Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Morning all! Trish here today to bring you my trick to keeping those blue skies blue in your photos after editing.
Now, I do a lot of editing to my photos… I do mean a lot. lol I like my photos to match what I want to work with (as demonstrated here). But even when I’m not playing with the colors of my photos or doing something drastic to them sometimes after doing basic editing my skies are no longer blue. This happens a lot to my summer outdoor pictures, because I don’t know about where you live, but here in the southern United States our clear summer skies are generally a more washed out super-pale blue to begin with.
Here’s an example from yesterday (no it’s not summer anymore, but again southern US – it’s just now thinking of becoming fall lol). This is the original SOOC (straight out of camera) picture:
And here it is after just some of the most basic editing I do (which I don’t plan to leave it at for my page anyway). Already I’m starting to lose my blue skies.
After my next set of edits (which I did with actions by the talented Sarah Cornish of My Four Hens) my sky is even less blue. For the most part this is the effect I want the picture to have for my layout, but while I like the vintage look I’d prefer my sky to be more bluish than it currently is.
So, I’ve seen lots of tutorials on fixing skies in photos, but truthfully, they either confuse me or as soon as I learn them I forget how on earth I did all the steps, or how to do the steps. Even going back and re-reading them I’d get confused, so I figured out an easier way to do it. Here’s what we’ll do:
Open both your edit and your original photo in one work area. Duplicate the edit and order your layers like this Edit>Original>Edit like so:
Now take a soft eraser brush and go over the sky in the top Edit layer being careful to only get the sky.
Now that is much too blue for the rest of the picture. It might seem quicker to adjust the opacity of the eraser instead of going through these next steps, but by just using the eraser at the opacity of 100%, it gives you more room to adjust and play with the blue level without having to keep repeatedly erasing the sky.
What you will do is select the Original layer and you can lower the opacity on that to however much you want to get that shade of blue that you really want. I lowered mine to 25% so that it’s blue, but not too blue.
Now to finish it all I’ll scrap my page! I used primarily French Countryside though there are touches of a few other kits.
Well, I hope y’all enjoyed that and find the post helpful! Don’t miss tomorrow’s post with a little romantic inspiration!
Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized
Monday, September 13, 2010
It’s Trish and I’m back with a new blog post!! I’ve had to miss my last two blog posts due to some health issues, but don’t worry I have them typed up on my computer ready to be posted at another time.
Now, for once I’m not on here telling you how to do something. As much as I love doing that, I’m still not quite up to all that. Today we’re going to talk about your scrapping environment. One of the things I remember most about my art classes was my art teachers stressing to us to love where you work and to fill it with things that inspire and motivate you. In the age of laptops it is so easy to just pick that computer up and move it with you wherever you want to scrap. Don’t get me wrong, when I had my laptop I loved doing that. I could go outside and scrap, scrap at school, scrap at my mom’s, just scrap wherever I pleased. But even then I had one main place I scrapped. Most people also have one main place they scrap, be it at a desk, on the couch, in a comfy chair, in bed, or even in the kitchen. It’s just that one place where we automatically plop down and get to scrapping.
My place is my desk in my corner. And man oh man, I love my spot. It’s full of things that when I feel down, or stumped I can look around at them and gather inspiration, happiness, or motivation.
(Yeah, it’s messy – but I’m messy and flourish in chaos. lol)
My corner is in a corner of my living room. I can easily keep an eye on the kiddos from here and scrap away without feeling like I’m losing quality time with my family.
As you can see I have a lot of stuff surrounding me while I scrap. But except for some of the junk on the desk and on top of the boys craft trolley (the purple thing) I specifically pick what all surrounds me. I have my inspiration shelf, my craft spot, and my motivation. This is the happiest corner of my house for me. I’m surrounded by things I love and that bring me joy and pride. I’ll give you a little background on some of the stuff and why it got the honor of being in my happy spot.
This is my shelf full of things that inspire me. The most important thing is Zach’s picture. He came in second place in the K-4/Kindergarten division in his school’s art contest with that picture when he was in K-4. He was so proud of it and I was so proud of it. It has to actually be one of my most prized possessions in my entire house. Now, I don’t practice Buddhism, but I have quite a collection of Buddha figures. Something about them has just always made me smile and brings me peace. The collection started with a set of two large green Buddha’s my husband’s grandmother gave me that she had had a long time, and over the years John and I just pick up random Buddhas that make us smile when we see them. Also, you can see part of my huge fairy collection. The two featured on my shelf are from my grandmother who bought them because she said they reminded her of me. (They each have orange hair. lol) Two of my favorite pictures from my childhood are on the shelf. One is of me and my grandfather. He died when I was 13, but before he passed he was the grandparent that I was closest too. We would spend whole weekend wondering around thrift shops, old bookstores, going to the movies, or just going and being together. He always encouraged me to do and be whoever I wanted… even if it meant he would go out in public with me wearing the most tacky-awful outfits ever. The other picture of me… well it is just so me. lol I’m very full of myself. And I do mean VERY. When I get to feeling down or like I just have no talent I look at that picture and remember that I can do anything, and not only can I do anything, I’m also awesome at what I do. The picture of John and I is old. It’s from not long after we had Zach and we were 17 and everyone kept telling us how we would never end up staying together. I look at it and smile for the man I love and gloat over proving all those people wrong. The award is from my senior year of high school. I was voted the most artistic and creative person in the school. And lastly my Max and wild thing. I love the book “Where the Wild Things Are.” I can recite you that book. lol That statue makes me think of my own wild things, and they are my ultimate source of inspiration.
I love this picture. I drew this my senior year of high school. It’s not my best piece of art work at all, but of everything I’ve made this means the most to me. It was so difficult for me going back to school my senior year after having Zach. Most of my teachers thought I shouldn’t have come back, and that by doing so I was depriving my son of my attention, that I should be working so that I could financially support him, and that there was no way I could keep up with my responsibilities at school and a baby. I’m more than delighted to say I proved them all wrong by not only finishing the year, but by graduating with the best grades I had received in my whole time in high school. It took me forever to do that picture. Between homework and baby, art definitely took a back seat. But I did finish it, and reminds me that not only am I a awesome mom, I can do what I put my mind to.
My Crafty Zone:
The only way I get crafty now (other than digi scrapping) is by knitting. Very very very slowly. lol I’ve had to move my knitting stuff to where I can see while on the computer because I found out if I had it elsewhere, I forgot about it. This way I always see it and can remind myself I have more stuff to do that just scrap.
Now, I’m not saying you’re scrapping area needs to be chalk full of junk like mine. lol Just look around where you scrap and think about what you see. Think about things that might motivate/inspire you to scrap, and try to get some things around you that will help you. Even something as simple as picture of your kids or grandkids or pets that you can look at from time to time that remind you why you scrap will help.
Take a picture of where you scrap and make a layout with it telling us why you scrap where you scrap! It’Ll be fun to see where everyone works.
Have a great day, Lu will be back tomorrow with a fun product spotlight!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Good morning!! :)
Trish here, and I am super-to the-duper excited to bring y’all this week’s LOTW! I’ve literally been waiting all week so I could do this. Each day I picked my favorite page added and then on late late Friday night (ok truthfully, early this morning) I picked my favorite one out of all those choices. Let me tell you, there wasn’t anything easy about that. I stared, I grumbled, I banged my head, and was generally frustrated with the injustice of being forced to pick ONE. But…the one I picked, and I’m fairly positive I’ve known since I saw it that, if forced to pick just one, this would be it.
So my friends take a gander at this oh-so-cute layout “Keys to my heart” by mikelinz:
Now, with how precious it is, I know you must all know the reason I chose it. Right?! Well, just in case you aren’t a mind reader, or have my superb tastes, let me tell you. The first thing I noticed were the colors of this page. To me those colors SCREAM fall (even though the date thingy says May lol) and after a week of the heat index being over 100 I’m so ready for fall. Next I just loved the diagonal design, the way the swirl pulls your eye from the top corner down to the heart and word in the bottom. After that is the too sweet and too funny journaling about her son loving to steal her car keys. Then there is that sweet and simple photo. The colors go superbly with the rest of her page, and I love how plain the background is next to her son’s colorful sweater. Lastly, and most importantly (and hugely biased lol), look at that sweet curly red hair!!! As a mom of a curly headed, red haired boy – I love me some layouts featuring boys rocking the red curls. They always make my heart melt just a tiny bit.
Congratulations mikelinz, and thanks for sharing your awesome page (and sweet boy) with us! You should have already received a $10 gift card to the Shabby Shoppe.
Everyone else, y’all are seriously putting out some spectacular pages, and please keep them coming! Who knows maybe next week you’ll get the LOTW. ;o)
Be sure to stop back by tomorrow as SP will be sharing the free AUGUST desktop…
Layout of the Week, Uncategorized
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Good Morning, Trish here :o)
So, ever since I did this page, people have been asking me how I did the edges.
All the questions on it kinda threw me off. lol When I lifted this page for our first Thursday Thievery
I saw that the page had fun edges, so I did fun edges. And truly, though it pains me to admit it and lose my whoa factor, it’s so easy. Like smack yourself in the forehead and go “Oh duh!” lol
So the first thing you’re going to do is open three pages that contrast against each other well. I’m using these from this week’s Product Spotlight, Your’s Truly
Next look in your kit for a swirly bit of rub-on or other swirly bit, and if it’s an SP kit - it’s most likely got some. Now place that bit o’ swirl where you want to do the fun cut-out (be it edge or what have you). Here’s mine:
Zoom into 100% and make sure you can see your swirl in your work area. See how you see the paper through it?
What you want to do is duplicate the swirl as many times as it takes so that you can no longer see the paper through it. I ended up duplicating mine 4 times. Then merge all those swirls together into one layer. Then duplicate it again, and hide the top one. Select the bottom swirl and add an outer stroke to it. I’m setting mine to 15. Create a new layer above it and then merge the two together.
Get your magic wand and use it to select the swirl, the stroke around the swirl, and the area inside the swirl. Select the second paper layer and then cut. (CTRL+X)
Now hide (or delete – up to you, I wait to delete until I’m comepletely done with the papers) the swirl you were just working with and put the other one back to visible. Get the magic wand again and this time select the inside of this swirl. Select your third paper layer and then cut.
Hide the swirl you just worked with and then move your third paper under the second.
That’s it! I told you, not difficult at all and you end up with the coolest swirly edges on your papers. Here’s my finished page:
I hope you all enjoyed this, and have fun scrapping.
Inspiration, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Trish here bring not only my second blog post, but also our second in our new Thursday Thievery series!
I’m so excited about these posts because a. I love seeing pages that inspire others and b. I love attempting new things I might not thought to try.
This time I chose Beckie’s layout “Our Peach Tree” which is not only so incredibly cute, but it was also one of the layouts that really prompted me to apply to be on the Shabby Princess’ Pre-Team. It showcased the kit Beckie used so well, and oh my word look at all those papers she used! Y’all might not know this about me, but I am one huge paper loving fool. The brighter, more colorful, and the bolder the pattern the more I love it.
Now, scraplifts aren’t exactly easy for me to do. I want to stay as spot on to the page I am lifting as possible, which is silly since the pages I try to lift are nothing like my own personal style so I get frustrated and tend to want to bang my head on my desk as I sit and think “Why do I hate myself?” lol Obviously I’m comfortable with my own style. I would have never thought to create blocks of papers like that to decorate my page and the idea just really tickled my creative juices, so when we started this series I had to pick this page to do so I’d have the excuse to lift it.
So here is my lift of the page:
I love my lift, but I swear I sat here staring at it for an hour thinking well, maybe it needs more. lol So I added more, in the end it looked NOTHING like Beckie’s page seeing as how you could only barely see the paper blocks. I ended up taking almost all of it back off and decided I loved it… even if there weren’t a gazillion things on it.
If you want some more rocking Beckie-spiration check out her gallery which is filled with the yummy goodness.
Here are some more pages by the team to show you how they got inspiration from Beckie’s page:
So, yeah, that’s all I got for y’all. lol No witty exit line, just be sure to stop back by in two weeks to see what we steal (I mean borrow inspiration) from next!