Graphic design freebies and finds

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Yesterday was Monday which means the new freebies are released from Creative Market, it’s something I always look forward to because sometimes you get some real winners and that never seems to happen with freebies!  Creative Market if you are unaware is a community of creatives that have come together to sell their wares to make your design life a bit easier.  You can find great talent- font designers, stock photography, design elements and so much more!  Yesterday the above stock photo was released, it came as set, completely free (you just need to have a free Creative Market account to download) by Her Creative Studio, which has some nice + simple stock photography. If you have been wanting some holiday inspired images for your blog, mailing list promo etc. you can download free for a week after that you have to buy it. Below are some more freebies and some new font finds (sorry they aren’t free BUT there is a font freebie here and here).Read More

Rollover before and after images in WordPress!

You should know that silence around here usually means we have gotten deep into a project, so I am coming up for air to share what I just learned!  I learned how to do an easy rollover before and after in WordPress! This is exciting, something I wanted to learn for ages! The image shown is our after, if you roll your cursor over you’ll see the ‘before’ and the dramatic transformation, why this is a game changer folks! I think I might go ‘before’ and ‘after’ crazy! We are working on a couple sets to enhance your photos rather just help fix them. It has been really fun to explore a more creative side of editing. The best part? Anyone can do it! I had my daughter press the play button to edit this photo, yes a 3 year old edited this image! The new set we are working on will create a modern muted tone to images, it can be as subtle or intense as you like. My daughter went for full strength but toddlers are like that. Anyway, if you want to learn how to do this easy rollover trick, please do visit Emilia for the code (link below), it’s super simple, pinky promise!

We are trying to figure out what it is YOU want from us, since we are deep into the lab right now developing new offerings to make your photo editing life a little easier and with the new ‘filters’ to help you create a branded look for your images. Do you even want filters? Do you want to learn the beauty of Lightroom (it’s SO much fun), Classes? What would you like to learn? We have a new class that we have almost wrapped up, which should be a quick and easy learn, plus give you another skill to add to your growing creative skill arsenal! We love hearing from you and we value your input, so we are open to hearing your thoughts!

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How to do a rollover Before and After in WordPress

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing 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.

DIY WATERCOLOR GIFT TAGS

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The year is coming to a close (some would say thankfully) at breakneck speed! We hope you are finding a few minutes of peace and quiet in the midst of all the season’s hustle and bustle. For some reason, even when my to do list is daunting, I always want to infuse a handmade element into my gift giving.

These watercolor gift tags are probably the fastest DIY I’ve ever done (and been happy with). The dipping and painting is a breeze (two swipes on each side with a brush and you are done). Then it’s just a matter of waiting for the tags to dry – 15 to 30 minutes in a warm house. Pop it on a white or kraft bag with a bit of ribbon and you are good to go!

  1. Quickly dip the very bottom of the tag into a bowl of water.
  2. Lightly load your brush with paint, and apply pigment to the wet portion of the tag (both sides).
  3. Place the tag on a plate (I used another paint palette) so the wet portion of the tag can hang over the edge and dry without touching anything that will mess it up.

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Shipping Tags  -I picked mine up at Staples, but these are similar.

Watercolor Set

Watercolor Palettes

White Gift Bags

Kraft Gift Bags

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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Photographer Rodney Smith Dies December 2016

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Michelle and I are inspired by many things, which we often share with you here, it is our shared love of photography that brought us together. There is a photographer that both makes our heart beat a little faster, someone who’s work is something to aspire to and that is the work of photographer Rodney Smith. It’s hard to articulate exactly how I feel, but every time I see his work I want to figure out how to access a chateau. Mr. Smith’s work is refined, elegant, and charming, it is the kind of work that feels timeless even though it is evocative of another time. The compositions may feel simple but every detail is precise. I just love it.

Michelle and I had read that he had a workshop coming and it was on our wishlist to attend in 2017, a dream for sure but we all need goals, right?  It is with heavy heart that it was announced that Mr. Smith had passed away December 5, 2016, he was only 68 years old, a vibrant 68, definitely it seemed full of life. It is very sad news indeed, we know his legacy will go on and we hope that if you were unfamiliar with his work that this is a happy discovery. We hope that Mr. Smith has a long legacy and delights you as much as he has us and millions of others. We have listed some resources for further research. Enjoy!

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Rodney Smith site

Podcast interview (recent)

Narrative Portraiture with Rodney Smith (an online class)

Rodney Smith Photographs

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing 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.

Pirelli 2017 Calendar photos by Peter Lindbergh

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I got this free font in my email today (don’t worry I will share the link!) and I was looking to put together a cool graphic to show it off, it’s a really nice brush font, because it has a little masculine edge which I was drawn to. It’s always nice to be able to have a variety of fonts to serve different purposes. I don’t often collect free fonts because they are usually poor quality and hog up a lot of precious memory on my computer so I try to keep to higher quality fonts, but this font isn’t always free and seems to be pretty well built! I was creating a comp that wasn’t coming together and then I spotted a preview for the new Pirelli calendar and was blown away. The calendar is known for it’s history of sexy glam images but last year with Annie Liebovitz’s take it shifted gears, this year the amazing Peter Lindbergh (one of my fave photographers) continued in Ms. Liebovitz vain, he said, “I aimed to create a calendar not around perfect bodies, but on sensitivity and emotion, stripping down to the very soul of the sitters, who thus become more nude than naked”. 

The calendar also will not be retouched, what the what?  That’s pretty awesome and that’s coming from someone that loves her some editing programs. The thing is I love simple and that includes a simple edit, I also love emotion in images,. I want to be moved in some way, I want to feel something, that’s when I think photos have the most impact. One of my photographic goals is to be able to capture more ‘moments’, even when editing, I have started asking myself ‘where is the moment?’ and edit for focus on that. It’s a process, everything is right? But if you want to become better at something besides spending more time doing the thing you want to get better at, I think a good question is to ask yourself what you want to accomplish from doing X, Y, Z?  I would love for people to look at my work and feel something, hopefully it’s love, because who doesn’t want someone to fall madly in love with their work? But I digress, you want a free font right?…

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Creative Market-Free download Monday (every Monday they send goodies to your inbox!)

Brush Font (once the promo is over)

Pirelli Calendar 2017 behind the scenes

Annie Liebovitz Pirelli calendar

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Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing 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.