I Big Puffy Heart That Word As I’ve Never Big Puffy Hearted a Word Before

Remember in that last post where I said that "Photoshop is your best friend." No? Then go back and read it again…

Because I totally said that Photoshop is your best friend.

And I said that because:


All of those things that we’re currently learning the ins and outs of- like lighting, composition, etc.- can be faked (we’re talking Pamela Anderson faked) with a little PS know-how. The so-so becomes the fabulous (and, no, not the Pamela Anderson kind of fabulous. Perhaps I should have chosen a different sort of comparison, eh?), the dark becomes the light, the dull becomes the bright… And so on and so on and so on.

Don’t have any PS know-how?

No worries.

There are some really benevolent people out there who are more than
willing to pass along a little of their genius to us unexperienced
fledglings- FREE.

Yes, free.

As in "I will have your babies because I am so grateful" free.

actions are simply little bundles of pre-recorded processes. They take
your photo and run it through the same assembly line that the creator
used to make his/her photo so bloody terrific.

At the touch of a button, your Toyota becomes a Cadillac.


Gotta love it.

And the added bonus? Actions are great teaching tools as well. By
following along with the steps, you can learn a lot about the
flexibility of curves, layers, hue, et cetera.

Troll Hunting

Camera: Canon XTi
Lens: 75-300mm Zoom
Shutter Speed: 1/800
Aperture: f/4
Focal Length: 75 mm
ISO Speed: 400

I really love this picture of The Baby hunting for trolls. I like
the way the bridge crosses the frame and how she’s leaning forward…
Overall, pretty darling.

But a little dark.

Hunting for Trolls

This is the same photo after running it through the FREE Sunshine in Your Hand Action by Phaunt Actions (they’ve got one for Photoshop Elements as well. Woot.).

Now, I’m plum happy with this… I like the new light, and I’m
loving the new life the action gave the colors. It’s like sunshine…
in my hand. Imagine that.

However, Peter (of the discerning eye) was plum happier after I did THIS:

Hunting for Trolls

This version is the result of a combination of the above mentioned
Sunshine in Your Hand action followed up by Fresh & Colorful from
the Pioneer Woman’s FREE Action Set 1 (much thanks Cheaper than Therapy Jen for turning me on to this little jewel).

All it needs now is a little *professional* tree removal (top right) and some sharpening, and it’s ready to go.

Kind of makes me feel like I know what I’m doing…

Regardless of the fact that I don’t.

Oh! And did I mention that they’re FREE?






Great word, that.

Wouldn’t you agree?

(And it’s so easy to rhyme as well…)

May 24, 2008
Categories: Daily

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