Sunday, February 24, 2008

A little bit of Photoshop info

Just wanted to answer a few questions people have asked me recently. I have had a few people ask me if I have thought about teaching a digital scrapbooking class. I am by no means an expert but it is something I really enjoy and have spent a fair amount of time doing over the last year. So, Eric and I are putting our heads together how I can best teach a class (for this class I will be using Photoshop Elements). We are in the preliminary stages of this but I'm excited! What I am hoping to do is a class in my home once a week for a month on the basics of Photoshop and basic digital scrapbooking. If you do not live within driving distance and still want to "take the class" I will have information available to you somehow as well. I am no expert but do think I can help you get started! ;) For anyone local and going to Cheryl's crop, I will be introducing some digital scrapbooking ideas (on March 15) and maybe even try to start the class the next week since I know many are eager to get started and I'm eager to see if I can do this! So feel free to e-mail (available through my profile page if you don't have it) me any ideas you may have or what you want to know as I try to put this information together.
Here's a couple quick answers to some Photoshop questions I've gotten lately.
Karen had asked where to start now that she has Photoshop. If you want to open a new document, say a new scrapbook page, go to File>New>Blank File>Enter (or just hit ctrl+N). You don't need to name it just yet, you can do that when you save later. Just enter the size of the page you want. For example 12 inches x 12 inches. Make sure your resolution is set to 300 pixels/inch, RGB color, and your background is set to white, then hit enter, and you can start creating your first page!
Angela asked what to do if a .png file did not have a transparent background. One way to make a solid color from an image disappear is by using the magic eraser. The eraser tool is about 3/4 of the way down on the left hand side (the little picture of the eraser!) Select it. Now in the tool bar at the top, select the third "eraser in" (if you hover over it, it should say "magic eraser tool"), click on the part of your image you want to erase and everything in that section that is that color should disappear.
Hope some of this has been helpful. I'll keep you posted as to what we are up to over here!


Anonymous said...

nice to be referenced in the blog, eva. i am SO IN for a class. seriously. i'll let you know how the book works out. :)

Linda said...

Hey, stopping by from Jess' forum. Just wanted to say that I think you have a great blog. You do nice cards. :D

Heather said...

Hey Becky! Hello and have a good day! Good luck with your photoshop classes. ;)

Lis said...

Hi Becky,
I found your blog through another and I just have to say you've inspired me with all of your digital layouts! I love your style! I just got PSE 6 and am so excited to get started but could definitely use a couple tutorials! So, of course I'm interested in your Photoshop class... however, unless you live in Maryland, I am not able to make it! :) Perhaps you can post your class notes or better yet post videos on your blog!!!! :) Just a thought! Thanks for the inspiration!!

Kathy said...

Love the new look! All I have to say is that I'm glad you are a great friend of mine....'cause when you become rich and famous - I'm sure you'll still be my friend! Regardless - you're stuck with me since you married into the family! :)
Great new logo/layout! You truly are "simply the best"!!

AngMomof3 said...

Wow! I feel like a dope for not replying to your e-mail... you're on top of this Q&A!
If you can make it work online, I'm there. But don't do it just for me. Instead, force me to have an excuse to come visit Lynden-town! :) (Cheryl's having a crop, eh? Hmmm....)