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The 3 B's of Bokeh
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The 3 B's of Bokeh
Tutorial created using: Photoshop CS5 with Windows 7
Today we will be learning about how to use the Dynamic Brush Set: Bokeh 8501 effectively in your digital scrapbooking layouts. There are three steps I like to call the "3 B's" - Brush, Blur, and Blend.
Here's the photograph I am starting with. I added the diffuse glow filter in Photoshop to get it dreamy.
You can find this filter by going to Filter> Distort> Diffuse Glow. You want the darkest color in your photo as the foreground color and the light color as your background. In this case, I used Dark Brown and Creamy White.
Now it's time to add some magic!
So let's just get started with the first step... BRUSH! To begin, let’s reduce the size of the brush and choose a color found in the photograph.
I made my brush size 300 and picked a creamy white found in the photo. Then I just brushed across the page from the bottom right diagonally to the top left.
The next step is to BLUR the Bokeh. I just like to blur mine a little, but you can play around with what suits your taste. To Blur the Bokeh, select that layer then go to Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur. I moved the slider to 4.
Now we have added a soft blur to the Bokeh layer.
I added two more layers. One layer in Blue and one in the Dark Pink using the same method as above with the white. I blurred both layers (the blue slightly more).
When using any color other than white, it is necessary to blend those in using the Blending Modes in your Layers Palette. For the blue layer, I set to 100% Opacity, and I changed the Blending Mode to "Vivid Light." For the pink layer, I set the Opacity to 76% and changed the Blending Mode to "Overlay."
This is the result of the 3 B's: Brushing, Blurring, and Blending!
I used the same technique as above in my layout on the background papers to get an overall magical feel.
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Article written by Brandy Murry
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Join Theresa (tiza126) for the New Member Chat on June 12th at 8pm ET 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.
High Noon Crop
Wednesday, June 13th - 12 Noon EDT
Join April (April Showers) each Wednesday at 12 Noon EDT for the 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 June 13th, we'll do a Photo Manipulation Challenge. Create a layout using a photo you have manipulated in some way - change it to black and white or sepia, remove a distraction, cut out the subject - anything goes!
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!
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Thursday, June 14th - 8:00PM EDT
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June's Forum Game: Re-JUNE-venate!
We helped you jumpstart your January and now it's time to re-JUNE-venate your focus on scrapbooking! Join us on the Scrap Girls Forum for "Re-JUNE-venate!" This is a game and challenge that focuses on taking time to scrapbook regularly despite the little "speedbumps" of life. When the month is over you'll have completed several layouts and been treated to some fun along the way.
A Welcoming Committee Member will post a task each Monday through Saturday from June 1-30. The tasks will be formatted in a LARGE PURPLE FONT for ease of locating them in the game thread as it grows. Some tasks will require Forum participation, email responses or gallery posting. Read each daily task carefully to see what is required of you.
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