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{ Bad Blogger and a PS tip }

by Lee on June 28, 2008

Forgive me blog, for I have sinned, it has been too long since my last post…. I did want to try and blog 3-4 times a week, but I have been unwell with a few other things happening. I think I am on top of everything now, so I should be back on track…

Hmmm, lots to report, speaking of reports (nice segue, hey), my girls got their school reports this week, and man I could not be more proud of them both. They are bright girls so I expect that their reports are good, but all I really want to know is that they try their hardest, and it appears they both do. I could go on and on, but I won’t bore you, you get the picture…

I have also joined Through The Lens – Digital Photography 101, over at From The Rubber Room. They are a great (big) bunch of ladies and I have had a ball dropping by some of the blogs, some great talent out there too. Here is my first Assignment, which was to take a picture of something you love. Obviously my family is up there at number one, but since Bronte was in the shower and Brian was cooking a lovely Penang Gai (Dry Chicken Curry), Quinn was the guinea pig for the first assignment. I have screen calibration problems, it looked very oversaturated on my screen, so I dropped the saturation slightly and now it looks under-saturated on the web… calibration does my head in!

Quinn web

Wow, what a great response to my Subscription Offer (see sidebar announcement), if you have subscribed to the blog but haven’t received your download link for the CD calendar template, check that your subscription has been verified properly, there are a couple waiting on verification, other than that you should all have your links. I’d love to see some pics of your CD calendar made up and in use, post a link in the comments so I can see.

I have another blog freebie to post, but I am on my way out now so will do it soon, so watch out for that in the next day or two.

I got to see my blog on another computer recently and it was a little skewif (technical term) because of the “highlighted notes”, I am working on the problem and hope to have it fixed soon, sorry if it throws things out a little.

PHOTOSHOP TIP #1 (and #2)

I am sure you all know this one, but I’ll start at the basics… I didn’t know which shortcut to post first, as there are just sooo many that I use every time I open PS, I have never much used shortcuts in programs, but PS has converted me and their usefulness is never ending and makes for a much faster workflow.

BRUSH SIZE

To change brush size on the fly you can use the Left (to make the brush smaller) and Right (to make the bush larger) bracket keys. They sit next to the letter “P” on your keyboard, they are second nature to me now, so make a concerted effort to use them he next time you are using brushes in PS, this will also work, for the healing, clone, history, dodge, burn and other brush tools as well.

BRUSH HARDNESS

And because I can’t resist throwing this one in, you can also change the hardness and softness of your brush as well (this means that your brush can have a blurred or hard edge to it) to use this shortcut just add the Shift key in as well, Shift>[ makes the brush softer and Shift>] makes the brush harder, this is very useful when you are masking or erasing close to edges, to get a cleaner more realistic edge.

I hope you found this useful… leave a comment if you have.

Edited to add: We introduced Clinton and Jennifer to the joys of Puerto Rico tonight. They seemed to pick it up very well and are keen for another game, I had to report that Jen won her first ever game! Go Jen! Also, I have been accused of only reporting my wins, so just for the record, Suzy has won and so has Lincoln and I think Brian is the next highest winner, and I am fairly sure (I will be corrected if I am wrong) I am currently the overall champ. And this is my blog, so I guess I can say what I like! LOL

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

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Angela (26 comments.) 06.28.08 at 7:49 pm

LOL, well the positive to you not posting is that it makes me feel better about neglicting my blog ;). STUNNING shot of Quinn too, and well done to the girls for the wonderful reports.. Julieanne’s was good too. We had parent teacher interviews last week as well, and they were very impressed with her sense of humor and story telling… she gets that from her dad 😉
Thanks for the PS tip.. knew the size one, but didn’t know about changing the hardness like that.. will make life a lot easier 🙂

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Angela (26 comments.) 06.28.08 at 8:03 pm

Oh, just had to add that I’m looking at this on my old cruddy PC using IE, and I can see the skewifiness you are talking about…

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Angela (26 comments.) 06.28.08 at 8:05 pm

well in the last post…

OK, promise that is it from me ;P

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Mel (3 comments.) 06.28.08 at 10:46 pm

It is a beautiful photo!

On the callibration issue, the only real fix is a spyder or similar. A less saturated on the web compared to your screen sounds colour space related though. Do you shoot and edit in AdobeRGB? If you do you need to convert to sRGB for the web. If you don’t they look washed out on the web.
I can tell you though that on my callibrated screen, in your Flickr, the one titled Quinn web actually looks fine, leaning a little into the yellow, Quinn web 2 is way over saturated, leaning red. Hope that helps.

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Guera (2 comments.) 06.29.08 at 1:51 am

Fantastic shot for the first assignment! I have joined that group too but I haven’t done mine yet – must get on to that. 🙂

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Lee (5 comments.) 06.29.08 at 12:52 pm

Mel, you are right! I forgot to convert it back to sRGB! It looks the same on mine, 2 looks very red and oversaturated, and Web looks slightly under-saturated, leaning toward yellow.
The lovely Angela lent me her Spyder, so I guess it is doing it’s job, I just needed to convert it to sRGB, Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

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Dianne (3 comments.) 06.29.08 at 2:06 pm

Your daughter is lovely. Being slightly desaturated gives her a very classic look against the dark background. Your shot turned out so nice. I’ve got to get my TTL first assignment done soon, too. 😀

Thanks for the PS shortcuts! I never used shortcuts much until I began using PS (Elements) and Quark Xpress. They are SO handy and I’m always happy to learn more!

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smarmoofus (2 comments.) 06.30.08 at 6:51 am

That is a lovely photo of your daughter. You’ve given her a luminous appearance, too (I’ve been noticing this effect in a lot of photos, and I’m trying to figure out how it’s achieved… maybe it’s not the photograph, but the subject. Is it possible that many people just “glow”?).

Meanwhile, I am beginning to feel at a disadvantage because I don’t have any (willing) people/children to practice with. I’ve got to find some victims subjects.

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Jude (8 comments.) 06.30.08 at 7:11 am

The girls are doing so well – congratulations to them both! Your photo is wonderful – I particularly like the contrast you have achieved using a black background. I haven’t even thought about mine yet ….

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katef (10 comments.) 06.30.08 at 1:51 pm

oh great photo.. I am struggling so hard with this first assignment.. I blame the dark and gloomy weather and kids who just won’t sit still!
And oh I didn’t know that PS short cut.. that will make stroking my path with my stitching brush and trying to get the exact spacing soooo much easier!

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leigh (1 comments.) 06.30.08 at 9:47 pm

Great picture. and what a cute subject!

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