Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tutorial: Copying Layer Styles

One of my favorite tricks in Photoshop Elements makes applying layer styles easier.  For a long time I shadowed each layer one at a time.  Then I learned that you can copy and paste layer styles!  Here's how to do it.

1.  Apply a Layer Style to one of the layers.  I started with one of my paper strips.  If you are not sure where to find the Layer Styles, they are in the Effects Palette.  You can see here I am about to apply the Low Shadow style.  There are many other styles, such as bevels, accessible via that drop down box.

To apply your chosen Layer Style double click on it, or click the Apply button near the bottom of the Effects Palette.

2.  Default layer styles are rarely good for digi-scrapping.  To edit a layer style, double click on the fx that follows the layer name in the Layers palette, circled in the screen shot below. 

When you double click on the fx, you will get the Styles Settings dialogue box, where you can edit not only shadow, but also lighting angle, glow, bevel, and stroke. This is how you customize your layer styles.  Shadowing is a big topic, for other tutorials, but basically the closer the object is to the background, the lower the shadow.  For paper I often make the size and distance both 9 px and I like to reduce the opacity to 65%. In the screen shot, you can see the paper to which I'm applying the shadow.

3.  Now it's time for the trick.  Instead of repeating the above process for each layer of my layout, just copy the layer style from the layer just shadowed, and paste it on all the other layers you want to have the same settings.  To do this, right click on the layer with the style you want to copy and choose Copy Layer Style from the pop out menu.  Make sure to click on the layer, not the fx icon.

Then select all the layers which should have the same layer style.  To select multiple layers, hold down the Control/Command key while clicking. Right click on one of the selected layers and click Paste Layer Style.

Here is my finished layout using the collab Heaven Sent, which reminded me of mint chip ice cream. 

Heaven Sent is available at Scrapbookbytes and Gotta Pixel
I hope you find this as useful as I have.  It's not just for shadowing either.  Sometimes I apply bevels or other layer styles to objects, such as alphas, and then copy and paste the style to another element on my page.  Sometimes I even do this if the elements will just have slightly different shadow styles, because it's easier to edit slightly than start from the default shadow.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday Reflections and a super deal!

Hey everyone! Mel here to say a big, giant hello! I can't believe it's almost February! It sure does seem the older I get, the fast time goes by. I'll have whiplash by the time I'm 45! hehehehe

This month I've had lots of goodies in the store. I've had so much fun creating them AND making some templates. I use to make templates a lot but I stopped for no reason. Check out the ones I've put in out February. They are in PSD, JPG, and TIFF files. February is almost here and I've got lots of goodies planned for you again! So keep your eyes peeled!

I'd like to offer you guys a special coupon. If you put $30 dollars of my products in your cart, you can use this $20 coupon code and save big time! That means you get thirty dollars worth of stuff for only ten bucks!

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Just use the code 20off30 at either of  my stores:  Gotta Pixel or Scrapbookbytes.  This is a limited time only, so don't miss out!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

This Kiss released!

Mel has outdone herself again with the release of This Kiss!

Here is some inspiration from the amazing CT Team!

Stop in and check it out at

Here is a freebie for you from Kathy


Friday, January 27, 2012

Sneak Peek 1-28

Available at Scrapbook Bytes "and" Gotta Pixel :) 

(my son says I just don't know how to spell)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


I saw this beautiful layout in the gallery & just had to show you.

Created by penkitten
What a gorgeous Christmas layout!

Created using Christmas Tide kit.This is the perfect kit to scrap all those photos you took over the holiday season!

Monday, January 23, 2012

How Sweet it is Freebie!

Have you seen this kit?  It's beautiful!  In shades of pretty pinks and blues.. I just love it!
You can find it HERE  or HERE
Guess what?!  I have a freebie for you all using this beautiful kit!:)
Here is the freebie: 
(or click image)


Saturday, January 21, 2012

New Kit- How Sweet it is

Mel has another wonderful kit for you.  Her mojo is in high gear. Don't you just love the colors?  How Sweet it Is is such a bright and cherry kit with Mel's signature bling and a touch of romaticism. You can get it at Scrapbok Bytes and Gotta Pixel

Our CT has awesome layouts for you!

Here is a freebie for you by Elly Mae

Friday, January 20, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Wow - just looking in the gallery, all I can say is gorgeous!
There have been some awesome new releases in the past week and the layouts are outstanding, so I'll show you a few.
First, this beautiful 2 page layout was completed with the Heaven Sent kit:

Created by penkitten

This one was created with Love is a Many Splendored Thing:

LinkCreated by wtunison

This one created with Baby Baby OH!

Created by wtunison

And this one created using a combination of
Love is a Many Splendored Thing & Baby Baby OH!

Created by Hybridgal

Here are the previews of the kits used in the above layouts:
Heaven Sent

Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Don't Miss GGI at Gotta Pixel and a freebie!

I just wanted to remind everyone that Mel created TWO, yes TWO kits for the GGI event at Gotta Pixel. Don't forget each part is only $1.00, but only until Tuesday, January 17th.

Love is a Many Splendored Thing
Baby, Baby Oh!

Here is a little freebie that I created using the Baby Baby OH! portions. Enjoy!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Duo-licious Release and a freebie

The Duo-licious girls are at it again! Their latest is Heaven Sent.  You can get it here.

Here is inspiration from out CT:








Here is a freebie for you as well!!

Stay tuned....Mel has another new release this coming weekend and another newsletter and freebies!  Keep an eye our for our wonderful tutorials coming soon!!!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

It's GGI time at Gotta Pixel!!! New Release and freebie!

Yay- it's GGI time at GP. Which of course to you means savings and 2 kits instead of one! When Mel looked at the color swatch, she decided one kit wasn't enough, so lucky for you...she has two!!!!  Don't forget that each part is only $1 for a limited time only!  You also want to make sure you get our newsletter, because we will have another freebie there!!  Woo Hoo.
Love is a Many Splendored Thing

Baby Baby Oh

Here are some layouts from our super talented team members: