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Project #20: How to Make a Chalkboard on Photoshop

Hello all!

I was requested to create a website banner for a mobile application training site for the business I am working for. It was challenging to think of something original and I decided to design a chalkboard-esque banner since it represents learning. This is the banner I made:

To start off I formed a rectangle and coloured it green to create my background. Then, I layered another rectangle on top and stroked it with a thick border and coloured it brown.  In the “Blending Options” I chose to “Bevel” the border in order to make it look realistic. The next step was to make the background look chalky and dusty which I did by choosing an appropriate brush and taking down the opacity and flow.  Finally, I found the chalk text -which is probably the most important part of the design- on Font Squirrel (it’s called Eraser)… Gotta love free fonts! :)

Anyway, this is just a quick post to let you know that I’m still alive and I will try to update my blog more regularly!

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Project #12: Vintage Effect (Photoshop CS5)

I absolutely adore photos with the ‘vintage’ effect and I finally know how to do it!  Check out the awesome tutorial below to learn how to edit your own pictures.  It only takes a few minutes to do and after you have one photo done you can easily swap out the background images to try the look on countless photos (it’s addictive!).


Here’s my original image:

& my vintage image:


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Project #8: Add Eyeshadow to a Photo (Photoshop CS5)

Only 9 days left on my Photoshop CS5 trial! :(

This project is super simple thanks to this tutorial I found on YouTube:

Thankfully I found this old photo of me with my eyes closed on Facebook (so maybe I cheated a little haha).

Instead of changing the Blending Mode to “Overlay” I chose to use the “Hue” option and this is my result:

Great tool if you’re lazy like me and never wear eyeshadow!

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Project #7: Change Hair Colour (Photoshop CS5)

For this project I decided to learn how to change someone’s hair colour with Photoshop.  I used a written tutorial instead of a video however, I still found it easy to follow along.  The link is below:


Here’s me with blonde hair:

& me as a brunette!

Such a useful tool if you’re planning on colouring your hair!  It’s also really fun to see what you look like with pink hair!

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Project Numero 6: Picture of a Thousand Words (Photoshop CS5)

Baby Ana decided to nap today so I actually had time to do some Photoshop-ing!  This project was super fun and it’s also easier than it looks (to me anyway).

I used the following video tutorial I found on YouTube:

Took this photo of me:

(yes I only have pregnant photos of myself)

And turned it into this:

I love it!

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Project #5: Make a Twitter Background (Photoshop CS5)

I recently caved and got Twitter so I decided to make a customized background with Photoshop; It was not as easy as I thought it would be!  The biggest challenge that I faced was getting the image size right… I found plenty of tutorials online however, none of them seemed to have the right proportion guidelines. I played around for about an hour and here is the size I used:

33.86w x 15.57h in centimeters

I changed my resolution to 50 lines/inch (to change go to Image -> Image Size -> Auto)

My design is pretty simple as I found the frilly ones did not look as good.

If you have Twitter, let’s be friends @ellencrawf0rd

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Project #3: Create a sweet banner (Photoshop CS5)

My blog was looking pretty bland so I decided to make a banner to replace the plain text that comes with the CHUNK theme.  I looked up some tutorials for making banners and was inspired by this one:

I played around with different fonts, filters & colours.  To finish it off I added a couple leaf stamps and… Voila!



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Project #2: Focus & Blur Background (Photoshop CS5)

I have always wondered how people get one part of a photo to be in focus while the rest is blurry.  I am pretty stoked about how easy it was to do in Photoshop with a little help from the following vid:

Here is the before picture:

& after:

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Project #1: Colour Exclusion (Photoshop CS5)

The first project I tasked myself with was to make a black & white photo that still had one part of the image in colour (ie: eyes).  I downloaded the free 1 month trial of Adobe Photoshop CS5 and  I used the following video tutorial as a guideline:

Here is my original photo:

And the finished product:

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