PS Tutorial: Fun Text & Clipping Masks

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As this is last Tuesday of January I wanted to share a #tutorialtuesday post! Using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator softwares, Lindy-Ann and I both love creating graphics incorporating the use of typography. Typography is a pretty fun and powerful design technique used to layout and arrange text. The font, spacing, sizing, and layout of text can tell you a lot more than just what the words spell out.

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With the addition of a photograph you take your 2 words to 1,002, because a picture is worth a thousand words, right? ha!

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Today I’m going to show you how to overlay a photograph or background design using a clipping mask and layer mask in Photoshop. Use this as a jumping off point to play with the different blending modes, colors, and more…go crazy, love!

Another fun link I wanted to share with you is my favorite source for commercial free fonts, Font Squirrel. These designers are fantastic and super generous to share their work with the rest of the world for free!

If you have a favorite font or a fun graphic you created we would love to see it! Share in the comments below!

Have a type-tastic day!!

kdg

PS – Did you notice my love theme?? Let it inspire you for our LOVE Photo Challenge starting this THURSDAY the FEBRUARY 1st!! Can’t wait to see how you capture love through your lens!

PS Tutorial: Stamping away the crowd

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The past couple weeks I have been post processing the images from my Fall Mini Sessions. Unlike all the amazing autumnal sessions I’m drooling over from back home, my sessions were seaside, and the Mediterranean did not disappoint! My seven families, all sporting a variety of blues, were perfect against the teals and turquoise tones of the sea, and the morning light was glorious. Each session even had it’s own special moments and poses unique to each family, which kept it fun and fresh. Overall, it was a dream day, with the exception of all the other beach goers.

Not only did we have several walkers, joggers, curious by standers, and sand castle builders to compete with, we also had the absolutely unnecessary older gentleman in a speedo…seriously?! This actually led to a few good smiles and laughs from my clients, but we do not want those in the shot, am I right?!

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This is a quick tutorial on how I utilize the clone stamp tool in Photoshop to get rid any background noise that takes away from my subjects, including people and litter.

I hope it comes in handy for you and that you don’t have to deal with an old Israeli in a electric blue speedo any time soon!

Cheers,

kdg

PS Tutorial: Blemish Removal Technique

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There are so many ways to edit (and play) in Photoshop, it’s one of the many things we love about the program. Even Lindy-Ann and I we have different go-to techniques and tools we use to accomplish the same tasks. Oh, and don’t get me started on why everyone should use shortcuts, ha! Anyways, today’s #TutorialTuesday video is demoing a great technique I picked up several months ago, and use all the time, for removing blemishes without getting rid the details of a person’s face, like freckles and laugh lines.

We hope you enjoy adding this new trick to add to your bag!

Cheers,

kdg

 

Katie’s Top 6 Phoneography Apps

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There is literally an app for everything these days, it is truly amazing the things technology can do for us! As a momepeneur  without an IT department it is up to me to troubleshoot and learn about my tech (oh, how I miss my old IT buddies!) Thankfully, there is the Google and my best bud and tech guru, Melissa, who keeps me in the know. That said, I have my go-to apps I use weekly, if not daily, and they’re all FREE!

ig1 . Instagram App (IG):

Instagram is definitely my love language! I love scrolling through and devouring the eye candy in my feed from the talented creatives I follow and connecting with new insta-friends around the world. I remember lamenting having to log in and out each time I wanted to swap from my personal to my business account and then our it’s.a.colourful.world account. Thankfully, last year all that changed and you can link multiple accounts. Hallelujah! The interface is aesthetically pleasing and user friendly. They are even advancing the editing, which can help improve an amateur photog’s post production skills. I will be the first to tell you I am not an expert in utilizing it as a business and marketing tool…yet! I’m hoping to dive into some the fantastic courses out there, but for now I will be hearting, commenting, and hash tagging my way through with a goofy smile on my face – seriously, my husband teases me incessantly about smiling at my phone!

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layout2 . Layout App:

After disappointedly testing out a few other collaging apps,  I notice the tiny Layout icon while using in IG and found my go to collage app! I definitely appreciate the consistency in the app design, the streamlined interface, and the workflow with IG. I don’t collage often, but when I do, this is my go to.

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boomerang3. Boomerang App:

Another IG linked app that captures 10 burst images in a row and compiles them into video that re-plays like a flip book, over and over. This one is so fun for playing with the kids, by the sea, or clinking drinks – there are infinite possibilities!

canon4. Canon App:

I am a Canon girl. Sorry Nikon buddies, I can’t speak to your app that’s Lindy-Ann’s side of the house. For me this app has been the biggest game changer in my social media world.  Having WiFi in my camera is AMAZING! If you are in the market for a camera I would definitely recommend looking into cameras with this feature, you will not regret it! It allows me to function on the go so my IG posts are more timely and made with better quality images. I am able to post my personal adventures on social media sooner rather than the time it takes for me to upload, sort, and edit after all my client work is finished. Raise your hand if your personal stuff takes a backseat for months, even years…like I said, game changer!

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ps5. Photoshop Express & Photoshop Fix:

I heart Photoshop! When I found these I may have done a happy dance, because again, like the Canon app, it makes me more mobile! The editing capability with IG is pretty good, but as you can imagine, PS is even better. It has a variety of tools from adjusting the exposure to a cloning tool. You’re welcome!

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over6. Over:

This is my newest app thanks to my creative bosom buddy, Katie of Festoon Baking Co. She revealed her secret after I complimented her on her use of fonts and text overlays on her images. She blew my mind when she said it was an app, because I have definitely been looking for a good app for text overlays on the fly for awhile. I’m definitely having fun with this one!

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This is most definitely not an exhaustive list of apps, but it’s a few of my favorites. We will be having a few guest posts by Melissa, including parenting tech savvy kids, workflow and productivity, and of course more fun apps for all your devices! Stay tuned!

What are your go-to apps? Please share them with us in the comments below! If you try one of these out definitely let us know how it goes.

keep snappin’ where ever you are!

kdg

 

Creating Colour Palettes

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Have you ever found yourself trying to figure out what colours go where? Perhaps your family photo session is coming up and you’re not crazy about ‘matchy-matchy’ styling but you want your outfits to fit and flow well with each other. I have a little tip for you today that will take out all the stress and uncertainty when choosing colours and colour combinations.

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Colour palettes are everywhere.  They are not just for designers and artists, or for creatives who seem to have a gift for colour. All you need to do is open your eyes and look around you. Bring out your favourite dress and analyse the colours within the patterns. Or how about your most recent bouquet of flowers. Even your child’s art work can be a source of colour combination inspiration.

As was the case for our last family shoot with Katie.

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I have prepared a little video tutorial for you to help guide you through the process on retrieving colours from images through photoshop. It’s my first video post so be kind to me 🙂

Cheers

la

 

Photoshop Tutorial: Brushes

Lindy-Ann and I are huge fans of Adobe Photoshop and all the amazing things you can do with it from editing photos to creating flyers and invitations. This is the first of our series of tutorials with tips and tricks.

Brushes can be used in a variety of ways, including painting, erasing, watermarks, and much more. This tutorial will walk you through creating a new brush from a hand drawn sketch.

Enjoy!

kdg