Flash Cards w/ Bonus Actions

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Create custom addition and subtraction flash cards from your favorite kits! This set includes templates for 1s thru 12s and come in two versions—with answers and without answers. Decorate with your own background paper. Then, run the bonus decorator action to select and add counter markers next to each of the numbers. Then, add a few more decorations if you want.

When you’re done, print them out on letter paper (use fit to sheet if you don’t have a full bleed printer) and trim them out. Trim line can be turned off or on per your preference.

INCLUDES:
13 Addition Templates
13 Addition Action
13 Subtraction Templates
13 Subtraction Actions
Video Tutorial (.mp4 format)
Installation Instructions

Tested in PSE6-11 and PSCS 3-6. Mac & PC. Personal use and scrap-4-hire use okay!

(Special thanks to the Studio Girls for use of the Indian Summer collab kit in the preview. Kit not included.)

LIGHTROOM: Print Templates

4×6 and 5×7 prints can be so affordable! Now, there’s a new way to take advantage of them. If you have Lightroom, you can batch your images 2-up or 4-up to share or simply add to your Project Life or Pocket Page style albums. Simply load the templates (video included), choose one of the 16 options included, tweak the settings if desired, and then “Print to a JPG.” From there, you can upload your new 2-up or 4-up images to your favorite photo processing center. This is a great way to share small images or offer thumbnail prints to your clients.

INCLUDES:
16 Lightroom Print Templates (4×6 and 5×7, white and black borders, with and without filenames/watermarks)
1 PDF Installation Tutorial
1 Video Tutorial (mov and wmv format)

Personal Use, Photographer Use, Scrap-4-Hire use ok.

Be on the lookout for more Lightroom Tools coming soon to Wendyzine Scraps!

Push a Button and Watch It Scrap

My ScrapIt Actions and Power Scrap It Collab with Katie were featured on The Daily Digi on Saturday. Check out the post for a fabulous interview with Katie, and a fun video of Steph scrapping a layout with one of the ScrapIt actions!

 

In honor of this special feature, all the original ScrapIt Actions are on sale through the end of August!

Saving Layered Tifs

I’ve had this question a few times this week, so I thought I’d post the answer right here!

Why do your actions/scripts save as Tifs instead of PSDs?
In most cases, if you use the right settings, a layered TIF will be smaller than a layered PSD. Layered TIFs use lossless compression, which means the image is not degraded at all like it is when you save a JPG. When you save a layered TIF, you can choose from several different settings. If you use the setting for the smallest file, it does take a little longer to save. In my experience, saving a layered TIF saves up to 40% over the layered PSD file.

What are the optimal settings for a layered TIF?
1. Be sure to check the LAYERS button in the first SAVE AS dialogue box.
2. On the second dialogue box, choose LZW Image Compression.
3. Choose PC or MAC (depending on your computer) in the Byte Order section.
4. Choose ZIP compression for the smallest file. It does take longer to save.

Are there any disadvantages with layered TIFs?
The disadvantage of layered TIF is that it the layers can only be opened in Photoshop/Elements. If you try to open a layered TIF in another program, such as Paint Shop Pro, it will open as a flattened file.

Let me know if you have any questions about this or anything else! Happy Scrapping!

Power Scrap It Video Tutorial

Want a closer look at what the Power Scrap It Scripts and Actions can do? Take a look at this video. (Be sure to read the PDF tutorial included in the purchase as well as it contains more important information!)

CLICK THE IMAGE TO PLAY THE VIDEO. Or, Download for WINDOWS or MAC.

Shutterfly’s New Photobook Interface

 

Shutterfly recently changed it’s Photobook software interface. How does the new “All NEW Custom Path” affect digital scrapbookers? I put together a little video that shows exactly how you can use the new interface to drag and drop your digital scrapbooking layouts. If you’ve used the new interface and have tips to share, leave them in the comments. We’d love to hear them! I might even hand out some prizes for extra helpful tips!

QUICK NOTE: I emailed Shutterfly to request specifications for the 8×11 peek-a-boo page (the page that shows through the optional die cut window). Here’s their response. “As for the die cut cover specs, we do not have those at this time. Our All New Custom Path is a new product for us and we are working on focusing the slight variations that may occur with our new method to be sure that your image would appear in the window of the book cover.” I’ve adjusted my peek-a-boo pages to add additional bleed per their regular page specs; however, it is my best guess and not an official measurement.

 

Click the link below to download videos in Mac and PC format.

NOTE: Video had been updated again as of 6/28/11 to reflect the method suggested on the Shutterfly blog.

Tutorial: Smart Objects

Smart Objects in Photoshop CS and Elements are layers that are completely embedded into the file at it’s full resolution. That means that if you resize it smaller or larger, the original pixels are referenced.

Let’s back up a second. If you copy and paste an image into your document, it will paste as a regular “raster” layer. When you resize this image Photoshop reinterprets the pixel data and replaces it. When you make an image smaller, Photoshop removes pixel data from the image. When you make it larger, it calculates the new pixel data by comparing it’s surrounding pixels and creates new ones. For best quality, you should not enlarge images more than 200%. And, once you size something down, you shouldn’t resize it back up again. If you do, you’ve resampled the image twice and are using averaged pixel data instead of the original image data. That’s where Smart Objects shine. They actually embed the original image into the file so that when you downsize, upsize, rotate, flip or flop, Photoshop can always refer back to the original pixel data. Until you flatten your file, that image data is not discarded. The negative is that it can make your files much much larger. But, the benefit is your images are much crisper.

Let me show you an example. In the image below, the top image was a smart object that was reduced to 25%, then resized back up to the original size. The bottom image was a regular “raster” layer that went through the same exact reduction and re-enlargement. The end result is a beautiful crisp image from the smart object and a blurry, jagged, pixelated image from the raster layer. This is obviously a dramatic example. Rarely would you reduce something to 25% and blow it back up. I’ve exaggerated the effect for demonstration purposes.

You can tell your layer is a smart object if the smart object icon shows up in the layers palette. Here’s a sample layer with the smart object icon.

 

So, how do you make sure your layers are smart objects? There are two main ways. First, you can “place” them instead of copy and paste. With your layout open, click FILE>PLACE instead of open/copy/paste. The second option is to paste the photo, element or paper into your document, then right+click on the layer and choose “Convert to Smart Object” from the drop down menu.

TIP: When you are done with your layout and are sure you won’t be changing the size again, rasterize the layers by right+clicking the layer and choosing “Rasterize Layer” to apply the pixel transformations permanently. Now your file can be as small as possible.

I hope this helps explain smart objects in a useful way! If you have any questions on this or any topic, leave a comment! Happy Scrapping!

Santa Brings Goodies: Day 5!

Every day until Christmas, the Scrapbookgraphics’ Designers and Crew are hosting some special goodies on the Santa Brings Goodies blog train. Be sure to check back each day for your free download(s). These goodies sure are sweet! And, don’t worry if you miss a day. The downloads will be available all month! Today is my turn to share with you a special set of holiday-ish patterns and styles that coordinate perfectly with the other blog train goodies. Included is a video tutorial (mac & pc format) to help you learn how to use patterns and styles. And, for all my designer fans out there, this set IS designer-use friendly!

NOTE: This offer has expired. This product will be available soon at Wendyzine Scraps @ Scrapbookgraphics!

These patterns are the perfect complement to my newest release: ACTION: Button Maker. It’s still on sale through today only, so pick it up now, if you haven’t already! I hope you enjoy them! Have a lovely holiday and happy scrapping!

You got here from either True Blue Designs or Melinda’s Scrap Corner.
Tomorrow, be sure to visit Studio Rosey Posey AND Lovely Miss Kait for more goodies!