One click watercolor effect in Photoshop (a preview!)

foto-rx-one-click-watercolor-class-previewWhen it gets quiet in these parts you know that Michelle and I have been up to something, usually something big and usually something good!  We wanted to share a peek into our new Skillshare class!  We won’t be launching it until November but we are super excited to let you know when the time comes the new (and HUGE) lettering resource we have teamed up with to do a giveaway of the class with.

This is actually going to be a first in a series of classes we have dubbed ‘Hidden Photoshop’, we have found some buried Photoshop treasures that allow you to do things like this super amazing one click watercolor effect! There are many little gems in Photoshop that most people aren’t aware of and we can’t wait to share them with you. We love demystifying PS, because it really isn’t as daunting as it seems and armed with a little knowledge you can create a whole myriad of wonderful things! The class will come with the exact palette and effect shown above for you to to download (free) and play with when you take the class. We have been experimenting with this technique for months now and are thrilled to finally be able to get the class + tools  to you soon!


Is this crazy fun or what?  These eyelashes were drawn with a pen and the watercolor effect was added, in my humble opinion I think it looks pretty darn realistic! For those that may be shouting at the screen to just pick up a watercolor brush, yes, you can (and we hope you do at some point in your life, because it’s a ton of fun) but this is just a fun technique and skill to add to your design arsenal–it’s quick, it’s non-destructive and there’s no clean-up! We have played with this on fonts, lettering, logo mock-ups, backgrounds, you name it all to great results. We will send out a note when the class is available, along with a discount for new sign-ups to Skillshare (at the time of this writing it’s .99 for 3 months and you cancel before the 3 months is up if you so choose), that would give you plenty of time to take all of our classes and then some!  I am sure we will be back this week with some other random goodie for you!




Foto Rx Watercolor effect class and tools (coming soon!)

Foto Rx mailing list (we have been known to send lots of free downloads…)


Under $100 Industrial Sconce Round-up


I know this isn’t the ‘norm’ here to do a home design post, but nothing is the ‘norm’ here anymore, so I am going with it. We are currently getting ready to move again, just a few blocks away mind you, but my head is already filled with little design upgrades that will have to be super budget friendly as my budget after moving is going to be very sparse. I know we are going to need lighting in the master bedroom and since it’s where we do a lot of our bedtime reading with our toddler, I wanted to make sure we had some fairly good ‘spotlight’ on the books and not just the usual ambient light. It seems that while I was off being a mom, the design blogosphere decided that sconces in the bedroom were going to have a moment. That’s great news for someone interested in bedroom sconces!  The drawback though was a hundred fold, either all the really great looking sconces that were being written up were sponsored by this company (and yes, they have some really great light choices), or the scones were hard-wired (we are renting so not going to happen) or were completely utterly out of my budget. I hunted and scoured for plug-in industrial inspired sconces, which is actually a fairly hard item to find and once I had wishlisted a bunch I thought, hey? Maybe someone else out there is looking for the same thing and why not just do an eensy round-up? I actually wasn’t even sure how to go about doing this, should I post some inspiration rooms? Would I need to email every blogger to use their image? Or would a link suffice? I mean, I am so out of the loop of what protocol is, so I am just adding sconce images and links. For the record, feel free to use the images we shoot here with a link back, no need to email (and not get a response back for 3 years from moi, Michelle might be a bit faster, but we are both swamped). So let’s get linking so you can get shopping!


Plug-in industrial lamps featured clockwise:  upper left Ikea wall clamp spotlight $20 | upper right Caged wall sconce $30 | Lower right Adjustable black and brass sconce $32 | Lower left Oiled bronze swing arm $48

Not shown but good options! Accordion wall sconce $59 | Aged zinc wall sconce $39

How to hard-wire a plug-in lamp (for those that may want a more permanent option) I | II

Pricey but pretty Industrial (ish) Sconce options: 1 | 2 | 3

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



Find photo credit


One of the most frustrating things on the internet is finding photo credit for an image. I know for some it doesn’t matter and trust me there are days where I seriously wish I didn’t care, because trying to find photo attribution is usually a pain in the rear and takes time I don’t have away from me. Alas, I stumbled upon a little plug-in that has not only been a saving grace, it has also helped me find new work based on the similarities in my target images I am searching, that is a total win-win because I LOVE a new discovery! Best part? It’s only a little one click deal. Here’s my quick tute, hope it helps you!Read More

Digital darkroom experiments


Michelle and I have been working on something very cool (if we must say so ourselves). We have been building out our digital darkroom offerings for Foto Rx, previously we had concentrated on work flow and just getting your photos in ship shape, which we were wildly excited about, well, as wildly excited as you can get about photo editing and being behind a computer. With this whole focus concentration in full effect we decided to add more creative tools to the digital darkroom arsenal, we really wanted to release an offering that wasn’t already widely available and something that wouldn’t read as cheesy, which can easily happen when you are working in Photoshop, or any digital medium. We took a traditional darkroom technique that has been used for hundreds of years and re-envisioned it for a digital age. When we had our beta testers try it we didn’t expect the results that transpired, they started experimenting (our fave part) and came up with results and techniques of using our set that we hadn’t even considered prior. It was one of those times that we were doing happy dances in our desk chairs. Michelle promptly did some experimenting herself and came up with the image above, an abstract seascape which was actually once a photo of the sky, she was so thrilled with her results that she actually did test prints (this never happens). We will be launching the new set on October 31st, and won’t be as cryptic as we are now, about what the offering will be, be the first to know and get some goodies here!

On another note, this whole focus thing has been such an eye opener for us, things seem to have finally started to fall into place and we have put together a major three year plan. What?!  THREE YEARS?!  It’s not all done of course, but for the first time instead of having seemingly 400 ‘diversified’ projects in the works, we have a streamlined plan that is cohesive and is actionable. This our friends is such progress and we definitely will share with you how we arrived at the focus and all the steps we are taking to make our goals a reality. We are excited to share some of our epiphanies with you, the obstacles that have occurred and how to not let those halt your forward progress. We know that if we could get to this place, two individuals that are habitually excited by pretty much everything than we think that you could do it to! Of course, we will need to schedule those posts into our big picture;)

P.S. We already mentioned this, but we are launching a FREE autumn toning action set, be sure to get yours, we are launching it to our list this week!



Free Photography Workshops!


Just thought we would pop in really quick to let you know of an amazing (AND FREE!) opportunity to watch some great photographer’s teach their workshops LIVE today through this weekend.  We have mentioned Yan Palmer before and I am SO excited to watch her workshop (hope they stream it), ordinarily you would pay thousand’s of dollars to attend one and even to attend the conference she’s featured in (Click Away was in that range as well), so FREE sounds a whole lot easier on the wallet. I have been part of the Clickin’ Mom’s forum since it started, long before I was a mother, (I would cringe at the name but they have finally renamed their umbrella company Click & Co, which is easier to share with you;). You don’t need to be part of the forum to watch the streaming!

If you don’t have time to watch everything they are offering a pre-buy to get a video of the conference at a discounted price is available.  I am going to try to catch the live workshops in between toddler wrangling.  I am super excited to learn some new things from some photographer’s I admire (especially the film ones, because I SO want to get better at it!).


Free LIVE Streaming workshops (starts today at 9am Pacific)

Join an AWESOME community of photographers

P.S. The photo above is by a wonderfully creative photographer and teacher-Brooke Shaden (she’ll have the free live workshop this weekend!). Brooke has some great courses if you miss the Click Away one, her style of teaching is very easy to comprehend, here are some of her classes: Transforming a Photoshoot for $10 or lessFine Art Portraits | Fine Art Photography