Tips from the more experienced makers!

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Tips from the more experienced makers!
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Sat, 02-17-2007 - 10:08pm

Hi Everyone!


I thought it might be helpful for newer makers to get some basic tips from some of the more experienced makers.


I don't consider myself advanced by any stretch of the imagination, and other makers may have different ways of doing things, but here's some tips from me.


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Registered: 06-07-2003
Sat, 02-17-2007 - 10:40pm

Good idea for a thread, Tanya!


Right off the top of my head, my main tip concerns drop shadows.

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Sun, 02-18-2007 - 2:43am

You can actually use Virtual Photographer in PSP also, and you can add a stroke to your text without losing any bulk to it.


To add a stroke to your text in PSP:


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Registered: 12-17-2004
Sun, 02-18-2007 - 9:40am

Great thread, Tanya. I can't think of anything other than those you put but I'll certainly come and add some if I do think of them.

I wanted to say that the Virtual Photographer thingy doesn't work on Macs.

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Registered: 03-29-2003
Sun, 02-18-2007 - 11:20am
Great tips ladies. I will have to see if I can think of any others. The ones you all put are great and helpful to me as well.



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Sun, 02-18-2007 - 2:08pm

Also, w/ drop shadow in PSE.....you can change the size. This is on the drop shadow used from layer styles.

So, ok, insert your drop shadow, (I usually use soft edge or low), and then go to layer>layer style>scale effect. This will bring up a percentage slider, and just adjust your shadow down to where you like it! :) Select preview and you can see it change on your sig....

I was like......WOAH!!! when I learned this, lol!!

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Sun, 02-18-2007 - 7:24pm
So that will adjust the opacity?

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Sun, 02-18-2007 - 7:52pm
One of the best tips I received was from Crystal, cl-woodie and she told me to start with a smaller canvas. I was using a 400 by 350 canvas but when I started downsizing into a 400 by 200 or 400 by 250 I found that my siggies were cleaner and more attractive.
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Sun, 02-18-2007 - 8:17pm
A smaller canvas always works well, and you're right, as is Crystal, it's a good way to keep your sigs small and simple.
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Sun, 02-18-2007 - 9:12pm
awww speaking of! She is so cute!! How is she doing?
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Sun, 02-18-2007 - 9:20pm

it's just for the size of the drop shadows in the layer styles, Rochelle...as far as I know you can't adjust the opacity on those...

Now, if you make your own ds using the rect. tool...like for behind bent photos and such....that's a dif. story. :)

So, nothing life shattering, lol....but still useful. Reigns in those HUGE ds's, kwim?

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