Thursday, June 18, 2009

The wonders of a friend who knows Photoshop!

My friend Bella has been taking classes to learn how to work with Photoshop better.
You know, how to use the different tools and stuff?
Stuff I know nothing about.
Sure, I dabble.
I try things out.
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
And in the times we live in, it's easy to find an online tutorial for pretty much anything, really.
But nothing beats someone telling you/showing you how something works.

Bella calls me often on her way back home from work.
If you know me, you know I'm not a phone person.
That is, I wont pick up the phone to call you.
Unless you are my mom.
It's just not something I do.
But if you call me, I'll be more than happy to chat with you.
So we've been talking about this and that.
The other day, when she called, I happened to be going through my recent pictures, deleting and/or editing as I went along.
I said "I need to learn how to use the clone tool."
She says "Oh, I learned about that, it's super easy!"
And she proceeded to talk me through it.
Then she says "The healing tool is also very good."
And she told me how that worked, too.
How did I not know about this?!
Love it!

I used it on the following picture.
To remove Kira's Orange Crush mustache.
Don't tell me "Why remove it, it's part of her!"
You see, Kira always has a dirty face.
No matter how many times I wash her face, it's still dirty.
So you see a lot of pictures of her filthy and that's fine with me.
But once in a while, I see a picture that makes me wish she was clean.
Like this one.

I "cleaned up" all around her mouth using the healing tool.
The change is subtle, and you may have to click on the picture to see it better.
But I love it!

Next time I see her, Bella's gonna show me how to turn my pictures into awesome black and whites.
I'm never satisfied with mine, even when I use actions.
It'll be nice to know how to finally do it properly!

Thanks for dropping by♥


JJ Sobey said...

cloning I know... but what the hevk is the healing tool? actually, to be more precise, WHICH is the healing tool?

amy said...

keep at it - once things become muscle memory, it's quite fun to tinker! :)

Stacy Milford said...

Great post today, Claude! I don't have Photoshop...I play with the freebie Picasa though. & by the way, that photo of your daughter is priceless! & yes, I like the "cleaned up" version much better! LOL! Have a great weekend!

Stacy Milford said...

P.S. I'm not much of a phone person either! That's one of those things I wish I was better at...just picking up the phone! Maybe that will be my New Years resolution for 2010...ha, ha!

Lisa Dorsey said...

Yay for cloning. LOL I would be lost without Photoshop. Love the great pic of your little sweetie!

barb said...

Keep at it, there's so much goodness to learn in PS! It's awesome.

Suz said...

I am a dabbler with Photoshop. It takes practice

TraceyT said...

I LOVE photoshop, too!!! :)

Isabelle said...

OMG! i'm blushing!
when you come over next w-e bring the laptop and i'll show you the B&W (i'll have to take out my notes):)