Many of our customers are new to digital and want to try it out but don't own a program like Photoshop Elements. I'm excited because I found a really easy way to show how you can change black digital stamps to color with a free program called Paint.net from Microsoft. I colored the lettering sample below and it took less than 2 minute but I left the last few letters in black to compare. We also have a printable 'How To Color Digital' Sheet Using Photoshop Elements below.
UPDATE: Yippee - I just tried and it also works with 'Paint' a program automatically installed on many Windows based computers. Check to see if you have 'Paint' and try it with a black design! Mac users can use Gimp. Click 'Edit Color's to change the hue of each letter. Be sure to save file with a new name - so you keep your original black design. See new example I just added.
Look at the color wheel - it's like having a giant rainbow of every ink! The Paint Bucket in Photoshop changes all the black at once. In Paint.net only design parts touching will change color, so see how I changed the color slightly before I touched a new word or letter with the paint bucket. If you don't own any editing software you may want to see my post: Best Free image editing software and low cost ink).
Here are some tips for using Paint.net to color stamps. You can left click it to make it big and right click to save to your computer but you simply open the color wheel and using the paint bucket icon to touch all the black pieces. It works best for designs like the sentiments above but I wanted to show you how I changed the color's on the rose and bird.
Here's a printable sheet with the same technique using Photoshop Elements.
Sometimes you have to play to see a good idea you missed. While working on a mini heart album this weekend I realized it would be great to have a red heart and a blank heart in the same shape as PNG files to use with this Heart to Heart Set. Cindy our graphic designer created them and everyone who has ordered this set has been sent the 2 new files and they are updated in our store.
I didn't love all my hearts printed on bright white paper in black ink, the white seemed so intense I kept adding more color. I do love color but I'm not a great painter and I don't want the hearts to over power everything else so I will finish the 3 below for another project. Weird, they don't look as white in this photo.
Here's mail heart stamp I changed to dark red and I printed the French heart on our cloud scene paper from CD # 3, Creating With Vintage Typography.
I like how the hearts look printed in different colors on various pieces of card stock but I still want to add some chalk and do a little watercolor painting with some Glimmer Mist
You have to see DT leader Vicki Chrisman's Valentine Pretties Post with some fabulous samples like the one she made with our Free Printable Valentine 10 Things I Love About...List. If you are looking for a quick Valentine packaging idea check out these cute goody bags Vicki created using our Be My Valentine Digital Art Stamps (which come in red and black)
How about this fun rooster card Michele Kovack also created using our
Farm Fresh Stamp Set (which I'm happy to say - we still have a bunch in stock).
DT Member Darlene Pavlick created this super pretty Set using our Valentine Digital Collection and some paper from our Radiant Paper Digital Set. I love the other teacup she has on her blog as well!
Elizabeth is a fabulous card maker who I was lucky to meet a couple of years ago when she came to see us at the Sewing & Craft Show. She has been busy the last couple of years after moving but I'm thrilled she is back creating beautiful cards like this one she made with our Art Blooms Stamp Set~
We are working on some amazing Easter goodies I will share soon. Plus we are going to start having more tutorials and I would love to hear any suggestions you have!
Wishing you joy and creativity
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