Hello! hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the start of the week! I'm excited to be kicking of our 6 weeks of amazing tutorials, discussion and challenges, sales shopping & prizes!!!! !!!! Learn more about it HERE- This week's subject are Blending Modes, Using Masks and Brushes to make your pages even more awesome. We have two great video tutorials from our dear Anne of Alamo which you can find HERE for the Blending and HERE for the Brushes. As one of Anne's tutorial videos has an extraction, I thought I bring here what we learned for out Slow Scrap Chat on the subject, in case you didn't happen to see it and would like to learn more. To help you out we also have the whole of the two categories all at 25% OFF this week. In these categories you will find all masks, brushes, overlays, borders, painted elements and more. You can find all Brushes HERE and also the Overlays and Borders category HERE this week- I love extractions and use them often, but we all know it can be tricky at times with flowing hair or very busy backgrounds, non color contrasts and many other issues one can find. To me, the most important thing is to find a photo where the background is a very different color to your subject, it will always make your life easier. Then there are tricks for when the extraction isn't perfect: adding a line to the figure, making it into a sticker, helps a great deal! Also, an extraction does not always need to be super clean cut...there are many pages I have done with fun tones, lots of comic book type papers and brushes which will allow you to have a less than perfect extraction: instead of cutting along the lines of the person/figure/thing, you just cut with borders of the background, and then add a line to make it into a super fun sticker!!!!! First of all here you have some tutorials to help you out in case you would like to have a look: and a tutorial (though a bit old) from our very own amazing @jk703 http://thetypativescrapper.blogspot.co.uk/2011/06/extractions-sweet-and-simple-basics.html http://www.digitalscrapbookinghq.com/use-masks-photoshop-elements/ Here is a video for Craft Artist Professional for those of you who use it! I hope these proves as useful to all of you as it did for us last week! Let us know if we can help you with anything else!