Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November Templatetopia - Last Day!

Just popping in with a quick reminder that today is the LAST DAY to purchase the North Meets South Studios November Templatetopia grab bag! This fabulous collection includes 4 complete template packs from Trixie Scraps and Connie Prince, all for just $3.99! You get four packs for the price of just one! You can pick up this great collection by clicking on one of the links below to shop in your favorite store. Make sure not to miss them!

Tips, Tricks and Techniques

Hello, welcome to Triple T Tuesday. Can you believe it, it is the last day of November. Where has this year gone? Hard to believe that the jolly old man will be here in 26 days. I know, I had to bring it up right?

Today, my tip is about getting more use from your alpha stash. I have a huge problem with my journaling and using alphas. I wanted to try something new for my journaling and using alphas is one of them. I know, alphas can be used for so many things, titles, journaling, wordart and such, I just don’t do it. So, for this month, my goal is to journal AND use alphas. Well, I figured out an awesome way to change things up a bit. How about 3D alpha? Yep, thats right, lets make it 3D! It is as easy as 1-2-3, in CS2. I am sure that it can be done in just about all editing programs.

* In CS2 I open a new file(I am sure this can be eliminated), usually 6×4.* I then find the alpha that I want to use. I drag my first letter to the open file. Then while pushing that ALT and left arrow key several times, I will then get a 3D effect. After you are finished, MERGE the layers together.* Do this step for all your alpha letters. Play around with them, add shadows, layer, twist and turn them. The possibilities are endless.

I hope that you like this quick tip from me. I hope that I see lots of fun and creative ways to add 3D to your alphas. I might even mange to try this on some elements.

Before I go, I wanted to mention that it is $1 Pixels day at Gotta Pixel again and today, Trixie Scraps has the following products on sale for just $1 each... but, it's only for today, so grab it while you can!

My Summer Garden kit * Old Glory templates * Through the Week templates vol 4 * Check your Expiration vol 1

And how about a freebie? Shari created this super cute alpha to coordinate with one of today's $1 pixel products, My Summer Garden. I hope you enjoy it!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Happy Cyber Monday!

Hi everyone and Happy Cyber Monday! I hope you've been enjoying the great sales around digiland the past few days! Today is the final day of my great Black Friday sale in all of my stores. But, in honor of Cyber Monday, I'm participating in a coupon blog train with a bunch of the ScrapMatters designers! Use the code on the coupon below to save an additional 20% off already marked-down prices!

Please note... this coupon code will work for my stores at ScrapMatters, Gotta Pixel and Scrapbook-Bytes. It is not valid for use on my Black Friday grab bags. Also, please do not use it for Courage, Hope and Strength, as that is a fundraiser kit. All other products are fair game!

And now back to the blog train - you want to pick up some more great coupons, right? You should have come here from Krisi's blog (Krisi's Kreations) and your next stop is Erica Zane's blog. Don't worry if you get lost along the way, you can always visit the ScrapMatters blog for a full list of stops. I hope you take advantage of this last day of big sales to pick up some goodies on your wishlist! Thanks for stopping by!

Monthly Desktop Freebie

I have today a December desktop freebie using Santa's Workshop. It comes in two sizes- 1280x800 and 1024x768. Enjoy!!!

Grab it here

Sunday, November 28, 2010

December Daily Q&A

Hey everybody! It's Candy again with another December Daily post. I got some questions after my last December Daily post, and I wanted to make sure that all of those got answered before we get started on our projects.

What is a December Daily Album? Is it like Project 365?

The December Daily album project was originated by Ali Edwards in 2008 to encourage scrapbookers to document the month of December and really savor everything that occurs in that month. It is similar to Project 365 in that you are encouraged to document the everyday of your life for the 25 or 31 days in December. I think the biggest difference is that Project 365 focuses on taking one picture a day, or choosing one picture a day. December Daily albums can incorporate many pictures per day and really aims to capture all of the special events and planning that happens in December - especially the days leading up to Christmas. Some choose to focus only on the 25 days of Christmas while others scrap a page or two all the way through December 31st. 

Do you scrap every day (or every couple) and have a finished album in January or do you mostly take notes and then have it complete by the following Christmas? 

I scrap every day (or every couple) so that I have a completed album by Christmas day (minus the Christmas Day pages, of course!). By the time Christmas arrives I am really ready to be done with the project and it helps me actually get it done. Ali Edwards encourages paper scrapbookers to complete the base of their album before December 1st so that all they'll need to do is add pictures, journaling and a few elements for a completed page at the end of the day. Digital scrapbookers will need to prepare a little differently. I covered December Daily preparation in this post on earlier this month if you need a refresher.

When is your big reveal of the completed project? 

I print each page as I complete them. This serves a dual purpose - I am less tempted to obsess over the pages after they're printed and I build my album throughout the month. I like to have it ready on Christmas day when we host all of our extended family. I also post the pages on my blog almost daily and many of our family and friends that live far away enjoy the opportunity to follow our holiday journey.

Is this a big deal to your family?

It is a big deal to my family and especially the kids. They love the two albums that I have completed so far and pull them out throughout the year to look at them. They love comparing what we've done on a day to day basis and I find that it helps them remember things that would otherwise be completely forgotten.

What size is good for a December Daily album?

Any size will work and it really depends on your goal for your album. I like to do my December Daily as a mini-album. I did 6"x6" pages for December 2009 and plan to do that page size again for 2010. I make my own covers to coordinate with the kit(s) that I choose for my interior pages and use chipboard from grocery packaging (think cereal boxes) to give them some weight. If you'd rather use an album, that's fine too. You can always scrap 12x12 and print the pages smaller without losing any quality if you don't know what size you want the completed project to be.

Am I too boring for this project?

No! So much of what we do in December is very different from our day-to-day the rest of the year. From what you drink and eat to your schedule and shopping, everything is different in December. The Trixie Scrap Stars have 31 days of album prompts planned for the month of December, so you'll want to check in every day for December Daily inspiration.

Am I too busy for this project?

December is a super busy month for most of us. I really believe that this is a do-able project for anyone with a little planning. The Trixie Scraps Stars will also have a daily freebie during December to help you complete your pages quickly. 

Don't forget... Trixie Scraps has partnered with Persnickety Prints especially for this project.  So, even if you can't get your project printed at home prior to December 25th, you will be able to save a little bit of money via the discount she has lined up for you for page prints from Persnickety.  Just think how much fun it will be to order your pages at the end of the month - you can ring in the new year, enjoying your beautiful, professionally printed pages and reliving all the highlights of December 2010.

Sunday Spotlight

I was interviewed for a Scrap Matters newsletter and asked who I drew inspiration from.  I answered with two of the CT members, Stacy and Bree, along with neeceebee (Denise Beatty).  I asked Denise if she would be so kind to answer a few questions for our Sunday Spotlight.

What is your name? Denise Beatty

What is your screen name that people know you by? neeceebee

Where do you live? Virginia

Who is in your immediate family? me, my husband troy, and my six kids

What would you say is your biggest inspiration for creating your layouts?
I like to take my inspiration from the kits I use. I love to play with color and elements and see where they lead me.

Is there one subject you like scrapping more than others, and why?
by far my family. I started scrapping so I could keep a family history and I really want each of my pages to tell our family's story.

How long have you been scrapping? 3 years ago.

Were you a paper scrapper or have you always been digital?
I was a long time paper scrapper, but it was too hard with the kids to drag my stuff out and put it away, so eventually I just stopped taking it out. thank goodness for digi.

Do you create hybrid crafts, and if so, what is your favorite project to date?
hybrid scares me a little, so I pretty much stick to digi.

What type of activities are you involved in?
I am a photographer and spend the rest of my time with my family.

How many layouts do you create in a year?
well, I used to create several hundred layouts a year, but now I am lucky to do one or two. as my kids have gotten older, they have gotten busier, so I just try to squeeze in what i can.

What are you compassionate about?
wow. hard question. I really hate to see people suffering. it makes me especially sad when it's kids. the economy has been so tough on so many families...so many are struggling to get by. I wish I could help them all.

Thank you Denise!  

Here are a few of my favorite layouts that Denise has created:

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Super Saturday Post: Show Offs and Wrap Up!

Happy post-Thanksgiving Saturday everyone! Are you gearing up for Christmas now? I know that in my little world, Black Friday symbolizes the beginning of the rat race for Christmas. Family dinner is over, the kids are in bed, and I'm doing "stretches" just before I run out for my first Black Friday store! This year I went to Toys R Us at 10pm, and while I was thrilled to get everything I needed, I was NOT thrilled about spending 3 hours of my night waiting in line! But at least I'm done shopping for my kiddos! *grins*

So what are you doing today to prepare for the Christmas season? If anything?

Also, {I may get shot for this} I wanted to wish Trixie and Mr. Trixie a Happy 8th Anniversary today!!! Cheesy Hope you two have a ton of fun today and this next year!!!

This week we had some great layouts in the Trixie Scraps Gallery! Welcome to the newbies that joined us this week! Take a look at the great inspiration from the Gallery!

You can find the kits in these show offs at Trixie Scraps Store or they are also available at ScrapMatters, Gotta Pixel or Scrapbook Bytes.

For participating this week you'll be receiving a great prize from Trixie Scraps Store!

Wanna play along? READ HERE on how to become part of the Saturday Show-Offs!

Lastly, here is your weekly round up! Make sure you visit every day in December because we have got some AMAZING fun planned for the month! Including freebies!

Sunday Jamie announced the winning color pallet that was chosen for one of her upcoming kits! We think you're going to LOVE it!

Monday Sharon showed us some great hybrid inspiration using Trixie's latest kits!

Tuesday Carrin gave us a fantastic tutorial on using the Match Color tool. It's a great tutorial, I know one I'll keep in my back pocket for future use! There's also a FREEBIE on that post.

Thursday Stacy gave us a great journaling challenge! ALSO! Please read this post regarding changes to the prize system here on Trixie Scraps blog! This is a very important post!!

Friday was release day! Also, Trixie announced her amazing Black Friday Sale's that are going on through the 29th! Make sure you read this post! It's got tons of great information for this weekend, AND a FREEBIE!

Well, that's it for me today! Don't forget to stop by and see what we're up to! I know you're going to have a blast through December with Trixie and the Stars!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Feature Friday 11/26/10 - Black Friday SALES!!

Happy Black Friday! For all my US readers, I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving yesterday! We enjoyed a great time with both mine and my husband's families and got home REALLY late, so I'm exhausted! But, no time for tired today - it's Black Friday and we all need to shop, right?? Hopefully, I've stocked my store with lots of goodies this week to tempt you. In the interest of space, just know you can find all the goodies below in any one of my shops, linked below for your convenience. So, let's get to it!

Trixie Scraps * Scrap Matters * Gotta Pixel * Scrapbook Bytes * Funky Playground

There are crazy sales everywhere this weekend, and digiland is no exception. Here are the sale breakdowns for all of my stores:

My shop at Scrap Matters: 40% off Friday & Saturday, 35% off Sunday, and 25% off Monday
My guest shop at Funky Playground: 45% off Friday only
My personal Trixie Scraps store as well as my shops at Gotta Pixel and Scrapbook Bytes will all be 50% off Friday-Monday!

If you like to buy direct from me, just click the image below to head straight to my personal shop and start saving:

As if that's not fun enough, my four main shops (not my guest shop) will have two grab bags available. I wanted to try a new twist on the grab bag, so I'm letting you create your own! The "Make Your Own" Grab Bag is available in two sizes so you can choose the bag that best fits your budget! The $3 MYOGB ($13 value) includes a coupon for your choice of 1 kit, 1 template pack and 1 element or alpha pack. The $5 MYOGB ($25 value!) includes a coupon for your choice of 2 kits, 2 template packs and 2 element or alpha packs! I hope you find this a fun twist on the normal grab bag sales offered this time of year. This is the perfect time to nab all those things on your wishlist! Hurry though, this deal only lasts through Monday! **Please note, collab kits and collab products are excluded from the grab bag offer**

Now, of course I couldn't stop there, right?? My Happiness in a Cup Grab-a-Byte packs from earlier this month have been turned into a full collection. You can now purchase the GAB packs as a full kit, or purchase the bundle to also pick up the coordinating element clusters and double-page template pack, too!

Happiness in a Cup bundle * Happiness in a Cup kit * Happiness in a Cup clusters * Seeing Double templates volume 3

Carrin whipped up two new sets of blogwear from some recent releases this week, too! Being the coffee lover that I am, I just love the Happiness in a Cup blogwear - how fun would it be to decorate a blog with it, then sit sipping your coffee every morning while you compose your blog message for the day? She also created a beautiful blogwear set from Courage, Hope and Strength - perfect for all of you currently battling or surviving breast cancer and documenting your journey on your blog.

Last, but certainly not least this week, I have a new set of element clusters for you made from one of last week's new releases, The Sneezin Season. This cute set includes six border and/or frame clusters. I just love how quick and easy my pages come together with these pre-made clusters, don't you?

Speaking of last week's releases, in case you missed them, here is a brief recap. As I mentioned, this month's Gotta Grab It packs were released as a full kit, The Sneezin' Season. And, I also released a beautiful, chic, sophisticated collab with Mye de Leon named City Girl.

And how about a freebie for today?? Shari created this alpha for us, especially to coordinate with the Happiness in a Cup collection. Adorable, right? All you need to do is click on the preview or the link below to download. Please say hi when you do, I love to hear from you!

One last note... make sure to check my blog on Monday for a special coupon blog train I'm participating in with the ScrapMatters designers! Tomorrow is my 8th anniversary with my husband Erick... I am a very lucky lady and have been blessed with an amazing man who is not only a great husband, but also my very best friend, my soul mate, my comfort, my strength... and I love him very much. We're going to spend our day together shopping for our Christmas tree and decorating our home for the holidays. Can't wait!! Thanks, everyone... and enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Journaling Challenge, Thanksgiving-Style

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow Americans! I hope this day is filled with joyous and peaceful times with your loved ones.

First things first...last week, Lisa challenged you to do a mystery lift layout following her list of directions. Now you get to take a look at the actual layout you were scraplifting. It's "Story Time" by our very own Trixie Scraps Star Candy (aka Cherry Limeade). Candy created her beautiful layout using Every Day With You.

Today's challenge will hopefully be an easy one. Whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving, you must have things that you are thankful for. So my challenge to you is this...I'd like you to make a list of at least 5 things that you are thankful for, and then I want you to scrap that list with a Trixie Scraps product. That's it...simple, right? I look forward to seeing your submissions!

This is the layout that I came up with, using Sunday Afternoon.

This beautiful layout from Kris was created with Trixie's new collab with Mye DeLeon, City Girl.

Beth used Yuletide, Defining Me, Renaissance Romance and Viva La Vino to create this gorgeous page.

And now, an important note about challenge prizes:
We want to let you in on a little change we're making to our challenge system. We really want our challenges and tutorials to inspire you to complete more layouts, so starting with this challenge and going forward, everyone who submits layouts in our gallery will be entered into a drawing at the end of the month for a gift certificate to Trixie's shop. Best of all, those layouts don't have to be just for our challenges anymore - if you play along with challenges throughout the digi community and you use Trixie's products to complete your layout(s), make sure to load them to our gallery, too! The more you play along, and the more layouts you share with us, the better your chance of winning our monthly prize drawing. If you do 1 layout using Trixie Scraps products within a month, you'll get 1 entry. If you do 5 layouts? 5 entries! And so on and so forth. Plus, watch for special "double credit" promotions we will host now and again throughout the year. Please note, Trixie intends to continue offering a weekly Show-Off participation gift, too!

So in a nutshell, from this point forward, you can get a freebie every week by loading at least one layout to our gallery AND you'll get one credit towards the monthly prize drawing for EVERY layout you share, too. Keep in mind, every layout loaded into our gallery must use Trixie's products in some way. We hope this change will really encourage everyone to play along with the challenges throughout digi land more often and can't wait to see more of your layouts with Trixie's products.

Happy scrapping, and enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Triple T Tuesday - Using the Match Color tool

Hi, all! It’s Carrin here with your latest Tips, Tricks and Trends post! Today I wanted to show you a quick trick for doing black and white photos. I like the look of black and white, but sometimes I think that it’s a little too harsh for the look of the page. That’s where the Match Color tool comes in. This is one of my latest pages, using Trixie’s Sneezin’ Season kit.

And here’s how I did it…

Step one: Choose your photos and the element or paper you wish to match.

Step two: Turn your photo into black and white. Since I’m using Photoshop CS3, I just have to press CTRL-ALT-SHFT-B.

Step three: Make sure your photo layer is active and then click on Image>Adjustments>Match Color.

Step four: A little box will appear on your screen. At the bottom there will be a drop down menu next to the word Source. Click on it and choose the layer you are trying to match.

Step five: Your photo may look a little off, but not to worry. That’s what the sliders at the top of the Match Color box are for! Play around with them until you get the desired look. For this photo, I slid the Fade arrow into the middle and left the other two alone.

Step six: Continue working on your layout! If you are planning on changing the coloring of any additional photos, you can use the newly colored one as your source object to make sure the coloring is consistent on your other photos.

If you try out this technique, be sure to come back here and link us up in the comment section so we can go take a look at your gorgeous work!

Before you go, have a look at the gorgeous goodies that are available for just $1 over at Gotta Pixel...

Just for stopping by, here's a super cute freebie alpha by Miss Shari to match Slumber Party...enjoy!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Make It Hybrid Monday

Hi everyone and welcome to another edition of Make It Hybrid Monday! Can you believe that it's nearly the end of November already? This is the season that always seems to escape through my fingertips and before I know it, it's a new year! So I guess it's a good thing that Trixie Scraps has lots of new kits to get through the season with.

This season marks the beginning of cold and flu season around my house. Trixie Scraps has the perfect kit to capture those sneezes and sniffles with her "The Sneezin' Season" kit.

I used this adorable kit to create a holder for the two things that I can never find when I'm sick- the thermometer and tissues. Hung on the door, it's easily accessible and refillable. Hopefully I won't need to use it soon but at least I know where it is! Smiley

Every year for my grandmother, I make a box of handmade cards that she can use year round for birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions. To start her collection, I used "Bring on the Rain" for a masculine card.

Masculine cards are always a bigger challenge for me but I loved the color palette of the kit and used it to create a money holder for a future birthday.

Finally, one of my favorite parts of this season is picking up some gifts during the chaos of the upcoming Black Friday sales. To organize myself, I used Trixie Scraps' newest release, "City Girl', a collab with Mye de Leon to create an organizer.

I used a card holder template and create a place to keep my gift cards, lists, coupons, ads, receipts and budget for my shopping

Hope that these ideas hope inspire you for the upcoming season and if you create a hybrid project using Trixie Scraps products, please link us up here so that we can leave you some love. Have a great week!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Special Request Sunday!

Hello Trixie fans, and welcome to another edition of Special Request Sunday. A couple weeks ago, Jamie asked you to suggest a color palette for Trixie to work with and the winning suggestion would receive the kit for free!

Dana (louvegas) suggested this palette:

Congratulations Dana, you'll receive the kit for free! Everyone else who played along will get an opportunity to buy it before it hits the stores in a couple weeks.

We hope you love Trixie's interpretation of the colors you asked for. Be on the lookout for the new kit soon!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Super Saturday Post: Show Offs, Wrap up & a FREEBIE!

Good Afternoon!!! Bree here with another Super Saturday! I've got my chai in hand, and I'm ready to rock & roll, we had some fabulous submissions to the Trixie Scraps Gallery this week! Let's show them off!

You can find the kits in these show offs at Trixie Scraps Store or they are also available at ScrapMatters, Gotta Pixel or Scrapbook Bytes.

For participating this week you'll be receiving your choice of Templates from Trixie's Store!

Here are a few of my favorites!

Wanna play along? READ HERE on how to become part of the Saturday Show-Offs!

Trixie did a fun kit this week with Mye De Leon called City Girl, and all of the Stars fell in love with it. She also released her Gotta Grab It kit from this month, The Sneezin' Season, as a full kit in all her stores, too. Here are our layouts to provide inspiration!

The Trixie Scraps Stars and I are gearing up for some fun in December! So please, stay tuned! You are NOT going to want to miss ONE DAY of it! For now, make sure you're keeping in touch, by seeing what we did this week!!

Saturday Lindsey showed us all the fantastic new stuff the Trixie released! There were so many great goodies! Check it out!!

Sunday Bethany interviewed the Trixie Scraps Special Agent Manager, Lisa. She's such an awesome addition to our team! You should get to know her better!

Monday We notified you all of a the Manic Monday Sale that Trixie had in all her stores. It's only for Monday's though, so you have to get it while it's hot! If you snagged the fun this week, make sure to show it off to us!

Tuesday Trista has a fantastic tutorial on Resizing vs. Resampling

Thursday Lisa gave us a fun Mystery Lift challenge! I love this idea! You should play along too!!

Lastly, I'd love to give you all a freebie! This add-on by Shari coordinates with the Sneezin' Season kit that Trixie released this week.

Thanks for swinging in! Smiley See you next week!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Challenge Thursday

Hello everyone! Welcome to Challenge Thursday! Last week, Theresa challenged you to create a layout using the fabulous freebie stacked paper she made from Love of a Lifetime.

Take a look at this wonderful layout submitted by lwentkie:

For this week's challenge we’re going to do a mystery lift. It’s kind of like doing a scraplift, but you won’t get to see the layout you’re scraplifting until next week. And it’s kind of like a speed scrap, but you have a few days instead of just a couple hours to complete your layout. So follow the directions below, and see what happens!

Don't forget to use at least 80% Trixie Scraps Products, post your layouts in the Trixie Scraps Challenge Gallery (so we can leave you some love!) and link us to your layouts in this post for a chance to win a special prize from Trixie Scraps Designs!

Here we go!

1. Choose only three papers: 1 patterned and 2 solids.

2. Use one of the solid papers as your background paper.

3. Crop your patterned paper into a rectangle approximately 2 - 3” W x 12” H. Place this paper going down the left side of your layout.

4. Crop your second solid paper into a rectangle approximately ¼” – ½” wider than the first rectangle. Place this second rectangle along the left side of your layout, underneath the first rectangle, so that it is peeking out from underneath the patterned paper.

5. Choose three horizontal (landscape) photos. If you really want to stay true to the mystery lift, recolor the photos to either sepia or B&W. Resize/crop the photos to approximately 3” x 5” (or 3 ½” x 5”).

6. Evenly space the photos going down the left side of the layout, approximately 1 – 1 ½” away from the left edge.

7. Place a simple frame around each of the photos.

8. Choose three embellishments. Put one on each of your photos.

9. Put the date on some type of tag and tuck it underneath the left side of the top photo.

10. Attach the left side of all three of the photos to the layout with some stitching.

11. Put a title on the top right-hand side of the layout.

12. Use the open space going down the right side of the layout for some great journaling. You’ve got plenty of room to tell the story behind your photos. Include plenty of details to remember in the future.

That’s it! I can’t wait to see your layouts! And be sure to check back next week to see the actual layout you were scraplifting.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Triple T Tuesday - Resizing vs. Resampling

Resize or Resample? That is the question.

Here is the textbook version.
Image Resizing: Changes the size that the image will print without changing the number of pixels in the image.
Image Resampling: Changes the number of pixels in the image.
Clear as mud? No worries. I'll demonstrate by showing you the difference between resizing and resampling.

First, grab a photo in Photoshop to play with. Here is the one I am going to be using.

Let's check the stats on the image.

1. Click open the Image Menu at the top of the screen.
2. Select Image Size from the drop down menu.
The Image Size box is divided up into two main sections.
3. The Pixel Dimensions section shows the width and height of the image in pixels. It also shows the file size of the image.
4. The Document Size section shows the print size based on the image resolution.
5. There are two more options in the Image Size dialog box below the Document Size section:
  • Constrain Proportions: This links the width and height of the image together to prevent distortion. If you make a change to the width of the image the height will change automatically, and vice versa.
  • Resample Image: This is the option that determines whether you are resizing the image or resampling it. Resizing leaves the pixel dimensions the same and changes the size that the image will print, while resampling physically changes the number of pixels in the image.

From the image above you can see that when Resample image is unchecked the Pixel Dimensions section of the dialog box is not functional. At this point the only editing option is to change how large the image will print using the Document Size section.
Notice too that the Constrain Proportions option at the bottom of the Image Size dialog box is grayed out when Resample image is not checked.

When Resample image is checked you can now edit the information in the Pixel Dimensions section. You may edit the image by changing the pixel properties as well as the Document Size. Notice too that as the information is edited the Pixel Dimension information changes as well.

Here are the images after editing close to each other for comparision. The first image is resized, while the image have been resampled. There is not much of a noticeable difference in the image at this point, other than the size.

Here are the images zoomed in close. Again, the first image is resized, while the second image is resampled. By viewing this close you begin to see the difference in the two images, as the second image is much more pixelated than the first.

I also wanted to touch briefly on transforming an image without distortion. There are times when an image needs to be transformed to fit in a frame or maybe a frame transformed to fit an image. Either way, there is a way to edit an image without causing distortion.

1. To transform an image click on Edit.
2. Then scroll down and select Free Transform (or try using one of my favorite shortcuts Ctrl + T).
3. The layer that is selected will be surrounded by a border with nodes. From this point you can manipulate the selected item. You can squeeze it down to the size that you like. This "freehand" style of transforming usually causes the distortion. A more "controlled" style of transforming occurs when you select one of the nodes and hold the shift key while manipulating the image.
4. Once the correct size is achieved click on the check button to confirm the change.

Above are examples of the images that have been transformed. The first image was edited using a free transform, while the second image was edited using the controlled transform (holding the shift key while adjusting). You can see that the first image looks distorted. It is best to transform an image while holding the shift key so that the item being adjusted does not get distorted.

Oh... Before I go. I wanted to also mention that today is $1 Pixel day at Gotta Pixel. Here are the items in the $1.00 bin for today only. Keep looking as there is also a coordinating freebie below.