Leaving a Legacy Designs

Helping you scrap your memories one page at a time

Open your eyes!

Do you ever take several dozen photos and then find out the one you love has a flaw?  I got a great photo of my boys on Easter but the oldest blinked.  The little guy was facing the camera and smiling so I knew it was a keeper.  I needed to open the big kid’s eyes.  It is super fun and easy to fix…hang in there..lots of instructions but super easy once you get the hang of it.  I am still working on the video part.  My mic is too close to the keyboard on the laptop so you hear a lot of clicking during the video…got to get a different mic!  🙂

Here is my photo…It is tough to get a 2 year old to smile AND look at the camera so I had to go with this one!

To start off with we need to make a brush!  Don’t panic, it is super easy and we will be using ones you already have in the presets.  Select your brush tool (shortcut is B).  Select a soft round brush about 300 pixels.  Then open the brush menu.  You can do this by either going to Windows and check brush OR press F5!  Now click on BRUSH TIP SHAPE and adjust settings as shown.  Hardness is at 0, spacing at 25%.


Then click on Other Dynamics or in CS6 it is Transfer.  Make sure Opacity Jitter and Flow Jitter are OFF and at 0%.  Still with me?  Not so bad right?other_dynamics

Now make sure airbrush is checked!  In CS6 it is not in the brush menu but at the top tool bar…


Uncheck protect texture, make sure Noise, build up, smoothing are all checked then we are going to save the brush.  You click on the little icon that looks like a paper.  Give it a unique name.  Mine is photo editing I think and save!

Now lets get to the fun part!  Open your two photos (one that you need to fix and you are going to steal the body part from)…sounds like Invasion of the Body Snatchers right?  Here is the one I am stealing from.  His eyes are kind of squinty here but it is the best one..little guy moved away.

Steal body part photo

Now that you have your two photos lets get to work…Working with the second photo, select your Lasso Tool (the one that looks like a cowboy lasso, shortcut L). Select the desired area by dragging your lasso around it like so, in my case I need his eyes.


Using your Move Tool (main arrow, shortcut V), drag the selected area to your other photo (the one we are editing).


Go ahead and minimize your 2nd photo. We don’t need it anymore. Move the selected area over the desired location. Now we need to line it up, make sure it’s the right size, etc. The best way I’ve found to do this is working with my zoom and opacity.


If you were fortunate to be able to steal body parts from another picture that had the exact same lighting, then you can skip this next step. Mine aren’t too different but I noticed it off a touch. So down in my layers palette make sure that your body part is selected (my new eyes). Then go ahead and change your opacity back to 100%, but stay zoomed in.
Then I’m going to go up to the menu and select “Image”, “Adjustments”, “Brightness/Contrast”.
Play around with the brightness and contrast until you think it matches well enough. I adjusted my brightness +18 and left my contrast the same.
Next we are going to blend the two parts together with a layer mask and our photo blending brush. In your layers palette make sure layer of the body part selection is highlighted and click on the button at the bottom that looks like a square with a circle in it.
Then we need to select our brush tool and choose our “Photo Blending” brush. My diameter was bigger than I needed, so I changed mine to fit the area I was working with.  Make sure your foreground color is set to black and begin taking your brush along the edges to blend. Here’s mine about halfway done to give you an idea.  If you click too much of an area just switch to white by pressing the X to bring it back.  Click X or D again to bring up the black as foreground and keep working.  Black takes away, white adds!
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Keep using your brush until it’s completely blended, and then you are done! Save the file as a .jpeg and you have a new edited picture!!!  You can do this technique with any body part (heads, arms etc. )  Just think if you have a great family photo and the baby looks away but in the next photo everyone is look funky but the baby.  Take the baby’s head and move it to the good photo…Link me up to your images if you give this a try.  Also email me if you have any questions on how to do this!
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Tutorial: Making journaling fit on the lines

The latest trend that I am seeing on a lot pages and in a lot of stores are journal cards.  They are super fun to make and even more fun to use.  I created some fun ones yesterday for Easter Peeps which is still 30% off until Monday!  Today I want to show you how to line up the journaling on the lines….it is called adjusting the leading.  Let’s get started!

1. Make a text box.   With the text tool, click down in the upper left corner of the journaling element, then drag down to the bottom right corner without letting up on the mouse button. When you are in the bottom corner THEN let go. You should see your new text box highlighted (the marching border).  My journal card is a bit angled so I had to turn my box to line it up correctly.


2. Type or paste your text in the box.  Move the text so the TOP line of your text is sitting nicely on the TOP line of your journal card.


Let me take a moment and make a note that my journaling goes around the pizza!  How did I do that?  This is a fairly new trick that I have learned using paths in PS.  I think you can do them in PSE10 and up but I am not sure.  BEFORE you make your text box, take the polygon lasso tool and draw your own box.  Next open up the path area and create a work path.  Now you will see this thin box.  Select the text tool and when you put inside the box it will have a circle around it.  You can now start typing your text as normal.  *(if this doesn’t make sense let me know and I will type out a tutorial on paths as well)*

Now we are going to adjust the leading.  You will find your text options under WINDOW, CHARACTER.  I already have mine set up in the side tool bar area…You can also see the work path here as well.


Step 3:  Highlight all of your text (Ctrl-A) Then using the drop-down box try some of the preset numbers.  We will be using the selection that looks like two A’s on top of each other!  This is where you get to play!  Adjust the numbers until you find something that will work.  I ended up with 14.25.


Just finish your page and you are ready to go!  Now you can make those words fit on the lines in journaling cards and the ledger papers you see in most kits now as well.  If you have any questions please email me at digiscrapping27@gmail.com or leave a comment!  Here is the full page!  I used a template from Scraps by Missy that is  for the template challenge at Stuff to Scrap.  Kit used is Saucy!


Now how about a freebie to help you practice?


Have a great Wednesday!  I will see you again soon….If there is something you want to learn feel free to leave a comment or send me an email.  I am always looking to share what I know or learn something new!


Woolly Bully and a tutorial!

Cutie Fruity has a new kit and it is super cute!  BAAA RAM EWE! Woolly Bully is the perfect kit to scrap pictures of sheep! Sheep at the fair, sheep on the farm, sheep at the rodeo! Ewe can Ram pics of your Lambs onto scrap pages all day with Woolly Bully. It has 20 papers and 40 elements and a lower case alpha. This kit has been quality checked to meet STS’s high standards.

I decided to pull out some older photos to scrap…2005 and 2007!  The baby is almost 8!!  Time has flown by for sure…wasn’t he cute?  Okay, he still is, MOST of the time.  We live in good ol Texas and I have quite a few pictures from the Rodeo and the fair grounds at the rodeo.

Okay…now this fun page and a tutorial…  I am sure you are wondering why I put two of the exact same page down.  Look closely and you will see they is a slight difference.  Do you see it?  No?  Check the journaling, one of them is easier to read and I didn’t use a journaling block or mat so how did I do it?  I found a fun tutorial by Amber at CT member of Suzy Q Scraps: Here is a link to the video.  I used a layer mask and a gradient to get the faded effect behind the photo….

Here is how it works.  You type out your text and get it how you like it.  You then take a solid paper ( I chose yellow since it was the dominant color and would stand out less) and drag it onto your page.  Place it behind the text.  Next add a layer mask to the solid paper, click on gradient, choose black to white, check radial gradient and click reverse.  Put your cursor in the center of your text and drag out at a diagonal and release….I have done this on a lot of pages but if I made NO SENSE Amber does a great job going step by step in her video.  As you see it makes so much easier to read text on a busy background.  🙂


Now how about a look at that fun kit I used??

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Queen of Hearts

Queen Wild Scraps at Scraps N Pieces has a new template set out!!  Queen of Hearts features hearts and more hearts, this set of templates is great for scrapping all the things and people you love.  

You get 4 – 12×12 templates with spots for up to 4 photos, 1 – 24×12 double template with room for up to 11 photos.  All templates come in layered, shadowed .psd & .tif files and unshadowed .png files

Here are a couple of pages I created with it:

This page features a kit called Shades of Autumn by Ziggle Designs.  I created it for the Quote Challenge at Scraps-N-Pieces.

Here is the 12×24 bonus template that I used for the Facebook Challenge at Stuff to Scrap.  I used a kit from Royanna and Princess LaLa Designs called Be Be Boy.

I am loving these templates!  If you are unsure of how to use them then hop on over to Queen Wild’s Blog for a tutorial on how to use the templates.

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