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July 16, 2009

Half-Circle Embellishment How-To Video

Half-Circle Embellishments from Ali Edwards on Vimeo.

Cathy got me all jazzed up earlier this week with her Tuesday Tutorial. She's been guiding me through the process with some tips and tricks as I get video tutorials and keynote presentation files ready for my Big Picture class later this year. Feeling really thankful for her help and assistance

Today I decided to test it out with the program she uses called ScreenFlow. I've been "trial & erroring" all day and it's been fun to be learning something new again. There's a few things I definitely need to work on to improve (like not zooming the mouse all over the place, slowing down to be more methodical, and doing a better ending), but it's a solid start.

The Half-Circle Embellishments are available here through Designer Digitals.


[ click on the image for a larger view ]

Here's a look at the finished layout I showed last week in the Pages In Progress post. I ended up adding some "ing" words describing things she has been doing lately, scaling down the one of the large text circles and adding a third one, and including her initials and the year with acrylic embellishments.

Supplies: Katie Pertiet Letterbox Love; AE Baby 12×12 Text Frames; AE Remember Sentiment Stacks; AE Half-Circle Number Embellishments; Katie Pertiet Acrylic Alphabet; Patti Knox DIY Acrylic Alphabet


  • 1.
    mabel m said…

    Thanks for the tutorial Ali!, love that use for this half circle embellishments”

  • 2.
    Katie Adams said…

    Wow – you’re too hard on yourself! I couldn’t imagine anyone doing better! Thanks for generously sharing your knowledge.

  • 3.
    Erica Hettwer said…

    Nice job! :D

  • 4.
    Kim K said…

    So glad to see the finished layout! I love what you did (and that first shot of Anna is gorgeous, btw)!

  • 5.
    cathy said…

    Nice work, Edwards.

  • 6.
    Maureen said…

    Good for you for venturing into this. I LOVE video tutorials. Love them!
    My only suggestion is to do more zoom-ins onto the screen to show what you actually do – with those red circles that some designers use to highlight the actual drop down menu etc. The visual + the verbal really clarifies the process for most people. I’d also mention at the beginning that you are using CS4 as opposed to PE6 or 7.
    Can’t wait to see more!

  • 7.
    Sharon F. california said…

    well done. I am looking forward to taking yours and Cathy’s classes this fall!

  • 8.
    Heather S., VT said…

    I’m having trouble hearing your tutorial Ali. It may be my computer but other things appear to be playing fine. I’ve got the volume cranked and I still can’t hear you. Did anyone else have this problem or just me and my computer? Anyway, hope I get it figure out! Thanks so much for sharing it!

  • 9.
    Amy L said…

    Great video, Ali!

  • 10.
    wendy bretz said…

    nice video ali!

  • 11.
    Sharon in TX said…

    Good job, Ali. Nice to hear your voice again. CKU Stamford was a long time ago! And, Anna is getting cuter every day. My suggestion … can you change your mouse pointer to make it more visible?

  • 12.
    kristen said…

    coolio…can’t wait to try it!

  • 13.
    tchrtiff said…

    Very nice job. It will only get easier and better with more practice. Thanks for sharing.

  • 14.
    Shannon D said…

    It is so funny(cute) to hear your accent as you talk, I guess when I read your blog I don’t put an American accent in my head I guess I give you an Australian one – sorry! You did a great job. One thing I would like to know is how to move your image after you hae placed in in the mask if it is not quite in the right spot. From a very basic PS CS3 PC user. This idea helps so much, I am just a keep trying till it works type which can be frustrating. Thanks for sharing.

  • 15.
    TracyBzz said…

    Great video! You did a good job for your first time. I’m very new to PSE and I understood what to do.

  • 16.
    Shannon D said…

    I think I answered myself, after rewatching did you say you just use the arrow keys to move the photo around afterwards? Thanks so much for the recolouring too, I finally worked out I need to select keep opacity – little things make a big difference!

  • 17.
    jamaica said…

    It’s so great to hear you voice Ali!
    The video is great. I love the screen/voice combo. It definitely makes me want to learn something new as well. Hmmm, I wonder if I could start making DIY videos for work… : )

  • 18.
    Loretta Artful Yogi said…

    What a great pair you two are! Really enjoying the collaboration.

  • 19.
    Beth Holmes said…

    Great job! Also neat to hear your voice after reading your columns and blog for so long! I must rush right out and download these from Desinger Digitals.

  • 20.
    mandyb said…

    thanks for the video…. i too didnt expect your accent (kiwi girl from new zealand here)…. so NOT what I expected… how silly is that… we are so used to our accents… hahahaha
    love your products!!! and cant believe anna is 5months

  • 21.
    Angela said…

    I love the video. It was a great explanation of how to do the masking with your cute 1/2 circles. I wish I could see the screen a little larger so I could see exactly what you are clicking. I am such a visual girl that this is the best way for me to learn a program. You rock girl!!

  • 22.
    Victoria said…

    Great video, Ali. We all know you’re gonna produce great videos if Cathy’s guiding you through the process. Looking forward to taking both yours’ and Cathy’s classes in the coming months.
    My only suggestion… I would have liked to see you! Even just for a quick hello/intro, makes it a bit more personal, you know? Don’t worry, we won’t be expecting Cathy’s humour. No pressure.

  • 23.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    Great job on the tutorial Ali – she is such a button, it is hard to believe that she is already 5 months old. Wow

  • 24.
    Becky Swisher said…

    Love it…great job!

  • 25.
    Anna Aspnes said…

    NICE Ali!

  • 26.
    Christene said…

    Thank you both so much for sharing your awesomeness – these tutorials are just too cool, and now I get to be a teeny-tiny bit awesome, too!!!

  • 27.
    Jenny Alfonso said…

    Thank you for this! I can’t wait to see more. And Anna is such a beautiful baby! Seriously – she is soooooooo adorable.

  • 28.
    Tere said…

    Thanks for this tutorial.

  • 29.
    Danielle said…

    Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

  • 30.
    Dana said…

    Seriously hoping that video tutorials become a trend on your blog…so enjoyed it! Thanks Ali!!!

  • 31.
    Jackie said…

    This is funny so I had to share. I’ve been reading your blog/articles for years now, but I’ve never heard your voice. I’m an account manager so I’m on the phone ALL DAY LONG and when I started playing the video it was hard for me to continue watching it because I seriously thought I was listening to myself talk. Not necessarily the tone, although similar, but how you speak. Anyway, just one of those weird things.
    I have always enjoyed your approach and it’s let me scrapbook what I want, howI want, and tell the daily parts of my life. Much apprecaited!

  • 32.
    jen shears said…

    FAB tutorial- and as always, completely inspiring!

  • 33.
    Char Griffith said…

    Thanks for the tutorial. The only thing I can say is that my download for the half-circle elements came with a whole circle that was white rather than a half circle. Not sure why its different.
    Thanks for the tutorial! I hope you continue to do these. I love video tutorials. I just started using digital stuff in my scrapbooking so I love these type of tutorials.

  • 34.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Just sent you an email Char.

  • 35.
    Char Griffith said…

    Thanks so much! I appreciate the help. I love the half-circles and I am using them in a page I am making for my son’s baby album.
    Here’s a link to the post on my blog using them.
    I love your digi elements! Keep up the good work.

  • 36.
    Rachel said…

    Fun! Who doesn’t love a good how to. Gets me rev’ed up to do more digital. Thanks.

  • 37.
    Amy said…

    Thank you Ali for sharing this video – I hope we will see more video’s on here with your amazing digital skills! Beautiful layout

  • 38.
    noell said…

    Yeah, great job on the screencast, Ali. Loved seeing you do that. I use Screenflow also and I totally know what you mean about learning to calm down that mouse movement!

  • 39.
    anna said…

    cool ali. i’ve never heard your voice before and was excited to hear it! :) that may sound silly.
    anyways, great job! i can’t imagine being productive, teaching and vocalizing something intelligent all at the same time! :)

  • 40.
    Trisha said…

    Love the tutorial – but also love hearing your voice. I’ve never actually met you so I had this “imaginary” Ali voice playing in my head and to my pleasure it’s almost exactly what I imagined. I know that’s crazy to even bring up but its true. :)

  • 41.
    amber rae said…

    That was a great tutorial and very thorough. Loved that you shared the short cuts. It makes me want to go digital. After reading your blog for 4+ years it was cool to hear your voice.

  • 42.
    Kathleen said…

    I also can’t hear anything. Bummer.

  • 43.
    Abie Arcilla said…

    Hi Ali,
    Love your tutorial. Just a side note: in Photoshop when you’re joining the baby img with the half circle, you’re basically making a clipping mask (that when you see the circle icon as you drag a layer on to another). A layer mask is slightly different. Beginner PS user tend to mix the two and they get confused when it doesn’t work (“I thought I did a mask” is usually what they say), so it would be helpful if you could point out what type of masking you’re applying to the image.

  • 44.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Thanks for the clarification Abie :)

  • 45.
    Lisa said…

    I had to watch Anna crawl over and over, and show it to my husband. She looks like our babies (20 years ago!!!), and we have an Anna also.
    I don’t know the first thing about Photoshop, but have to learn. What you do is sooo neat! Do you know of a very simple, very beginners (on or off line) class/book??? Thanks. Lisa

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