Eat Drink Chic iPhone wallpapers made me smile all week. I think it might be all the gold and glitter! Amy Moss of Eat Drink Chic has made 3 sets of free wallpapers, with 2 wallpapers per set and I finally decided on this combination for my home and lock screens. These wallpapers are awesome. Thanks, Amy. ♥
San Francisco Magazine had a beautiful fashion spread in their March issue called Flight Patterns. I don’t normally look inside SF Mag — it’s way too fancy for me (it’s really upper crust and I prefer pizza crust). However, the cover was so colorful that, against my every instinct, I just had to look inside and wow, I’m so glad I did! What grabbed me about this photo spread was the unique bright and bold backgrounds in every shot. I’m pretty sure the backgrounds weren’t Photoshopped in, but I thought it would be fun to do a tutorial about replacing backgrounds in Photoshop.
This tutorial is another example of the power of masks. You may have noticed that the last few tutorials touch on masks in some way and that was intentional. Masks give us the flexibility to do so many cool things with our images by hiding portions under virtual “masking tape”. I talk more about masks here, but here’s a summary:
- Use a BLACK brush to conceal portions of the selected layer.
- USE a WHITE brush to reveal portions of the selected layer.
- USE a GRAY brush to add transparency to parts of the selected layer.
I want to thank Marianne of Esme and the Laneway for giving me permission to feature her lovely photo in this tutorial — thanks, Marianne! ♥
Adorable camera straps, neon earrings, sound career advice, a toy font, collage art, desktop wallpapers, new blogs, a foodie mag and other fun stuff. :)
(Photo of Rebecca
used with permission.)
I got an email asking how to get the effect that SNL uses for their bumper photos — you know, those bright retro-ish photos of the hosts shown between acts and commercials. I thought it would be a cinch and I said I would do a tutorial on it. Besides, I think this style would lend itself to eye-catching profile photos. Well, it turns out that I’m pretty clueless because it took me the entire weekend to figure it out and even then, there’s something missing with my version. I can’t really put my finger on it, but I think it’s the skin tone??? Anyway, even though there’s room for improvement, I like it. Hey, if you guys have any pointers about fixing the skin tone, please share the wealth.
Hey everyone, if you want to learn how to convert your photos to black and white and preserve areas of color (as in the Rebecca’s photo above), head on over to The Clothes Horse. I’ve been a fan of Rebecca’s fashion blog for a long time and I’m happy to sponsor her this month. Rather than do a giveaway, we thought it would be fun to do a tutorial instead. We hope you enjoy it!
I get this question a lot: “I want to start a blog. Which is better: Blogger or WordPress?” I usually refrain from answering this question because there isn’t a single all-purpose best blog platform that will handle everyone’s needs. The answer really all depends on what features you need and what you plan to do with your blog. If you’re just starting out, I say, start simple and outgrow what you know.
If you’re a beginner and you want to give blogging a try, consider these 3 points when choosing your blog platform: Is it free? Is it easily customizable? Is it reliable?