By Linda Sattgast
Everyday Storyteller 2 is a brand new idea book offering more than 100 tips, tricks, and techniques for scrapbooking. I’m one of the 33 memory keepers who have contributed a chapter to this book. My topic is using Actions to speed up the process of scrapbooking. (See below for a sneak preview and a free action to download!)
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Each book contributor participating in the blog hop is giving away an eBook copy of Everyday Storyteller 2. Use this entry link or click the graphic below to complete your entry form. You must enter by 11:59pm PDT on April 30, 2013 to be eligible. You may enter from each blog listed below. Winners will be contacted directly as well as posted at everydaystoryteller.com on May 1, 2013.
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My Topic: Actions!
My topic in Everyday Storyteller 2 is about Photoshop Actions. I use actions to help shave off minutes here and there when I’m scrapbooking. Now that actions are easy to load and use in Photoshop Elements 11, even more scrapbookers can take advantage of this wonderful tool!
One of the actions I use the most for digital scrapbooking is my DS Custom Drop Shadows action. (DS stands for Digital Scrapper.) Photoshop drop shadows are so uniform that they often look “digital” and therefore not as realistic at times. With custom drop shadows you can vary the distance from the object, making the shadow more like a real drop shadow. My action will quickly create a custom drop shadow layer for you that you can manipulate to look “real.”
In the example below I’ve pointed arrows to all the places where I used a custom drop shadow:
Below is another example of what you can do with a custom drop shadow on ribbons and flowers. For these I actually used a double drop shadow, which is one of the choices in my drop shadow action.
Download My Custom Shadow Action
If you have a version of Photoshop Elements that doesn’t have an Actions panel, or if you’ve never made a custom drop shadow before, you can watch a video I made on how to create your own custom drop shadow from scratch.
If you do have the capability to use the custom drop shadow action, this video will also show you how to adjust the shadow so it looks custom.
I hope you enjoy this action and that you’ll have a chance to read my article about actions in Everyday Storyteller 2!
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