Tutorial: Using the Lens Flare Filter in Photoshop

Thank you for once again letting me know that you are enjoying exploring Filters in Photoshop.     Based upon your feedback and interest, I will take the next few weeks to explore a few more filters that I think you will find useful in your scrapbooking layouts.  Today let’s look at the Lens Flare Filter.

This beautiful layout was created by Priss (forum name pssequimages), using Rocky Mountain Dreams. 

I asked her to create a layout for me with this tutorial in mind, so she did not include any light in the lantern.  Perfect for our needs! Let’s add our own light using the Lens Flare Filter. But first, let’s convert the layout to a Smart Object. (Right click on the layer > Convert to Smart Object.  Doing so will allow Photoshop to place the filter on it’s own layer, giving us the opportunity to adjust it if we like.  For more about Smart Filters:  How Smart ARE Smart Filters.)



Read the rest of this tutorial on theStudio’s blog here.

Learn how to get THIS result!


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Digital Scrapbooking with Photoshop Elements with Michelle Stelling


cL-michelleIn case you missed Michelle Stelling’s (NAODS) FREE 3 day class at creativeLIVE, it will be rebroadcast, starting TODAY!

Join Michelle for 3 full days of learning not only the basics not also some advanced techniques in Photoshop Elements. Not a PSE user? Not a problem! Many of the concepts she will be teaching can easily be translated to whatever digital scrapbook program you use.

Just go to creativeLIVE, and click on the “Watch Now FREE” link at the top of the page, and you will be allowed access to watch Michelle’s class!

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Tutorial: Using the Shear Filter in Photoshop

Last week we talked about Using the Liquify Filter in Photoshop.  Many of you wrote to say that you have not used Photoshop Filters before.  So today let’s look at another filter that can be helpful to you in your scrapbook layouts: the Shear Filter.

The use of paper strips is very popular in layouts.  Here is a beautiful example of this technique:


This layout was created by Cathy, a member of my Creative Team , using Tell Me Again, a collaboration between ADB Designs and myself, SnickerdoodleDesigns.

I think Cathy’s layout is perfect as it is, but what if she wanted to put a slight curve to the green paper strip under her photograph, or wanted to add other paper strips with just a slight bend in them?  The Shear Filter can help with that.

READ THE rest of this tutorial HERE, on theStudio’s blog.

New Products: Vintage Book Overlays


A few weeks ago, my husband and I were driving from our small town to the next-small-town-nearby, and I saw a cardboard sign along the highway, with the words “Estate Sale” scrawled on it.  The sign pointed to an older house, and in the yard I saw table after table of what could only be the most interesting things I would see that day!  We pulled into the graveled parking area, and I scrambled out of the car to see what was waiting for me.

I spoke with the woman hosting the sale.  She had lost her husband months ago, and was just now starting to sell him “collections.”  She said that they had been married for 50 years, and he had been a “collector” during their entire marriage, as well as beforehand.

On this day, she was selling books, newsprints, sheet music, and other miscellaneous items. Being an avid reader, I hurried over to the book area.  Being a “books are my friends” type of guy, my husband quickly followed.  We spent well over an hour browsing through the most amazing collection of vintage books.  We would have stayed longer, but time did not permit it that day.    We did come away with treasures ranging between 100 – 180 years old!

Some of today’s goods aren’t manufactured with the quality standards and products of years past, and I think books are one of those items.  I was fascinated by the interesting and beautiful textures of the book covers, and thought they would make awesome textures for scrapbook papers!

So I got busy………and Vintage Book Overlays, Sets 1, 2, 3, and 4 are the result!





This is Overlay #6 from Vintage Book Overlays Set 1, with a simple layer of color placed on top of the overlay, and the blend mode changed to Overlay.


Super fast and incredibly simple!

 Vintage Book Overlays are now available at:
SnickerdoodleDesigns     theStudio    CUDigitals

As always, the Collection is your Best Value, offered at a 50% savings!

BUT….. SnickerdoodleDesigns and theStudio are having a sale on BUNDLES through Monday, Sept. 15th, offering an extra 10% savings on all Bundles/Collection!

At SnickerdoodleDesigns NO COUPON IS REQUIRED.  The extra 10% Savings is already applied for you. (This applies to both Personal Use and Commercial Use products.)

At theStudio, use the coupon code: BIGBUNDLEBLOWOUT at checkout.

Would you like to try a sample?  Just click HERE or on the image below to download one. See how easy it is yourself!