A question in my inbox:
Can I change the color of your wordarts from black to another color?
An answer from me:
Hi dear, off course you can change the color of my wordarts. Black is the default color that give you freedom to re-color it. Below are some of my favorite methods in Photoshop:

Recolor with Paint Bucket Tools
Open your image.
1. Choose a foreground color.
2. Select the Paint Bucket tools.
3. To fill only pixels contiguous to the one you click, select Contiguous. (leave Contiguous unselected to fill all similar pixels in the image)
4. Click the part of the image you want to fill.

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Fill Layer With Color
Open your image
1. Choose a foreground color
2. Choose Edit > Fill to fill the selection or layer
3. In the fill dialog box, use this settings. Click OK

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Apply an overlay layer style
Open your image
1. Click the Layer Style button at the bottom of the Layers palette and choose Color Overlay (or choose Layer > Layer Style)
2. Choose the color you wish (a dialog box will appear). Click OK
3. Click OK again

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Add a New Adjustment Layer
Open your image
1.Choose Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation. Click OK in the New Layer dialog box

2. Select the Colorized option.
3. Slide the Saturation & Lightness to the right first (whatever value is OK).
4. Than adjust the Hue slider. Slide those three sliders until you get the color you wish.
5. You can change the color over and over again by clicking the thumbnail

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Add a Clipping Mask
Open image.
1. Click ‘Create a new layer’ button at the bottom (or Choose Layer > New > Layer. Click OK in the New Layer dialog box)

2. Than choose Layer > Create Clipping Mask. You will see an arrow pointing to the layer below

3. After that you can either fill the layer with paint bucket or…..

4. brush with brush tool on the area you wish to recolor.

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Although I’m not a photographer I ALWAYS happy become a person behind the camera. However, this kind of happiness bring a bit difficulties when I need my face on printing and when I need a photo of me & DH as a “happy couple”.

I hire my daughter, Felicia, as my (family) photographer, recently. So far, she proof herself talented [* I am so proud of her*] , however, she need a lot of practice. Though the results are not good and imperfect, I’m quite satisfied. She captured my face as much as I captured her face. Those imperfect can be fixed with Photoshop help.

Below are “a happy copule” pictures taken at February 13, 2010 while we had Chinese New Year Dinner. The restaurant was full and crowded. The lighting was bad and mommy forgot to set the apperture/shutter speed appropriately.

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I choose one of them (picture with border) to use as my 2010 official valentine picture 🙂 with some help from Photoshop CS3.

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Not bad, isn’t it?
Now I have “a happy couple” picture which ready to use for scrapbook page, wall hanging frame, cards, desktop wallpaper, etc.
For those whose interest to know how I did it, I write it down below, step by step. [Click on pictures for larger view]

Step 1. Open the photograph. With the photo open, press Ctrl+A to Sellect All. Then copy the whole thing by pressing Ctrl+C. Close the photograph (Ctrl+W). Create a new document (Ctrl+N), then paste the photograph by pressing Ctrl-V. Give a new name(which by default will be called Layer 1) Original Photo

Step 2. Duplicate Original Photo. Give it a new name EDIT: STEP 2. Set the blending mode to Screen and lower the opacity to 60%.

Step 3. I add a new adjustment layer: Layer>New Layer Adjustment>Color Balance (see setting below).

Step 4. I add a new adjustment layer again: Layer>New Layer Adjustment> Hue/Saturation (see setting below), then set the blending mode to Screen and lower the opacity to 60%.

Step 5. I add a new adjustment layer: Layer>New Layer Adjustment>Color Balance (see settings below)

Step 6. Now, it’s time to handle the background.
I select all layers (except Backgorund layer), then press Alt+Ctrl+E. It will make a new layer in the top. I rename it with EDIT: STEP 6
Add one new layer above and rename it with MY BACKGROUND by pressing Shift+Ctrl+N. Then, I fill it with two tone color behind (Love those colors ^_^).

Step 7. Next go to Layer>Layer Mask>Hide All. After that, I pick Soft Round Brush in various size and opacity and begin to paint the mask with white color.

Step 8. Cropping the result from step 7, give a white frame around and adding a wordart makes my photograph looks GREAT. I also make a Black-White version, it works well with any scrapbooking papers. (Layer>New Layer Adjustment>Hue Saturation: Hue 25, Saturation 10, Colorize Checked).

Thanks for reading!!!