Beneath the Surface Textures 1 and 2

Beneath the Surface 1 Texture

Beneath the Surface 1 texture was created mainly to achieve a stressed out and grungy effect to the background when applied over an image.  Here, I applied "Beneath the Surface1" texture on top of the thistle image, then set the layer mode to "Linear Burn" and the opacity at 75%. Don't be afraid to experiment with different layer modes and opacity levels.

Beneath the Surface 2 Texture

Beneath the Surface 2 texture was created along the same lines as texture 1 above, just more colors and grunge.  Here, I applied "Beneath the Surface2" texture on top of a photo from last winter of some trees, then set the layer mode to "Multiply" and the opacity at 78%. Don't be afraid to experiment with different layer modes and opacity levels.

Grunge Strokes Brush Set

Photoshop grunge stroke brushes, 8 brushes,image pack included.
The brushes were created in PS 7 and is compatible with PS 7
and newer, also PS Elements 3 and up.

Photoshop Tip: Turn on the Alignment Options in the Move Tool

Let's face it, you create a new document,copy and paste a new image onto the canvas, and try to position it to the center, if you're a beginner, you may try to judge the center point by using your eyes.  But believe me, your eyes don't always tell the truth.
That's when the alignment options come in handy.  Simply click on the “Move”tool   ( shown below).
Then you will see the alignment options appear on the top (menu bar) that I have hi-lighted and shown below.


And let's say you want to position an object in the center of the canvas, simply Ctrl+A to select the whole canvas,then you will see some alignment options become clickable.

And then you simply click on "Align Vertical Centers" and "Align Horizontal Centers" you will see the object is now positioned in the center of the canvas.

Like any thing else, the more often you do this, the quicker it becomes second nature.

Shadowhouse Creations " Birds Brush Set 3 "

Here's a free set of Bird Brushes, 23 in all and made using Photoshop 7, so they'll be
compatible with versions 7 and up, also PS Elements 3 and newer.

2 Photoshop Tips

Photoshop Tip 1: How to Draw a Perfect Circle/Square

Here's a quick but basic Photoshop tip for beginners.Let's take a look at the toolbox and find the set of drawing tools as shown below. (To expand, left click on the rectangular tool and hold)

You can use these tools to draw rectangular or oval shapes, as shown below.

Now here's the trick, if you would like to draw a 'PERFECT" circle or a square, you must hold down the shift key while dragging your mouse.

That's it.


Photoshop Tip 2: Unlocking The Background Layer

Trust me, there will come a time that you will want to
unlock the background layer, for whatever purpose.
To do so, simply "double click" the background layer on
the layer palette, as shown below.

You will then be prompted with a new window, simply click OK.
And you will now see the lock on the background layer is gone,
that means the background layer is now unlocked.

You can now drag the background layer up and down,just like all
other unlocked layers.

That's it.

Blogger Tip: Mouseover

Run your mouse over the image.

I've had a few people ask about how to do the mouseover, so I thought I
would show you how to achieve it.

1. It's not necessary to back up your template as you aren't going to
touch any part of the template HTML.

2. You need to find two images you want to use and they MUST be the same
size in measurements. You also want to keep the kilobytes as low as possible
so it doesn't slow down when loading.

3. You need to upload them somewhere for storage, I uploaded mine to Picasa.
You will need the location of the images, meaning the URL information of both
images, so you need to make note of them and save.

4. Open a NEW post. You will not be publishing this one, and will eventually
delete it after first saving it as a draft.  It is only to help you upload your
images and get the code that is returned.

5. All that remains to do is add the javascript to"envelope" the two images,
or add the pictures URLs to the Javascript, depends on how you see it.
Here's the script.


<table align="center"><tr><td align="center">

<img onmouseover="Javascript: this.firstsrc=
this.getAttribute('src'); this.secondsrc=
gif'; this.setAttribute('src',this.
secondsrc);" onmouseout="Javascript: this.setAttribute
('src',this.firstsrc);" alt="" src='https://bp2.blogger
gPIt_Eq88zw/s400/tulip_purple_round_blu.gif' />   

(Post 2nd image URL first)
( Post 1st image URL second)

6. You can copy and paste the code into the post.
* The SECOND (rollover, mouseover, whatever) picture link is the first one to appear
in the script; the FIRST (static) picture link is included as the second link reference -
(hey, it's not me being difficult - it's the way the script works!).

*You must (duhhh, obviously!) change the pic URL links in the script to the ones returned by Blogger when you upload your own pics.

* It is IMPORTANT that you make sure that the quotation marks that surround the URL links are single ( ' ) and not double quotes ( " ), as this has a relevance on how the script is

NOTE: Do not copy and paste/edit in Microsoft "WORD" for it will add extra code.
I did mine in NOTEPAD.
I can honestly say, putting this one together was a chore and sucked all life out of me. I will rest now!

Photoshop Tip: Image Pop Blur / Overlay Effect

Touch image for a before and after "Mouse Over" effect.

This is one of those tricks most of you already know, but for those who don't, you're gonna love it.

This is a simple trick that will make those light or over saturated images pop.  Let's get started.

Open an image you feel needs some help.
Now, duplicate your picture either by dragging it to the "Create New
Layer" icon next to the trash can at the bottom of your Layers Panel
or hitting "Ctrl + J" on the keyboard.

Next we're gonna apply "Gaussian Blur" (Filter/Blur/Gaussian Blur)
now set the "Radius" slider to 4.0.  Blurry isn't it?
 Now go to the "Layers Palette" and change the "Blending Mode" from
"Normal" to "Overlay."  What a difference!
I sometimes adjust the "Opacity" level, and as seen here I set it at 80%.

If you look at the before and after, you can see that this method makes
the light tones lighter and the dark tones darker while softening it.
Sometimes applying a higher percentage of "Gaussian Blur" along with a
higher "Overlay" percentage gives a dreamier effect.

That's it, hope it was fun.

Photoshop Tip: Scattering Brushes

Photoshop Tip: Scattering Brushes

This is a tip done in Photoshop CS3, and I'm not sure which older versions are compatible, certainly CS3 and newer.

To scatter a brush shape about randomly in different sizes and at different angles, click on your brush tool.
Click on the brushes tab up on the upper right corner of your Photoshop window (or hit F5).

Click on "Shape Dynamics." Set your "Size Jitter" slider somewhere between 50-75%. Ifyou don't want your brush size to get smaller than a certain size,set your "Minimum Diameter"slider to whatever percentage you think will fit.  To change the angle of the brush, set the "Angle Jitter" slider low or high, depending on how much you want the brush to tilt to one side or the other. Make sure everything else is at 0% or off.

Now, click on "Scattering," and then set the sactter slider as low or high as you'd like. You can see how much it's scattering in the thumbnail. Click on "Brush Tip Shape."  Move the "Spacing" slider to the right until the brush is spaced how you'd like.  Make sure the rest is set at 0% or off.

That's it!  Now paint with your brush.

NOTE: Everytime you want to do this with a brush, you will have to set these settiings to your liking, so play around with the controls and get to know the settings so it becomes second nature and comfortable.


Clouds Texture Set

The images in this set have been posted individually or in various sets,
but never all together, so I thought I would offer these as a set.