Saturday, August 22, 2015

Heart Beach

For years I've collected Lisi Martin cards, when I saw this kit I knew I had the perfect background for one of my favorite cards.

Everything by Anna Aspnes

ArtPlay Heart Beach
Subtle Quotes Beach 1
Melange FotoBlendz4
Sparkle Edge Overlays1

Process:  Used Papier #4 as my base, used Melange FotoBlendz 4 as a clipping mask for my card.  Placed Gold Paint 1 and frame under the photo, reducing size to fit the area.  Placed my element cluster above the photo and added wordart.

Eli's 1st day of Kindergarten_2014

Eli last year, his first day in kindergarten.  He'll start first grade next how time flies.

Everything by Anna Aspnes

ArtPlay Studious Studious.html
Learn Wordart No 2
MultiMedia School No 1
NoteBook No 2

Process:  Used solid papier3 for my base, placed photo where I wanted it and did a reverse mask on it.  Used a brush to bring in areas of the picture I wanted to keep.  Played with transfers to see which one would work the best.  Added Multimedia behind the photo and finished off with
some of the notebook spirals and graphic paper overlays.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Deer Friend

Everything by Anna Aspnes

Artsy Layered Template 203

ArtPlay Mountain High

Process: Thanks to Anna putting this template together I didn't have to do much. I began with turning off all the layers but the frames. I clipped my picture to the frame mask. I added a papier to the first layer and began turning on one layer at a time above that. I either decided not to use that layer or colored or clipped a transfer or papier to it. To finish it off I add a couple of elements title and a short explanation of were the picture was taken.

Collins Lake 2015

Everything by Anna Aspnes

ArtPlay Mountain High
Mountain High WordART No 1

Process: Started with Papier #2, enlarged my photo to fit across the page. Placed brush #2, duplicating it 2X and merging each one (this darkened it enough to use as a mask), clipped photo to it. Brush #5 duplicate and merge, place on page, duplicate photo and clip to brush 5. Added some transfers, wordart and elements to finish it off.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Beach Love

Check out Anna's Blog later today for the "Writing in Sand" tutorial.

Artsy Template MultiPack 7
ArtPlay Beach
Beach Template Album No 1A (used elements and sand)
Beach Template Album No 1D (used elements)

Process: I placed my photos and then chose which background paper to use I copied the background 3 times moved them around and masked off two of the layers, bring in only the areas I needed to cover some areas of the original layer. I brought in some of the transfers, recolored some of the stains that were in this template. Added some elements from the beach template series and finished off with Aaron's name changed to look like he had written it in the sand.

Sunday, July 26, 2015


Everything by Anna Aspnes

ArtPlay Downtown
Artsy Layered Template #202 (used some of the paint and textures)
Downtown Wordart No 1
ArtistEdge Overlay No 9

Process: I knew that I wanted the photo I found on the internet to be the focus of this layout, I placed it on the bottom of my page, applied a reverse mask and used a brush to bring in the areas I wanted to show. I then tried several of the artsy papers below it and chose #2. I added some transfers to the left of the page and masked it and used my gradient brush to delete the right edge to help it blend onto my page. I then took some of the paint and textures from Layered Template #202, as well as wordart and some of the brush strokes.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Line Sketch

Tutorial created using Photoshop C6


1.       Choose the photo you want to work with.  For this tutorial I choose the photo I used for my avatar. Start by duplicating the photo twice by pressing Ctrl-J two times.


2.       With the top layer (Layer 1 copy) active in the layers panel, go to Filter>Blur>Smart Blur.   We’re not really creating a blur here but rather creating the line-drawing effect.  Go to the Mode drop down menu at the bottom of the Smart Blur dialog and choose Edge Only.  Set the Quality drop-down menu to High.  Then, move the Radius and Threshold sliders to refine how much line detail you want.  For this photo I set the Radius to 2.5 and the Threshold to 25.  Click OK

Note: What you want to achieve is the amount of outline you want, you can go more by decreasing the Threshold and Increasing the Radius.  Just play around with it until you get the look you want.


3.      Now we need to extract the line drawing from the layer so we can change the line color.  Go to the Channels panel (Window>Channels), hold down the Ctrl key, and click on the RGB channel thumbnail.  This will load the luminosity of the image as a selection.  Since the image is black and white, it will ignore black and load just the white area.

  • Photoshop Element users don’t have The Channels function so replace step 3 with these instructions.
  •  Layer1 copy Ctrl I to inverse (you should have a white background with black outlines. Go to  Select>Color Range
  • Select: Highlights
  • Selection Preview: White Matte
  • Click okay
  • You should have the marching ants on the line work, click on the delete button and you white background should be removed.

4.       With the selection active, go back to the layer panel and click the Create a New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel to create a new blank layer (Layer2).  Click the Eye icon to the left of the original line drawing layer (Layer 1 copy) to hide it.   Then press Shift –Backspace to bring up the Fill Dialog.  Choose Black from the Use drop-down menu, and click OK.  Press Ctrl-D to deselect.  The line-drawing effect over the original photo creates an interesting result.


5.       Click on the original Background in the Layers panel to make it active. And go to Filter>Blur>Average.  It will look at the overall image and generate a color fill based on the average color tone of the entire image.  Usually the result will look good, but experiment with other colors to what works best for your image.


6.       Activate the duplicate layer (Layer 1) that still contains the original image.  Hold down the Alt key and click the Add Layer Mask icon (circle in a square) at the bottom of the Layers panel.  This will create a layer mask filled with black, hiding the entire layer.


7.       Select the Gradient tool (G).  Press D to set the Foreground color to white.  Click the down-facing arrow next to the gradient preview in the Options Bar to open the Gradient Picker and choose the Foreground to Transparent gradient. To the right of the gradient preview in the Options Bar, choose the Radial Gradient icon.


8.       Click to start the gradient in the area of the image where the main subject is, then drag toward the bottom of the image.  (I started my selection at the now base of my glasses and ended just below my hand.) This will reveal the image in the where you started dragging and fade away the edges to reveal a portion of the original photo.


9.       Since we want the image to transition from a photo to a line drawing, we need to mask the line drawing area in the middle.  Select the layer containing the line drawing (Layer 2) and click the Add Layer Mask icon again (but this time without holding down Alt).  This will add a layer mask filled with white, revealing the entire layer.

Press X until the Foreground color is set to black.  Using the Gradient tool again, draw the gradient in the same area and distance as you did in the previous step.  Now as the photo fades out, the line drawing fades in.

10.   Let’s slightly change the color of the outline.  Click the layer thumbnail for the line drawing layer (Layer 2) to make the layer active and not the mask.  Click the Lock Transparent Pixels icon (checkerboard) at the top of the Layers panel.  Click the foreground color swatch at the bottom of the toolbox, select a color in the Color Picker (I went with a brown shade) and click OK.  Press Alt-Backspace to fill the lines with your chosen color.

To finish the effect, I added some texture to the background color.  Activate the Background layer and go to Filter>Filter Gallery>Texturizer.  Set the Texture drop-down menu to Sandstone, Scaling to 149, Relief to 6, and click OK.

Click on layer one photo (not the mask), go to Filter>Filter Gallery>Texturizer keep the same settings as you had with background texture click okay, go back into Filter Gallery to add some additional texture, this time instead of Texturizer in the drop down, choose Rough Pastel.  For this photo I used Stroke Length 28, Stroke Detail 20, Texture Canvas, Scaling 76, Relief 12.  Again each photo may use different settings, just play around with them until you get the desired results.

11.   For the final step – do some clean-up on the line work. Go to Layer 2, click on the mask, using a soft brush start cleaning up some of the more erratic lines to make it more realistic, or use your gradient tool once again to fade out certain areas.  For this photo I wanted to fade the bottom portion a bit more, so I started the gradient from the bottom of the photo and went upward.


You can also turn off the line layer and get a soft portrait effect.  Have fun with this and try out different filters.  Make this your own.