Clearance Closet is now Open!

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the U.S.  If you are looking for something fun to do in between baking pies and preparing Thanksgiving dishes, you might enjoy checking the  113 products I have just put  in the Clearance Closet at SnickerdoodleDesigns.

Save 75-85% on favorites that need to be moved to make more shelf room for NEW goodies!!

I LOVE this baby announcement layout created by Lynn, using Ramblin Rose!


Ramblin’ Rose is just one of the Kits available in the Closet!

I hope you enjoy browsing these Oldies but STILL Goodies!

How to Recolor in Photoshop: One Easy Way


I love that Photoshop offers us many tools to work with and multiple methods to accomplish the same task.  This is also true of recoloring images, which is something that we may find the need to do when we scrapbook.  Today, let’s take a look at just one simple way to recolor an element in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.


Here’s how to accomplish the quick color change seen above.  (Screen shots in this tutorial are from Photoshop CC2015.  The path noted below is the same in Photoshop Elements.):

1.  In the top Menu Bar:  Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation


2. An options box will open.

  • Tick the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” if you wish to constrain this adjustment to one layer only.
  • Experiment with Color, Mode, and Opacity as you like; but for this tutorial I am going to leave them as-is.


3. Drag the Hue slider to the right and/or left to see real-time color changes occur in your image.  Experiment with Saturation and Lightness as you like.


If you did not make any “Mode” choices in Step 2, you can experiment with Blend Modes in the Layers Panel now.  (This is my preference because it’s easy to quickly cycle  through Blend Modes at this point: Using Blend Modes in Photoshop.)

Here is just a sampling of some of the great colors you can achieve by changing Blend Modes.


And that’s it! That’s how easy it can be to recolor an element.

This technique can be especially helpful when we are creating a layout and mixing elements or papers from multiple kits, or when we wish to incorporate elements from Commercial Use Elements Packs.

Credits:  The coffee cup used in this tutorial is included in Designer Mix Coffeeby SnickerdoodleDesigns.

Available at: SnickerdoodleDesigns     The Digichick     theStudio

If you would like to keep this tutorial on your computer for easy reference, you may download a PDF here: How to Recolor in Photoshop: One Easy Way.

If you are a visual learner, you can view this tutorial on SnickerdoodleDesigns YouTube Channel  and on theStudio’s YouTube Channel.

Thanks for stopping by!


How to Create a Cold Weather Effect in Photoshop



Today let’s look at a quick and easy way to create a cold-weather effect in Photoshop CC2015, using Camera Raw; and then add a snow effect using a Snow Overlay, in any version of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

Last week we used the beautiful layout pictured below to add a custom drop shadow to a few elements (How to Customize a Drop Shadow.) Let’s use it again today to create a cold-weather effect.


1. Open a JPG document in Photoshop CC 2015,  just as you normally open a document.

2. Convert the image to a Smart Object by right-clicking on the layer in the Layers Panel and choosing “Convert to Smart Object.” This will enable us to add a filter as a Smart Filter, which will allow us to work in a non-destructive manner and also allow us flexibility. (How Smart ARE Smart Filters?)

3. Go to the top Menu Bar:  Filter > Camera Raw Filter. Your image will  open in Camera Raw.


(Camera Raw Window pictured below)


4. Click on the Styles tab (fx icon), then drag the Dehaze slider to the left, depending upon the amount of haze you would like to add to your image.


I dragged the slider to -75 to get the effect pictured below.

sd-snow-4Notice in the Layers Panel how the Filter has been applied as a Smart Filter (with a mask for adjustments).


5. You may leave your image exactly as it is, or adjust it to your liking using the Smart Filter Mask.  (Need help with using Masks? Using Layers Masks in Photoshop).  I chose a soft-edged black brush, reduced the brush opacity to 40% and clicked on our models face, on the flower and berries, and on the text just to make them a bit more prominent. I know it’s tiny, but you can see where I painted on the mask in the Layers Panel.)


And that’s it!  This technique works better on some images than others, so experiment to get the results you like.

Now let’s add some more snow to this document using a Woodland Winter Snow Overlay.   These Overlays can be used in any version of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, so if you do not have the option of using the Dehaze Style as demonstrated above, this is a second option for you to add additional interest and a cold effect to your images.

1. Place a Snow Overlay (I am using Woodland Winter Snow Overlay #6) over your document.


2. Change the Blend Mode of the overlay to Screen (Using Blend Modes in Photoshop), and the snow flurries you see on the overlay will be visible on your document.


If some of the snow flurries fall where you don’t want them, apply a mask to the Overlay, and brush the offending flurries away.

And that’s how easy it is!

Note: I prefer to share Photoshop tips that can be useful by everyone, not just CC users; but I thought this tip was too fun not to share.  I hope that non-CC users will find the Snow Overlays mention helpful!

If you would like to keep this tutorial on your computer for easy reference, you may download a PDF here.

If you are a visual learner, you can view this tutorial on SnickerdoodleDesigns You Tube Channel .

Credits: Woodland Winter Snow Overlays can be purchased at:

SnickerdoodleDesigns     The Digichick     theStudio     CUDigitals

I hope you  have fun experimenting with these techniques!  Thanks for stopping by!

Woodland Winter Cluster Freebie

We’ve had rain here in drought-stricken California.  And with the colder weather and the rain, we’ve had snow in the higher elevations.  I can see the snow-capped mountains from my kitchen window, and they are beautiful.   Woodland Winter is perfect to scrap those winter photos you may be been wondering what to do with!

Save 30% right now at:
SnickerdoodleDesigns     The Digichick    theStudio



And I have some awesome new inspiration from the talented team at The Digichick!



I’ve also got a Woodland Winter Cluster for you!  Thanks to Norma, a member of my CT, for creating this for us!

Click on the image below to download!


Hope you enjoy!

What’s New in Photoshop Elements14 and Should you Upgrade?


1-should-i-upgradeHave you been wondering if you should upgrade your current version of PSE to PSE14? Find out what’s new and different with a first-hand look at PSE14.

Michelle Stelling, of National Association of Digital Scrapbookers (NAODS), has given me permission to give you a limited-time FREE Pass to her members-only class “What’s new in Photoshop Elements 14,” and also a $70 discount off of her yearly membership should you decide you want to become a member of her training center.

The first half of the hour-long class will be dedicated to what’s new in PSE14; the 2nd half of the class Michelle will be working with templates by Connie Prince!

In order to receive the discount, at checkout on the NAODS site, use the coupon code:    Karen

NAODS is a membership-based training center devoted exclusively to teaching Photoshop Elements. Free pass to watch the class ends on Nov. 14th. (No coupon required). Discount coupon for membership expires Nov. 21st.

I’m sure you will find Michelle’s video helpful.  When I am a Guest Instructor at NAODS, I use Photoshop Elements, and I learned something new in the first 5 minutes of Michelle’s class!

If you are interested in purchasing a membership, take a look at this quick 3 minute video Michelleput together for you. It shows where to go and how to use the coupon she has provided:  How to Purchase a NAODS membership.

If you  have any questions, feel free to use the link of my site to contact me!