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Photo Love : RadLab Giveaway

Hi everyone! You all know I’m kinda obsessed with my camera and I find so much joy in not only taking pictures but “making” pictures too! I love the versatility and endless possibilities available when using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Experimenting with layers, textures, filters and brushes brings me much happiness and I have to tear myself away from the computer at night! Creativity gives me a caffeine like buzz!

Anyway, my latest favorite tool in conjunction with PS is RadLab! It’s a plug-in that works within PS, PS Elements or Lightroom that you download and oh my goodness – it is addictive! It makes editing photos so super easy (seriously) and I love that you can save what you did in a “recipe” and then apply it to another photo. This works out brilliantly when I’m editing photos for the shop and I want to achieve a consistent look. RadLab makes my post-production SO much faster!

I love it so much that….TODAY I’M GIVING ONE LUCKY READER RADLAB FOR FREE!!!! (worth $150.00)  Yah! To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment and tell me why you want RadLab. The winner will be randomly selected and announced on March 5th! ***Please be aware that you NEED Photoshop Elements 7 (or later) or Photoshop CS3 (or later) to use RadLab.***

I wanted to share a snapshot I took of Grace last summer. It’s not a great shot by any means but with a little RadLab magic it can become something so much better!

grace first shot

Here is the shot after RadLab…

grace summer touched up

Here is my recipe for this effect:

(if you don’t have RadLab then this won’t make much sense to you, so bear with me.)

{RECIPE: Lights On 100% – Oh, Snap 100% – Punch Out 49% – Contrast 5% – Cool as a Cucumber 70% – Claire-ify 25% – Vario-tone 100% – Iron Mouse 31% – The 600  63%}

Note: I also did some sharpening of her eyes with the sharpen tool and brought more light into her pupils by using the dodge tool.

Voila! A much better pic with better clarity, high-key drama and fresh, crisp color!

Of course, I couldn’t stop there…I went on to do a digital collage piece with this photo. Here it is…Grace helped me and picked out the flower for her hair! :) I’ll show you how I did the digital collage another day.

grace summer collage

Had a blast creating these. I hope this encourages you to experiment with your programs no matter what you may have. PicMonkey is a fun, free editing tool to learn on and Photoshop Elements can be purchased for under $80.00, (which is a steal compared to Photoshop) but offers plenty of power to get creative with your shots. Oh and the fabulous folks at RadLab gave me this 15% off coupon code just for my readers! Enter – GRACEANDIVY  at checkout.

Now go play!

xo,

***Full disclosure – I do get a small affiliate cut if any of my readers buy RadLab, just so you know. However, I am promoting it because I truly LOVE it and not for the money. This is the first time I’ve ever had an affiliation with any online product or business.***

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Making more art…

After Grace is in bed and my kitchen is clean, I often head to my studio with a cup of tea and the itch to create something.

Last night I made this digital collage…

I was in a pink, French-y mood, as you can see…can’t seem to get enough of that Photoshop.

What am I doing with all this? I keep asking myself…the photography, the digital art…where is this leading me? A dear friend asked me the other night where I saw myself in five years and I blurted out, without thinking…

“I want to be selling my artwork. I want to be the artist I always dreamed of being.”

She smiled and nodded like she knew that would be my answer.

Funny though, I surprised myself.

Now, let’s see if I can make it happen!

Where do you see yourself in five years? Have you thought about it?

xo,

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Exploring Digital Art

As many of you know, I’ve been dabbling in the world of digital art. It’s been a true delight and so much fun.

I love the experimental nature of it and it is very tidy compared to my paper collages! It’s amazing what you can do with Photoshop elements!

Like always, I am a bit hesitant to share my own creations…it’s so much easier to promote the work of others! (It’s an artist’s curse). BUT I know it is good for me to get out of my comfort zone…so here are two works that I did recently. I got stock photography via Deviant art. If you are playing around with digital collage, I highly recommend checking out their resources. So many wonderfully generous people post all sorts of stock photography, Photoshop brushes, textures and other goodies!

I’m thinking of printing these out and mounting them onto wood. What do you think?

Blogging about artists all the time has really got me inspired and I think I’m almost ready to start a painting for real! My blank canvas and paints are sitting in the corner of my studio waiting for me. I just bought this book and it is helping me find my creative confidence again. I highly recommend it. I must share this one quote that is really sticking with me…

“Start by doing what is necessary ; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – St. Francis of Assisi

Don’t you love that!? Powerful stuff.

Okay, well back to the household chores. Hope you are having a fabulous Wednesday.

xo,

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