NC State Fair Preview

I was treated to a preview of the Flower Show area of the NC State Fair tonight.

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SmartPhotoEditor effect on Iris image

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SmartPhotoEditor effect on Iris image

Great news!  I posted a blog entry this week with work from SmartPhotoEditor which has over 7,000 effects and a great interface to create beautiful images.

This site has an incredible variety of ways to improve your images from basic cropping and vignettes to very fun, artsy effects.

The program is a great deal at $29.99, but now you can get another 10% off with the code below. This program works as a standalone or you can use as a plugin to Photoshop.

Website:  http://www.smartphotoeditor.com/

Discount code: LL1914

Enjoy!

Getting Creative

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI love being in the garden and finding a flower that really gets my attention. Sometimes I keep it in its purest form, but other times I explore creative techniques to see what else I might create. Such was the case with this beautiful iris.

 

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Polka Dots Oh My!

 

I have had an idea in my mind for awhile about using polka dots as a background. I found a good YouTube for creating your own polka dot patterns.  It is quite involved so I will give you the link if you want to try it rather than repeating all the steps.

For greeting cards, they are fantastic but with images a little trickier to get a good match.  Having Fun!

Calendar Layout Idea

BF-The Golden Goose

I wanted to create a unique calendar layout for 2017. I wanted to soften the photograph’s edges and give the quote its own way to stand out. By experimenting I came up with this fun technique and used it on my first 2017 calendar.  Be patient and take it slow… it will become easier with time!

Open image and drag onto background (smaller than the background)

To soften the photo’s edges, select the transparent background on the photo layer with the Magic Wand (W)

Select > Modify > Feather  (60 px on a 5×7 works well)

Ctrl/Cmd Shift I to invert the selection

Use Move (V) tool to drag the photo off the new soft edge frame

Now select the “frame” with the rectangular marquee (M) tool and press Ctrl/Cmd J to put the “frame” on its own layer. (this makes it much easier to make changes later)

Go back to the photo layer and select the soft frame again and Ctrl/Cmd X to Cut it out of that layer.

At this point I use the Text (T) tool to put a quote, poem or other words inside the soft frame which can be easily changed with the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd T)