This installment of the Resource guide covers the Filter Ribbon and the various Effects available in Artisan 5.  Artisan contains several filters and effects that will allow you to apply decorative detail to elements on your pages or alter elements on your pages for creative effect. 

Most of the offerings featured in this section of the Resource Guide are Bright Ideas or videos and are considered Creative Know How.  They are broken up into several categories. Some of the offerings will be listed in more than one category, as people search for things in different ways.  We have tried to cross-reference as much as possible.

Note: Offerings that are available to the public are marked accordingly.  Most of the offerings featured below require a pixels2Pages Membership.   Members should log in to their membership before clicking any membership links.  CLICK HERE to become a pixels2Pages member and gain access to all of the offerings featured below. Clicking on the links without being logged in to a valid membership will result in an error message.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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FUNDAMENTALS

Core Training | Technical use of tools and functions in the software.

APPLICATIONS

Creative Know How | Creative Design and Practical Applications

Focus Section of Filters Ribbon

Filters Section of Filters Ribbon

Effects

User Frequently Asked Questions



Fundamentals

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Focus Section

The Focus section of the site features the Blur, Soft Focus, Sharpen and Cleanup buttons.   Over time, we will add offerings to the site which cover each of these buttons.

 

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Artistic Button

The Artistic button features the Diffuse Glow, Rough Painting, Oil Painting, Angled Spray, and Fractal Map buttons.  These buttons create stunning looks on photos, papers and embellishments.

 

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Edge Button

Give the elements on your pages an edge with these decorative edge actions.  The Edge button contains the Alpha Gradient, Soften Edges, Draw Edge, and 3D Edge tool.

 

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Distortion Button

Who knew that deliberately distorting an element on your page could look so good.  pixels2Pages’ signature technique – The Globe, relies on one of the tools on the Distortion button.  The Distortion Button contains the Vibrations, Rippled Glass, Ocean Waves, Old Glass, Water Drop, Sphereize, and Swirl tools.

 

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Surface Button

The tools on this button allow you to add visual interest to elements on your pages.  These tools are particularly helpful when you are working with elements filled with solid color or gradients.  The Surface button contains the Texture, Frosted Glass, Film Grain, and Mosaic Tile tools.

 

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Stylize Button

The tools on this button contain several tools that manipulate the color in your elements to create unique effects. The Stylize button contains the Emboss, Posterize, Palettize, Threshold, Single Color, Invert, and Show Edges tools.

 

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Mat Effects

Mats can be applied to any element on your page.  These offerings show you practical applications of the Mat effect.

 

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Shadow Effects

In addition to regular shadow that you can find on the Format Ribbon, you can also take advantage of Shadow Effects for an a truly custom look.

 

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Blend Layers

Blend Layers allow you to seamlessly blend two or more elements together.  In addition, you can use Blend Layers to strategically target areas of an element that will be blended.

 

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Mask Effects

The Mask Effect is one of the most versatile and commonly used effects.  It uses a clipping effect so you can apply decorative detail to elements on your pages by applying various levels of opacity.

 

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Miscellaneous Effects

There are two other miscellaneous effects available in Artisan: “Insert an old-fashioned effect” and “Insert effects from an art kit”. We hope to share an offering using these techniques in the future.

 

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User Frequently Asked Questions

Over the upcoming weeks, we will be watching our social media pages and emails for your frequently asked questions as they relate to filters and effects. We will then add those questions here along with a link to the corresponding answer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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