Monday, June 30, 2008

How to post and link a Blinkie

I was recently asked by one of the ladies in a Cafe Mom group a question on posting blinkies. I thought I would write a quick tutorial on the subject... hope it helps someone out there!!
hese are the codes for MY blinkie, saved on my PC….

This one is linked to my GingerScraps site- store- forum etc...

This info is the codes for this blinkie. Linked to

Here is what the completed code will look like. You can use this code as an out line for any blinkie.... you can also grab this code as is and put it on you blog or in a sigi just because you love me hehehe :)

<a href="" target="_blank"><img border="0" alt="Photobucket" src=""/></a>

To make it easy, and to save the info.. copy and past this code outline to a note pad or word document and save it on your computer. Then you will know where it is, and you can easily change it by copying and pasting codes for any blinkie.

Here are two ways-

You can right click on any blinkie and save the image, upload it to photobucket (or whichever one you choose) and then copy the HTML code. Then change the first "http://…photobucket…" to your blog address to make the blinkie link to your blog. The second "http://…" is the actual photobucket image code.

One other way is to right click on any blinkie, and at the bottom of the pop out menu you will see properties. Click properties. A box will open with “Address” and “Image Location”. If Blog Address is empty or you can tell that it is not the proper address then go up in you address bar and copy and paste the address from it (assuming you are at the address you want the blinkie to link to.)

You can take this code (which is for my blinkie) and change the blog address (first http://) and the image location (second http://) to your own.

Again, this is what it will look like with my info codes for GingerScraps.

<a href="" target="_blank"><img border="0" alt="Photobucket" src=""/></a>

To post them on your blog, in blogger (which is what I use) You need to go to edit your Layout. Select to add page element. Then from the menu of options select
"HTML/JavaScript Add third-party functionality or other code to your blog." Then copy and paste any codes for blinkies there. I have my long list of codes each separated by a few spaces so if I ever need to change any of them I know where one starts and another begins...
You can also use this code for putting your blinkie in your signature in galleries and fourms.
(depending on the rules of the site you may or may not be allowed to link the to another site).
So go have some fun adding blinkies to your blog and or in your sigi's.
Happy Scrapping!

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Monday, June 23, 2008

How to install Layer Styles into PSE6

Hello Photoshop lovers:) Have you all tried to install any Actions yet??? If you missed my tutorial on installing actions in PSE6 go check it out. There is a section in the left side column titled “Links to helpful hints”; there you will find the tutorials I have written.

Today I am going to explain how to install Layer Styles into PSE6. I hope someone finds it useful, if you have any questions or I have made something unclear let me know and I will help you if I can. So here goes….

Installing Layer Styles or Fx’s

  • The first this you need to do is make sure all your folders are visible. To do this go to Start, My Computer, Local Disk (C), Documents and Settings, All Users.
    In the All Users folder go up to tools on the top bar, at the bottom of the drop down list is Folder Options- open that, Select the View tab- Look down and find "Hidden files and folders" select the bubble to "Show hidden files and folders"
    Select Apply- Now your Application Data and other folders will not be hidden.
  • Make sure Photoshop is closed
  • Download Style or Fx- (read my tutorial on Organizing your scrapbooking supplies)
  • Download, extract, and put into your "Extras" folder. (What is an “Extras” folder? Read my tutorial on organizing scrapbooking supplies.)
  • *The reason I put all my "extras" (brushes, actions, layer styles, ect.) into their own folder is, just in case something happens to my photoshop. If I ever have to uninstall it I will still have a copy of all my "extras" stored and saved in a folder. I can easily find them and reinstall them. *

Now that you have what you need downloaded, and in the "extras" folder with all your scrapbooking supplies, we are ready to install into PSE6.
This is a view of the path you
need to take to get to the Layer Style- Fx’s folder in PSE6

This is a screen shot zoomed in on the folder list- so you can see the path to the proper folder-

  • Have your “Extras” folder open and your Fx’s folder open.
  • In you “Extras folder” highlight the Fx’s or Layer Styles (hold down Ctrl key to select multiple items).
  • Once highlighted right click and select copy.
  • Select the Layer Style’s folder and go to Edit, Paste
  • This should paste a copy of the Layer Styles or Fx’s into the Layer Styles folder.
That is it your new Layer Style is now in PSE6.

The last step is to rename your Media Data Base file. I have read other tutorials where they tell you to delete this file altogether. I did that once and it messed up my Photoshop, I had to uninstall the whole program and reinstall it… it was a big pain!! So now I always just rename it. Here is a screen shot of that folder

Here is a screen shot of the folder path zoomed in

Here is a screen shot of the file to rename zoomed in-

As you can see I just rename the MediaDataBase file by typing "old" and the date on the end. Once I have reopened PSE6 and have it has successfully rebuilt the MediaDataBase I will go back and delete the "old" file.
That is it, you are now ready to play with your new Layer Style!! Have fun!! Ginger

*Look in the
section in the left side column titled “Links to helpful hints”, there you will find some links to a variety of Layer Styles and Actions that are of course FREEBIES for you to play with, I will update the list as I find new ones. So check back once in a while for new additions.*

"Extras" Free Layer Styles, Actions, Brushes ect...**UPDATED 7-3-08**

Here are a few freebies you can use to try it out. Go back to older posts and find the tutorials on Organizing, and Installing. You will be happy you did!! It is so fun to play with it all!! Some say they were created in CS3 but still work in PSE6… Give it a try. They are divided into categories.
Lots of GREAT goodies!! Almost all CU approved is -

Patterns or Glitter Tiles

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Layer Styles or Fx



Actions (atn. files)


Obsidian Dawn was my Friday Feature on 6-13 click here to read that post.
Or click on the image to go to Obsidian Dawn's site now.

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There is a tutorial in installing plug-ins at this site. It is very cool.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Help downloading in different languages

Just a quick post- Some people are having a hard time downloading pages in different languages. Here are some tips...
The best thing to do is get the translator button for your tool bar. I have Google and the translator button works GREAT!!
Here is a screen shot of the page g-riffic was having trouble with, once it is translated.

You need to type in the # code and click download.

The next screen shot is the next page that opens. It will count down seconds then the download will start. If the download doesn't automatically start click on the area you see I selected in red.
I also drew a red arrow pointing at the button on my Google toolbar so you can get an idea of what I am talking about.

Hope this helps!! Ginger


*Some freebies only last for 1 day... and depending on your time zone by the time you get here you might only have a short time to download. If you like something get it ASAP! You just never know some freebies last a long time and some expire very quickly. If you get to a page and the freebie is not there most likely it has expired.*