I heard some alarming news on one of my blogging networks last week. A blogger had posted they participated in a blog hop and after leaving a message on someone’s Facebook timeline asking for a follow back and/or to like their page, their Facebook account was suspended for thirty days! To be fair, I do not know this person, nor am I familiar with their Facebook activity, so I can not be sure of the actual reason for suspension. However, for the sake of this post, let’s explore the possibility that it was related to their timeline post.
March 31, 2013
March 28, 2013
I’ve got a little something different for you today! Customizable photo bookmarks! The template is a .psd file and can be opened in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. It is an 8.5 x 11 inch wide template and includes 4 different designs. Each bookmark contains frames for 3 images to be inserted into. The images of my samples were printed on HP 8.5 x 11 premium soft gloss photo paper. I recommend using photo paper for best results as you want them to be thicker and more durable than your standard paper.
March 27, 2013
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March 23, 2013
You've got to check this out...the new Vera Bradley Collection from Tiny Prints.
You know Vera Bradley for their colorful bags, totes, luggage and more. They are known around the world for their dazzling colors, playful patterns and stylish designs.
Now, you can buy stationery with Vera Bradley-inspired designs from Tiny Prints. Check out some of the awesome designs below.
March 21, 2013
You know when my bloggy life changed? The day I realized I should be using html to insert my images into posts.
I was having some major issues with the insertion of images into my posts. Whether I used my hosting server (Blogger) or blogging tool (Windows Live Writer), the image quality always suffered. It used to drive me absolutely bonkers! There is nothing worse than spending the time to process a beautiful image just to have it be compressed during insertion. The scary thing? I was even resizing my images and saving them as maximum quality .jpgs thinking it would make a difference! You would think resizing them would negate the servers necessity to decrease the image file. Unfortunately this is not the case and they were still being compressed. Do you know what happens to an image during compression? Pixellization (I promise, it’s a word). In a larger image, the pixels are difficult to see since there are more of them and they are smaller. With compression, you start to lose pixels and they become larger (and more visible). This usually results in a block type appearance which can be confused as an out of focus image. And let’s face it, there is nothing worse than a blurry/fuzzy image especially when your subject is a person. Is it too much to ask that my blog readers see the beautiful, crisp, un-pixelated (okay, I’m not sure if this one’s a word) images I see in my photo editing software? I don’t think so.
March 20, 2013
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March 17, 2013
Are you looking for a quick and easy way to make eyes in your images pop? If so, I have a great video tutorial for you today!
Duration: 11 minutes
Software: Photoshop CS6
Touches on the following topics:
- duplicating layers
- dodge/burn tool
- layer opacity changes
- using filters (unsharp mask)
- creating layer masks
- inverting masks (to reveal effects)
- brush tool (using white to reveal)
March 14, 2013
As I sit here typing this post, my little one is using the Talking Tomcat 2 phone application. For those that aren’t familiar with this application, it is a freaking riot! It allows you to talk to an animated cat that will repeat everything you say in a munchkin type voice. I think my tot thinks she’s having a two sided conversation with it when all it’s really doing is just copying her. She keeps telling it everything she is doing. As funny as the application is, though, I wouldn’t recommend it to children of all ages.
With the touch of a button you can make a dog come into the room and, how can I say this nicely, release gas as the poor cat rolls his eyes and grabs his nose in disgust. If that’s not enough, it also promotes some serious violence. You can tap him on different parts of his body like you are hitting him. Sometimes, depending on how hard you tap the screen, he can be knocked out. Other buttons include having a dog hit the cat with a pillow and smashing a cake in his face! With all that said, this is NOT one of the applications I am recommending to the younger kiddies but for the older ones and adults out there that could use a laugh, you’ve got to download this immediately!
March 13, 2013
March 12, 2013
I don’t know how you prefer your images, but I usually like mine to have a lot of contrast. I’m not talking about so much that the whites and blacks in the image have lost their detail, but I do like to make the shadows and highlights really pop!
Then there are times that I just want to tone everything down. Do you ever feel that way? It was taking me awhile to figure out why I wasn’t completely happy with the processing of an image but then it was like a light bulb went on over my head and I was certain of the look I was going for! I know toning can mean a different things when it comes to photography so the type of toning I am speaking of is when the overall colors/shadows/highlights of the image blend together to create a smoother appearance. I guess the opposite of the toning I am speaking of would be less contrast.
March 11, 2013
I know what you’re thinking. Have some freakin’ instagrams right? I’ve been having fun with some new phone applications! It’s funny that even with all the new applications I’ve tried, I still revert back to Line Camera. It has so many great features and I find myself using the clear effect on almost all of my phone pictures. It’s great at boosting the quality of the image especially for people that have, excuse my language here, CRAPPY phone cameras! If you are interested, some other great camera applications are:
March 10, 2013
No problem. Since I’m always creating storyboards/collages for my readers, I thought it would be fun to share my knowledge so that you can create your very own! It’s actually pretty simple. My recommendations for viewing this video tutorial at its maximum quality are:
1. Make sure the volume is up on the video.
2. Make sure the volume is up on your computer.
3. Change the viewing quality to 720p HD (the first button/icon on the bottom right side of the video).
4. Use the large player on YouTube (the fourth button/icon on the bottom right side of the video). Viewing at full screen tends to look a little blurry/fuzzy.
March 7, 2013
Can I get a “HELL YEAH”?
I have a little something different for you today. I recently made a chicken recipe for the family this past week and it came out great! After searching my Pinterest boards for the pin, I realized that apparently it didn’t come from there. And the sad thing is, I have no idea of the source to give credit. From my print out, however, it does read:
“I adapted this recipe from The I heart Trader Joe’s Cookbook”. So, I guess that’s a little something. Of course I don’t know who the original poster was. It’s way too good not to share though, so here it is:
See. I told you I’d be posting another video tutorial. I’m proud to say this one is only 20 minutes long! I improved by a whole 10 minutes! Go me! In case you missed my last video tutorial, you can find it HERE. Before I leave you, I have a few recommendations for viewing this video at it’s maximum quality.
1. Make sure the volume on the video is up (second icon/button from the right at the bottom of the video).
2. Make sure the volume on your computer is up.
3. Be sure to view in 720p HD (second icon/button on the left at the bottom of the video).
4. Viewing it with the large player, instead of full screen, comes in more crisp & clear (fifth icon/button on the left at the bottom of the video).
March 5, 2013
A wordless Wednesday in Instagrams! Image descriptions don’t count as words do they?
From left to right:
1st row – Livi sleeping on Daddy (and hiding from Mommy). She didn’t want her picture taken anymore. / Livi with Nana playing with her toy cupcakes (but she calls them muffins). / Someone bought these beautiful flowers for my sister.
2nd row – My beautiful mommy. / My nephew’s birthday cake. / A lighting fixture I happen to love! (Yes, random, I know).
3rd row – My girl Carrie from Sex & the City (did it really need explaining)? / Hungry hungry hippo. / Patching Livi’s eye before bedtime.
I was doing the laundry the other day and Livi happened to spot a hat on the shelf above my washing machine and dryer. It was a hat shaped like a birthday cake with one candle sticking out of the top and read “fun to be 1”. Yeah, I had bought this for Livi’s first birthday. Of course, then, it was a tad BIG for her little noggin so she wasn’t really able to wear it. Now at the age of 2 1/2, it fits perfectly. Not even tight either. She absolutely loved it! When I tell you I couldn’t get her to take that hat off, that would be putting it mildly. She didn’t even want me to touch it. It didn’t matter if she had it on backwards or not. She walked around the house singing birthday songs, telling me it was her birthday, and that we were going to a party! That hat entertained her for the entire day. I’m lucky I got it off before I put her down for the night.
March 4, 2013
I’ve received some inquiries about how I am editing my photos and I’d love nothing more than to share my process with those that are interested. Of course, this was my first time recording a video on my computer so it was quite the experience. And can I be totally honest? I sort of hate the sound of my own voice on video. I feel like it doesn’t even sound like me. Also, I apologize in advance for the background noise. I recorded in complete silence but for some reason my video contains a little white noise. I’m not really sure what it is. All I can think of is that it may have been caused by the microphone. It is also a whoppin’ 30 minutes long. I know what you are thinking. Boy what a snooze fest. I didn’t mean to go on and on and on but let me just tell you how easy it was. Seriously, I had more to say. Thank heavens I chose to leave some things out. I also tend to be a little repetitive, but I wasn’t sure how familiar with Photoshop my audience would be so I wanted to be sure to be thorough. Anyhow, here are few pointers to view the video at its best quality.