I’m gonna have a baby!!!!

September 8, 2008

I didnt post anything for a long time because I have been too busy and excited but I am about 3 weeks pregnant!! (gestational age is about 5 weeks but conception I think is about 3 weeks)

I am so excited I can hardly stand it!! (It will be my first pregnancy)

I’m already picking out names and everything. I dont think i’ve ever been this happy!!🙂

Changing colors in photoshop:

One of these days i’ll have something more personal to post about, but all i’ve been doing lately is working! lol. So until something interesting happens in my life, here’s another photoshop tutorial.

Please note that i’m using CS3. I am pretty sure that this will work in earlier versions but dont know for sure. This is a very basic and easy tutorial but it will help you out a lot i hope.

Okay first open your image. This one is courtesy of stockxpert.com.

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On this tutorial i’m going to show you how to change the colors of one of these blocks.

Go to SELECT, COLOR RANGE and this box will come up.

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Select the color you want with the eyedropper tool. If you have various shades of one color use the +eyedropper to add more, or the -one if you make a mistake. After selecting your color adjust the fuzziness until you have everything selected in the black box. Click ok.

A selection will appear around the color you selected. (In this one, I selected the red from the top block.)

If the moving selection lines annoy you can hide it by hitting CTRL+H. Dont forget that you have it selected, if you want to unselect it later hit CTRL+D to deselect or CTRL+H to view your selection again.

Now hit CTRL+U, or go to Image, Adjustments, Hue and Saturation. (I always use shortcuts)

Now you can move the Hue slider back and forth to change your color.

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Ta-da!

This tutorial is kind of complicated so i hope you have a lot of patience!🙂
I am going to show you how to make a cute montage from your senior pictures.

This should work with any version of photoshop.

Open a new blank canvas, whatever size you want. If you’re wanting to print it make sure you have it at 300 dpi.

Press T to get to the type tool and type in “SENIOR.” The font i used here is called Freshman, and you can get it free at http://www.dafont.com.

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Now open your first photo and drag it into the new canvas. Press CTRL+T to resize the image. (Click and hold the mouse on the edge of the borders that will show up around it and move it back and forth while holding SHIFT to keep the proportions the same.)

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When you have it a smaller size, lower the opacity of that layer (in the layers palette) so that you can see the letters SENIOR beneath the picture. Adjust the picture the way you would like it on the letter.
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Then CTRL+ click on the thumbnail where it says SENIOR in the layers palette. I have an arrow in the picture above pointing to where you should CTRL+click.
A selection will appear around the letters. Hit SHIFT+CTRL+I and the selection will reverse. Make sure you have the layer with the picture on it selected and hit DELETE.

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As you can see, the picture cut to form around the S, and some of it went into the E as well. Just drag a selection box around the E and hit delete again to get rid of it.

Now repeat the entire process again with a new picture.

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Again, i went over on the S and the N so just drag a box around the excess and hit Delete.

Continue doing this until you have finished every letter with a different picture.

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Click on the SENIOR layer in the layers palette. Now, click on the button that i have a red circle around (above) and a drop-down menu will appear. Click DROP SHADOW and it will take you to the drop shadow menu. You can keep the default settings or change them up. Then on the left, hit STROKE. The default stroke color is red. Click on the stroke on the left and change the color. I used dark grey.

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Then just add a background of some sort and you’re done!

If this is too complicated just let me know!!

If anyone has a suggestion for a photoshop tutorial just leave me a comment and if its something I know how to do I will be glad to post about it!

This tutorial will show you how to make a clear watermark for your photos.
Its really easy and keeps people from being able to steal your photos without being annoying or covering most of the photo.

Ok open your photo in Photoshop and hit the “T” button to get your text-type tool.
Type in whatever name you want in the place you would like the copyright. (If you want to know how to get the © copyright symbol, just hold down ALT+0169)

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Now, go to your text layer and CTRL+click on the thumbnail like shown here:

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This will make a selection all around your letters. (If the selection bothers you you can hide it by clicking CTRL+H. To get the selection back press CTRL+H again)

Now click the eye next to the thumbnail to hide the text layer from view. Click on your bottom original layer in the layers palette. Click CTRL+C and then CTRL+V. What you just did was select from the bottom layer in the shape of the text above. A new layer will appear in the layers palette. Click on that new layer. Now click on the blending options button (pictured below)

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In the dropdown menu that will pop up when you click this button, choose Bevel and Emboss.
You can set it whatever way looks best to you. Here are the settings I used for this photo.

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Now click Ok. You now have a clear watermark for your pictures that will look something like this!

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On a completely unrelated note, my husbands 22nd birthday was yesterday!
Happy birthday, Stan!

Basic photo enhancement.

August 9, 2008

This is a tutorial for very basic photo enhancement. Basically, its just getting the right lighting for your pictures and adding a softer look to it.

This is my sister, Bethany, and her husband James. I’m going to use this photo to demonstrate. You can see how right now this picture is kind of overexposed.

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First, duplicate the layer. Now you should have two layers, both the same. Go to your top layer, and go to Image, Adjustments, Levels. Adjust the sliders back and forth, the one on the left is shadows, you can drag it forward to make the shadows darker, and the others are midtones and highlights. Just keep messing with it until it looks right to you.
Here’s the picture after Levels.

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It already looks a lot better! Now duplicate the new layer. Select the new layer and add a slight gaussian blur to it. (about this much)

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Then at the top of the layers palette, change the screen mode to Overlay and adjust the opacity from about 45-50%. Then, duplicate THAT layer, and set it to Screen with the opacity at around 25-30%.

And here’s what it looks like now!

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Merge your top 3 layers together by selecting them all in the layers palette and hitting CTRL+E.
Now click back and forth on the eye icon next to the layers to compare your changes!

BEFORE:
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AFTER:
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Coconut Cake Recipe!

August 9, 2008

This is my husbands favorite cake, which I made for his birthday.
I thought i’d post a how-to since its so delicious! The recipe came from his mom.

Ingredients:
Cake mix
(cake mix ingredients)
Cool whip
Crushed Pineapple
Crushed Walnuts (optional)
Shredded coconut

I started with a box of cake mix. I used Duncan Hines Coconut Cake mix. You can use any brand, coconut, yellow or white.

Mix it up and pour the batter in a pan:

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After the cake is done, let it cool completely. It really needs to be at least most of the way cool before you put the frosting on.

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Now, mix the cool whip with a small can of crushed pineapple. (keep the cool whip in the refrigerator not the freezer so it will be softer.) Make sure you drain the pineapple first!

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Spread it on the cake.

Now, just sprinkle the shredded coconut on top and you’re done! (I added crushed walnuts too but they’re totally optional)

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This cake is delicious, and it tastes 100 times better when its been refrigerated for a little while!

My cat was watching me with this curious look the whole time. lol.

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