Saturday, July 17, 2010

Saturday School! Unsharp Mask

Hi everyone! Erin here with today's Saturday School Tutorial! Today I am going to show you how I save my layouts before uploading to galleries. :) I hope you learn a little something from this!

So after you have merged your layers and resized your layout to 600x600, you will want to go up to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask. The reason I add the unsharp mask is the quality of the layout is decreased because of the size change (for me I scrap my pages at 3600 - so going down to 600 is quite a change). The unsharp mask will actually sharpen the layout! (I don't really understand why it's called an unsharpened mask but it works! lol)

After you click Unsharp Mask a new window will pop up. It will ask you for your settings. I recommend playing around and seeing what the different numbers do to your layout. The setting I use are: Amount 85%, Radius .3, and Threshold 0. Other scrappers out there may use different numbers so see what your friends use - it doesn't hurt to try a few different settings until you get the look you desire!

Here is my layout without the unsharp mask:

And with the unsharp mask. (subtle changes!)

There you go! Another Saturday School Tutorial! I hope you found it helpful :) For my layout I used Jennifer's new kit Won't You Tell Me Your Name which you can find at The DigiChick! Have a fantastic Saturday!


Anonymous,  July 17, 2010 at 11:16 AM  

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [17 Jul 12:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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