Photoshop Clipping Mask Tutorial

Clipping Mask Tutorial via Besotted Blog

We are super excited to share this next Photoshop tutorial with you. We are trying to create tutorials that are super easy to accomplish and accessible for even the most novice of Photoshop users. As you know we are super fans of the software and want you to feel the same way too. Being able to harness the power of Photoshop can unleash a flurry of creative projects that you can use for your business, blog, hobby the possibilities are endless! In this tutorial we will be showing you how to place your artwork (or photo) into a shape, in Photoshop this is called using a Clipping Mask. We have made the geometric shape in the image available for you to download for a limited time, so download while it’s available. This technique is so simple and the results super fast. We hope you enjoy! Please let us know in the comments if you have any questions. Video tutorial is after the jump! [Read more…]


Clutter Control a Simple Toddler Play Area

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I am a minimalist, I always have been, I hope that I always will be. I like lots of open space, I like things orderly, I like white. Those former sentiments are not in line with having a baby/toddler. A baby adds a host of items that you never even would have dreamed you would own, and when they get to the toddler stage, it seems most of those items can usually be found tossed haphazardly across the room in a gust of chaos. Before E. was born we had been living in the country in a large house on 4 acres, we traded that in so we could indulge in the little things like being able to walk to the grocery store and non-well water showers, that move has also compromised our space. We have a much tinier living space now and I was at an impasse as to how to create an area for our daughter to play in that would seamlessly flow with our living area, I didn’t want to do anything permanent as we are renting. I looked into baby gates, all of which were pretty hideous. I then got the idea of using a couple of Ikea Kallax shelves on their sides to create a little play area, the shelves created an open ‘division’ and doubled as much needed toy storage with the added baskets on the bottom of the units. The upper shelves we rotate out toys, putting her current faves out for easy access. If in the evening I feel the desire to have an adult space to relax in, I can easily put all the toys in the storage baskets below (but truthfully I miss her when she goes to bed, so I love to see what she has left out for the day). The storage baskets which initially I thought were just a good idea, have become one of her favorite ‘toys’, it seems kids love to open and close drawers, put things in and take them out, and do it all over again. E. can spend hours just rearranging her toys in the different baskets, good times. [Read more…]

A Fabulous Fete Lettering and Giveaway

Oscar Wilde quote by a Fabulous Fete via Besotted Blog

I love this quote that Lauren Saylor from A Fabulous Fete lettered (the lettering was cleaned up and made into a Photoshop brush with our Vitamin L25). I love Lauren’s easy breezy style and her blog is filled to the brim with some pretty amazing lettering. Lauren has started teaching watercolor lettering workshops and I so wish she was closer so I could participate! Speaking of participating, Lauren is generously hosting a giveaway of the L25 | Paper to Pixel set and a spot in our Photoshop for Lettering Artists Class. If you have been trying to win a set or take the class this could be your lucky chance, visit Lauren’s blog for details. We made a super quick video of us cleaning the artwork so you can see in real time how quickly you can get your lettering clean and web ready, see it here.

Tomorrow we have another Photoshop tutorial coming up, which we hope you will love and find opens another world of creative possibilities for you!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Maybelle Luxe Lettering Kit Winner!

She believed she could by Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls

And the winner is…Christina Diaz! I do apologize for the delay on announcing the winner, when you have a toddler your best laid plans are pretty laughable. Toddlers are a mercurial lot and sometimes sleep for both parents and toddler are non-existent and mama may or may not walk around in a heavy fog with eyelids heavy and brain so drained that writing a post seems the equivalent of scaling Everest. Better late than never? Thank you to everyone that participated, we loved each and every one of your quotes so very much, what an inspiring collection we have amassed now! The winning quote resonated with all of us, especially Maybelle, she wanted you to see her first calligraphy efforts (brave woman), because she wants you all to know that if you believe in yourself crazy, impossible, magical things can happen… [Read more…]

Adding Text to photos in Photoshop

Adding text to photos tutorial via besotted blog

We decided last week that this would be a great week for some Photoshop tutorials! We do love us some Photoshop around here and we have been wanting to add a regular Photoshop series to the blog, we know the program can be daunting but the best way to learn is by doing (having little victories also helps). This first Photoshop tutorial was created and recorded three long years ago, it was in our ‘to-do’ archives, we’ve dusted it off and hope you enjoy.  You’ll have to forgive my monotone voice, I was new to creating screencasts and just a wee bit nervous, but the information should be easy enough to follow and hopefully you’ll find it useful for your own projects. If you have any stumbling blocks or questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments so we can be sure to answer them for you! You’ll find the video below. [Read more…]

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