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Winner of RadLab

Hi all! Just wanted to pop in really quickly and announce the winner of the RadLab giveaway! It’s…

********ANDREA B.********* Woo!

Check out the video below to see what RadLab can do for your photos…

Introducing RadLab from Totally Rad! on Vimeo.

Thanks Andrea for visiting the blog and entering to win! Have fun with RadLab! For everyone else, please remember that if you want to get RadLab use this code to get a 15% discount : GRACEANDIVY (this code expires in 2 weeks) If you want to test drive RadLab go here to try it free for 30 days!

I’ll be back later with a beautiful interior to share with you.



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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!


***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.***


Filed under Art, Digital Art, family, giveaway, Photo tips, photography

Photography to Adore : Aleksandra88

I am often drawn to photography that invites you into a magical realm, a far away place…a fairytale. While pursuing the wonderful artists on DeviantART, I came across Aleksandra’s work.  Grace got one look at these and said…”Oh…look! Princess photos!”

I have to agree.

Enjoy some of my favorites from her extensive portfolio…

I adore the tones in this one and the turkeys – so random. I love it!

Her work expresses such emotion and sense of place. Those dresses don’t hurt either!

How amazing are the soft shades of blue, lilac and pink? And the delicate pose and dress of the model! Dreamy.

I hope you enjoyed these. To look at more of her stunning work see her portfolio here.

We are waiting for snow to fall here. Fingers crossed. I doubt it will happen…

oh well.



Filed under Art, photography, Thoughts