There are a few quick steps you’ll need to take to prepare your listing image for it’s eventual home – in this case, your Etsy shop. Once you get a lovely mockup purchased and downloaded and all set up (it’s like decorating a dollhouse – so fun!), then you need to think about saving the image to the correct size for where you’re going to use it. If it’s going on Instagram, it’s a square, and on Pinterest, probably a tall skinny image, but for Etsy there are some basic dimensions to keep in mind. Often I see shops creating an image that is kind of tiny, and then if a shopper clicks on the little magnifying glass in Etsy to see the image larger, it pops open in a little window but it is still tiny! The really polished shops create larger designs so they look beautiful at the small size, but the you can view them really big too. That’s what I’m covering in today’s post. You’ll learn an idea size to use for your Etsy listing and how to modify your mockup (works with any file, really) to fit that size.
Check out the video for a walkthrough, or scroll down to the transcript below. If you find this useful or have any questions or just want to say hi, drop a comment in the box at the bottom of the post. I love hearing from you!
Hey everyone, this is Sarah from Sarahdesign.com.
I want to show you very quickly how you can take a layered Photoshop file and re-size it so that you can use it for your Etsy listings.
You can see here I have one of my Photoshop mock-up designs. If I go up to Image, Image Size, and I can change it from inches to pixels. It’s 1920px wide by 1103px tall. The resolution is 72, which is what you always want for the internet.
We want to make an image that’s 1000 pixels wide by 800 pixels tall, because that’s a safe image size to use for Etsy. We go up to File, New, and we’ll change width to 1000, change height to 800. Hit okay. This is going to be our new document size.
Go back to the original. We want to Select All and then Edit. We don’t want to say Edit, Copy, though. That will just copy the layer that you’re looking at right now, so you might just get the background and you wouldn’t get the wine glass with a flower in your image. The trick here is to go to Copy Merged, and that basically takes a picture of your file as if all the layers have been flattened.
Then go over to our tab to our new image and you want to hit Edit, Paste. Make sure to have the arrow tool selected. We’re going to drag this over till it’s in a good spot where we like it. It doesn’t look quite right, you can hit Command T for transform. Go up to the corner and hold down shift option which constrains it to the center. You can show a little bit more of the table, makes it more interesting. Then double click in the middle and it applies your action.
There you go, that’s your new image size. You can save it out and upload it to Etsy, and you’re good to go.
Here’s a quick walkthrough tutorial, showing you step-by-step, how to use the Wineglass Mockup template in the video. There are so many variations you can create with this file. Check out the video demo to see how it works. I’m also running a special deal right now for early adopters. Note, that you do need access to Photoshop in order to use the file.
Want to spread the love? Share this with friends and family or post to Pinterest. If you use the file to style your shop, I’d love to see your before and afters. You can email me or post to Instagram with hashtag #sarahdesign
Hey, it’s Sarah from sarahdesign.com!
I’m going to run you very quickly through how to use this layered Photoshop file to get your design onto the wine glass.
Photoshop has a really cool function called a smart layer. What that means is that even if you have a weird curved surface or something that’s like a piece of paper lying on a table and you want to put your design on it, you don’t have to stretch your design all out of shape to squeeze it onto that object.
I’m going to open up this layer to show you where the Smart Object is. Go up to the wine glass layer, Wine Glass 1, and open it by clicking in the little arrow there. The top layer says, “Double-click your design here.” This is our Smart Object.
Double-click it. It opens up in a new tab as .psb file. What that means is that anything that you do in this nice upright square view is going to magically put itself onto the object that’s in the main file.
I can give you an example of that. Turn off the “Your Design Here” layer. We want to put in a design that you created in Silhouette. Let’s go grab that. I have one that I saved to my desktop.
Click File, Open. Go to the desktop, click snowflake.png, and hit Open.
We’re going to Select All, Edit, Copy, and we’ll just go ahead and close this window. Now we’re back in our .psb file. Click on the top layer and then hit Edit, Paste or Command V, and makes its own new layer.
Now, it’s much larger than the area that we’re pasting it into, so we need to zoom out and then take the snowflake and use transform to make it smaller to fit into the space. The keyboard command for zooming out is Command minus. Let’s do that a couple times. If you don’t remember that, just go down here to this magnifying glass tool, click on that. Then you’ll see in the upper left corner of the Photoshop window there’s a magnifying glass with a plus or minus and you just pick whichever one you need.
Now that we’re zoomed out, grab the arrow tool. Make sure that our layer is selected. Then, we’re going to hit Command T for transform. Put your mouse in the lower right corner of the bounding box window, click on it, and then hit shift and drag up to the left. That’s going to constrain your proportions and make your snowflake get smaller so it fits right into the space. Then, you unclick, hit return. I’m going to zoom back in so we’ll hit Command plus a few times. You can see a little bit better.
Always go up to your arrow tool between tasks. If anything is ever not working, go up and click that arrow tool. Grab your snowflake and drag it into the middle. I’m just going to eyeball it. The tab has a little asterisk here because we haven’t saved and that’s the important next step. You have to hit File, Save or Command S. That’s on the .psb file. Now go back to your main file. You’ll see the snowflake is right here right on the wine glass. Very easy.
When you first purchase this file, it’s going to be laid out exactly like this. You can save it right this way with the flower always there and the one single wine glass right in the middle. Or you could play around in the layers and set things up the way you want. I did create a second wine glass called Wine Glass 2. If you turn on the layer visibility, you’ll see it pop into view.
We could go in open up our Wine Glass 2 layer, and double-click the Smart Object for our second Wine Glass. In the .psb tab for our second wineglass, we can put our snowflake in there by hitting Command V (because it was still copied). Repeat the steps to re-size your design. Remember Command minus a few times to zoom out. Command T for transform, grab the bottom corner, shift, drag, let go, then hit Return. Command plus to zoom in. I do this seriously all day long at work. Make sure your arrow tool is selected. Grab the snowflake and drag it right into the middle of the screen.
Keyboard commands are your friend. They are so awesome!
You can always figure out what they are by just going up into the menus and seeing that it says there. Because then when you want to move quickly, it’s just great
We have to hit Command S for save because the asterisk you can see is sitting on our .psb tab.
Go back to our main design. We have another snowflake. It looks identical to the first one. Let me just show you how it’s different. If I go back into the .psb and change the color on that snowflake. I go down to the bottom, the layers color, there’s this little thing called FX so you can add Layer Styles. Click on that and hit color overlay. It already has white selected.
But if you needed to you just click inside the box to add your color. Once you pick your color, hit Okay. Hit save, Command S. Go back to your main file. You can see how the two wine glasses are different.
If at this point, you’re like, “They’re clearly not centered. I want want everything to scoot over in the screen,” you can hit Shift and select your layers. You just click on one layer and then you shift and click on the next layer and the next one. Then, go over to your main window and just click and drag all your stuff to where you want it to go.
You might be like, “That’s better. Now they’re lined up.” Or maybe you think, “That wine glass should go a little bit further in front.” You just grab and drag it over. Or maybe it should go way off to the right.
Maybe we need another flower. Let’s go ahead and turn on this other flower layer. See, now you have a little stack of things.
Just play around in here. There’s not really anything you can do to hurt it. Just always save a copy.
Make sure you save your main file that you purchased and then save a copy of it. Call it a trial and error copy. Save it to your desktop, play around.
You can also duplicate layers in here, like if you needed another wine glass. You could just right-click on the wine glass layer and hit Duplicate, hit Okay. I made an extra wine glass.
Now you have three. See, it’s so fun. It’s like I have a dollhouse that I’m decorating.
Turn off these extra layers. I wanted to just show you something really quickly. I have two flower layers in this file. Once says flower tucked behind glass. That is because I did a nice overlapping technique here. I’m going to zoom in so you can see. I’ll just grab the magnifying glass. Hit the plus. You can draw a square around the area where you’re zooming in.
You can see if I turn off the wine glass layer for a sec, there’s a little notch cut out of the stem of the flower. That’s why this is flower tucked behind glass.
I wanted the front leaves of the flower to be in front of the wine glass, but the stem to be behind. I had to just play around there to make that happen. I didn’t want you to have to worry about masks or anything like that. I also gave you a second flower layer that’s just loose and normal.
Turn off the flower tucked behind glass layer. I turn on flower loose layer and I hit Command minus to zoom out a few times. Go up in arrow tool. I can drag this loose flower anyway I want to go. It can sit right on top. It can go off to the side. Whatever you want to do. You can really have a truly custom design here without having to set up a photo shoot every single time. It’s super convenient and such a time saver, and it’s really, really fun! If you have any questions about the file or you run into issues, you can always shoot me a line here.
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I would really love to see how you use these designs in your shop!
If you are using these listing images to sell things, show me! Or share it with me on Instagram. That would be awesome. Speaking of Instagram, you can also save this file out use it in your Instagram feed or you could create Pinterest pins with it. There’s so many uses for this file. Seriously, just have fun with it. Thanks a lot! I will see you in the next video.
If you’re looking for unique, drop-dead-gorgeous fonts to use in your designs, look no further! I put together a handy infographic at the bottom of this post (pin it for later!) for you to reference next time you get a hankering for some font love
The “rule” with fancy cursive letters and calligraphy fonts is to not use them in a huge paragraph. They’re meant to have big impact with only a few words. Then the accompanying text should be simpler and complement the script font. If you’re using a thick brushy script, then try pairing it with a thin sans serif. It’s all about the contrast!
Some of this typography is so beautiful, it’s seriously like a work of art, all on its own. You can type out “Love”, print it on a poster, cut it out of vinyl, or etch it into glass, or any number of other executions. It looks amazing without doing anything more. Of course it’s fun to add a little something extra like some splatter shapes, or swirly drawings or leaves – my signature move!
I try not to spend too much money on business supplies, but these fonts are worth paying for. They aren’t actually that pricey and Creative Market often has bundle deals that are irresistible, so definitely watch for those. The ones featured here are all sold on Creative Market and some of my links are affiliate links so I do receive a small commission (no extra cost for you) if you buy, but I only recommend things I love, and I have purchased and used several of these extensively for my own work. You can’t go wrong with lovely fonts like these. Ready? Feast your eyes….
1 Bonjour, by Nicky Laatz. This brush script font looks amazing with a watercolor effect on it. I’ve used it for many of the printables in my shop. It is so pretty!
2 Catfish, by Groens. This one is so elegant and detailed. I feel like it has a history…a past. Not a sordid past, I hope, but definitely an interesting one 😉
3 Butterscotch, by Nicky Laatz. This one is delicate with a hint of roughness around the edges. It looks like it came straight from the quill of some lady in her manor.
4 Carried Away, by Sweet Type. This one is so sweet (how apropos!), it’s youthful and pretty and full of life!
5 Octavia, by AF Studio. Octavia is a sexy lady of a font. She knows how great she looks and she wears her beauty effortlessly.
6 Heart and Soul, by Nicky Laatz. One of my all time favorites! For some reason all these fonts seem like women to me and this is no exception. Heart and Soul has a motherly feel. Like she’ll comfort you with her warm embrace.
7 Featherly, by Joanne Marie. What a charmer! Featherly is well named with wispy – but not weak – qualities, and lines that drift off a little bit. Like she’s slightly distracted, dreaming of something beautiful.
8 Amelia’s Quill, by Nicky Laatz. More quills at play! This one seems straight from a lively young poet who possibly lives across the way from the manor where Butterscotch resides. I’d like to think they meet up for walks through the hedge-maze, sharing daring secrets that would shock polite society.
And there you have it! These fonts were like a time machine that launched me back to my late teens and early 20s when I read way too many romance novels…if there is such a thing as “too many” romance novels 😛
Do you use any of these fonts in your designs? Comment below with links to your work. I’d love to see!
Have you ever bought a font online and tried to use it in Silhouette Studio but it didn’t show up there? You’re not alone! I see questions like this all the time:
“I’m a beginner and want to start working on a project with this font I just bought but I don’t know what to do!”
“Help, I downloaded a font but it’s not showing in Silhouette – what’s wrong?”
The good news is that it’s not hard to make this work, you just need a few instructions and will be pulling your downloaded fonts into the Silhouette application in no time! I put together this quick video showing how I install a font on my Mac and use it in Silhouette. Take a look and let me know if this helped you. You can comment at the bottom of this post or on YouTube, or just send me a note through my contact page. If you can’t view the video right now, just scroll down to the transcript below.
Hey guys, this is Sarah from sarahdesign.com. Today, I want to show you how you can install a font to use in Silhouette Studio. I opened up Silhouette and I had typed in the word “Hello.” I didn’t really like my options available to me in the font style window. If I double click and highlight the word “Hello” and I go over into the right column where it says TEXT STYLE, I can see all my options for fonts. I can click through Abadi, Adobe Fangsong, Alex Brush. Not really happy with any of these.
I had downloaded some fonts earlier, and I’m going to install one of those which looks really, really cool. I’ll go ahead and save my file because the process of installing a font requires you to restart Silhouette. I’ll Save As and just save this to my Desktop, call it “Hello,” and hit OK. Then close Silhouette.
Navigate to your newly downloaded font folder, and you’re going to find the .otf file and double click on that.
That pops open a little dialog box to show you a little preview of what Caraka looks like. In the bottom right, it says Install Font. Click on that, and then your font book automatically opens and shows you that Caraka has been added. You can close your font book by clicking in the upper left corner on the red X.
Now on your desktop, double click that “Hello” file that you created earlier. Once that’s opened, you can click on your word “Hello.” Go over into TEXT STYLE. We can type in C-A-R and then it pops down the list to where Caraka is.
Now, click to select that, and it has been applied. I can click off to deselect. Cute font right?
It’s pretty easy.
The trick is that you have to restart Silhouette.
That’s a problem that a lot of people run into as they download and install a font and they have Silhouette open the entire time; they’re like “Where is it? It didn’t work. It’s not installing.” They don’t understand how to fix that. Now you know the trick.
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Here’s the third video (3 of 3) for the mockup tutorial I ran through on this pretty stock photo with the flower and wood sign. The focus here is on adding texture to your design so it looks like it’s very naturally embedded into the “scene” of the photo.
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Hey everyone, welcome back! In our last video, we brought in our welcome message and we created a Smart Object so that we could easily paste it right in. It looks pretty good.
But what would make it better is if we added some texture to it. One way we can do that is by bringing in a texture file and pasting it over top and using some functions in the layers palette to make it fit right in.
Go to File, Open. Then we’ll get to the desktop where I have this texture image.
Go Select All, then Edit, Copy. Then you can just close it, since we won’t need it anymore.
Go back over to your main image and hit Edit, Paste and that puts it right on top. You can drag it over and make sure it’s covering the entire “Welcome” word. It’s a little hard to see but if turn down the opacity by just dragging over top, you can make sure it’s covering all the areas. Turn the opacity back to 100 once you have it lined up.
Go over to your layers. See where it says Normal?
If you click on that you get a bunch of choices. You want to go down to where it says Screen.
Now it has made the texture all white. So it’s appearing over the top of this image but it also kept the shape of the square that the texture was, and we don’t want that. There’s a trick we can do to mask this. If you hover between the two layers, hold down Option, you get a little icon. Click, and it masks the texture inside of the Smart Object, which was the word “Welcome.”
Now you don’t have that big square shape. You can go back over to your layers and you can tweak the settings. You can make it darker or a little bit lighter- whatever you think looks natural. You could even change the color this at this point by going down to Effects. Click Color Overlay, grab whatever color you want to use, and hit Okay.
You’ll notice that when you use the Effects layer to add a color, the texture isn’t visible anymore. But there’s another way that you can keep that masking.
Unmask it by holding Option and clicking between so we can see that square again. If you go down to the Smart Object layer and you hit Command and click on the thumbnail, it selects just the words.
Go up to your texture layer, and then down in the palette where it says Add Layer Mask.
That makes a little masked area where it’s just showing the part that’s in the text, so that way you can still use your colors.
You can turn your colors on and off, or you could change this to pink if you want, but it still keeps the texture on it. There’s other things you can do in your Effects palette. You could pick a darker pink, which looks a little bit more natural. You can play around with all the things that are going on over in the Effects.
There we have it. Not too shabby. It’s pretty easy to add that texture and it looks a lot more natural.
I hope this was helpful to you. As always, remember that you can contact me with any ideas you have, or other videos that you would need. I want to know what you need to know.
What kinds of things would you like to be taught? Would type of imagery would you find invaluable for your Silhouette shop so that you can really stand out from the crowd?
Thanks so much for coming and watching. I will see you in the next video!
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If you can’t tell already, I’m obsessed with Photoshop Smart Objects. They are pretty much the best thing since sliced bread 😛 Haven’t heard of a smart object? Then check out the video. This “little” Photoshop function is an absolute game-changer in terms of working faster and smarter. You can almost entirely automate production of your listing images if you use these right. I’m here to help you! In the meantime, take a look and see if you learn something new
Hi, everyone. This is Sarah from Sarahdesign.com again. If you’re coming from the video right before this, you remember that we grabbed our image out of Silhouette and we brought it into Photoshop. We selected it and now it’s on its own layer, ready to go to be put into the scene. The next step in this scene is to make a smart object that is at the angle of this piece of wood so when we put our word “Welcome” in there, it’s not going to be just straight up and down. It’s going to fit right into this shape.
First step, whenever I’m working on an image like this is I duplicate my layer. You can do that by just dragging the layer down onto the little icon that looks like a piece of paper.
Turn off your background layer. You will have that handy in case you mess up this layer. Believe me, I’ve been there.
The next step is to erase the word welcome. This can be a little time consuming. We’re going to use our Eye Dropper tool to sample the color from the wood and then we’re going to use a nice soft brush to paint right over top of the wording.
If you need your brush to get bigger, you can just expand the size. A really great keyboard command is to use the left bracket on your keyboard [ to make it smaller and the right bracket ] makes it bigger. I use this constantly.
Now we have most of the painting done but it looks a little fakey around the edges so we can go over to the tools on the left and select this band-aid icon, which is the Healing Brush Tool. When you paint that between two areas where there’s a hard edge of color, the Healing Brush Tool will blend it together.
Hold down Option to sample an area that you’re copying over.
If you need it to be a little bit bluer, you sample from the blue area. If you need it to be a little bit more taupe, you sample from the taupe area. Sample back and forth until it blends in these edges.
Next thing you want to do is zoom out a little bit. We need to draw the shape in here that matches the angle of this wood. Pretend that this piece of wood was standing upright. It’s just a big long rectangle. We’re going to take our marquee tool and make a new layer and try and approximate the dimensions of what that piece of wood would look like if it was standing upright.
Go to Edit, Fill. It says background color and that’s fine. That’s going to give you a white background.
Now we can deselect by hitting Command D or by going to the Select menu and clicking Deselect.
Go over to the layer where this rectangle is. Turn it into a Smart Object by right clicking on the word where it says Layer 1 and clicking convert to Smart Object.
Go ahead and change the name to Smart Object. Now that it’s a smart object, we’re going to be able to stretch it all out of proportion, do crazy things to it, and it won’t hurt anything. Grab the arrow tool.
Whenever you’re in doubt about what’s going on, on your screen, just go back and grab the arrow tool. Handy tip from me to you.
Turn down the opacity so you’ll be able to see what shape to pull this into.
Then hit Transform. The keyboard command for transform is Command T. First we want to match just the tilt of the wood. Go up to the corner, and you’ll get these little curvy arrows. Tilt it until this line seems about the same as the bottom edge of the wood.
While this is still in place I can hold down Command and start dragging in the corners to try and line up approximately with that upper surface of the piece of wood, maintaining a nice width distance from the outside edge.
Grab these corners and move them around a little bit. Try to match the angle of the edges of the wood.Once it looks good, hit Return.
If we open up the Smart Object it opens up the new .psb tab as expected.
We want to put our welcome wording into there, then it will appear on our image. Go over to your screen shot file, make sure you’re on the right layer, and hit Command A just to select all.
Then hit Command C for copy. Go back over to your .psb file and hit Command V for paste.
Nothing has happened on our wood sign because we haven’t hit Save. That’s why this asterisk is here reminding us that we haven’t saved yet.
If we hit File, Save or Command S, the asterisk goes away. Now Welcome has appeared on our piece of wood! You’ll notice that we also have the white background color in here.
Go back to the PSB file and turn off the background layer. Hit Save again, go back to your main file, and now the background is transparent.
Scootch your wording around in the PSB file until it looks good on the wood, making sure to save any changes you make.
This looks pretty good. You could probably just go with this right now if you wanted to or you can take the extra step and make it a little more natural like somebody had rubbed over it with some sandpaper. That’s what I’m going to show in the next video. I will see you there!
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When I created my first video, I showed how to get your designs out of Silhouette Studio, into Illustrator to trace, and finally into Photoshop. But after asking around, I realized not everyone has Illustrator. I LOVE Illustrator and think it is well worth the money to add it to your installed software. It’s the best vector-editing program out there (as opposed to pixel-based like Photoshop) and so powerful. It’s ideal for Silhouette-based businesses too because you can create designs from scratch in Illustrator and save those into formats for pulling right into Silhouette Studio. And frankly…it’s just FUN! LOL!
For those of you without access to Illustrator, here’s how you can move your designs from Silhouette straight to Photoshop alone. Check it out!
In our last video I showed you how to get your designs out of Silhouette and into Photoshop by way of Illustrator as a middle step.
What if you don’t have Illustrator and you want to just use Photoshop for all of this? You can.
It doesn’t look quite as smooth as Illustrator does, but it’s doable for a lot of situations. Let’s get started.
Going over to Silhouette. I typed out the word “Welcome.” I made sure the fill was black and the stroke was black just like in our last video. I made it really big on the screen. Take a screen shot – Command, Shift, 4, and drag over the area you want to capture. It takes a little picture and saves it to your desktop as a PNG file.
In Photoshop open up the file that we just saved to our desktop. Go to your Desktop, grab the screenshot, and hit Open.
If we were in Illustrator, we could do that tracing function. Since we’re in Photoshop, what we need to do is we need to go to Select. There’s a handy tool here called Color Range.
We select Color Range, which gives you a little eyedropper. Click right on the black.
Have Selection selected and hit OK.
Now it has selected the word “Welcome.” Go to Edit, Copy, then Edit, Paste. Now we have a new layer up here.
Turn off the old layer.
If you want to see the details of the image, go ahead and make yourself another layer below and fill it with some bright color like red.
Go to Edit, Fill, and pick foreground color. Hit OK.
If you really zoom in it’s pretty bumpy around the edges, but I think it is good enough for our purposes.
In our next video I’ll show you the next steps of opening up our flower .PSD and creating the stage for where our new “Welcome” is going to go and how to make a Smart Object for this area.
I’ll see you there!
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I’ve seen many new Silhouette business-owners struggling with the topic I cover in this video – how to export a design out of Silhouette and import it into Photoshop. Many people are wondering if you can convert your Silhouette files to PSD or SVG format or if you need special software or PDF printers or if there is some hidden way to do it.
There is no “secret” or hidden way of getting your designs exported. Silhouette Studio Designer Edition (or non-designer edition) is not built to export files to Photoshop. However, it can be done! The first method I’m going to share does require you to have both Photoshop and Illustrator but I cover how to do this without Illustrator in a more recent video – don’t worry! I recommend the Illustrator method first though and always for imagery that requires really crisp smooth edges.
If you have another program that uses vectors like Illustrator does, let me know and I’ll put together a tutorial on that as well! You can add a comment below, or ping me through the contact form on my about page.
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I’m going to show you how you can take your designs from Silhouette and create beautiful listing images of those designs for your Etsy shop.
You’ll be able to use this psd file, which is a Photoshop file, to easily and quickly create many future iterations of your designs on particular products.
If you have a bunch of different styles of monograms that you sell on mugs, then you’ll save this image and you’ll be able to put every new design in here super quick and easy using Photoshop Smart Objects.
Let’s get started.
Go over to Silhouette Studio. I went into the library and I picked an image just for purposes of this project. We’re going to zoom out a little bit, and shrink this down by dragging from the corner and holding Shift + Option which makes it fit right in the center. Then we can open up the sidebar here and change the fill color.
We’re going to want this to be black fill with a black line. You just need the highest contrast for this project. Then, essentially, what we’re going to need to do here is take a screenshot. We want to zoom in to make it nice and big. Then, the keyboard command to take a screenshot is Shift, Command, 4 on a Mac. Then, we’ll drag it over the area to take our screenshot. Then, let go and you’ll hear the little camera sound that means this is saved to the desktop now.
Next step is to go over to Illustrator, go to File, Open, navigate to the Desktop, and the screenshot is right there. We’re going to open that and bring it right in. It fits really nicely into the space so we don’t even need to shrink it down. From here, while it’s selected, there’s a button (at the top of the screen) called Image Trace. Click on that.
In a second you’ll see this area changed. Now there’s a button here that says Expand.
We’re going to click on that. All right, I’m going to click off just so I can show you something. The arrow tool that I have right now is, this white arrow tool.
If I hover over that, you can see it’s the direct selection tool. The black one is just the regular selection tool. We do actually want the white tool, so I want to make sure that if you’re in here, this is the one you select.
If you use the black tool, it’s going to select everything, including the bounding box that goes around the outside. If you select the white one, you can go right in, pick on the black, and it’s just going to get the actual image.
While this is selected, I’m going to just drag it out of the way for a second. Then, what you can’t see here is there are some invisible things left behind. I’ll just mouse over the area and you can see there are some shapes in here.
Essentially, what I need to do is drag over this whole area, just select everything that’s in there, and hit Delete. There’s a little stray line off there to the right, so I hit Delete again.
We should be good. We’ll go back and we’ll drag our picture right back in. Then, all we need to do is hit Edit, Copy, and go into Photoshop, open up the layers tab, (if you can’t find it, go up to Window, and click on Layers, or hit F7). In your Layers Pallette, there’s a Layer here called “Double Click Me”
This is our Smart Object Layer. When we double click on this little square, which we call the Thumbnail Image, it’s going to launch a new tab at the top which will be in a .psb format.
I double clicked and here is that .psb tab that appeared.
Right in here, there’s a white layer, but I’ve just turned it off, because we want to be transparent, otherwise we’re just going to get a big, white rectangle on our mug. Make sure your image is selected … well it’s turned off, but you can just hit Paste, so that will be Edit, Paste, or Command V. Choose Smart Object from the dialogue, and hit Okay.
It’s a little bit too big, so we’re going to hold Shift, and drag it in, and hold Option. It will drag it from more of a central way. Then, hit Return. You can see on the upper right of the tab, there’s an Asterisk. That means you have not saved yet. If you were to go back and click on your first tab, the main image is still blank.
That’s because you haven’t saved what you just did in your.psb tab. So, go back there, and then we’ll just hit File, Save, and then we’ll just go back to the first tab again.
There you go. It’s right there in the image and it’s as easy as that.
Just imagine that you have a dozen new design ideas and you’re thinking, “Oh, I have to list all of these in my shop. It’s going to take me forever to take pictures of them all. ” You don’t have to do that.
You can just take your designs right out of Silhouette, and through this process, get them into Photoshop, and then use your template image to create beautiful listing images that make your shop look fantastic and help you sell like gangbusters.
I used to be afraid of sewing machines. Not that they would come to life and chase me down the hall or anything – ha ha! No, just afraid that I couldn’t use them and would never learn how! I took Home Economics in school as a child just like everyone else and managed to sew a simple pillow that I stuffed and stitched up by hand. And I used to watch my Mom sew entire outfits for herself, plus tons of dresses for my toddler-self But no matter how many times she tried to teach me to thread her sewing machine, I could never do it! In retrospect, I think it was because my Mom’s sewing machine is an ancient dinosaur and just harder to thread than new machines. Over the years, I’d look longingly at other people’s lovely sewn creations. Cute blankets, skirts, suits, and hemmed pants, but it was all such a mystery to me how they could do that!
Fast-forward into my adulthood and married life and suddenly I had two little girls. How could I have two little girls and not learn to sew? There’s just no way! Plus there were all those ugly throw pillows on the couch just *begging* for new pretty coverings. So I challenged my fears and asked my husband for a sewing machine for Christmas. I knew I was pretty likely to get it because he loves buying electronics of all kinds and bonus…he’s an awesome researcher! Who better to task with the job of finding me an “easy” sewing machine for an affordable price?
My plan worked perfectly and I got that machine 😉 He had to help me figure out how to thread it, and sew a few simple straight lines but that’s all it took. Then it was just me, my machine, and YouTube on my iPad every night upstairs! So fun. I can’t believe I waited so long to learn this wonderful skill! I am still no expert, and I don’t know how to read a pattern, but I can follow a video tutorial like nobody’s business! And I’ve learned to figure some things out on my own. I’ve deconstructed a few items and roughly drawn out my own “patterns” on fabric to make simple things. Plenty of stitches have been ripped out and many, many mistakes were made, but I LEARNED!
I’ve made more little girl skirts than I can count now and I love it. I’m pretty proud of my new skill. It’s funny because when I first started sewing I created a board on Pinterest called “Must learn to sew someday”. Just this last year I finally changed the name of that board to “Sewing”! Not clever, but a huge step for me 😀
This post isn’t about little girls’ clothes but it is about something else I love; upcycling. It’s so rewarding when you take something that’s not quite right and alter it to be something really special and one-of-a-kind. The story behind this sewing upcycle starts with some pillowcases at Bed Bath and Beyond marked down to $10 for a pair. They were sized for a regular bed pillow, but looked like they could be adapted to the size of a small square throw pillow instead. Namely, the throw pillows on my couch! I wished they were a tiny bit cheaper but the embroidery was so pretty and such high quality that they still seemed like a good deal. Aren’t they cute? Pardon the carpet-photo, I’ll take better shots in the day outside. I’m always posting at night – darn it!
On that same clearance rack I found an off-white sheet that had a drink spilled on it, marked down to $3. I figured if I couldn’t wash out the spill there was still plenty of good fabric there to be worth the money. So I snagged that too. Good thing because I ended up needing to create a lining for the pillow cases and it was the perfect color. Incidentally, the drink stain washed right out so I ended up with a whole perfect sheet for a measly three bucks. Score!
Another handy thing about these shams is that the back was already set up with an overlapping envelope style opening. So that saved me the extra step of hemming those edges. I just cut off one end of the sham and hemmed up that side, being sure to keep a nicely centered opening in the back. I also trimmed the other three sides and hemmed those for a neat, even, perfectly sized case.
I’m loving how these came out, and my daughter loves it too. She’s sleeping on one of these lovely pillowcases right now. What better testament to a job well done?!