pink cockatoo

What a wonderful and whirlwind week it has been!  We are so happy with our launch of Shopkeeper’s Helper, our photoshop actions that  make product photo editing a breeze. Just when we were about to kick up our heels on the desk, and throw our hands behind our head in the classic relaxation pose we got a mention from Yahoo on Calligraphy making a comeback, really? How about that? We had a lot of  new visitors here and thought we should ramp up our efforts to launch the Lettering Love (working title of course) Photoshop actions set. We are hoping this will help a ton of those lettering artists out there (new and seasoned) to help clean up their lettering and get it ready for use on the web. We are thinking you might just love it.

Today in appreciation for our wonderful week we are making our little birdy print available for download. Michelle sourced it and gave it a little birdy makeover so we could shoot the very challenging white on white image for our pdf and video. You can download it here. Speaking of downloads, by joining our Foto Rx mailing list you will receive a download of a free mini set of Social media template actions, that’s right free and of course you can unsubscribe at any time. Enjoy friends!

P.S. Thank you again to Coco & Mingo for showing off her Foto Rx results!

Learn how to watercolor!

maybelle imasa-stukuls watercolor via besotted blog

This gorgeous shot popped up in my feed the other day, created by none other than the wildly talented Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls, I think a lot of people only know her as a calligrapher but she is a brilliant artist as well! Of course this made me want to try my hand at watercolor, I’ve been wanting to for some time I do have a nice set that I got a few holiday’s ago. I had been meaning to sign-up for a local class, but seriously when will I find a watercolor class that I can take either at 7:30 a.m. or 10p.m.? I found one! Yao Cheng, watercolor artist is now teaching a very comprehensive watercolor class at Creative Bug.  It’s very detailed, filled with tons of little tips + tricks. I have perused many a book and even did a bit of Googling and this class feels very accesible. I just started watching so I haven’t had a chance to begin a project, but I now feel like it’s possible to give it a go. What about you?  Have you ever tried watercolors? Any advice?  Have you taken this class yet? Creative Bug is now a very affordable $4.95/mo. but you can also get a 2 week free trial which gives you plenty of time to take many of their classes, in a try before you buy sort of way.

P.S. Love the lettering on this photo and want to learn how to do that yourself? Maybelle teaches an on-line calligraphy class here.


Creative Bug

Maybelle’s Calligraphy Class

Watercolor Class

Schmidt watercolors (the one’s that Maybelle used for the image)

Yao’s Watercolor tutorial on the Alison Show

photo by maybelle imasa-stukul

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.

Preview all your installed fonts at once!

preview all your fonts at once i via besotted blog


I am sure there’s a zillion ways to preview all your fonts at once but I honestly don’t know how to do them. I use my Font Book that came with my Mac, but I have never figured out how to print out my fonts (and I do have so many to choose from!)  So I found a couple of resources for browser based font previewers to try if you were in the same conundrum as myself! was simple enough, I just went to their site, typed in a word where indicated and poof, y entire font library appeared on screen!

Flipping Typical- This doesn’t use flash so you should be able to view on your phone. Downside it doesn’t show all your fonts.

Font Picker-This took a little while to load, but it has good reviews!

If you have the urge to add more fonts so you can preview them of course I did find these this morning that looked pretty swell:

Nice brush lettering font

Casual, boho script

Retro vibe script

P.S. I am doing a series of Dark & Dramatic magnolia’s on Instagram today and mentioned Michelle’s awesome tutorial, for those that want to give it a try you can find it here!

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.

How-to get whiter backgrounds in your product shots-the quick + easy way!

Has obtaining those beautiful white backgrounds in your product photography alluded you? No matter what type of light you shoot in you feel like you upload to your computer and your whites are either too blue, too yellow, too gray or…?  We completely understand your frustration, trust us we have been there too, that’s why we developed what we believe to be the quickest + easiest way to get those whites nice and bright without effecting your exposure and still maintaing your shadows!  We toyed with the idea of just selling this one action as the set, it’s that much of a product photography game changer, but because we love you so we included a boat load of other cures for your malady stricken photos. Your product photos on-line are your first ‘in’ with potential consumers and we all know how many choices there out there, you only have that one second to grab someone’s attention, speaking of seconds, wouldn’t it be nice to edit in them? We think so!  If you have questions about Shopkeeper’s Helper just leave them in the comments.  If you are having trouble just getting started with your product photography we created a mega list of tutorials here and if you need a quick overview on Photoshop we have some great tutorials here and free Photoshop courses here.

Of course you don’t need a shop to partake in the editing goodness, we think this set with the ‘paint on whiter background’ action would be perfect for bloggers especially if you do a lot of DIY’s on white backgrounds and yes, you can even use this action to clean up your lettering! Just bring up a scan or photo of your black and white lettering and paint over the entire image, it’s how I cleaned up this lettering piece!

We can’t wait for you to try Shopkeeper’s Helper, we want you to be able to make great photos for your shop, we think healthy photos = happy $hoppers!


shopkeeper's helper easy + simple product photo editing i

Wow! I thought prepping our first Foto Rx launch was a lot of work, but this one was, oh this one, what a doozy!  Hooray, today is the day, we can celebrate we are officially launched and the interwebs will be a much prettier place! There are so many little details behind the scenes that came into play to make Shopkeeper’s Helper a reality, creating the actual actions themselves was taxing for my tired Mommy brain (but a welcome challenge), but all the support materials? Michelle had never made a video until the last launch and now I must say her Shopkeeper’s Helper promo video is aces! I keep telling her she needs to teach a class on it (even if it’s only so I can learn how). All the witty copy? Miss Michelle to thank. In fact I should publicly thank her, because if it wasn’t for Michelle we all know that this project would not have come into fruition. Anyone with a toddler and no help knows that you spend all day constantly running around, at night you are a bedraggled, tired mess, even eating/bathing takes too much energy let alone developing the world’s greatest (humble opinion), simple + easy to use product photo editing tool in a very complicated program (thanks M!). We have our fingers, toes, legs and eyes crossed that you are as wowed by these Photoshop actions as we are, we are a bit chuffed with ourselves and that never happens with two perfectionists on a project.

We are confident that this will cut your product photo editing time to seconds versus hours, even when you choose to use our surgeon precision-like actions which take an eensy bit more effort you still can get an edit done in under 60 seconds! Oh the joy of having more time to do what you love and less of the tasks that make you want to rip your hair out! Maybe that should be our tagline? I am going to keep this short today because seeing is believing and I think that once you take a peek your eyes are going to do a happy dance! And of course you can pick up your very own set of Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper Photoshop actions here. Thank you very much! [Read more…]

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