While I was creating the above page, I added the title on the bottom left and wanted to add more color to the page. In the process of figuring this out, I came up with the technique separated titles. In the close up images below, you can see on the left the title is just yellow. On the right, I have added a section that is pink and have applied the 3D bevel edge effect.
All fonts can be found on dafont.com.
Font Manager - Jouranling Fonts
Last night during my Virtual Café I was asked what are my favorite fonts for journaling. I have LOTS of fonts. 1000's. So, my list of journaling fonts is quite long. I ended up taking screen shots of the fonts I put in the journaling group in the Font Manager in Artisan.
But, let's back up a minute. Did you know that you can organize your fonts in Artisan? First, go to the Content Manager and then in the Manage section of the Content Ribbon, click on "Fonts."
Next, your font catalog will pop up. It comes pre-loaded with some suggested groups. You can add additional groups and remove any of their suggested groups that you won't use. Then, just select one of the font groups from the drop down list, select the font(s) you want to add to it, and then click add.
You will see these font groups at the top of your list of fonts whenever you are choosing the font for a text box or text shape.
My Journaling Fonts
There are sites where you can get fonts for FREE and others that you can get bundles of them inexpensively. Here are some sites I have used before.
fontbundles.net: For purchase & some FREE
CreativeMarket.com: For purchase & some FREE
There are many more, of course, but this will give you access to many to play with.
Color Wash Layers
Did you know that you can apply color wash in multiple layers to create a deeper cover of one color?
You can see from the pages below what it looked like before and after I added the overlay to all layers of the page layout.
Before overlay has been added to the right side.
After overlay applied to right side.
Do you have a wall you want to create canvases for? Do you have a hard time envisioning how it will all look? Well, me too! I hope that this video will help give you tips in your planning process.
Page Design Tips
Recently I was working on a project in Artisan 6 and I noticed that my work wasn't displaying correctly in the workspace. I could see the preview in the Pages tab on the right of the workspace and it looked correct, but on the page itself it was wrong.
This is the completed page.
The messed up page
Notice in the pages panel on the right that it looks different (how it should look).
I contacted support and they sent me a link for troubleshooting tips and one of the suggestions was to make sure your graphics driver was up to date as well as Windows. So, it was the graphics card for me that was not up to date. However, I hadn't taken the time to read the email and address the issue and the page got messed up again. Grrr...
Messed up again
Luckily I have been using the tip shared by Pixie Jan McCallum to keep a notepad file for my project and I upload all my pages as jpgs as well as two page snips. So, I could just check my notes and fix the page. But I am glad to have my driver up to date so I don't have to do that again.
Dramatic Look with Just a Click
During my recent Historian 4 Beginner Class, I mentioned during our week 3 discussion on editing image that I typically don't convert images to black and white or sepia in Historian. I usually wait until I am on the page and use it as a way to add drama to a page.
Sample using Sepia
Sample using Black & White
You can see the full color pictures below. The black and white was definitely the better choice for the page. Barkley's (the corgi) coloring actually coordinating well with the decorative elements I was using, so I kept him full color. I used remove.bg to cut him out quickly and create room for my story.
Whenever you purchase a pre-designed page layout, you get more than just the template. You also get all the the decorative elements in the template.
Let's take a look at an example. I am working on a project about my life's story. I purchased a template: Stories of Our Life Layered Template 07 by Katie Pertiet.
I added the template to a project. I created a personal art kit in Artisan 6: Stories of my Life Elements. Katie Pertiet has many of these templates. So, I plan to add to this personal art kit as I go. Since there are so many elements on the page, I work in the Elements Panel starting at the top and working my way down.
Right click on first element (skipping text boxes and photo frames). Select Save selection: Save image to a personal art kit. Click box that you acknowledge it is part of a copyrighted kit and that you plan to only use for personal use. In the next pop up, navigate to your newly created personal art kit, set item type to Embellishment and then name the item.
By the time I was done there were multiples of the same item type, it was helpful for me to have the personal art kit open in another window (outside of Artisan in Windows Explorer). This way I could know if I was saving Frame #2 or #3. :)
As I work down the Elements Panel, I clicked on the eye to hide the elements I had already saved and I locked them as well. Once the page is blank (after last item hidden), you are done!
Enjoy the bonus 40 elements you gained. Then you can add them to a page opposite the template and now they coordinate!
I've loved photography all my life. Have been making photo albums since high school. I love helping people do something memorable with their photos. Have so much fun planning workshops for people to get together and work on their photo projects, share stories and fellowship. Looking forward to making this even easier with new products that will make it a snap to finish.