4 X 6 ArtsyKardz Delightful, FineEdge Frames No. 1, Days2 Months No. 2, 52 Weeks No. 3, AnnaStyle Shadows No. 1, UrbanStitchez No. 9, UrbanStitchez No. 10, UrbanThreadz No. 5, WordWordz No. 1, Spring WordART No. 1
It's still a novelty each month to look back on the pages and see all my photos and the stories all in one nice and tidy artsy place :)
To share or not to share? While I am still creating these pages behind the scenes for my own personal storytelling, I am wondering if you are still enamored with this project, as much as I am?
I'm wondering if the commentary is still useful to you, would you rather me just post the layouts at the end of the month, or put these posts to bed completely.
I would appreciate the feedback. I'm always trying to share information that is both inspiring and of interest to you.
I will be continuing this project regardless. I have been tinkering with combining ArtsyKardz and Photos using the Project Life app and enjoying the ease of use, I still love all the artsy features of the FotoInspired pages.
Follow me on Instagram to see my works in progress, sneak peeks and more!
Hello again and happy Monday! I hope you all had a lovely weekend.
The AnnaTeam have been busy this weekend breaking out some amazing new layouts in The Gallery using AnnaRelease *Break Away*, the latest collection of artsy digital scrapbooking supplies to hit the aA store.
Click on the image below to view more gallery inspiration, or visit the AnnaTeam Layouts board on Pinterest.
Gallery HighLights. In this post we are encouraging you to try something new and apply one or more of the techniques below to your next artsy layout:
Click on the images to access complete digital supply lists, plus process notes on how each team member put their pages together.
1. Create a Reflection. After placing your photo on your layout, duplicate the photo and flip it vertically. Experiment with Filters, such as Gaussian Blur, Motion Blur and Distort.
Try this. Add a Layer Mask and Blend the photo using the Gradient Tool. The Gradient Tool is located in the Tools Panel with the Paint Bucket.
See AnnaBlendz No.1 Basic Blending for further guidance in using the Gradient Tool.
The Blending Modes are located in the drop down menu in the Layers Panel denoted by *Normal*. See AnnaBlendz No. 2 Playing With Light for further guidance in using blending modes.
Try this. Add a LighLeak to your layout and experiment with Blending Modes.
3. Create Depth. Place a frame behind your the image and erase areas of the frame to create a spill out 3D effect.Create a shadow effect by placing a LightLeak behind the frame.
Try this. Place a frame behind your image. Add a Layer Mask and erase potions of the frame.
We always love to see your pages. Share them here.
I'm going to be brutally honest in admitting that this slipped my mind last week.
We only had 5 entrants and so I can only assume most of you are already subscribed to the Somerset Digital Studio magazine so it's all good.
Congrats to TrishD who is the winner of the GiveAway. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can arrange the shipment of the magazine to you!
Thanks everyone else for playing. I'm gifting you, a $5.00 GiftKard to my store. Please also email me at the email address above.
The Details. NewART is now available in the aA store.
Each of the 5 individual digital products is 20% off or available as a collection discounted by 37% through Friday April 17, 2015.
New to artsy digital scrapbooking? Start here.
Origins and Background. Man I feel like I need a break! It's that time of year when everyone is going away somewhere nice and I want to as well. I have been working hard behind the scenes so that we can launch the new education side of aA Designs in a few weeks and I have been sick.
What does one do when there is no coastal destination in the offing?
One creates one.
Whether traveling over Spring Break, hitting the beach, trying to make it through the April Showers, or just dreaming about a getaway, this collection has it all.
I'm particularly fond of the LightLeaks No. 1 which is a new product and a spin-off from the FotoGlow series. Move them on top of an artsy paper, layout or photo, and apply a blending mode such as Vivid, Hard Light or Overlay, to yield some really fun lighting effects.
There is so much more to them than the preview suggests and are pretty rad when you see them in action.
Today, Creative Team Member, Linda Davis shows us how she finds and uses Gallery Inspiration and then makes it her own.
Making It My Own, a Process for Finding and Using Inspiration
Each week the Anna Team selects one creative page from the Anna gallery as the weekly AnnaLift Challenge. It’s an honor for the person whose layout is chosen as it is always an outstanding page from the gallery. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for those who play along to learn in the process of lifting the chosen page, whether it’s the design, the color, the word art, the photo or just the topic.
Of course there are other opportunities in Anna’s community to learn from one another, layouts that are deconstructed on Anna’s Blog or her weekly newsletter to help digital scrapbookers understand how to use Anna designs on layouts. The Anna Gallery itself offers a plethora of ideas and inspiration.
Several years ago, I replicated a birthday page Adryane Driscoll did with an older ArtPlay Palette Birthday. She had shared the deconstruct in Anna’s newsletter on March 3, 2012. It took me two days, but when I finished my layout looked exactly like Adryane’s layout, except for the photos of course. It’s here if you would like to see it.
I’m sure I learned something in the process of recreating her page, if nothing more than how to arrange those products in the same design. However, when I changed my thinking about how I approach lifting a page and began to move beyond duplicating the work of another the way I initially did with Adryane’s page, then I began to learn far more about how to use both Photoshop and Anna’s designs.
Three years later I still wonder how others create their beautiful pages, but I am also learning to look at layouts differently for inspiration. With experience using Anna’s designs and Photoshop, I know more about the basic process steps used for creating a layout. I also know that my creative process, like everyone’s, is rather circuitous as I experiment on my pages.
Now I analyze what works, what appeals to me, the products used to achieve the look on a page. I read the process notes provided by AnnaTeam members. Then I use those observations to create something new and different so that I can continue developing my own scrapbooking style. Are you wondering what my lifting process looks like in scrapbooking terms?
Since I began with an example from my own experience replicating one of Adryane’s pages, I am going to share how I looked at another of her more recent pages, Word for Word, for inspiration and explain how it influenced my own layout, Stand By Your Man. I will share what inspired me on Adryane’s layout as well as some basic process steps describing what I think she did to create her layout.
While I don’t usually write an analysis of any layout, I thought you might like to know specifically what I noticed and what inspired me in Adryane’s layout, Word for Word. But remember, I am not Adryane.I don’t think the way Adryane does; my background learning Photoshop isn’t the same;my scrapbook pages don’t look like Adryane’s pages, well except for that birthday page I did three years ago.
Analysis of Word for Word by Adryane Driscoll
I am always inspired by what Adryane does with the wonderful collection of old heritage photos that she inherited from a grandmother.
Old photos are generally sepia or black and white. Adryane’s photo of the three girls might have had sepia tones based on what she did with the color in the photo. But more important to me as I analyze her layout, she chose warm neutrals and black for her color scheme for this page.
From the list of the products Adryane used for this page, I focused on the ArtsyTransfers that are now available in .psd format, the UrbanStitchez, a frame from ArtPlay Wilderness and lace from ArtPlay Palette Tinge.
Design and Techniques
First I noticed the frame behind the girls. That design element really increases the depth on her page. I see that frame as a door opening to the scene behind the girls. I also noticed the black edge on the top left of the photo, just behind the girls’ legs and above the stitching? Those lines extend the frame and define the scene’s space.
Process for Frame and Brushwork
Based on the process notes that Adryane included when she posted her layout, I know that Adryane placed all the layers of a .psd artsy transfer from ArtsyTransfers Love on her page. In addition, Adryane also described how she used two layers of the lace.
Process for Artsy Transfers and Lace
Next I noticed the placement of the Heart UrbanStitchez, the journaling, button and splatters. I love the way Adryane separated her journaling. I think the “word for word” label and the reference to timeless conversations on the right side of the page sum up not only the conversation placed on the left but the photograph as well and makes a great substitution for a title. In a way the girls appear ethereal, much like ghosts of the past, but the conversation, added in an old typewriter font, could have been said this
morning. I love the unexpected humor in her journaling for this photo. The journaling placement and elements add interest and balance to Adryane’s page.
Process for Elements and Journaling
Stand By Your Man by Linda Davis
Rather than replicating Adryane’s layout, I applied some ideas from her page in new ways on my own layout, ways that reflect who I am as a digital scrapbooker. There were five specific ideas from Adryane’s layout that I incorporated into my own page: using a frame to create depth, adding layers of lace to extend the floor below the couple, using layers from a .psd artsy transfer, creating interest and balance with elements, adding unexpected words from a song for my title. I describe my process for working with
Using a Frame and Lace to Create Depth in a Layout
Like Adryane, I also used one old photo, but I placed it slightly off center, creating an asymmetrical page design. I extracted the couple from my photo. I then placed a frame behind my extraction. Inside the frame, I placed another copy of the photo to provide a context for my extraction. I used layer masks with copies of my photo to make it appear that my extraction was in the foreground. I followed Adryane’s process notes for using the lace, but I warped the lace and placed it so that it appeared to be an extension of the floor below the couple. Adding the framed photo and lace created more depth in my
Process for Photo, Frame and Lace
Rather than clipping my photo to the layers of an artsy transfer as Adryane did, I used the layers from ArtsyTransfers Memorable to create a background for my framed photo.
Process for ArtsyTransfers
Creating Balance and Interest with Elements
On my layout I used brushes, UrbanThreadz, a button, splatters and an art stroke to create a visual triangle. My visual triangle helps to balance the position of my title and disguises the problems that I had with my extraction on the left. The paper texture on the right also adds balance to my asymmetrical design.
Process for Using Elements
I have always wondered why a man sat while a woman stood in old wedding photos.The words, from an old song by Tammy Wynette, are unexpected for a formal wedding photo. I added them in an older font, Im Fell English, to fit my photo. Knowing my family, I think they will smile when they read the title.
Side by Side
Placed side by side, other than the subject, an old photo, one might initially wonder what inspired me from Adryane’s layout. The layouts don’t look anything alike. The styles are very different. But I hope it’s evident now that I did indeed lift some ideas from Adryane’s layout and applied them in different ways.
When I view one of Anna’s instructional videos, available here, read a post on Anna’s blog, see a layout in Anna’s gallery or take a class from another source on some aspect of Photoshop, I deliberately look for ways to apply the information in a new way. For example, I won’t make the page outlined in a lesson, but instead I will try to create something new with the ideas or techniques.
By doing this the techniques, concepts or processes become part of my skills set, something that I know well enough that I can apply the information in new or different ways on my layouts. I call my approach to learning whether lifting a page or taking a class, making it my own. I encourage you to try making your learning your own by applying the ideas that inspire you in the pages in Anna’s gallery in new ways.
One more thought, I want to extend a special thank you to Adryane for allowing me to lift one more layout. I imagine she is pleased that I no longer try to duplicate her pages. Adryane’s work is beautiful; her design skills are outstanding. I learn something from every page she creates. Thank you Adryane for sharing your art!! I love your work and the inspiration I find in your pages.