Does being 'Artsy' give one an excuse to be 'Ditsy'??  

Monday, September 29, 2008

I realized this morning that I really have become a nitwit! I can't remember anything, can't find anything, and sometimes, I can't remember how to do things! It's a shocking reality for me these days but it caused a rampant discussion in my weak mind that requires more than me to solve, hence the question;
If you're creative, crafty, artistic, or otherwise gratefully endowed, does it mean that you will lose the more intelligent(for lack of a better word) parts of your brain?

I know that being left-handed can affect one's creative abilities, but what controls that side? If it's the right, then does the left side of the brain lose a bit of function?

I found a great diagram on this website and after looking it over I can only say that creating has cost me my frontal lobe!!?!?? Really!lol Just about everything affected on that diagram is what I'm experiencing =< But, was it art that did it? I don't know... but then there's the "motherhood syndrome" which could even easier explain this loss - darn kids!lol

I have to say that I believe, in my case, that art and creating did NOT do this - I think if it were responsible, then I would have more talent!! After all, doesn't one body part grow in capabilities if the other is found deficient? {{{sigh}}}

I was hoping for a more logical explanation - especially before I go into senility entirely!!!

What do you think? Am I the only one thusly afflicted??

Thanks for "stopping by the shop!"
F

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New Find: Tutorial on Producing Better Product Photos  

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

One of the most troublesome things in selling online is posting accurate, colorful, yet clean images of your products. I know that in the course of a week I probably spend more hours on the computer working on my photos, trying desperately to get a good, clear photo uploaded! This can be very frustrating =[ to say the least!
I am always looking for clear and accurate instructions on how to make my product photos better and have, on occasion even made a few videos myself on certain techniques.
To this end, I found a great tutorial on how to adjust colors and vibrancy in Photoshop CS3, which is my program of choice, and have included it here with permission from the author :0) Enjoy!


How to Quickly Fix a Picture's Color and Brightness in Adobe Photoshop Cs2


from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

This short tutorial will show you how to use four keyboard shortcuts that will quickly improve color correction and brightness on a digital picture. (Shortcuts in this article are used in Windows operating systems)

Steps


  1. Open your image in Adobe Photoshop CS2 = Click File > Open > browse your picture > Click OPEN. Or you can just press Ctrl+O.
  2. Now that your image is loaded you can start using the following keyboard shortcuts, which will save you a lot of time when correcting an image color and brightness.
  3. For auto levels press Shift+Ctrl+L.
  4. For auto contrast press Alt+Shift+Ctrl+L.
  5. For auto color press Shift+Ctrl+B.
  6. The keyboard shortcuts will correct almost, if not, all common color corrections normally used to fix an image. Instead of going through the menu just use the time saving shortcuts.
  7. Now for the fourth keyboard shortcut. Sometimes an image is either too dark for color correction, or too bright. There is a very simple way of fixing this. For this we use the Ctrl+M keyboard shortcut, which is known as Curves. Works better than Brightness/Contrast from the Adjustments menu. Press Ctrl+M.
  8. You will see this little window pop up. Now you will find the correct grid to fix the brightness of the image.
  9. I've highlighted the grid that you are going to manipulate in order to get the correct brightness for your image. If you drag the line diagonally to the upper left corner of the grid your image gets brighter. If you move the line diagonally to the bottom right corner of the grid your image gets darker.
  10. Make sure that you have checked the box that says "Preview" highlighted in blue. This will allow you to see a real time change of brightness on your image.
  11. Once you are satisfied with the results, press OK and save your image. (You can see the difference in the sky color in the image. The "AFTER" image has a more true blue-ish color than the raw image from "BEFORE". In other words; colors are more vibrant and true)


Tips


  • Always make a copy of the original image. This is very important in case you make a mistake you have something to go back to.
  • If you don't like the results of the changes you made, you can press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Z to undo the last step. To undo multiple steps press Alt+Ctrl+Z.
  • Play around with the Curves window menu. Changing the curves in RGB, Red, Green, or Blue mode will give some nice, and interesting, color results to your image.
  • Be creative. It's your taste! and have fun editing.


Warnings


  • Once again, always make a copy of the original image before editing it. If you make any mistakes in the editing process, or not satisfied with what you came up with, you'll have something to go back to and restart the process.
  • When using these shortcuts you will find that changes to some pictures won't be noticeable. These kinds of pictures require true color editing; mostly scanned images. Don't worry much about these at the moment. Just try to use the Curves tool (Ctrl+M).


Things You'll Need


  • Adobe Photoshop CS2 or CS3
  • Your digital, or scanned, images
  • Your creativity


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note;
Even though my buddy here can seem to be a stoner(LOL) he produces very good tutorials and I suggest you look through them all - from beginner(we can all learn something new!) to advanced - I really like the content and his very clear instructions are hard to beat! =D

Thanks, as always, for "stopping by the shop!"
F

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First day of the EFA Birthday Bash Coupon event!  

Monday, September 15, 2008

Seems like it took forever to get to the 2 week coupon sale for the EFA Birthday Bash, but it's here! Finally!! I'm hoping that everyone has their code(hint: "DEER" w/o quotes!) and will get some shopping in =] I guess I better get with it and get my tags changed over! Always behind =D
I've been working on some new projects and am pretty happy about the Halloween Challenge on EFA Team blog, "Halloween Cats"! I just had finished my "Cats" puzzle and am going to paint one of them with appropriate colors and expressions for Halloween =D So fun! and so puurrrr-fect! lol
I joined a new site called Handmade Fuzion and hope that it will be fun - I was supposed to start selling there also, but I don't know if I'm going to yet. Will put in a link if/when I do =D
I also just finished some little Christmas ornaments - they're done in natural wood(Intarsia) and the only problem I'm having now is if I want to put a cord in them or make them magnets? Decisions, decisions! They are so cute though and makes me really want to get into my Christmas projects!
I just got a new setup for taking pictures but I'm still having trouble with the lighting setup - I thought I took great pictures, even at 12am! But now that I see them online I'm seeing a shadow across the right faces of the pieces and it still doesn't look great :-( My son just bought a Nikon film SLR and I'm hoping he gets good at taking photos and will photograph my pieces - I don't know about waiting for film developing though! lol I've become jaded with all of the instant gratification we have now in everything; want to know an answer to a question? Just "Google It!" want to see what your pictures look like? Just "upload them!" Want to empty your garage? no more yard sale BS! Just "List it on Craig's List or eBay!" It's all just too darn easy! lol
Anyway, will try using my new setup today while the sun is shining and see if I can get it right...
I have an order that has to be ready today so I'm not going to be spending too much time online today - I should've already had this done, but it's been hard getting some of the info I needed from her to finish the project. I still haven't heard back on her color choice so I'm just going to use the standard brown on it.
I definitely want to get more items done so folks will have lots of choices to use the coupon on - I'm really glad I get to do this. Not only does it help the animals, but my clients as well! Always a "Good Thing"!
That's it for now =D
Stay awesome and "Thanks for stopping by the shop!"
Freida

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Wolf featured in Etsy Treasury!  

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Whskr(Marjorie) created this cool Treasury for the EFA team and included my Wolf Art Block piece =D I love being in treasuries!! =D
Thanks Marjorie for including me in this awesome EFA Treasury!

You can find Whskr's shop on Etsy - check her out! =D

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Featured on Sharon Shubert's Etsy Exhibit Blog!  

Sharon's "Exhibit" changes repeatedly throughout the month, so I was thrilled when she wrote to tell me that she'd featured my latest work, "Great Elk", in her wood themed exhibit - that way I was able to get this screenshot before it disappeared!
While you cannot click on a link and go visit the actual page that this piece was on, you can click on the link to visit her online "Exhibit" of Etsy works and it's definately worth the click! =D
Thank you Sharon for picking my Elk!

You can also visit Sharon's Etsy shop at RedLadyArts, her blog at this link, and her website at this link...

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EFA Birthday Bash - Celebrating EFA's 1st Birthday  

Thursday, September 4, 2008


Everyone's coupon codes are out and I wanted to make sure all my peeps have theirs! When you shop be sure to use coupon code "DEER" (without the quotes!) in the checkout to be sure you receive 20% off of EVERYTHING you buy from September 15th thru the 30th of September!! It's an awesome celebration and I have already started receiving plenty of inquiries - hence this blog post! =] If you have any questions, please see this post for more information... If you have ANY questions after reading that, feel free to write me at deermountainwoodart [at!] earthlink.net.

EFA's turning one - and believe it or not, I'm feeling older! lol Just like when the kids' birthdays come around!! It's been a great year and a lot has been donated to the animals - what better way than to support them by SHOPPING! Best of both worlds =D Be sure to check and make sure that the store you're shopping at is a member of EFA(Etsy For Animals) so that your shopping dollars go to the support of animals! You can also go to the EFA Store and buy items that 100% of your purchase goes directly to the animal charities!

That's it for now - thanks for "stopping by the shop!"
Freida

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