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Making A Desktop Wallpaper, Part 2
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Make a Desktop Wallpaper Using Picasa and Digital Scrapbook Paper
Last week, we learned how to make a desktop photo collage using Picasa, and this week, I'm going to show you how to use your photos and digital scrapbooking papers to make a desktop wallpaper!
If you haven't yet downloaded Picasa, I would highly recommend it, and best of all, it's FREE! Download the latest version here: http://picasa.google.com/
Let's begin by opening up Picasa. Select a background paper for your desktop wallpaper and make sure it shows up in the photo bin at the bottom left of your Picasa window. Now hit the "Collage" button on the bottom right of your window.
You are now in the Collage window, and you will see your digital scrapbook paper. Select the paper and the hit "Set As A Background" button at the top right.
This will resize your paper to fit the desktop. You may see the smaller version of the paper still stacked on top of the larger background, so just select the small version and hit the "Delete" button.
To make sure you have the correct size for your computer screen, select "Current Display" out of the drop-down menu in the Settings pane on the left side of your Collage window.
Now it's time to select some photos to add to your wallpaper. Select one or more photos by holding down Cmd (Mac) or Ctrl (PC). You will see the photos you have selected in the photo bin at the bottom left of the Picasa window.
Then hit the "Collage" button on the bottom right.
You will now be in the Collage window and your photos will be in a scattered collage. On the bottom of the window, you will see two buttons - "Scramble Collage" and "Shuffle Pictures." You can play with those two effects to see if you like the results or you can move each photo around singly. When you click on a picture, a rotation tool appears and will allow you to rotate the photo.
Once you are happy with the placement of your photos, you can add a frame by choosing "Instant Camera" or "White Border." Just click on one of the three square buttons under "Picture Borders."
Once you are done, hit the "Desktop Background" button in the Settings pane on the left side, and Picasa will save a JPG of your desktop wallpaper in a folder called "Collages."
Now it's time to place your wallpaper on your desktop!
For Mac users:
Find your newly created image in your finder window, right-click on it and scroll down to "Set Desktop Picture."
For PC users:
Find your newly created image in your Windows Manager window, right-click on it and scroll down to "Set as Desktop Background."
You can always create a desktop wallpaper using your digital scrapbooking supplies in your image editing software and then use the method above to add it as your desktop. I created one for February which I am giving away FREE - just scroll down to Today's Freebie section in this Newsletter. Enjoy!
I hope to see lots of desktop wallpapers showing up in the Scrap Girls Gallery. I would love to see yours!
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Using the Same Photo Three Different Ways
Tutorial created Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Windows Vista
One of the wonderful draws about digital scrapbooking is that the photos, papers, and elements can be altered in fantastic ways - more than once! Your scrapbooking supplies can be used over and over, and so can your photos.
In the Scrap Girls Boutique, there are many styles and actions available that can help you use your photos on your layouts in different ways. I am going to show you how some of these actions work on your photos and how you can then use them all on one layout.
Here is my original photograph. I like the direct eye contact and the bright, saturated colors in the photo. The side light also gives this photo a softer, magical feeling.
Here is the same photo after running ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Sketch It PS 8501 Mini.
The results of this action can be personalized in many different ways by following the prompts that are provided within the action. It's easy and fun to explore all the different effects that are created with this action.
The next example is the same photo after running ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Color Isolation 8501. This action removes selected colors from your photo.
Here, the pinks and reds were selected to remain while all the other colors are changed to hues of black and white. The advantages of this are found when you want to make a highly artistic or graphic layout or to remove that annoying "off" color that just doesn't quite match anything else in your layout. Again, the changes here can be subtle or dramatic. You have total control. Explore! Create! You can do it!
The result on the following photo was achieved by running ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photo Basics 5001. This action will turn your photo into Black and White, Sepia, or Chocolate Classics.
This action, like the others, allows total creative control. This action also gives options to leave just a hint of color, if desired. The crowning glory on this action, though, is the "Smart Glow" portion of the action. This softens and highlights the photo in totally magical ways. You can also run the "Smart Glow" part of the action independently of any other color change, if desired, to add just the softening effect to your photo.
It's no wonder that digital scrapbooking is so addicting! Having the ability to alter photos in unimaginable, unlimited, artistic ways to emphasize your theme is one of its huge attractive benefits. The Scrap Girls Boutique is loaded with many more fun and creative actions that will allow you to reveal creative photographic effects that will make your photos and your layouts really shine!
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Sketch It PS 8501 Mini, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Color Isolation 8501, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photo Basics 5001 and Zoomba Collection Biggie are also available.
Article written by Amy Flanagan
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Today's freebie designed by Syndee Nuckles
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Creative Cards Chat
Tuesday, February 7th - 6:00PM MST
Would you like to use your digital scrapbooking supplies to make greeting cards? Instead of going to the store every time you need a card, you can save money and have fun making cards with your digital stash! Join April (April Showers) in the chat room Tuesday, February 7th at 6pm MT for our monthly Creative Cards Chat. This month we'll use Scrapsimple Layout Templates: Love Story to make quick and easy Valentine Cards. Can't wait to see you there!
East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, February 8th - 10:00AM MST
Join April (April Showers) each Wednesday at 10am MT for the East Coast High Noon Crop. All coasts and time zones are welcome! These crops are designed to allow you to work on your own photos and themes, simply giving participants a one hour goal and a fun, new challenge each week. On February 8th, we'll do a Color Challenge! Create a layout on any theme, any topic, using the colors red and white! Create your layout and upload it to the special High Noon Crop Gallery. You'll be amazed what you can get done in just one hour, but there is no High Noon Sheriff timing you! Hope to see you in the chat room!
New Member Chat
Tuesday, February 14th - 6:00PM MST
Join Debbie (B&K Mom) for the New Member Chat at February 14th at 6pm MT in the Live Chat room lobby. This is a great place to ask questions about getting around the Scrap Girls site or about digital scrapbooking in general - and a great place to make some new friends. All are welcome, new and long time members included. You do need to have Java installed on your computer to access the Live Chat.
February's Message Board Game: Posting Contest!
February is Posting Contest time on the Scrap Girls Forums! You can win a Scrap Girls Gift Certificate by simply being chatty in the Scrap Girls Forums and Gallery. This contest will run from February 1st when we post the thread until 11:59pm MT on February 29th.
To enter the Scrap Girls Forum Posting Contest, you MUST reply in the Posting Contest Thread with your CURRENT post count. Your post count is the number under your avatar that shows when you post. (NOTE: The number found on your profile is a number which is calculated differently.) During the month, post your fingers off! At Midnight on February 29th, we will calculate your post count based on the numbers posted in the game thread.
For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
February Monthly Layout Contest: This February we have a Leap Year Day. For this month's contest, we want you to scrap about what makes you "Leap for Joy." Let us know in your journaling why you leap for joy. Post your layouts in the February Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MST on February 29th. Be sure to list your layout's product credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. Two layouts will be selected to win a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
Club Concepts Layout Contest: Post your new layout using the current club selection (either the Scrap Girls Club or the ScrapSimple Club) in our Scrap Girls Club Members Gallery or the ScrapSimple Club Members' Gallery. Be sure to list all of the Scrap Girls products you used. If your layout is chosen, it will be showcased as a Club Concepts layout winner, and you will win a $5 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
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