(written tutorials can be found here too)Designing
Lesson 41 - Kerning/Asian Text
One thing that PSE lacks that I think they should have is kerning between letters. Kerning between letters is adding extra space in between the letters to spread them out. This is great for making the text more readable, as well as fitting it into spaces. In PSE, you can set the space between the rows, but not between the characters.
There is a hidden trick in PSE that does allow this called Asian Text Option. You can also do it in a Word document and bring it into PSE. Watch this tutorial and have fun learning! I look forward to seeing what you can do with kerning!
Lesson 42 - Self-installing Plug-ins
Learn about self-installing plug-ins. There are several of my suggestions in the written tutorial.
Download Virtual Photographer and install it. http://www.optikvervelabs.com/
This program is one of the most widely used filters in the digi-world. It is well worth the time to install it.
Use any setting on the filters in the photo(s) on your layout. When you share your layout, please share which filter you utilized.
Lesson 43 - Wordle
This is a fun technique! Did you know that Photoshop Elements supports .pdf’s? This knowledge can open up a lot of ideas for you! I know it did for me!
Lesson 44 - Drop Shadow on Border Text
This technique lesson is to utilize this tutorial for a drop shadow on border text, as well as to create a layout inspired by the techniques in my layout with absolutely no kits, papers, or elements. Get creative!
Lesson 45 - Right Aligning Text
This is a challenge I have long ago wanted to present to you as it is something that is useful to learn as a design principle. It is a principle to always keep in the back of your mind when applying text. Often, scrappers never consider the impact this simple change can make.
Did you know that there are many instances when right aligning text can give balance to your layout?
Look for instances where you can line up your journaling’s edge to a photo, mat or other straight edge element, whether real or an imaginary line. What do I mean by imaginary line? Remember that our eye should start with the photos and travel around the page. Often this is done be leading the eye. Maybe there is reason to lead the eye from one element or photo to another by envisioning the line of the edge of the journaling connecting the two.
Lesson 46 - Vellum Frame over Photo with Inside Borders
This one is just a cool artistic technique! I really love this and do hope you do too! Hurry, go check it out!
Lesson 47 - Swirly Arrows
Dig out your fun event photos for this technique that is sure to lend a fun feel to your layouts!
Lesson 48 - On a Shelf
This is such a simple technique that packs pow! I am anxious to see your layouts.
Lesson 49 - Text Frame Template
This technique seems to be a trend that comes and goes. Suddenly new digiscrappers find it and it seems all new again!
Lesson 50 - Cut Out on Paper
This tutorial may seem to be a repeat, but it actually incorporates several of the other tutorials you have done and reinforces them for a new technique.
Lesson 51 - Duplicating, Deleting, and Cutting off
There is not a whole lot of skill in this lesson, but it is a great lesson to get you to think outside of the box…or frame…or layout….
Lesson 52 - Large Monogram
I am finding a few technique challenges with no videos or lessons, but they should still push your skills. For instance, this one should tap into your skills learned about focal weight.
Lesson 53 - Fitting Pieces
This is an odd title to a technique, but it works for lack of anything better.
I really like this technique a lot. Every time I see it in layouts, it draws my eye to it.
Lesson 54 - Corner Banner
This lesson does not have a video with it as it is just a technique that you already have skills for, but if you have trouble, please do let me know.
Lesson 55 - 3D Text
This is just another simple technique to apply to text. It is not a true 3D text technique, but something fun. Since so much of our layout is focused on the text that leads us to the photos, text techniques are a simple fun way to make a layout special.
Lesson 56 - Photo from Background
This is actually one of the first “techniques” I learned and it is one of my favorite! I must admit though, that you have to find just the right photos to make this work. My second attempt at this technique, as soon in the thread, is not as great as my first. Have fun!
Lesson 57 - Text Cut Into Paint Splatter
Got some fun photos? They are just waiting for this technique!
Since we have worked with installing brushes in a previous lesson and we have used swatches, why not try installing a free pattern file from the internet? Share the link to where you found the pattern file that you used in your layout. If not a pattern, then try a gradient file.
Lesson 59 - Strike-Through Text
This is another tutorial where if you think outside the box, you can come up with something really creative. I look forward to seeing your application!
Lesson 60 - Inset
This is such a simple technique, but more difficult than it looks!