Freebie and Nonsense

Hey, there!  Has anyone been watching CreativeLive’s Photoshop Week?  If not, all this week, assorted PS gurus are doing workshops for ya at CL.  Each one is only a few hours long, as opposed to CL’s usual time frame of 6-8 hours.  The week long activities are sponsored by Adobe.  There has been segments on actions, content aware and brushes, so far, along with some other beneficial sessions on retouching photos, PS workspaces, etc.  Today’s line up looks promising, too.  This morning there is one on ‘Advanced Actions’ and another on working non-destructively.  They are running two at a time, so, be sure to look up at the very top of CL’s page for the green button that says, “Watch Live 2”.  A drop down menu will appear with the two that are currently running.  Click on the one you like to see and watch away!  They also do re-broadcasts in the evenings if you happen to miss one you like.  You can also purchase the courses so you can watch them whenever you want.  When you purchase, you also get any related course material with it, such as files that allow you to work along with the video/class.  On the PS Week feature page there is a schedule of the courses so you can map out which ones you like.  Do realize that CL is in the PST time zone and adjust your schedule accordingly.

Digital Whisper has re-opened!  My old haunt is back and going full speed ahead!  DW is a Ning group site with all kinds of good things!  There are individual groups, plenty of challenges and, so much support and help.  The art some of these folks create is stunning!  I am so honored to be exposed to their personal styles and tips/advice.  I run the “Learning Center” and the “Photo-Manipulation” groups, myself.  I’m not that much an authority, but, we manage!  LOL  There is a small fee for new members, if you are interested.  (Ning charges now, so, the fee is to offset costs.)  The role of the group is to give aspiring artists feedback and support in ways that are beneficial.  It’s also a place to hone your digi skills.  They are a wonderful bunch!  DW is where I learned a good deal of what I do.  If we don’t know, we find out!

I have yet another goody for you from “A Rose is a Rose”.  You have the whole kit.  I had forgotten a couple of items, so, I want to give you those here.  The other day, I gave you the cherub frame, and today, another frame:


And, some lips:


and, last, but, not least, a word art cluster I played around with:


BE SURE TO CLICK ON THE IMAGE AND SAVE AS A .PNG!  While I do host these, they aren’t zipped.  They should open a new page.  M’kay?

That will be it for today.  CL is starting up!  Until next time,

Be Happy!




Freebie and a Trip Down Memory Lane

Hello!  Ya’ll want to see something funny?  If you click on the image, it will take you to the actual post where I gave this away.  (Oh, yes, I did!  LOL)

ThenThis is a close-up of an element from a kit I did back in December of 2008 – when I was first getting to learn Photoshop AND digital scrapbooking!  LOL  I’ve sure come a long way, as would anyone, hopefully, over a five year span.  I’m sure others have their ‘early’ stuff that they are less than flattered with.  In all honestly, that isn’t even my first ‘kit’.  I don’t know what happened to that, but, it was even more awful to look at!  I’ve learned so much over this time!  Not only have I had more exposure to learning, but, experience, as well.  To me, this represents a lot of work, not just on my part, but, on the part of all the patient souls who walked me through those early days.  God bless those who did!  Thank you for your patience!  LOL

Not that my work now is the most awesome stuff online, but, I think it is fun to see the difference.  I remember feeling so frustrated that I didn’t know more than I did.  I still feel that way often, but, those times are less frequent than ‘back then’.  If you are new to Photoshop, trust me.  You will learn it.  It takes time.  In the mean time, read, read, read – read everything you see on Photoshop and/or techniques to use with it.  Watch the video tuts and read the tutorials.  Go back to them again, later.  You’d be surprised at how much you may have over-looked, simply because you don’t quite realize what it is they are teaching you.  If you don’t understand or can’t find info on something you want, ask.  Time and again, I see good folks offering their expertise, ‘because they want to give back to the community in which they learned’.  There are very few folks who won’t take the time to share what they know or, at least, link you to some place that might help you.  It seems to be an unwritten law, with PS, that those who have struggled to learn something are quick to offer help to those who are desirous of that knowledge.  Truthfully, when I am ‘teaching’ something to another, I almost always learn something new myself.  I like that!

While so many folks have struggled and grown, Photoshop itself has under gone some learning itself.  I found this article where there are some screenshots of some of the PS interface from way back – CS2, I believe.  The article was on Creative Bits recently.  Here is one shot:

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Isn’t that a hoot?  LOL  Can you imagine trying to learn something like that!?  LOL  To view more of these images, visit Creative Bits.

I had some more things to go with the freebie, “A Rose is a Rose”.  Some, I overlooked.  Others, were in sheet format.  I will give them to you here, individually.  The first one was this cute cherub fame.   Click on the image to download.   Be sure you save it as a .png.

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Thanks for joining me for my little trip down Yesterday Lane.  I hope your week is going well!

Until next time,

laughSmile!  Laugh!  Whatever!  Just ENJOY life!