Here's the page I created, documenting Mr T and I moving in together......have a little click if you want to see it in better detail:
Here's a list of the products used:
Lily Bee This & That "Pretty Fabric"
Lily Bee This & That "Milk Bottle"
Lily Bee This & That "Linens"
Lily Bee This & That "Teacup"
Glitz Design Whatnots from the Love Games range
The little keys in the MME Bits and pieces pack were absolutely gorgeous - perfect for the theme of my page. I added a rhinestone to the centre of one of the rosette flowers to make sure my page was nothing short of blingtastic in every corner!!
As well as stamping the chair from the MME stamps straight onto my page, I also stamped it onto good old shrink plastic a couple of times to make these cute and unique chair embellishments.
You might notice the black border on my pictures on the layout, called a vignette. I added them in Photoshop. I find they add a bit of drama to the photos and help emphasise the main subject, and usually use them on my blog posts too. A few people have asked me how I create them, so I thought that I'd write a little tutorial.
First of all, I must admit I can't confess to be a Photoshop Expert, what I know I've learned through tinkering about. I like to tinker when it comes to computers!! So this is how I create vignettes on my photos - there might be an easier way to create them out there, and if you have any tips - we'd love to hear them so please let us know in the comments. There are ready made actions available, but I have found that they don't always give a result I'm happy with - the same settings don't aways suit every photo. By following these instructions you can get a vignette that has the depth and colour that you want for each individual picture.
I'm using Photoshop CS4 which I got recently, but part way through I also describe how to do it in Photoshop 7 which I used to have - I'm pretty sure that the instructions may be applicable to other versions too. Failing that, or if you don't have any version, there is a free piece of software available called GIMP which is very similar to PS and in which these instruction may work (or very similar steps).
OK, so here's how to create a subtle vignette on your photos, one I call "Soft Round Vignette" lol:
Step 1: Open your picture. In the layers menu in the bottom right corner, right click the word background, and then select duplicate layer from the menu
Step 5 for CS4:
Right click on your photo to get the following pop up. Select refine edge:
You change this by moving the sliders up and down until you are happy - the good news is that once you've done this the once, each time you go back into this menu the settings are as you left them, which makes it quick and easy if you are adding vignettes to a whole bunch of photos. When you are happy with the "red mist" preview, press OK.
Step 7: Good news for those of you with older versions of PS - step 7 is much quicker and easier!!
Right click on your photo, and select "feather" from the pop up menu:
Step 8: Press the backspace button on your keyboard- this deletes the selected area inside the circle, leaving the shadowy outer frame.
In the layers menu, you should be able to check this by seeing the little snapshots - the copied layer should look like it has a hole in the middle!
So here's a look at comparing the original photo with one with the Soft Round vignette we've just created, the subject of the photo is subtly made more the main focus by the darkened areas around the edges.
Follow the steps just as above, but when you get to Step 3, select "difference" from the drop down menu. This will pop a completely black mask over your photo. This time, choose the rectangular marquee tool to make your selection, leaving a slim border all around. Then continue with the rest of the instructions as above.
Here you can see the original photo, the soft round vignette and the black fringe (which I just added on top of the soft round one) to compare the looks. Depending on my photo and the effect I want, I'll use either one of the vignettes or both together.
I hope that you enjoyed my first post and that you'll be brave enough to give digital vignettes a go - save this to your favourites and have it to hand while you work on your photo.
Be sure to pop back TOMORROW, as I have a couple of pretty and quick home decor makes to share :)
Love, Nat xxx