When it comes to getting things done, I’ve decided that it’s the little pockets of free time that really yield the biggest accomplishments for me. For example, on Wednesday I brought my laptop to my one hour glucose test at the doctor’s office knowing that I could probably eke out a little bit of work while I waited to have my blood drawn. Little did I know, I was able to crank out a whole new set of summer-inspired digital brushes to use in my ongoing 2016 album! Being a mom has taught me nothing if not how to be more efficient with my time. Plus, I secretly love watching all the other pregnant ladies (and sometimes their nervous husbands or their newborn babies) in the waiting room, and hiding behind a laptop makes this much easier to do on the down low! I might need to bring my computer more often ;)
Here are the latest designs, now available for purchase in my shop!
And here’s a spread I made using a few different brushes. I could sing the praises of digital brushes all day, everyday simply because they make creating so easy and so fast!
One of my favorite design tricks is to layer a solid block of text with an outlined version of the same text. It’s such an easy way to add depth to type without any cheesy drop shadows or glows. So for this group of digital brushes, I made sure to include both a solid and an outlined form of the word “SUMMER” (shown above) as well as the cacti graphics.
Here’s a little tutorial on how to layer the two different brushes in Photoshop:
First I dragged my photo into Photoshop and resized it to fit a full page protector.
Next, I went over to my color palette and chose a bright yellow to act as the solid layer of the “SUMMER” title.
Using the fill version of the two “SUMMER” brushes, I found a good spot on my photo and clicked to set it in place.
Finally, I changed the color in the color palette (shown at left) to black and used the outline version of the “SUMMER” brushes and carefully layered it over the solid layer, slightly off-center to create a faux shadow effect.
Once my title was in place, I added in my own journaling and two solid lines (using a 9pt solid dot brush). Then I flattened the image and printed it out to tuck into my album. Super simple!