Thursday, May 14, 2009

Techy Thursday, tips and tricks. Freebie too!

It's already Thursday again. This week went so quickly, as they usually do! I have been trying to pin down what I want to blog about today. The tricky thing is I don't know what level everyone is on. Some of you will be newbies, some comfortable, but by no means an expert and others of you will be able to teach me a thing or two. I don't claim to know it all. I am learning new things on my Photoshop everyday. That's what makes it fun right?!

So I had two options basics, or products.... I've decided to do both!

My favorite "gadget" of the week is (drum roll please)..............

My Western Digital Elite 500 GB portable Hard drive. I have a 1TB (terabyte or 1000 GB) desk top external Hard drive that is fabulous but not very portable! For all you Costo lovers out there this item has coupon for $20.00 off. That brings it down to $100 ( I paid $250 in 2008 for my 1TB so that is a fabulous deal!)

Here is the link so you can check it out.
TheAmazon rating is also 4.5 stars! :) Its small and comes with a case and a usb cord.
If you don't shop at Costco check out Amazon it's $119.00, it comes in four colors and has reviews for you to read from other happy customers.

This is great for all the digi downloads and photos. I have a lot and they are all pretty big files. I can scrapbook in bed now that I have a portable HD(my husband is so pleased. LOL)

Okay now on to a technique that I love and use every time I do a Layout or design a kit.

step 1

Use any shape brush or element that you want really.

step 2 next use place what ever paper, color etc... on the top layer (highlighted in orange above)

step 3

next click the menu on the right of your layers palate (in CS it looks like a an arrow with lines next to it.)

OR you can click on the layer menu and select "create clipping mask" on a mac CS 4 the the shortcut is the "option, apple and G keys"

On PSE I believe it is "apple and G" for mac and I am assuming on a PC it would be "Cntrl and G". (if anyone know for sure please feel free to comment!)

step 4
Your layers palette will look like this with an arrow pointing down to the shape layer.

I decided to merge the layers "apple and E" Mac or for "PC Cntl E" (I belive)

step 5
Next I added a bevel Style and a white back round to the frame would pop a little more. You can move this layer to your Layout by dragging it to the layout you are working on.

That's it. Pretty cool! I love clipping masks. I can do sooooo much with them.

I hope you enjoyed my little techy tips for today.

I used this frame in my freebie Quick Page. The kit is our Chillaxin' Collab kit!!

Have a beautiful, creative and inspired day!

Here is your Freebie
click on pic to download

Misti Faery Designs


  1. Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Scrapbook Freebies Search List, under the Quick Page(s) post on May. 14, 2009. Thanks again.

  2. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 14 May [LA 07:00pm, NY 09:00pm] - 15 May [UK 02:00am, OZ 12:00pm] ).

  3. This QP makes my heart sing! Thanks!!!

  4. This is cute--I love the little bird! :)