Creating a knock out in Photoshop

When you want to place a photo or picture in a frame in Photoshop without masking every layer or chopping the image to bits, you need to use a Knock Out group. The picture below shows how this has been used to pop this cutie patootie kitty face out of the letter ‘g’.

To find out how to use this technique, read my pdf tutorial here:

How to Create a Knock out in Photoshop

Making a spotty swatch pattern in Illustrator

Making patterned swatches is a simple and fun way to liven up dull shapes. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make a spotty swatch pattern. Once you have created a swatch you can use it to fill any shape you like. Don’t forget to save your swatches for use on future projects. The picture here shows a cow with a spotty muzzle and ears. The rest is in gingham with stitched outlines but they’re for another tutorial. Hope you enjoy.

PDF How to make a spotty swatch pattern in Illustrator

3D Watering Can

Summer’s nearly here and how about giving a littleĀ  paper watering can with a few sweeties or goodies inside instead of a card? Here is something I’ve posted on a couple of sites now, as a cut it yourself and as a .gsd file for the Craft Robo.

Watering Can GSD File

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