Category Archives: Photoshop Elements

Photo Spill Frame or Out of Bounds?

Photo Spill Frame or Out of Bounds?  I’ve had several people ask me the difference between them.  I believe the difference is in the precision.  A Photo Spill Frame is out of bounds but an Out of Bounds effect is not necessarily a Photo Spill Frame!  Let me elaborate.

The “bounds” I’m speaking of is the photo’s frame.  So Out of Bounds is a technique where the photo is not contained within the boundaries of the frame.

When I think of the Out of Bounds effect I think about arms, hands, heads, leaves, or something similar extending outside of the frame.  Here are a couple of examples of what I mean when I talk about an Out of Bounds effect.   The surfer’s arms and head extend beyond the frame in the first example.  In the second example, the woman’s feet are out of bounds.



A Photo Spill Frame effect makes me think of something spilling out over the frame.  While it’s still technically an out of bounds effect it’s not as precise as the examples above.  Water and waves are perfect subjects for this effect but not the only possibilities.  Consider anything that can, well, spill or overflow.  The technique I use in each case is also different.  Here are a couple of examples.  I used the surfer photo again for the first Photo Spill Frame example to see the difference in the two effects on the same photo.  I also added a wave element here.

Here’s an example of a different type of Photo Spill.  As you can see it’s larger & less precise.


If you’d like to find out how to create a layout using the Photo Spill Frame effect using Photoshop Elements check out my tutorial, How to Create a Photo Spill Frame Effect.  I hope you will enjoy and use this effect in some of your layouts.  What ideas do you have for other items that can spill over the edge of the frame?  Please comment and share your ideas.


Credits:  The layout examples were created using various elements from the following kits:

A Day at the Beach, Everyday Stories-Home, and Kraft Party by Kimeric Kreations.

Funny Pages and Superheroes

If you have kids or grandkids of a certain age they probably love superheroes.  And people of all ages love the Sunday funny pages.  Am I right?  If this sounds appealing to you take a look at my tutorial on Scrapaneers blog about combining these into a cool layout using Photoshop Elements.  You can check it out here.

Here’s another layout based on the same tutorial but using a different kit.  I used the same photos and cut out but a different layout design and kit.

Kit: Super Heroes

Designer: Magical Scraps Galore

Sticker Action: Wendyzine Scraps

Droplet Drag and Drop Templates

Have you tried the Droplet Drag and Drop templates for PSE15 yet?  They’re so easy you can complete a fabulous layout in five minutes or less.  What?? Yes, that’s right.  I have a new tutorial to show you just how easy it is.  You’re going to love it.  As a bonus, these templates can actually be used in Photoshop Elements versions 10-14 too.  The drag & drop feature was introduced with version 10 but the grouping included with these templates only works in PSE15. But it’s really no problem.  The paper or photo or journal card still resizes automatically and automatically clips to the Frame (photo box).  So check out my tutorial and give them a try!

Styles 101: The Color Overlay Part 2

Learn how to recolor Styles Effects in Styles 101: The Color Overlay Part 2.  Did you think you were stuck with the color selections created by the designer?  Well you are not!  Apply the Styles Effect of your choice then recolor it to match your layout.  Learn how here.

Here’s an example of what you can do.  Draw a shape add a Glass Button Style Effect (any color) then change it to coordinate with your layout.


New Tutorial on How to Adjust the Stroke Effect of a PSE Style

Good morning!  I just posted a new tutorial, How to Adjust the Stroke Effect of a PSE Style.

Adjust Stroke Effect Cover

For this tutorial, I used the Painted Autumn Styles and Painted Autumn Word Strips from Snickerdoodle Designs new kit, Painted Autumn Collection, which released today.


Painted Autumn Word Strips

Let me warn you, I got a little carried away and included Loading Styles and some other tips for using these Styles.  I hope you find it helpful.

Karen at Snickerdoodle Designs has an excellent sister tutorial using Photoshop here.