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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Worth a Thousand Words?

Of course, I've layered my lovely hat on top of a vintage postcard texture, just to show y'all my new and bestest toy.

Yep, somebody just got Photoshop. ;-)
And I'm having a ball with it! I'm afraid that I'm gonna be a Photoshoppin' fool for the next little while, so bear with me.


Above is me tinkering with textures on my screen door pic from last Summer.
Below is the original.

Before Image:

My Tree of Life photo from last Summer as well, with a wood texture added.
Below that is the original image.

Here's the shadowbox I made (my first!) from a couple of days ago, with my little buddy Charlie perched cozily inside.
Yep, tweaked with PS Elements a bit, too.

I'm such a novice at Photoshop it's laughable, but I have an intense desire to learn, and to hopefully be able to create art worth sharing at some point.
Right now, it's a back and forth of trial and error with what I want to achieve. It took me a few hours tonight just to teach myself how to layer images and add textures, so I think I might have a steep learning curve ahead of me.

But do you know how wonderful it is to quite literally stumble upon something you:
1. Never thought you were good at
2. Never thought you would enjoy
3. Never had the slightest interest in

And then, out of the blue, you discover that it gives you endless hours of joy and pleasure?

Well, that would describe what photography and photo editing have become to me these past few months.
I could quite honestly sit here hour after hour digitally manipulating every image in my computer. It's THAT much fun for me!

Quick shout-out, I couldn't have done any of this without the generous assistance of Denise at
My Vintage Gardens. She's a whiz at PS, do yourself a favor and head over to her blog. Prepare to "oooh" and "aaah" , her work is stunning.

Watch my Etsy shop in the weeks ahead, I hope to be able to begin creating and selling my own mixed-media original art. Wouldn't that be something?!
Fingers crossed and prayers ascending!

Happy Friday Everyone!


Rebecca Nelson said...

I don't have photoshop but I'm getting it soon. Too excited to speak!



Anne Lorys said...

I know! It's so much fun I can't go to bed and I have to be up in 4 hours! LOL!!! ;-)


Theresa said...

My daughter just got photoshop, great images! Girl you are going to be the photoshop queen:) I still have to learn to use my embroidery machine before I move on to something els. Have a blessed day dear Anne! Hugs from Georgia!

the old white house said...

Your assemblage is wonderful! I can't wait to see what else you come up with! Good luck with photoshop, it looks like something that I could definitely lose track of time with...I already need to rein myself in with the whole blogging thing! ~ Theresa

trash talk said...

I wouldn't dare start anything new right now (although it does look like fun). Talk about a "squirrel" moment just waiting to happen!

Unknown said...

they look amazing!!!! great job!!! I love the postcard one! It's addicting that for sure! Can't wait to see more of your creations! said...

Photoshop looks like so much fun. I need to get it. I love what you did with the photos.
Capers of the vintage vixens

Hearts Turned said...

What beautiful creations, Anne! How funny--I just got Photoshop yesterday--been wanting to learn for so long! Haven't really gotten to play with it yet, but you're inspiring me to get going!

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

You are going to love it...It's addicting!!!

Julie, The Wife said...

I've been drooling over Photoshop for a while, but need a new laptop first. Windows 93 ain't cuttin' it anymore. Do you use a PC or a Mac? Love the screen window pic! And I'm a sucker for all things Scrabble.

Laurie said...

Anne, you are so much fun! Your creations are so cool and unique...have a ball with Photoshop today!

The Feathered Nest said...

My goodness girl, these are GORGEOUS images!!!! I love the layering...the textures. And YOU GO GIRL!!! Create your heart out and use those gorgeous old bits ~ I can't WAIT to see more! hugs and love, Dawn

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Well, Anne...Aren't you just the newest Miss Fancy Pants?! Love your new Photoshop effects! Can't wait to see what you come up with next!

Kate said...

The bright spot in my day is YOU
I can see you are going to have quite an adventure using your talent and a bit from photoshop. Even though we have tools, the real amazing moment is what we women can create. Always such a blessing to stop by your blog.
Have a beautiful weekend mt friend.


Winchester Manor said...

Love what you've done! Photoshop looks like so much fun and highly addictive! lol

Have a wonderful weekend!


Journal Swag said...

Love your new work! Photoshop is SO immense, isn't it? My best advice is to keep doing it and don't take a long break, because you may have to re-learn each time as I do. The book "Photoshop for Dummies" has really helped me in the past... now if I can find it again I'll be in good shape! :)


red.neck chic said...

LOLOL You're a nut!!! Have you slept yet at all? Anne - I love what you've done so far though!!! AND!!! I can't wait to see what you with your assemblages... you're very talented!!!

Now... go mess with the water feature thing on photoshop.... you'll be drowning everything. LOLOLOL

;-) robelyn

Brenda Pruitt said...

I've managed to keep myself for the most part off of Photoshop, Facebook and Twitter. I spend so much time on blogs I am almost afraid to add another addiction/distraction to the mix. You have fun learning and showing us!

Mindy said...

You have found yourself a new obsession AND you are good at it! Good for you! Have fun, Anne! ~Mindy

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

I'm gonna have to get photoshop. This looks like fun and the images you are playing with are so gorgeous. Love how you can change a plain photo and give it depth and texture.

Love it.

June said...

Oh Anne, I can tell you're going to have so much fun with this! Your images are beautiful and I know we are in for a treat know that you have figured this out!

One Cheap B*tch said...

I LOVE that screen photo. So pretty - makes me want spring and summer to get here all the more faster!

Junk Exchange said...

absolutely love the tree of life ..


Simple Home said...

I want to learn this too. So far I'm still learning the things my camera can do. You inspire me! These are great photos.

CosmoGirl Carla said...

Looks like you're having fun with PS for sure! I don't have it, I'm almost afraid to get it thinking I'll be to dense to learn how to use it. Maybe I should like Sheila mentioned up there and get the "Photoshop for Dummies" book if I ever decide to invest in it. Oh yeah, and I'm a Mac, so I wonder if PS works as easily with Mac.

Have fun playing! But not so much you forget about your fans out here in Blogland! hehe :o)

Rebecca said...

Hi Anne
I need photo shop but I don't have time for that learning curve...would love to though. Your photos look great! I used to dabble in photography a bit and had a dark room, that was way before digital, lol

The Flying Bee said...

You and I are so on the same page right now! I am having a blast exploring all the possibilities of photography! Wonder if I should try and sell some of mine, too?

Love your work!


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