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  • That is a totally awesome tip!! I would have never thought to do that!

    August 18, 2010
  • liz

    This makes my little ocd heart happy. I am just as methodical with my “randomness”. Nice to know I’m not alone. Thanks for another bringing us another MIND-BLOWING walk tutorial. ♡

    August 18, 2010
  • thanks! love your tutorials! you´re not only a great designer, but also a great writer. nice to visit your blog!

    August 18, 2010
  • Stevie

    Oh my crap, you’re genius! My OCD/graphic/it-takes-me-twenty-freakin-hours-to create-a-layout-because-I-have-to-have-everything-positioned-just-right design aesthetic thanks you!

    August 18, 2010
  • Lisa (dlhoffer)

    I love this!!!! I always struggle with the urge to “line them up” too so I’ll be trying this out soon! Thanks for another fab tutorial :)

    August 18, 2010
  • Amy

    Oh- Thanks for the fabulous tip! I never thought to use a scatter brush as a template tool. I’m going to try this on my next LO!

    August 18, 2010
  • brilliant! love this!

    August 18, 2010
  • dana

    oh wow – this is genius! thanks for sharing :) i cannot wait to try !!!!

    August 18, 2010
  • Bonnie

    Well, I don’t have the ‘line it up’ problem, but I don’t care how random I try to make anything look, it doesn’t look right… I spend so much time nudging, haha Thanks for taking your valuable time to share this with us, very cool!!

    August 18, 2010
  • Lol — I am so “simple” I hardly use elements! But I do like little scatters of things :)

    August 18, 2010
  • heeee! You are a clever girl!

    August 18, 2010
  • I’ve been scrapping for close to FOUR YEARS and have wanted to randomly scatter in a more organized way!!! This is brilliant, dude!!! I’m gonna be flexing my RS (random scatter) muscles! :D Woooohooooooo!

    August 19, 2010
  • sue.falstaff

    I ♥ your approach to tutorials … not only do I learn stuff, but I you make me laugh out loud too!!! Thanks Peppermint. Hugs, sue.falstaff

    August 19, 2010
  • Now that’s a cool idea! I’ve used random scattered brushes before in doing paper design, but I never thought about using them this way. The really sad part? I can never just accept the random stroke the way it lands – I have to take the marquee tool and grab little spots that I feel would be SO much better if nudged over this way or that way. So my “random” is never actually truly random. :b

    August 19, 2010
  • I LOVE this!! almost as much as your shadowing tut. I can never seem to get my scatterings to look well, so nicely scattered…I can’t wait to try this! Thanks so much for sharing!

    August 19, 2010
  • Kait

    Thank you for sharing your scattering technique. I will surely give it a try!

    August 20, 2010
  • Ron

    Awesome idea to do it this way! And so much easier than just sticking stuff down and hoping that it will look random! Thanks for sharing this critical info with us!

    August 20, 2010
  • Chickie

    I must say that I really enjoyed your tute on throwing crap on a page… LOL! You made me laugh and taught me a great trick both at the same time, how awesome is that?! I also love that scattered look on a page and will be using this wonderful idea over and over again! Let that free spirit loose!

    August 20, 2010
  • sunny

    I was just sent to your blog by wild blueberry ink….I’m in heaven! Your tutorials are exactly what I’ve been looking for…thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with us! Consider me a follower!

    August 20, 2010
  • Leigh

    Oh my goodness! Thank you so much! My OCD side thanks you, too!

    August 20, 2010
  • Tracy Sarra

    Holy crap this is awesome Peppermint!! I love random scatters too, but I am also OCD about things lining up. I can’t wait to try this out!

    August 26, 2010
  • Thank you for this tutorial! I’ve come back to it at least three times and thought I should finally say something. :)

    November 26, 2010
  • Sherry

    This is a great tutorial. I am going to try it right after changing my undies because I laughed so hard at your “Throw Crap At The Page” tool! I beg you, submit it as a request to Photoshop if for no other reason than its entertainment value!!!!! Thanks for making my day!

    January 12, 2011
  • Thanks for the great tip! I can’t wait to try it out!

    March 11, 2011
  • omg… I am off to “throw crap at the page” digitally… thank you! I can never get scatters to look random… THANK YOU!

    LOVE YOU!!!!!

    – dalis

    May 27, 2011
  • whoa! i’ve SO needed this. I spend way too much time tweaking my scatters.

    June 06, 2011
  • LOL – I just laughed out loud, literally. This is brilliant! I love it and I love your writing style. Perfect!!

    July 13, 2011
  • You had me laughing out loud!! I love the idea of a “throw crap at the page” tool. No matter how hard I try to be random it just is NOT happening. Thank you for the tip! I use PSE9.

    April 08, 2012
  • Charlene Mitchell

    wow! You read my mind when you wrote this and I LOVE the idea of the ‘throw crap at the page tool” – that is hilarious!! Thanks for this great tutorial. I just found it now even though you wrote it awhile ago! Thanks for sharing

    September 05, 2013
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    December 29, 2013
  • Allison

    Snort… I know this is “old” but I’m so relieved that I’m not the only one who does it this way!

    April 24, 2014
  • OLD it may be, but I didn’t know and now I do, WONDERFUL, thank you.

    May 01, 2014

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