Hey sublimation geeks! Here is part 2 of the video series.

If you didn’t see the last video, or if you’ve forgotten what it’s about please check it out here. In order to sublimate, we have to have a design to sublimate. But in order to design something, we’re going to have to get some sort of design program and learn how to use it. This makes some of us very nervous.  But it’s okay: Photoshop Elements is here to save the day! PSE is a great stepping stone with a one time fee that works great for those of you just wanting to very nice designs but without the headache of learning full version Adobe Photoshop. On top of that, the skills you learn in PSE are easy to transfer to other design programs should you decide to upgrade one day. It’s a win, win all the way around.

Some of you might be wondering why you can’t just pull nice designs from the internet and use them to sublimate. There are two potential problems with this method: one, you don’t get any control over your designs, and two, you might run into some copyright issues. If you want to be sure that you don’t get into trouble, look up ok for commercial in google images or try Etsy.com.

In the last video, I went through a tutorial on how to make a nice design. I used the word “Arizona” and then filled it with a picture of mine I had of a sunset when I was vacationing in Havasu with the family. I also showed how to apply a gradient to background with gradients and how to make them. Here, I talk a little bit more about clipping masks, how they work, and how to enable as well as disable them. I also talk about clipart and making shadows!

Let me know what you think in comments love to hear your feedback.