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Photoshop Friday: Fill Type With a Patterned Paper

This week, our Photoshop Friday feature is all about creating amazing, standout text by filling it with a patterned paper!

Enrollment is now closed.

Enrollment is now closed.

As always, Photoshop Friday classes include a kit with a .PSD file and other materials you may need, as well as video instructions.

Register for Photoshop Friday Forever and never miss out again!

Take your Photos from Good to Great!

Think back to the day you got your first digital camera. Boy how our lives have changed, right? I didn't realize all that could be done, all the memories I could hold onto. Now we can take photos all the time!   From phones to cameras to tablets... there are always photos to be taken, memories to be saved, a lifetime to savor.

In honor of our first digital cameras and ALL the photos we've taken since, I'd like to announce not one but TWO new photo editing classes, so you can take your pick! Each class is just $69 with the links below!

Photo Editing 1: Lightroom Edition

You've been asking for it, and here it is! My first-ever class for Adobe Lightroom! Are you as excited as I am? WOO!


In the Photo Editing 1: Lightroom Edition class, which launches November 3, I'll show you how to make easy global edits using the world-class Lightroom application, designed by photographers for photographers. If you've subscribed to the photographer's bundle from Adobe, this is the class for you! I'll show you how to combine easy Lightroom edits with the power of special techniques in Photoshop to create photos that will make your heart sing. I promise. You'll

Best part yet? I'm offering this class at an introductory price, more than 20% off with this special link. Regular price is $89, and you'll get the class for $69!

Register for Lightroom Edition

If you'd like to check out Lightroom, click here to grab the 30-day free trial

Photo Editing 1:Photoshop Edition

For Photoshop CC, CS6, CS5, and any version of Photoshop Elements!

If you only take ONE Photoshop class in your life, the Photo Editing 1: Photoshop Edition is it! (of course, if you've taken a bunch, this is still it! Ha!) Of all the things I could share or show, the one that will make the MOST impact on you as a memory keeper is the skill of editing photos.  


In this class, which begins November 3, I'll show you how to use the free plugin included with Photoshop and Photoshop Elements called Adobe Camera Raw, and then we'll take our photo right into Photoshop to make it sing! You'll learn how to make colors pop, how to turn photos black and white, add treatments such as tints and vignettes, sharpen, and save for both print and the web. You'll be armed with knowledge that will last you a lifetime, and will change your photos forever.

Best part? Right now you can get $20 off the original price! Check it out! Regular price is $89, and you'll get the class for just $69!

Register for Photoshop Edition

Regardless of which edition you choose, Photo Editing 1 is the place to start for editing those precious photographic memories. I can't wait to show you! Register today!

Register for Type-ology today!

Hi there! My newest class, Type-ology: Designing with Fonts & Type is now available as a self-paced class! When you register, you'll receive instant, permanent access to the course, which includes more than 6 hours of step-by-step video instruction, gorgeous PDF companion sheets, and lots of extras! 

Here is the syllabus, which includes EIGHT beautiful projects, including seven posters and a gorgeous mini-album you'll design and create yourself:

  • Lesson 1: Details Poster: Getting acquainted with the anatomy of letterforms
  • Lesson 2: Type as PatternSlab serif and outlined type creates a pattern for a poster or a card
  • Lesson 3: Mixing Fonts & BrushesUse block sans and script with watercolor brushes
  • Lesson 4: Exploring & Collecting FontsUse tags and albums to identify, collect, and compare fonts of various styles at
  • Lesson 5a: History of Type, 15th-18th Centuries
  • Lesson 5b: History of Type, 19th Century
  • Lesson 6: Wood Type Poster: Create a poster using fonts patterned after 19th century wood type
  • Lesson 7: Font Mixing, Forever Young PosterSelectively mix fonts from different eras and add ligatures
  • Lesson 8: Font Management for the Hoarder, er, Hobbyist
  • Lesson 9: Love Poster: Use Photoshop patterns on type, and create a grid for a poster
  • Lesson 10: Cricket CollageCreate a collage using an offset grid and LOTS of layers to mimic a paper from Cosmo Cricket
  • BONUS LESSON: Collage Mini-album: Use a grid and the Cricket Collage to create a quick and beautiful mini-album

Here are some of the projects you'll create as part of this class: 

From Type-ology, Lesson 1

From Type-ology, Lesson 3

From Type-ology, Lesson 6

From Type-ology Lessons 9 and 10

n this class you'll learn about the history of type, the anatomy of letterforms, how to mix elements like Photoshop Brushes and patterns with fonts, and how to manage your ever-growing font stash. This is a must-have class for any digital scrapbooker, digital crafter, or designer! It's available at a special limited price of $45.00 (14$ off!)

You can register today for instant, permanent access, with over 6 hours of video instruction that streams to any device! This makes it easy to view the class on your phone or tablet, and create the projects on your computer.

As always, if you find this class isn't right for you, simply contact me and I'll give you a full refund. Register for Type-ology at today!

Type-ology Lesson 3 Sneak Peak

Lessons 1 through 3 are live and so much fun! I hope you're along for the ride! If you haven't seen, here's the sneak peak of Type-Ology Lesson 3!

Lesson 3 teaches :

Mixing Fonts - Block Sans + Script

  • Create contrast in a design using a block sans serif and a brush script font
  • Use abstract brushwork and a structured typographic layout
Type-ology Workshop

The Type-Ology Workshop has started! Lesson 1 is already live. But it's not too late to register for the workshop! The classes are available 24/7 forever!  You can register through this link and enjoy learning the anatomy of type, expand your design skills and maximize your font stash! 

For your viewing pleasure, there's a preview of Lesson 1 below, where you can learn to identify the terminology of type. I hope you'll join me on this journey through Type-ology!

It's Time For Some Type-Ology!

I know you all have been anxiously waiting for the Type-Ology Workshop registration to open. Well, I'm happy to announce that it's officially OPEN! I apologize sincerely that it's a day late. I hope you all enjoy what the class brings! Head over and register now! 


This two-week, instructor-led class begins on Feburary 2, 2015.
Dates: February 2 through February 13, 2015.
Lessons go live every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but there’s no need to be online at a certain time!

You will be asked to purchase a textbook for our class, called Thinking With Type which you can access as EITHER an ebook or as a physical book.

Class Retirement: Crazy and Great and 50% off

So, there have been a lot of changes for me this year, (all of which I'm sure will be for the best, right?), and above all, I've been reminded of my own humanity. I've been reminded that each choice has a cost and a consequence, and that change - even if it is scary or bewildering, is a good thing. Evolution is a necessary process if we are to become who we are meant to be. 

Recognizing the need for change is the first step, at least for most people. Me, I learn really slowly. I've known I needed to change the way I run my life and for awhile now, probably way too long. Rather than leaping off of the cliff and trusting that I'll be caught (or taught, as the saying goes, how to fly), I've been scrabbling for branches or grass and digging in as I've been pulled off the cliff in a very real way. I've already talked about that. So came the need for change. Reminds me of this metaphor by C.S. Lewis about painful change, and the bewilderment that comes when you don't understand what's happening:

Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.

Realizing - and Panic

The second step is - I think (does anyone actually do this?) - to make a plan for change. And to resist the very strong temptation to just keep doing the same thing and hope it has a different result. They say that's the definition of insanity. I think it's the definition of fear, and of hiding from the truth.

So a few weeks ago I was putting the finishing touches on my 2014 calendar - and I realized with a sickening heart that it was looking a lot like my 2013 calendar, except with pretty washi tape. Like so:


Insanity? Fear and hiding? You got it. 

I've gotten so used to creating new classes, planning and maxing out my schedule, that it wasn't until the washi went down that I realized, I can't do this anymore. Really can't. 

The only way to get better is to change. The only way to change is to do something different.

So you know what I did? I started pulling up the tape. Thinning out. Spontaneously deciding that I didn't want to do whatever that green one was in March, but really wanted to do the polka-dot one in April, and more like that. Pretty soon much of the plan I had planned (the comfortable old plan) was gone. And then I sat on the floor in my office and cried.

I think this is when it really hit me that things are going to be different. If I'm not this, what am I? If I am not doing this green thing in April, what can I possibly do that will be as good or as fulfilling or as whatever? I realize now, of course, that there is only one way to find out. Pull up the tape, clear out the space, and see what happens. It's only when there's room for change that change can come.

So Jared came in and sat on the floor in the office too. He told me he was proud of me. And I cried some more. 

And then we decided, why not make a BIG change, while we're at it? Why not do some MAJOR thinning and reformulating - a reinvention if you will? After all, I've been doing this for nearly SEVEN YEARS. For example:

  • I've felt for a long time a responsibility to remake classes as they aged - after they got 2 or 3 versions old, I felt a need to redo.
  • In the midst of the remakes - which have inevitably ended up being completely and totally different classes - I found it really hard to balance squeezing in new classes.
  • I've been working behind the scenes for at least 2 years trying to get our backend technology upgraded so that it's easier to maintain, simpler to support, and quicker to roll out new content. Without going into too much detail (maybe in another post?), this has proved to be really, really hard (read: impossible).
  • I've wanted to move to a kick-butt store platform for our digital shoppe that reflects the incredible quality of the merch, and makes it super easy to find what we want in our neverending quest for digital supplies (ha! I see you there, fellow collector!)

See how everything on the list there is in the past tense? Like so much of what I thought my life was at the beginning of this year. Heh.

So there on the floor in the office, we began to put down the plan for real change. It was scary, and I will admit that when I presented it to my team, their reactions were all the same: WHAT? THAT IS CRAZY.

And then we all saw, it is crazy, and won't that be great? And my wonderful team has been behind me 100% as we've begun laying the foundation for real change, toward the desires I mentioned above.

The Plan: Class Retirement

So we asked ourselves, if we were to start over, what would we WANT to do? What is it that we all love to do? What do I love to do? And several things came to mind, which I'll be talking more about in the next few weeks. But there's one pressing one, okay?

Remember bullets one and two from above? Pressure to remake, and squeezing in new content. Not to mention, ahem. Blogging...and cooking, and sleeping. All of which I must do more of these days. ;)

I've decided that rather than continue to feel the pressure of remaking past classes, I would like to hold a super huge, gigantor mega retirement sale for these classes. Put them on sale for something CRAZY like, oh, 50% off, and then shut them down. 


I am so, SO proud of these classes - each one was made with all my skill and knowledge of both Photoshop and instructional design, based on a curriculum that makes sense and is easy to follow, with printable materials to go with the class. And of course, you get all your classes FOREVER, to retake and review and brush up on any time forever.

Get a Class (or a FEW!) Now

There are sixteen retiring classes, which you can see all in a big curriculum list right here, with links to each of the descriptions to purchase them. It's a savings of more than $275 for all the classes. 

The plan is, that this first step will pave the way for the next few steps, which I am really, really excited about! So head over and check out the curriculum, choose a class or a few at 50% off, and learn Photoshop in 2014!



New Photoshop Brushes Class Starts Friday!

I am so excited to be teaching a brand-new version of my Brush*Abilities Photoshop brush class, completely revised and with all-new techniques and EIGHT lesson projects. Here are some of the projects we'll work on as we explore loading & stamping brushes, as well as how to use brushes to create:

  • selections

  • stickers

  • clipping masks

  • grungy edges

  • stitching

  • texture

  • patterns

  • and more!

Whew! Not bad for two weeks of INTENSIVE learning, right? :) 

Here's one of our projects, which includes materials from Glitz Design, Fancy Pants, BasicGrey, Echo Park, and Carina Gardner (all from full kits available at 

From Brush*Abilities Photoshop Brushes class by Jessica Sprague

From Brush*Abilities Photoshop Brushes class by Jessica Sprague

Here's another project, a 5x5 card with triple-layered brushwork and a gorgeous patterned background: 

From Brush*Abilities Photoshop Brushes class by Jessica Sprague

From Brush*Abilities Photoshop Brushes class by Jessica Sprague

And another of our projects, which features gorgeous designs from Echo Park, Dani Mogstad, BasicGrey, and Carina Gardner (paint and pattern and type brushes, oh my!) 

From Brush*Abilities Photoshop Brushes class by Jessica Sprague

From Brush*Abilities Photoshop Brushes class by Jessica Sprague

I hope YOU will join ME as we explore the most versatile and creative tool in all of Photoshop! Class begins on Friday, so register now

Guest Post Monday - Candice Stringham

Hello! I am Candice Stringham, the photography instructor at I would like to introduce you to one of the secrets of great photography (and one of the least understood): An External Flash. I’ve developed a five-week class that walks you through the ins-and-outs of great flash photography. It’s called Flash of Brilliance, and registration begins tonight at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time! The class itself begins January 21.

Why should you take Flash of Brilliance?

In my beginning digital SLR photography class, “Oh, Shoot,” I’m constantly telling my students to turn off the flash, use natural light, and use basic camera settings instead. This is because the tiny little pop up flash on your DSLR simply cannot be used to light objects or people in a flattering or interesting way. The light source is small and comes from right above the lens, giving you direct harsh light, red eye, and squinting subjects.

With an external flash (a separate flash unit you can use on or off camera- see video below), you have a larger light source that can tilt, angle, and bounce; a light that is much more dynamic, flattering and interesting. Having and knowing how to use an external flash can be of a huge benefit to your photography in lowlight situations.

Here are a few circumstances you’ll love using an external flash:

  • Low light images taken with a high ISO, creating noise in your images later.
  • A party in the evening with a high chance of great images in really low light.
  • A husband or son that is never seen without a baseball cap on. When you expose for the overall scene, you get a great exposure on everything but their face, which is dark and shaded from the hat.
  • Christmas morning or when children wake up before the sun comes up; there is never enough light to get great looking photographs.
  • Needing to photograph things at night for an ETSY or online shop.

These are just a few of many situations that an external flash can really help!

If you haven’t used an external flash in the past because the settings and information in your manual seemed overwhelming, don’t let that stop you now. After years of teaching, I have found the best ways to communicate how to use your camera and flash in the simplest and most clear way possible. With the help of Nancy Riley, Kimber Hodson, and myself in the forums, live chats, videos, flash cards, and PDF’s, we will be there for you every step of the way. You will find that it’s a lot less intimidating and a lot

more fun to know that, in any lighting circumstance, you can get great photographs!

I’ve recorded an introductory video so you can see what you’ll need, and get inspired to take the class!

I hope you’ll join us for Flash of Brilliance - there are two tracks you can take - one standard, and one extended that includes comments from your instructors. Either track you choose, you’ll have access to ALL of the class materials FOREVER. Let’s start the New Year off with gorgeous photos!