FOTO RX FOR EFFICIENT WORKFLOW IN PHOTOSHOP

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I love and can get lost in the creative alchemy of Photoshop, but I generally don’t have a lot of patience when it comes to editing my own photos. If my shots don’t look darn good out of camera, I ruthlessly abandon them in my Lightroom library, because honestly, I’d rather be shooting than editing. We’ve been sharing with you how easy our Foto Rx actions are to use, and how perfect they are for the beginner who wants to harness the capabilities of Photoshop without feeling overwhelmed, but I have found myself turning to Foto Rx for my own edits more and more, even though I know my way around Photoshop pretty darn well. What it comes down to is simply workflow efficiency.  If I can get my edits buttoned up with one click instead of 3, why wouldn’t I?

Take these peonies for example. I made this photo when the flowers started to wilt a bit. I was thrilled with the looseness of the petals, and the composition, but not the sickly yellow tinge of the formerly white petals. So, as you can guess – it was quarantined in Lightroom, never to be heard from again – until we started running tests with Foto Rx. I pulled the image into Photoshop, opened our Foto Rx : First Aid Kit actions set, applied Feeling Yellow adjusted the opacity to 90%, then flattened the image and applied 20/20 Vision, adjusting the opacity on that to 70%, and was done. In less than 1 minute, those petals became pearly white and sharp as a tack, transforming my forgotten floral into a print-worthy piece.

Shot with Canon 6D

50mm Lens

Edited with Foto Rx : First Aid Kit

P.S. Are there ever too many flower photos? Seriously – I need your opinion. I’m trying not to overstuff my Instagram account with flower images, but when spring hits and the flowers are going gangbusters, it’s hard not to want to photograph every single one!

Author / Miss Michelle P.

Miss Michelle P. is a photographer, and the co-creator of Foto Rx Premium Photoshop Actions. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her muse is light.

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Wilma’s World : Good advice from a good dog

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I first came upon artist Rae Dunn’s charming Wilma on Instagram and immediately fell hard.  I am supposing that’s where the rest of the world + Chronicle books found her as well and I am assuming got hooked just like moi. It’s really hard not to fall for this pup with the distinct airplane ears and puppy dog eyes. I have to admit being privy to Rae Dunn’s world via Wilma is an absolute delight, everything is wonderfully textured, curated and wabi sabi, just the way I love it. When Michelle sent me the link to Wilma’s new book I ordered for both myself and E. she loves a good pup book, you? You can take a peek into Wilma’s world via Rae’s Instagram feed and of course you can order the book here. For those unfamiliar with Rae’s work (gasp! you are going to love!) we thought these dog + cat bowls were pretty sweet.

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Hand drawn wreath inspiration

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I loved spotting this super creative (and very Anthro-esque) design by photographer Meghan Bradley the other day.  Meghan used our free wreath download and one of my all time fave Magpie Paper works fonts for her daughter’s first birthday invite. I love how simple it is yet there’s that hint of wonky charm that I love (the perfect in the imperfect), the slight texture on the cardstock is a perfect finishing touch, I wish I would have thought of something as lovely for E’s first birthday (I went for a Mr. Boddington design). I think this wreath with that initial would make a great custom stamp, I happen to know of a fine company that makes those sorts of things…

//RESOURCES//

Free hand drawn wreath

Perfectly charming font

Photoshop

Great cardstock

Custom rubber stamp

P.S. I am going to keep you busy on Instagram because Meg’s another one to visit.

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Appointed by Suann Song

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Last week we received an email from the very talented Suann Song that she was launching a new project-Appointed.  First, let’s preface this by saying pretty much everything Suann designs is completely up my alley, Appointed no exception. Within one week Suann had exceeded her original Kickstarter goals (but of course!), they are still raising funds though so if you are just seeing this for the first time and want to be one of the first to receive your Appointed goods, I say head on over to the Kickstarter donate and place your order! As far as my professional opinion as a branding expert everything is spot on-Name, logo design, product, collateral, it’s all A+! From my own experience as a graphic designer I can tell you how very difficult it is to work on your own brand and nail it, it’s like the cobbler with no shoes. I do have to give props to the props, Maria and Kellyy did a fantastic job of styling and Kate, oh Kate, sigh. Here’s to wishing Suann tons of success in her endeavor, I do hope you stop by and visit her!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

SOFIA KAMAN IG $500 GIFT CERTIFICATE GIVEAWAY

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I love a good stack, so much so that when we were designing my wedding bands (yes, bands plural) I had a band made in white gold, yellow gold, rose gold and platinum. Granted my bands were only a millimeter wide (teeny, tiny), but I do love them!

I was talking to my friend, jewelry designer Sofia Kaman (queen of the stack) today, she just finished her re-brand and the herculean task of a new site re-design, she’s celebrating with helping you get started with your own stack!  I know it’s the 11th hour to mention this but they aren’t doing the drawing until tomorrow afternoon (Sunday, March 7!)  All you need to do is regram the above image, tag @sofiakaman and use the hashtag #skstylegiveaway to be entered to win a $500 gift certificate towards your own stack! Beware though before you visit her site be prepared to be majorly tempted, Sofia has some pretty, crazy amazing designs that would look good on your finger forever. I chose some of my faves, here, here, here and here, but believe me I have a laundry list of many more!

Speaking of re-brand, and I KNOW Sofia is going to kill me, but we have had heated discussions about this and I am convinced I am right on this one and I want to hear your feedback. Sofia was adamant that her name follow with ‘fine jewels’, I was adamant that it be ‘fine jewelry’. Sofia said that ‘fine jewelry’ sounded stuffy to her, where I believe ‘fine jewels’ doesn’t sound high-end and sounds more like she is selling loose gemstones. ‘Fine jewelry’ is timeless, classic, it also clarifies that she is selling ‘fine’ versus ‘faux’. What do you think? Which sounds better to you for gorgeous, (fine) jewelry?  And btw, it has no bearing on who will win, I just want her to go into this re-brand as successful as possible!  Good luck everyone!

P.S. The hand lettering was done by the very talented Torrie Asai, who for the record is not a professional letterer, but boy she could be!

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