Hue/Saturation Adjustments in Photoshop

September 27, 2011 in Digital Related Posts, Photoshop Posts by Ursula Smith

Here’s a technical tip for your Tuesday morning…

I was using one of the pages from the Easy Scraps Baby Boy Digital Kit, but decided I wanted a different color scheme than the original page. This is pretty easy to do using a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer, and it doesn’t permanently alter your picture!

The original color sheme was brown and blue, but I wanted to tweak those colors. I opened the file (Arrive No Title) containing the page in Photoshop (I believe Photoshop Elements will have something similar). First I saved the image as a copy so that the original remained untouched. Then I chose Layer-> New Adjustment Later-> Hue/Saturation. This creates a new layerabove the original. This layer will change the colors and/or saturation and/or the brightness of the colors of the layers beneath it.

Then I changed the Hue in the adjustment layer’s panel, finally arriving at the number -160. Notice that in the pull-down, I chose the default of Master, meaning all colors in the image will be affected.

This was the result when I chose to use Master and change the Hue…

See the difference then, if instead of using Master, I chose to alter just the Blue’s in the image, by choosing blue in the pull down…

If I bring in an additional photo, and layer it beneath the Adjustment layer and the page, the Hue/Saturation adjustment will alter that photo as well.

We can correct this, by “clipping” or “attaching” the adjustment layer to the frame layer avoiding the layers below. Make sure that the adjustment layer is directly above the Frame layer, and that the photo is below both of those. Now hold down Alt on a PC or Option on a MAC and click the line between the Adjustment Layer and the Layer with the Easy Scraps page. These adjustment layer will be “clipped” to the layer directly below it, and will only affect that layer. Any layers further below will remain unaltered.

Here is what the layers palette looks like with the Adjustment layer not “clipped”…

Here is what the layers palette looks like with the Adjustment layer “clipped” to the frame layer…

And here are the results…

I decided I liked the image better the first way- with the Hue/Saturation applied to all the color channels.

From there I tweaked the image a bit more. In fact, I added another Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer to get the blue a bit more towards the navy end of the spectrum. Because the first Adjustment layer was “clipped” to the frame layer, the rest of the layers below are still “masked” or shielded from the new Adjustment layer as well.

And here is the final result….

So don’t let the colors of a digital image stop you from using it! This is a great way to use your digital kits so you get more mileage out of them!! Enjoy!

Spot Embossing Paper using the Accucut Machine and a what??

September 22, 2011 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

Here is my idea for Spot Embossing Paper using the Accucut Machine and a Pot Holder &#59;) . I saw these pot holders at Target and they seemed very similar to the embossing rubber mats that I use in my die cut machines, so I snagged a bunch. There was a LOT of eye-rolling by my husband, but I ignored him. They were cheap, so I don’t mind cutting them up using my die cut machine.  I can use them to make stamps or do this cool technique for spot embossing just a single area of a piece of paper. Enjoy!


Transfer with Easy Scraps Photo Book Pages

September 18, 2011 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

I have been playing around with transfers recently, and there are lots of different techniques and products that you can use to acheive that cool “look”. I decided to test to see whether I could use Easy Scraps Photo Book pages and transfer those. We sell these as a set of single sided pages here:

Well, it worked using Golden’s Gel Medium as the transfer agent. So here is the video of my test- Enjoy!!


Lesson Learned

September 15, 2011 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

So every once in a while (maybe even more than that &#59;) ), you can learn a lesson or two from your kid. I learned one yesterday. My daughter runs XC. She runs for the fun of it. She runs to spend time with her friends. She runs to get better. She could care less what place she comes in. That is not the point for her.

I watched her run her first race of the season yesterday. She ran in the girls varsity race, and she looked great. She ran fast- 21 minutes for a 5k race. For those who don’t run, that is a 3.1 mile race, so she ran just a hair faster than a 7 minute pace for 3 ish miles. I would love to be able to do that! She was psyched, because it was  more than a minute faster than her best race, last season!

She came in dead last.

And I am not talking about a couple of seconds behind. She was probably 10 seconds behind the next to last place finisher. I felt so bad that she had come in last. I wasn’t sure what to say, so I said “Nice Race”! My response in that situation would have been a tirade on how bad I did, and I would have obsessed over it for days. Her response- “Thanks- it was a PR! That’s what I set out to do, and I did it and I felt great”! Later, I asked if she was bummed that she came in last in her race, and her response to that was “No- what do I care? I’m fine with it. I don’t need to prove anything, except beat my own time”.

I want to be like her. She runs for the right reasons. She runs for the fun of it. She runs to spend time with her friends. She runs to get better. She is totally comfortable with her self, and she is the coolest kid I know.

I’m fifty. She’s 15. And yet, yesterday, she was the teacher.


Cutting your Accucut Mats

September 12, 2011 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

I have mentioned this in a few videos, that I cut down my Accucut mats (the purple kind). I made a this video describing this idea, but it was a late night project, and I was in my pajamas. I don’t know what I was thinking to make this video in that get up! Anyway, I am too busy to re-make this video, so I apologize to the fashion police in advance &#59;)


Mica on the Accucut

September 9, 2011 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

Did you know that the Accucut and Sissix wood dies can cut Mica? Well I tried it and it worked!! Check out the video below. Enjoy!!



It’s a 2-fer today &#59;) Hee’s a quick idea for an easy tag project. If you don’t have a die cut machine, a punch *might* work on the thin wood paper. Or just use the Tim Holtz Distress Stains to make paper look like wood &#59;). Enjoy!


Marbling using Acrylic Mediums

September 2, 2011 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

Do you love the look of Marbling? I do!! But the process to accomplish it, can be time consuming and require a lot of materials, that you might not have on hand. Here is a technique that will work using materials that most Mixed Media artists would have on hand- or should &#59;)