A Trip to Marana & a Facebook Goodie

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After a little over 4 years of restoration work my sweetie got his 1946 Ercoupe flying. It has been a journey full of his blood, sweat and a lot of swearing!  He’s restored other aircraft before but this one was a true “basket case” needing a complete makeover!

Before –

(two Ercoupe’s that previously resided in a barn for many years. Dubbed them “the twins”.)

After –

 

After several hours of local flying, it was time to take the baby on it’s maiden flight. Friends suggested Marana, AZ as a great place to get breakfast and a short hop from our home airport. We had a great time! The food was very good, coffee outstanding and everyone we met very friendly. We definitely recommend Marana as an airport we’ll return to again.

 

I’ve neglected my Facebook page severely. It could really use some love :-)

Like Pixel Design Resource’s Fan Page to download this pretty stained glass scrapbook paper. 

Note: you will actually need to go to my Face book page (use the link above to navigate to the page). Clicking the Facebook icon on on my website won’t get to the download.

Get it before it expires!

12 x 12 inches, 300 dpi,  jpg

 

digital scrapbook paper

digital scrapbook paper

 

  These freebies will expire as I add new ones so come by and grab yours while you can.

Beautiful Royalty Free Commercial Use Fonts Rock!

Of late I’ve really been focusing on one of my first loves – typography and pretty fonts. I’ve had my eye on several different books on the subject. Santa was kind enough to bring:

 

“Scripts” Elegant Lettering From Design’s Golden Age” by Steve Heller and Louise Fili

and

“Elegantissima” – The Design & Typography of Louise Fili

Both books are a visual fest for a type nerd. Especially if you love vintage typography as I do.

Speaking of beautiful typography, I’m always on the prowl for royalty free commercial use fonts. Yes you can download many free fonts but most are not for free for commercial use. Many people aren’t aware that fonts are copyrighted and commercial use fonts can be expensive.

Mighty Deals is one resource I’ve found for buying attractive commercial use fonts without breaking the bank. They also offer other design products for professionals:  graphics and textures, icons, scripts and plugins, software and themes to mention a few.

 

Check out Mighty Deals for great designer resources at a great price!

Check out Mighty Deals for great designer resources at a great price!

 

I liked the fonts I purchased from Mighty Deals well enough to become one of their affiliates. If you click on the above image, it’ll take you to their site. I’ll get a referral fee if you  purchase something.  I consider Mighty Deals too good a resource not to share!

 

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Font deals as of this blog post

 

I’d love to hear what you think of Mighty Deals…

 

For Christmas I made some do-it-yourself fold over cards for someone on my gift list.  I’m sharing one of the Thank You cards as a little thank you for my subscribers and visitors. It’s 5.5 inches wide and 8.5 inches tall. When folded it 5.5 inches x 4.25 inches.

I recommend using 110# cardstock if you’re printing at home. Most home printers can’t handle anything much heavier. Use the trim marks as a guide for cutting and then fold it in half. The inside will be blank for adding your own personal message.

 

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Download fold over card  here

 

As always, I love to hear your comments.  See you in the New Year with more posts and freebies!

 

For more do-it-yourself printables check out my Etsy shop.

Here’s a recent addition in the shop, a fun 8 x 10 inch instant download digital file you can print at home

or take to a print shop for even better results.

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Soft Pastel Patterned Papers

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I was in the mood to make some scrap book papers today.

These papers would be a great choice for baby layouts or other projects needing a “soft” pastel touch!

I created two versions:  untextured (add your own favorite texture) or textured.

 

300 dpi high resolution jpg and 12 x 12 inch size paper (6 papers)

 

To download the untextured files:

Download Link

 

If you’re interested in the textured version, please take a moment and like Pixel Design Resource on Facebook. 

(Sorry, download for textured papers has expired.)

Don’t be sad, it’s been replaced by another awesome freebie!

Like Pixel Design Resource ”  on Face book and get it while it lasts!

 

Etsy Shop Banner Freebies and Picmonkey.com Tutorial

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Wanna have a nice banner for your Etsy shop and not spend a penny?

Download my free shop banner backgrounds.
Ready for text and sized to upload:  76 x 100 pixels – 72 dpi)

 

Open the downloaded banner background in Photoshop and create a new layer for text

  • Select the type tool
  • Select a font style and size.
  • Click on the canvas area where the banner image is located &
  • Type your shop name. Use the move tool to position your text. Add layer styles and color as desired.

Now save the file as a Photoshop .psd file for future edits

Also save the file by selecting “Save for web” from the top menu (jpg or png format)

Use this “Save for the Web” file to upload to your Etsy shop.

Super simple!

 

if you don’t have Photoshop head over to Picmonkey.com for a free online photo editor.  Lots of fun and very easy to use.

Here’s a brief tutorial…

Go to picmonkey.com

click “edit a Photo”

select “Open” from Menu

Navigate to the banner image on your computer and click on the banner file name to upload (or drag and drop the file).

 

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  • Using the Pickmonkey tools located on the left  side Select the text tool
  • click “Add Text” button
  • A floating palette appears so you can format the  “style” of your text (font size, center, bold, etc.)
  • Click and drag the palette to reposition as desired

 

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Also a white text box with circular handles appears.

To reposition the box, hover over the center and you’ll see a 4-headed arrow

Click on the the words “Type your text here” to get a flashing cursor and type some text.

To lengthen the text box

hover over one of the corner handles until you see a two-headed arrow appear

click and drag the handle to the right or left (drag from the middle of the box)

To make the text box taller and wider at the same time

click at the bottom of the box and drag

Notice your type size increase as the box gets bigger

Rotate the text

click and drag on the top circle (circular arrows appear when you hover over)

Change the style of your type

Go to the floating style palette to change typestyle, color, size, etc.

Play around until you get something you like.

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When you’ve finished editing your creation

Click “Save” to save your banner, 

give the file a name and select either jpg or png format

Select quality desired:

Roger = not great quality, tiny file size

Pierce =  Great quality, good file size

Sean = Gorgeous, but large file size

Save to your computer or Dropbox

or

“cancel” to make additional changes and start again.

 

To create a spider banner…

use the blank white banner background included in my download

Click on Picmonkey themes located on the left side

 (A gold crown icon indicates a paid premium theme or font)

Select a spooky typestyle and format as above. (I used “Exquisite Corpse” for my banner)

Drag and drop spider and web images from themes area onto the blank white banner background.

Enlarge and reposition boxes the same way you did the text.

 

Super Simple!!

 

Conclusion:  Picmonkey is a wonderful free resource for tasks like creating a basic shop banner or avatar. Now you can change your shop banner with the season, holiday or your mood!

Play around and check out all the fun themes they offer. Right now they have some great ones for Halloween.

 

Terms of use:  You may modify and use these banner backgrounds on your Etsy shop or other website for a shop banner/header. However,  do not share, resell or use them as freebies. Direct people to my website to download these free banner backgrounds!

 

Download Banner Backgrounds Here

 

 

Life Happens…So Does Illustrator

So it’s been a while since I blogged.

Life happens…

You move. Get a new job. Have a loved one pass away.

All within just a few months.

Really takes it out of you.

I’ve been active during my break from blogging and continued to design.
My new job (which I love) requires daily use of Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat (with a dash of old Quark jobs thrown in the mix).

It’s been wonderful as well as stressful learning the ins and outs of  Illustrator. A software renowned for creating art with super clean curves and lines.

Photoshop still rules if you’re editing photos or other raster images.

What’s the difference between the two?  I’m glad you asked.

 

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A little information on raster vs vector

A raster image is made of of thousands of little dots (pixels). Great for full color images such as photographs. They do have several drawbacks. High resolution raster images result in large file sizes and don’t resize well. Imagine a square 1 inch by 1 inch created at 300 dpi (dots per inch). The computer must keep track of the zeros and ones that make up those 300 dots per inch. When you resize a raster image, the pixels get larger and the image becomes jaggie looking.

Vector programs such as Illustrator create images differently. Vector images aren’t based on pixels. A square for example would be made of four dots. One on each corner. Vector points. Each vector point contains information that tells your computer how to connect the points with straight or curved lines. Because the computer only has these four dots to keep in it’s memory (vs all those little raster dots) editing is easier and faster for the computer. However, the major plus of vectors is their ability to be scaled up or down and maintain clean lines and curves.

Let’s say a client asks you to create a 2 x 4 foot vinyl banner with their company logo displayed prominently.

They’ve provided a jpg (raster file) of their business card for the setup.

 

 

image for tutorial on vectors vs raster images

 

 

Taking a small raster image and enlarging it for use on a 2 x 4 ft banner erodes the edges. See how they get soft and fuzzy looking.

image of raster logo stretched

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Now take that same logo as a vector and stretch it out.

No problem!  The logo resizes without any issues.

image for tutorial on vector vs raster

vector to the rescue!

 

Conclusion: resizing an image is a snap if you’re using vectors for a project this.

Image for client’s banner looks great!!

 

Ok because you’ve been so patient ….here’s a fun download!  How about some photo corners for a fun retro look.

preview image of photo corners

photo corners in use

 

 

To download these retro photo corners – Click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

You might also enjoy seeing the latest…

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PDRP-10-toddler-girl-BD-invite-pre4web

 

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Pretty Snazzy Prongs

 

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Prongs are a pretty simple element to create in Photoshop.

What sets good prongs apart from not so good is having quality layer styles and fine-tuning them.

 

To download a nice selection of free prongs that’ll really snazz up your layouts…

Click here

 

 

 

 

 

CU Friendly Digital Tape

image of digital scotch tape for scrapbook embellishment

 

To download my free commercial use digital tape click here  

If you’re wondering about the preview photo, it’s of my new hiking boots taken right after our Bryce Canyon National Park trip. They are the most comfortable hiking boots I’ve ever worn! Plus, they are pretty stylish…for hiking boots.

I created the green patterned paper using Illustrator and Photoshop. I plan to have some of these patterned papers available on this site soon.

So stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

 

CU Friendly Scalloped Edges

image of free scrapbook resource - scallops edges download

 

Download is here

 

More fun scrapbook templates to play with! 
 
Two edge templates and two scallop to enhance your scrapbook pages.
 
Commercial use of these templates is ok – please see my terms of use. Be creative and make something fun!

Some examples using these templates:

A plaid scrapbook mat

(note that the center design is cutout so other paper or color layers below show through)

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Using one of my green fiber papers to get a cool instant “grass” look.

Bonus Tip:  I enjoy returning to old posts and adding bonus freebies. So drop by regularly to get those goodies too!

Bonus for site visitors:

image of scrapbook mat and border download

Download for Mat and Green Border

Thanks for stopping by and I’d love to see what you do with these templates!

You might also enjoy:

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Three Curved Templates

image of grungy corkboard for scrapbooking

Fun Grungy  Corkboard

Too Cool Engraved Wooden Elements

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Elements created during Design Class lessons at Hummie’s World)

Some thoughts from this lesson:

  • One size does not fit all when it comes to layer styles! Play around with layer styles and alter the settings to fit the image.
  • Use a good high quality texture image to get a good high quality element. (Keep your camera handy and take your own texture photos. It’s easy!)
  • Create your own vector graphics when you want something unique. This also allows you to set the terms of use.

Also…think about ways to add impact.

For instance, try out Photoshop’s lighting effects filter to create a spotlight layer. It really makes the texture of the wood grain pop!

How to create the spotlight effect using Photoshop’s Lighting Effects filter-
click on the graphics layer (in this example, the hummingbird or flower graphic layer),
add a new layer in Overlay mode and fill this layer with 50% gray.
In Overlay mode, 50% gray is neutral and doesn’t alter your graphic layer.
Now create the spotlight, choose Filter > Render > Lighting Effects and set up your lighting.
Position the light to be brightest in the left hand corner.
Play with the spotlight effect by dragging inward on the bottom control handle making it more circular.
Click ok.
Because the spotlight is on it’s own layer, it’s easily modified.
Experiment with other blend modes and reduce the opacity.
I liked Overlay and reduced the opacity to 85%.
Now return to your graphics layer and experiment with blend modes.
I liked soft light and a Fill opacity of 25%.
Reducing the Fill opacity doesn’t alter the qualities of the layer styles.
(For more information on fill opacity vs “regular” opacity see this post.)
image of embossed hummingbird element layers

Enjoy these free elements and I’d love to see/hear about what you do with them!

 

To download these free elements click here

 

 

 

 

 

Old Fashioned Retro Slides

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Slides…do you remember when slides were an alternative to photos. Yep, me too.

When I was in school, many presentations used slide images loaded onto a carousel and projected onto a portable screen or wall. Family vacation shots were often slide presentations that felt like they went on forever..especially to a kid that just wanted to go outside and play. Oh my those were the days.

As a tribute to those days and to Hummie’s class on making slides, here is one basic and one vintage shabby chic slide.

Love to hear your comments about these vintage slides.

 

Download these slides here

 

Had a great time using one of my cactus flower shots to create a grungy slide…

 

 

 

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