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I Love Fall!

Just wanted to share a few fall pages with you and a couple of quick tips :). I don’t know what the weather is like in your area, but it has really just begun to feel like autumn where I am. I just love this time of year, the fall foliage, pumpkins, apples, it’s a time to admire God’s beautiful creation, which leads nicely into Thanksgiving celebrations! Anyway, I hope you’re enjoying the season as much as I am if you have made some fall pages, please share your links in the comments section :).

I made this page using the FREE Harvest Spice kit by Shabby Princess!!

Super Sweet Fall

Tips and Tricks:

  • Using a font like “Acorn Initials” allows you to add some extra color to your title. In your layers palette in Photoshop, just right click on the text layer and choose “rasterize” (or simplify). Then you can use the magic wand tool to select areas of the title to fill with color with the paint bucket tool.
  • Try using elements in new ways; I used a ribbon “tie” one of my words together. 
  • I used my “Leafy Heart” shape template to help showcase some of SP’s gorgeous papers. Then I added a bold photo border by using the eye dropper tool to grab a coordinating color from one of the flowers to fill a couple of the template layers with.  

I used an awesome Weeds and Wildflowers collab kit to make the page below :)

Sweet Little Pumpkins

Technique: Here’s an easy way to get your B&W photo to perfectly match your page: once you convert your photo to B&W, go into your Photoshop layers palette and right click the thumbnail of the photo layer, then choose “select layer transparency”. Next, create a new layer, and fill the selected area with a color that matches your page (in this case, I picked up some of the brown from the background paper). Going back into the layers palette, change the new layer’s blend mode to either “hue” or “color”. 

The following page uses the super fun Smell My Feet kit, by Shabby Princess!

Lovable Lion

Photo “pop” technique: Recently, I accidentally discovered this simple technique that really brings some life to my photos. I have used it on almost every photo since then! Here’s what I do: I use image>adjustments>levels to open the levels window. I move the middle input slider (tiny triangle at the center) all the way over to the left until it overlaps the left input slider (the image looks really white at this point), I click “OK”. Next I use image>adjustments/brightness/contrast to open the brightness/contrast window. I move the contrast slider way over to the right, then adjust the brightness accordingly (usually a little to the left). For the example below, I set the brightness to -20 and the contrast to +87. I have no idea why this trick works, but I love the result :)!

Photo Technique

For this last page, I used my “Mosaic Leaf” shape template to frame my photo, and to show off several papers from Jeannie Papai’s Blissful Fall kit at the same time!

Little Man

Tips and Tricks:

  • This is how I added the monogram “A” to my page; I used the type tool to type a very large letter “A” in a dark brown color I picked up from one of the papers, using the eyedropper tool. I then opened my Photoshop layers palette, and used the drop down menu from the top left corner to select the blend mode called “Soft Light”. Voila!
  • To distinguish the photo layer from the rest of the layers in the “Mosaic Leaf” template, I merged the photo border and photo layers together, then added a drop shadow to the newly created layer. I also rotated the layer and sandwiched another leaf element between it and the lower portion of the leaf template.

Well, that’s all I have for you today. If you have a fall page (or two or three!) to share, please leave a comment and link us up!! 

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5 responses to “I Love Fall!

  1. cropandscrapdesigner November 9, 2007 at 8:31 am

    Hi, Jess! Great Tips, Great Layouts. I especially love the “Avery” Layout. The way the colors flow and the way the leaves are layerd, just gorgeous. Happy Fall!

  2. JanMary, N Ireland November 9, 2007 at 9:03 am

    Hello stranger! Wasn’t I just chatting to you, and you snuck in a blog post! Great LO’s – will have to check that poppoing technique :)

  3. Liza in NC November 12, 2007 at 7:58 am

    Hi! I loved your photo technique, so I tried it out on a photo of mine, but I can’t seem to get the same result. The first step does make the image very white, but the second step does not bring back the color or make it pop. Even putting the contrast all the way to the right and the brightness all the way to the left, I end up with a washed-out, duller than before picture. What could I be doing wrong? What file type are you starting with? Maybe that’s the difference.

    Thanks for any help you can provide. I really want my pictures to pop like yours!

  4. Jess November 12, 2007 at 11:45 am

    Hi Liza,
    Hmm, I hope I can help! Because I discovered this by accident and I don’t know what I’m doing, I’m not sure? LOL!! The file type I am using is .jpg. I am using Photoshop CS in RGB color.

    On the second step, what I do is move the contrast way over to the right but not ALL the way. The photo looks all crazy at this point. Then I usually slide the brightness just a LITTLE over to the left, or sometimes even a bit to the right. It depends on the photo. then I just play around with the two sliders until it looks good to me.

    Clear as mud??? I wish I had a better way to explain it, but that is exactly what I do and it has been working for me :)! Good luck!!

  5. suzanneblair November 26, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    I tried out your “popping” technique, and after a little playing I got it to work. Looks great! Thanks for sharing the great idea!

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