Embellishments made easy

Good morning from a sunny Hastings this morning.

I am so excited that I have learnt a quick and easy way of doing digital embellishments.  I have spent the past week working on Photoshop and Preview trying to find a quick and easy way of doing them.  I would do one but then I would forget to how I did it so it was basically back to square one again.  Then late Friday night I suddenly clicked – in other words I clicked on the right icon and it was then soooooo easy.  So then I spent the weekend doing embellishments.  I use a mac but I would imagine Windows is very similar.

I asked my son how to video it and he showed me how to use screen capture to film what I was doing on screen and voila.  I had a video, which I then uploaded to YouTube.

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This is the embellishment I did with the video.

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And this is the finished result.  The background, photo and embellishment are all from the same photo.

Here are some of the other embellishments I did over the weekend.  I did found out that a good mouse and mouse pad is essential.  My son  has promised to get me a good mousepad for Christmas – so that he can get his one back.  I ultimate wish is a drawing pad.  Sigh.

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I found that having a distinct outline of the image makes it a lot easier to trace around, whether freehand or using the magic wand.

So have fun trying this out.  I am.

Cheers and have a nice day.

Raewyn

 

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Birds of a feather

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Good morning from a calmer, sunnier Hastings this morning.  Daylight savings started last night so it was a much later start to the day.  I am not so keen on the time changing but do love the longer evenings.

Yesterday was incredibly windy.  Hard to take photos of flowers when they are blowing in the wind so to speak.  I did mange to get some nice shots of the birdlife at Cornwall Park. The sparrows were much more accommodating than usual.  Maybe the wind blew away all the noises and scents so that they didn’t fly away like they normally do.

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These photos were taken on the Toamoana Road entrance at the duck pond.  The sparrows are hard case, they hang around the pond as they know that people will be coming to feed the ducks and they scrounge around for the crumbs.  It also means that they are not as flighty as in my garden.

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These photos were taken around the back of the park where there is a manmade canal there for the ducks.  If you look closely at the second photo there is a dead duckling behind the sparrows.  As I had taken these photos with the maximum lens I didn’t see it until I looked at it more closely on the computer.  The law of nature I’m afraid.  I have noticed that the number of ducklings is shrinking.

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Around this canal I spotted this sparrow on this leaf fan.  Again it obliged me by staying put just long enough for me to take a couple of photos.

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But that blur in the centre of this photo is the elusive fantail.  I have been trying to take a photo of one for several weeks now but they are like butterflies.  The don’t stay still for very long and flit around me, teasing me.  I need a shutter speed of at least 1/500 but it is hard when they mostly fly around the canopies of the trees and so it is darker.  By the time I have focused on them, they are gone anyway.  Watch this space.

I thought that the first photo is ideal to make into an embellishment.  I have tried different ways to make embellishments, using both Photoshop and the Mac’s Preview app.  It was longwinded and the Mac didn’t like doing too many and would stop on me.  So I spent several hours last night playing around with Photoshop and reading the book – Photoshop for Dummies and then with one simple click, by accident I found a very quick and simple way.  After I load the image I think click on the information layer to the right of the programme and change the layer to ). Voila.  Just go around the image with the magic wand or the lasso brush, push the delete button and there I was.  Soooo simple.

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Of course I found some cute ducklings.

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I found these three, very much alive ducklings cuddling up to each other with no mother duck around which was unusual.

 

Cheers and have a nice day.

Raewyn

 

 

Nelson’s Victory

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Good morning from a windy Hastings this morning.  The spring winds have arrived to play havoc with my photography.  It is hard to take a photo when the bush is moving frantically in the wind.

So I moved indoors for this weekly quilting block.

It is called Nelson’s Victory and commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar and the flagship of Lord Nelson – HMS Victory.  It was first documented under this name in 1906. A century later! As the triangle and small square make up a larger square it can be changed around to make different designs including a three dimensional affect.  As you can see I am getting better at the set in squares and joining the points accurately.  This is a really great way of learning new skills with out the pressure of a full quilt at once.

So for the scrapbooking I looked at another hanging quilt I had done some years ago with machine embroidery.  The embroidery design is by Sue Fox.  I just love her designs as they are so accurate and well filled in.

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I then took photos of various designs of this and then edited them very slightly to make them into background paper.

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This one is just to the left of the first photo of the quilt.  I just love this little kitten worn out from playing with the wool.

Then I thought about what tools are needed for quilting and took photos of them.  I then spent all last night working on making the into embellishments in Photoshop.  Finally I managed it.

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I added the iron as that is  so important to get good lines and makes it easier to join the seams.  The unpicker is also crucial.  I use it constantly.  Sometimes the seams don’t join up accurately so of course it has to be undone.

Then I just added some lace at the bottom.

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The cream font is ‘Discover Beauty’ while the writing on the journal is ‘Noteworthy”.

Have fun with this block.

Time to brave the elements and go for a quick walk before my family get up.

Cheers and have a nice day.

Raewyn

 

 

Pretty in Pink

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Good morning from a beautiful sunny Hastings this morning.

Yesterday I was feeling a bit blue with the America’s Cup result so while I was working on my digital scrapbooking last night I decided to cheer myself up with the colour pink.

On the other side of Cornwall Park there is an absolutely gorgeous garden full of peonies and poppies.  It is so alive with vibrant colours.  Roses are my favourite flowers but I have fallen in love with peonies.  They are such magnificent flower just bursting with life.  Of course I have taken a lot of photos there.

With the background paper I used a close up of this magnificent specimen in the photo and edited it with photoshop.

Pink Peony

I didn’t do too much to the image as I wanted the pinkness to be kept as well as the details of the petals.

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Coming back through the park there is a greenhouse or winter garden which is used to grow the plants for the various gardens around the park.  At the moment it is filled with hydrangeas and gerberas.  Close up shots of tightly packed petals make great papers as well which I used here as an accent paper.

Finally I added the embellishments which I created from other photos.

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I felt for the font it needed to be rather traditional so I used the Great Victorian Swashed font.

It certainly brightened up my night doing this page.

Cheers and have a nice day.

Raewyn

 

After the rains

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Good morning from another grey day here in Hastings.

Over the past couple of days we have had some heavy rains and the poor plants got a bit of a hammering.  Yesterday when there was a break in the rain I went out to see what photos I could take.  It was still very overcast so it was hard exposure wise to get a good depth of focus on what I  really wanted.  I am fascinated with rain drops and the little images that could be seen on  them, upside down of course.  I know to get some really awesome photos there is a special lens as I have seen photos done that are just amazing and incredible but I think I have managed to get some small images in the raindrops on these lilies.

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There was a lot of great shots to take and it was a matter of where to start.  In the end I didn’t take that many as it was starting to rain again.

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Because it was overcast the images are rather muted and very soft.  Next time I will try when the sun is out fully and then I can really have some fun.

Anyway all the best for Emirates Team New Zealand.  We are all behind you.

Cheers and have a nice day.

Raewyn

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Good morning from a wet and miserable Hastings today.

Yet another day of wishing Emirates Team New Zealand all the best on the waters off San Francisco.  I have given up watching as it is too heart breaking.

I have also been doing some playing around on Photoshop with my photos to try out different affects for background papers.  I find myself using the cutout brush a bit for a more bolder look,

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while the poster edge brush gives the images some definition.

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I have also used the plastic wrap brush as seen with the geranium.

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For the freesia  and lavender images I finished off with the pencil brush but I find that it really washes out the images so really only use it in bold colours

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When I go out to take photos I try to see if I can find some bold prints such as the ones above.  They make great bold background papers.

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I wanted something a bit different for this image.  With this one I can add a saying without adding any further images.

When I go out photo hunting now it is with a purpose.  It is now always at the back of mind what the images could be used for and how I could edit them.  This has meant that I have cut back on the number of photos I do take.  So that is a good thing.

Cheers and have a nice day.

Raewyn

 

 

 

 

A daring adventure

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Good morning from a rather grey Hastings.

This morning I am not going to tempt fate by watching the America’s Cup.  My nerves can’t handle it.  But anyway, I want to wish Emirates Team New Zealand all the best.

A bit ironic this morning’s image – taking the plunge so to speak, when I can’t even watch the race.  But I took these photos yesterday and love the colour combination.

I wandered down to the park to feed the ducks and just managed to take this photo of a duck diving into the water.  Then later on as the sun started to come out I saw these really interesting water ripples, which I then edited with Photoshop to make great background papers.

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This is the background image.

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These are the accent papers.

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While this is the background card for the photo.

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I finished it off by embellishing with these buttons.  I chose these buttons for their earthy feel to them.

The font is discover beauty.

Well must go and see what is happening in San Francisco.

Cheers and have a nice day.

Raewyn